Find Your Career Path
Whether you are just starting out, or looking for new career opportunities, the University of Alaska is the most comprehensive provider of career and technical education training in Alaska. With over 200 programs in workforce development, students have opportunities to earn certificates, endorsements and degrees in two years or less. This provides students a fast track to employment while earning credits that can apply towards future degrees. Many of these programs are in the high-demand and high-growth areas needed for Alaska's economic growth.
For students who want a more traditional university experience, seeking bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees, the University of Alaska offers over 200 programs that prepare students for high-paying and professional careers in industries such as business, engineering, education and research.
Career clusters are used to group programs into general industry sectors that are available through the University of Alaska system of urban and community-based campuses, as well as distance delivery programs. There are 16 career pathways to explore for the education and training options available at the University of Alaska.
Alaska Career & Technical Education Plan
The leadership of the Departments of Education & Early Development (EED) and Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) recognized that addressing both the educational needs of students and the workforce needs of the state requires a cooperative planning effort. The Alaska Career and Technical Education (CTE) Plan is the result of this effort and builds on the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act Training Strategic Plan endorsed by the Alaska Workforce Investment Board in 2008 and the Alaska Education Plan adopted by the State Board of EED in 2009.
Work on writing the CTE plan began in January 2010 and involved a broad cross-section of policy makers, educators, employers, state agencies, training institutions and parent representatives. EED, DOLWD and the University of Alaska (UA) staff refined the details of the planned strategies and timeline.
The CTE plan addresses the individual need for career preparedness as well as the broader social need for a training and education system that is efficient, effective and coordinated with regional and state current and future work needs. Click here to learn more.
Support of CTE in Alaska has continued with Governor Bill Walker signing an Executive Proclamation declaring February CTE Month on January 29th, 2015.