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These pages have been designed with the needs of the school district in mind. We hope to provide information you will need to:

  • start a program in your district
  • expand a program in your district
  • get answers to questions that come up throughout the semester

Of course, you can always do things the old fashion way and contact the Tech Prep Coordinator at UAS to help you with your needs.

  • We are here to help you.
  • The process is easy and efficient.
  • We can travel to your district to meet with you personally, respond immediately through email, and we are always available by phone. 

State and National Support for CTE

There has been a lot of encouraging support for CTE programs both on the state and national level.

Governor Walker proclaims February Career and Technical Education Month February 2015

The White House published a Call to Action

The U.S. Department of Education issued A Blueprint for Transforming CTE

How Do I Get Started With Tech Prep?

  1. Contact the Tech Prep Coordinator.
    • We would love to hear from you.
    • You can peruse this site for initial information.
  2. Write a General Agreement with UAS outlining the responsibilities of each party.
    • You can see what these look like by checking out the District Agreement page.
  3. Meet with your faculty to decide on the courses you wish to offer.
    • Again, make contact with the TP Coordinator. A current UAS syllabus can be emailed for each course you wish to offer.
    • Your instructor will create their own syllabus, using ours as a guide.
    • Each course and instructor is approved individually.
  4. Complete the UAS Instructor/Course Approval Application.
    • Email this package to the TP Coordinator.
    • This package will be delivered to the proper Department Head and Dean of the appropriate school.
    • If there are any questions the TPC will contact the instructor. 
    • Sometimes revisions need to be made.
    • We will do everything possible to make your program work.
  5. Once accepted an Articulation Agreement will be written that outlines specifics of the course.
    • You can see a sample of these on the District Agreement page.
    • These agreements are signed for every school year.
You are good to go!
Congratulations on your new course.

What happens next?

  1. Contact the Tech Prep Coordinator at UAS. 
    • Do you want to offer the class Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Both?
    • Your class will be built.
  2. Your registration sheets will be created. 
    • These registrations will sent directly to the instructor of the class.
    • The registration forms will also be posted on our UAS Tech Prep website for easy access.
  3. Distribute the registration forms to your students. 
  4. Collect the registration forms and payment.
    • Check to see if all fields have been completed.
  5. Send the registration forms with the attached payment to the Tech Prep Coordinator to have your students registered for UAS credit.

UAS Tech Prep Course Selection

Click on any course name below to find the class description. Please contact us for any of your questions. We are always here to help.

ACCT S121 Covers the fundamentals of accounting using a service business to illustrate the analysis of business transactions, journalizing, posting and preparation of trial balances and financial statements. Adjusting entries, closing procedures and payroll are introduced. 3 Credits (3+0) No prerequisite.

ACCT S122 Continuation of fundamental accounting principles. Covers accounting for receivables, uncollectible accounts, inventories, fixed assets, and intangible assets. Accounting for partnerships and an overview of corporate stock transactions are covered. Provides an introduction to cash flow statements and ratio analysis. 3 Credits (3+0) Prerequisite: ACCT S121 with B or better.

AUTO S102 Introduction to all components on an automobile. Includes career information for the automotive industry, shop safety, hand tools, fasteners, and basic automotive service. 3 Credits (2+2) No prerequisite.

AUTO S121 Covers history and origins of electrical theory through the generation of electricity. Includes diagnosis, minor repair, and general service of alternators, starters, and batteries.3 Credits (2+2) No prerequisite.

AUTO S122 General engine diagnosis and engine-related service.3 Credits (2+2) Prerequisite: AUTO S121.

AUTO S131 Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive electrical systems, to include testing tools, schematics, and computers. 3 Credits (2+2) Prerequisite: AUTO S121.

AUTO S140 Diagnosis and repair skills essential to overhaul and reconditioning of automotive internal combustion engines. Includes cylinder head, valve train, and engine block assembly service.3 Credits (1+4) Prerequisite: AUTO S102.

AUTO S152 Theory, diagnosis, and repair of automotive brake systems.3 Credits (2+4) Prerequisite: AUTO S121.

