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85% of employers need to fill positions with applicants who have more than a high school education. We all know that a trained and qualified workforce is important, not only to a community's economy, but to Alaska's economy. The goal of Tech Prep is to offer students opportunity for their future.

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With Tech Prep

  • students can start as early as 9th grade in exploring career options.
  • students can obtain special certifications while in high school.
  • students can save thousands of dollars on college tuition.
  • students can get a jump start toward a college degree if they choose.
  • students can develop important connections by job shadowing or through an internship.
  • students can become far more qualified for a high paying job after graduating from high school.

Tech Prep Simplified

UAS in conjunction with school districts throughout Southeast Alaska offer college level classes taught at local high schools in a variety of career fields. We combine a rigorous college curriculum offering a relevant academic program based on industry standards. Tech Prep allows high school students to start their college studies early and then transition smoothly to their college program continuing their pathway toward certification or a degree at a significant savings.


The benefits for your child

  • This program is open to students in grades 9-12.
  • The cost is $25 per credit.
  • Students are more confident upon entering college.
  • They are comfortable in knowing their academic habits are successful.
  • Students gain an understanding of college expectations.
  • They are balanced in their approach toward academic, social, and athletic responsibilities.
  • If entering the job market directly out of high school, students are more qualified for a higher paying position.

The Structure

At a national level Tech Prep is organized into 16 Career Clusters and 81 Career Pathways. When many people think of Tech Prep, construction and automotive courses immediately come to mind, but Tech Prep encompasses far more. You now have to include courses in Business Management, Education and Training, Finance, Health Science, Law and Public Safety, Marketing, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The possibilities are endless. To give you a better idea take a look at the Career Wheel for a reference.

Other resources:

Alaska Career and Technical Education

Investing In America's Future

U.S. Department of Education

What Is Available To My Student?

UAS works with school districts throughout Southeast Alaska and Alaska's Learning Network to provide college courses to high school students. Examples of courses are listed below.

Can't Find What You're Looking For?

You can contact the Tech Prep Coordinator directly or you can talk with your high school principal. If there is a way of bringing access to your community we will do all that we can to make it happen.

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.

For College?

After your child applies for and is accepted to a college they will, many times, be asked to take a placement test in order to best measure skills in mathematics and language. At the University of Alaska Southeast this will be an Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces Test, or ALEKS, which is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. 

We can't stress enough how important it is for your child to study for this test as it will determine the first level of math and English courses they will be placed into upon entering UAS. Scoring low on the test will require additional math and English classes, which will overall affect the length of their degree program and increase college costs.

You can get more help by visiting our UAS Learning Center. Here you will find links for addition sample questions and information about taking the actual test.

Are you aware of programs to help with the cost of your education?

The primary concern for most families with students about to graduate from high school is the cost of a college education. How do you afford tuition, room and board, books, and personal expenses? With so many stories in the news about student loans it's no wonder this can be a concern. As a parent of an Alaskan student there are many programs you will want to learn more about at UAS.

Sometimes there is so much information it can be overwhelming to parents. To make things a bit easier for you just click on the links below. If you need help we are just a phone call away. Call the Tech Prep Regional Coordinator.

  • Pell Grant - The federal government awards grant money to students. Grants are different than loans in that they are not a debt and are not paid back. See how to apply.
  • You are a UA Scholar Student if you will graduate in the top 10% of your senior class and have been designated as a UA Scholar. The UA Scholars Program is an $11,000 scholarship. Find out more about this program. 
  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a campus-based grant. Learn about the details.
  • The Alaska Performance Scholarship is awarded to high school students to pay for college or training in Alaska; up to $4,755 a year.
  • University of Alaska Grant can award up to $1000. Read about the eligibility requirements.
  • AlaskAdvantage Education Grant awards range from $500 to $2,000. Find out about the specifics.
  • The TEACH Grant is available for those students who wish to enter the field of teaching. Read more about the program.
  • Make sure to follow our handy Financial Aid Checklist. It will help you on your pathway and is a great source for important dates and information.
  • UAS has created a page just for parents where you can find links on many of the topics you have questions about. You can also contact the Tech Prep Regional Coordinator with any of your questions.

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