A training center offers a variety of ways to continue your education and training – you can take one course or enroll in a more comprehensive training program that can lead to a certification or build skills for a specific occupation. Below are answers to general questions about training centers:
How long is the training?
The length of a training depends on the program you choose. Some courses may just take a few hours, such as CPR course. While other programs may take multiple weeks to a year or longer, for example getting a private pilot’s license or becoming certified in massage therapy.
How much do I have to pay?
The costs will vary from free to thousands of dollars. Check with the training facility for details.
Is tuition assistance available?
Some workforce training programs may be approved for participation in Alaska state financial aid programs, for example the Alaska Performance Scholarship or Alaska Supplemental Education Loan. Details can be found at here.
Federal funding for some training programs may be available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If you’re interested in finding out what training programs may be eligible for funding, visit your local Job Center and talk to one of the Employment Services Technicians.
What is the difference between Training Centers and Registered Apprenticeships?
Registered Apprenticeships combines training with paid employment. A Training Center offers shorter training programs that may include hands-on learning opportunities, but do not typically include paid work. Some programs at Training Centers serve as pre-apprenticeships, and prepare students to enter Registered Apprenticeships programs.
Why choose a Training Center?
Whether you’re picking up a new skill or certification, or keeping on required continuing education, Alaska’s training centers offer a wide variety of programs providing industry-recognized skills and certifications to help you advance your career in a short amount of time.
For more useful tips about career training or other postsecondary fields, read our College & Career Training in Alaska magazine – request a free copy from our Success Center.