CIOS S105 Introduces computer literacy based on national IC3 standards. Topics include computer concepts, file management, basic editing and formatting functions in common software applications, basic troubleshooting for computer hardware and software, current electronic communication tools, Internet research strategies, network terminology and components.3 Credits (3+0) No prerequisite.

CIOS S132 Part A is fundamental word processing concepts and hands-on practice with a current word processing application. Students use basic word processing tools to create a variety of professional documents. Part B covers intermediate features such as styles, outlines, tables, merging, linking, embedding, and table of contents; and advanced features such as templates, on-screen forms and fields, document management, and macros. Course prepares student to take the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist Certification) expert exam for MS Word.3 Credits (3+0) Prerequisite: CIOS 105 or CIOS placement test.

CIOS S135 Introduces the use of electronic spreadsheet software for reporting and analyzing information. Covers creating, designing, and modifying spreadsheets, simple formulas and charts.1 Credit (1+0) Prerequisite: CIOS S105 or CIOS placement test.

CIOS S140 Learn to use a database from the perspective of the data entry operator. Course covers table creation and the basic data types, form creation using wizards, elementary querying, filtering, and basic report generation. 1 Credit (1+0) Prerequisite: CIOS S105 or CIOS placement test.

CT S100 Introduction to woodworking and woodworking machines; project construction and general finishing procedures. 3 Credits (1+4) No prerequisite

CT S155 Special methods in wood construction and wood finishing, emphasizing furniture and precision woodcraft. 3 Credits (1+4) Prerequisite:CT S100.

CT S120 Overview of construction hand and power tool usage, building procedures and codes, job and site planning, layout, foundation, floor, wall, and roof framing methods, utilizing current construction practices. 3 Credits (2+2) No prerequisite

CT S175 An introduction to Computer Aided Design and Drafting using the industrial standard AutoCAD software. Includes the basics of computer hardware and software, computer skills required for creating and editing drawings. 3 Credits (2+2) No prerequisite

DESL S101 This introductory course gives the student a look into the world of heavy duty mechanics. Students rebuild a diesel engine, operate heavy equipment, and take field trips to local shops. This course is limited to high school aged students. 3 Credits (2+2) No prerequisite.

ED S122 This course serves as a general introduction to careers in P-12 education in Alaska and the nation. Topics include: motivations for becoming an educator; personal learning styles; values, beliefs, and ethics as they relate to teaching; human development and developmentally appropriate practice; educational careers and professional organizations; teacher certification requirements; diversity issues; historical perspectives; laws and policies governing education at the local, state, and federal levels; rural and urban schooling; school curricula; and effective teaching. 3 Credits (3+0) No prerequisite.

FT S110 An overview of the ocean environment with emphasis on processes that support fisheries productivity. Introduces fundamental concepts and principles of oceanography including major geological, chemical, physical and processes that occur in the world's oceans. Concepts will be presented in light of the interrelatedness of these disciplines and how they shape marine productivity. Human uses of fisheries and current issues in oceanography will be addressed. 3 Credits (3+0) No prerequisite.

FT S122 The first course of a two semester sequence which introduces students to the principles, concepts and methods used in the production of Pacific Salmon with an emphasis on modern fish culture techniques used by Alaskan producers. The course will cover all aspects of fry and smolt production. Topics include water quality, brood stock management, egg collection and incubation, egg and live fish transport, fresh and saltwater rearing techniques, feeding practices, growth, record keeping and fish health management. 3 Credits (3+0) Prerequisite: Biology

FT S222 The second course of a two semester sequence which introduces students to the principles, concepts and methods used in the production of Pacific salmon with an emphasis on modern fish culture techniques used by Alaska producers. Methods used to enhance and rehabilitate the five species of Pacific salmon harvested in the commercial, sport and subsistence fisheries of Alaska and Northwestern United States will be covered in detail. Provides students with understanding of regulations and guidelines established by the state of Alaska to administer salmon enhancement programs through private non-profit aquaculture association. 3 Credits (3+0) Prerequisite: FT S122

HS S101 Provides a description of health care professions and the interdisciplinary team, job responsibilities, educational and licensing requirements, employment trends, and salary ranges for health related careers. Students will have an exposure to the history and development of health care in Alaska and the United States. Health care issues will be examined with an emphasis on ethics and cultural diversity. The principles of critical thinking will be introduced and communication skills will be promoted through collaborative discussion, presentation, and projects. 3 Credits (3+0) No prerequisite.

