AVTEC employs two Counselors who are available to help students adjust to and successfully complete their training programs.  Counselors provide student support and assistance and may refer students to outside professionals if needed or desired.


Counselors are available as confidential resources to students. They create a safe and secure environment for students experiencing obstacles that might prevent training completion, gaining employment, or for personal growth. There are a wide range of individual counseling topics that might arise, including (but not limited to) homesickness, conflict resolution, substance use, relationship issues, depression or anxiety, and financial stressors. 


Counselors are available to advocate for students during disciplinary procedures. They can verify that disciplinary actions follow the processes outlined in the student handbook and work with department heads and residence life staff to ensure that disciplinary actions are applied fairly and consistently. If a student believes they have been treated unfairly, or if they have cause to appeal a disciplinary action, counselors can assist in the appeal or grievance processes.


For students who find themselves in a time of hardship or transition, counselors provide various levels of assistance to help meet the students’ needs. This assistance can include homework/study help and tips, driver’s license preparation or driving practice, securing safe housing, locating childcare, applying for any type of public assistance as well as connecting with outside medical, substance abuse, or mental health counselors.


If a student has a need that goes beyond the scope of AVTEC or the counseling staff, counselors can refer them to outside resources. Outside resources can include housing assistance programs, childcare assistance programs, financial assistance programs, foodbanks, mental healthcare, employment assistance programs as well as substance use treatment and/or support groups such as NA or AA.    


Counselors are located upstairs in the AVTEC Student Services Center at 519 Fourth Ave.  Counselor coverage spans before, during, and after training hours for maximum availability to students.

To make an appointment or see an AVTEC counselor please see the following options:

Kale Tippet

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.                       

(907) 224-6171 office

(907) 422-7277 mobile


Amanda Sanchez

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

(907) 224-6170 office

(907) 362-1114 mobile


*Counselor hours are subject to change based on current student need.  Please use the contact information provided to check for current schedules.