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What is Tech Prep?

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Tech Prep is a convenient and cost efficient pathway of study offered by UAS to high school students throughout southeast Alaska.

  1. Courses are approved by UAS, taught to high school students, by high school teachers at your local school.
  2. Courses are approved by  the UAS system and taught by distance learning through Alaska's Learning Network.
  3. High school students receive college credit for a class taken in high school, while at the same time earning high school credit.

Why can I get college credit for the course?

  • The curriculum for a Tech Prep course taught at your high school has been approved by UAS. It is the same as a course taught on the UAS campus.
  • The instructor at your high school has been approved by UAS to teach the course.
  • The course must be approved by UAS every year to make certain it meets the current standards.

Why participate in Tech Prep?

  • You will earn college credit and high school credit for the same course.
  • Classes are only $25 per credit.
  • Any student in 9th - 12th grade can participate.

Advantages of Tech Prep

  • Offers a pathway for high-skilled, high-wage, and high-demand careers.
  • Offers skills and training to include on resumes and job applications.
  • Offers a pathway to a college program.
  • Offers an avenue to build a strong college transcript.
  • Opens access and college credits for courses that local high schools can't otherwise offer.
  • Provides a rigorous and relevant academic foundation based on industry standards.

When students fully participate in the Tech Prep program they have the opportunity to graduate from high school with industry certificates or licenses and further their education with occupational endorsements, certificates, and degrees at the University of Alaska.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Tech Prep courses cost $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 $202 per credit, making this total over $600 plus additional student fees. As you can see Tech Prep is quite a bargain.

In high school each semester long class is 1/2 a credit. In college a semester long class is awarded any number of credits depending on the amount of class and lab time it will take to complete the coursework. Most courses will be 3 credits.

No, typically you don't leave your campus. That's the beauty of the Tech Prep program. You are getting credit for what you're learning in high school. You're being taught by teachers you already know. Your friends may even be with you in the same class.

Tech Prep is open to everyone in 9th - 12th grade. Once you are registered for a Tech Prep course you can't drop or withdraw from the class.

Yes. The college credit you earn with Tech Prep will appear on your college transcript exactly the same as if you took the class directly at UAS. These credits will follow you for the rest of your life. Providing a college transcript with your job application will be a huge bonus for you. Tech Prep is a great way to start building a strong college transcript.

There is no limit on the amount of credit you can earn. UAS places a semester limit of 7 credits on your high school account but there is no reason for this not to raised if you are doing well in your coursework. All it takes is a phone call from your high school principal or guidance counselor.

UAS can give you college credit for your coursework because your high school teachers have done a lot of work designing a course that will teach the same material as the courses at UAS. The Tech Prep Coordinator at UAS works throughout the year with your high school teachers, principal, and superintendent in order to provide these classes.

Unfortunately no. You must register for the class during the same semester the class is taken.

Where college credit is concerned, there is never a guarantee that credits will transfer from one college to another. Your Tech Prep course work will always be accepted at UAS. Upon entering UAS toward a degree program or certificate program you won't have to duplicate course work. We provide a smooth transition between high school and college.

You can view your unofficial transcript at any time at UAOnline using your Student ID #. If you need an official transcript view your unofficial transcript first to make certain everything is correct. If everything looks correct, order your official transcript at UAOnline. This will include coursework from all UA schools.

Tech Prep is a simple process.Join UAS

  1. The University of Alaska Southeast and your local school district develop a Tech Prep General Agreement. This agreement outlines the responsibilities of the district, the university, and the student.
  2. UAS and your district select the courses to be taught, the instructor for the class, and which semesters the course will be offered.
  3. Teachers write a syllabus based on the UAS syllabus. They submit their qualifications and syllabus to UAS for approval.
  4. Once approved UAS creates the class, develops the registration form, and sends this to each instructor.
  5. As a student you will enroll in the class as normal. During the semester you will receive a registration form to complete.
  6. Complete the registration form. You will give this form and payment to your instructor. Payment is $25 per credit.
  7. Your instructor will mail the forms and payment to UAS. We will make certain everything is handled for you.
  8. You will do all work in the class as normal. At the end of the semester your instructor will submit grades to your high school and to UAS.
  9. As a UAS student you can use your UA ID# to log into your UAS account any time during the semester to check on your information.

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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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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