HS S102 Basic CPR techniques and First Aid for controlling bleeding, shock, seizures, obstructed airway/choking, hot and cold-related emergencies, and diabetic crisis. Signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attack are reviewed, as is use of A.E.D. Safety and prevention practices are discussed. The course meets certification requirements for child care providers, outdoor guides, lifeguards, home health aides, group homes, and certified nurse aides. Course materials are derived from American Safety and Health Institute and American Heart Association guidelines. 1 Credits (1+0) No prerequisite.

HS S105 Trains students in basic skills needed to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. Successful students qualify to sit for the Alaska State Nurse Aide certification exam. Minimum 75 lecture hours and 80 lab/practicum hours. 9 Credits (6+6) No prerequisite.

HS S111 Training to provide basic assessment of and care for persons with medical emergency in marine settings. Particular focus is on rescue, burns, resuscitation, hypothermia, and trauma as well as on hazards and precautions common to fishing industry. Discusses conventional marine emergency response systems. including Coast Guard medevac. Techniques are presented for lifting and moving the sick and injured. 1 Credits (1+0) Prerequisite: HS S102 or current CPR certification and instructor approval.

HS S118 Designed specifically for Alaskan conditions and needs, addressing environmental problems such as hypothermia as well as first aid. Prepares students to deal with emergencies: ensure scene safety, provide patient care and transport, document incident. For non-medical workers in construction, logging, mining, law enforcement, ski patrol and other occupations where emergency care may be needed. 3 Credits (2+2) No prerequisite.

HS S119 Training to provide assessment of and basic care for persons with medical emergency in pre-hospital settings. Conditions include acute trauma, pulmonary arrest, wounds, cardiac arrest, shock, fractures, and childbirth. Techniques are presented for lifting and moving the sick and injured. Course provides for State of Alaska EMS requirement of 120 contact hours minimum. 6 Credits (6+2) Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in HS S102 or proof of current CPR certification.

HS S135 An introduction to root forms, prefixes and suffixes and medical abbreviations. Focus is on terminology of body systems related to symptomatology, diseases and treatment. 3 Credits (3+0) Prerequisite: Biology

MT S119 Learn to safely operate a skiff in Alaskan waters. The course covers navigating, trip planning, line and vessel handling including one practice session using a skiff in the water. Rain gear may be required. 1 Credits (1+0) No prerequisite.

MT S120 An introduction to outboard systems that need maintenance and upkeep for efficient operation. Ignition, carburetion power head and lower unit systems will be studied emphasizing preventive maintenance. 1 Credits (0+2) No prerequisite.

MT S121 Outboard and small engine repair theory, diagnosis service and repair of outboard and other small gasoline engines. 3 Credits (1+4) No prerequisite.

MINL S193 Discover occupations in the mining industry and learn their potential as career paths in both positive and negative aspects. Learn safety awareness and why safety programs are so important, identify where entry level mining jobs are in Alaska, know what further training is needed for these career choices, find out what traits and skills employers expect, be able to compare underground and surface mining occupations, understand the educational requirements of mining occupations, learn the planning and logistical requirements of remote site mine operations, understand the importance and use of metals in our daily lives, discover how mining companies protect the environment and comply with environmental regulations. 3 Credits (3+0) No prerequisite.

AKL 105 An introduction to basic Tlingit grammatical structures and vocabulary with an emphasis on the development of listening and speaking skills. 4 Credits (4+0) No prerequisite.

AKL 106 A continuation of AKL 105 Elementary Tlingit I. Focuses on grammatical structures and vocabulary building with an emphasis on the development of listening and speaking skills. 4 Credits (4+0) Prerequisite: AKL 105

AKL 205 An intermediate level continuation of AKL 105/106 sequence with further emphasis on development of language skills (listening, comprehension, reading, writing, speaking) and an added focus on the orthography and tone system, as well as vocabulary building and cultural elements. 4 Credits (4+0) Prerequisite: AKL 106

AKL 206 A continuation of AKL 205 with further development of grammatical skills, vocabulary, orthography, tonality and cultural elements unique to Tlingit. 4 Credits (4+0) Prerequisite: AKL 205

WELD S120 A beginning level course covering the fundamentals of oxyacetylene welding, brazing and cutting, and electric arc welding. Emphasis in flat and horizontal welding positions on mild steel using a variety of welding rods and techniques. 3 Credits (1+4) No prerequisite.


WELD S175 Designed for advanced welders to further their skills in one or more processes and levels. Topics may include aluminum welding, sheet metal welding, shield metal arc welding, pipe welding, flux-core arc welding, or other to be announced. 3 Credits (1+4) No prerequisite.

Did you find a course you are interested in? If not, call or email us.

We will do our best to work with your school district to find the right pathway for you.

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Creating Your Course

If you're thinking about offering a Tech Prep course, more than likely, the class you're currently teaching is a lot like the UAS course. Creating your course has to be the most daunting of all tasks at the district level. There's nothing to worry about. Promise.  We're here to help you.

If you haven't asked for the most current syllabus do that first by contacting the Tech Prep coordinator.

After reviewing our syllabus you can decide how the material can be taught within the time frame of your semester. There are a couple of items to keep in mind.

  • All material included in the UAS syllabus must be taught with the same rigor in your classroom. You can add to but you can take away from our syllabus. Don't take it personally, no faculty member can change the syllabus without going through the Course Approval Process.
  • You have flexibility when determining pacing, but your course needs to be based on clock hours, not class periods. Depending on the course you may have to account for Lecture/Lab clock hours. This document explains in detail how it works.

When all else fails, contact the Tech Prep Regional Coordinator.

Assigning Grades

As a UAS instructor, you are required to record a grade for each student within 5 days of the last session of class.

  1. You must assign letter grades based on UAS Grading Policy.
  2. Every student must have a grade.
  3. No Tech Prep student can be given a grade of an incomplete, a drop, or a withdrawal.
  4. If a student registered, but failed to complete the course due to family emergency, moving out of the district, etc. a grade of "NB" can be given. A date of last attendance must be recorded.
  5. Log into your UAOnline faculty account to enter your students grades.

Need Assistance?

Online help is available for:

This page contains all of the technical information to answer those arbitrary, but important, questions that come up from time to time.

Click on any question below to find your answer. Please contact us for any of your questions. We are always here to help.

When we talk about "articulation" we are describing a process of connecting the course expectations and rigor at UAS with your educational program in order to provide a seamless transition in the student's educational experience from high school to college without duplication of coursework. The Articulation Agreement for a course is a signed document that describes the requirements and syllabus for which UAS agrees to award college credit to the students enrolled. An Articulation Agreement is renewed every school year for each Tech Prep course offered in your district.
The greatest benefit to faculty is having students who are more motivated to learn course material at a higher level and can appreciate the relationship the coursework will have to careers that interest them. Students who are enrolled in Tech Prep also have better attendance rates and higher graduation rates than their peers. As educators our greatest desire is to help our students succeed.
85% of employers need to fill positions with applicants who have more than a high school education. The goal of Tech Prep is to offer students opportunity for their future.
Students save money on tuition in two ways; by enrolling in classes early they will shorten the length of college matriculation, and Tech Prep courses cost only $25 per credit hour. Most courses are 3 credits so the total cost per course would be $75. Normally the per credit fee is about $174 per credit, making this total over $500 plus additional student fees. Students can continue in a seamless transition into their college program. Student are more focused and are able to prepare themselves for their future.
Typically in the spring of their 8th grade year students will start planning for Tech Prep. Students can start taking college level courses beginning in 9th grade.
There is no maximum amount of credits students can take through Tech Prep.
Good Question! Many times with our small communities in southeast Alaska we have our family members in our classrooms. Our policy is for faculty members to make it known that the situation exists. You can download this policy on the instructor information page.
Unfortunately no. UAS credit can only be awarded during the semester they are enrolled in the course.
By the same policy that protects students at your high school. Students are protected under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Without written consent, UAS will not disclose information nor will anyone have access to information in a student's record.

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