Accounting Clerk and
Computer Information Processor
When Jenna graduated from high school in 2015, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. There were just too many choices out there, too many possibilities. She spent the next two years working part time at a local construction business, helping with office work and bookkeeping. She supplemented her income by babysitting, housesitting, and petsitting for friends and acquaintances. After getting some real-world experience under her belt, Jenna decided to make some decisions about her future.
A recipient of the Alaska Performance Scholarship, Jenna had various options at her fingertips. However, the prospect of becoming tens of thousands of dollars in debt to pay for a college education just didn’t seem like a sound decision to her. Jenna had done her research and knew that many graduates of vocational education are compensated well, and they enter the workforce with less debt and in a shorter amount of time than college students.
Jenna heard about AEC from a friend, and after contacting staff at AEC she said that the quality of communication and investment she received from us was the deciding factor in her choosing to attend AEC. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect- our Office Occupations programs had just been deemed eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Jenna’s scholarship award combined with this year’s Matching Funds Program sponsored by AEC paid for all of her training.
Jenna has excelled at AEC and will receive a diploma in Accounting Clerk and Computer Information Processor at our graduation in May. She is also scheduled to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate Exam in Microsoft Excel. Her instructors refer to her as a bright student who brings insight and interest to class discussions.
Even though graduation is a month away, Jenna has already found full-time employment at Dimond M Ranch Resort in Kenai, AK. She has been hired as an Office Assistant and will be tasked with a variety of duties daily. It is the goal of owner/operator Ronna Martin for Jenna to eventually take over all of the daily office activities and become the Office Manager.
In today's electronic-saturated world, children are exposed to technology at a young age. Many toddlers can navigate a smart phone before they can spell their name, and kindergartners have given up bicycles and hide-and-seek for online gaming. Although the kids of today seem to know everything there is about navigating our plugged-in world, many of them lack the basic building blocks necessary to be efficient and productive in today's society.
Here are a few things that all kids should know and be able to do in order to be successful in today's tech-savvy culture. Whether your kids are online 24/7 or have limited electronic access, I encourage you to take the time to review these skills with them. What they do and don't know might just surprise you.
1. Basic Internet Safety
No matter how restrictive your own home might be, the internet is everywhere. It is important to teach kids at a young age appropriate boundaries when they are presented with technology. The topics that should be covered will vary with your child's age, but it is never too early to start teaching them what you might deem appropriate for their age and maturity level.
2. Internet Etiquette
Especially appropriate for tweens and teens, it is crucial that kids be taught the importance of respecting others online, and have an understanding of what kinds of things are appropriate and inappropriate to post and share.
Kids should know the correct way to type on a keyboard. I am amazed at the number of kids graduating from high school who peck at the keyboard with a couple of fingers. If your child's school doesn't teach typing, encourage them to learn on their own. There are tons of websites that teach proper typing, and your kids will thank you later.
4. Finding Reliable Resources Online
Once kids reach high school, they should be able to search for topics on the internet and tell if a resource or website is trustworthy. This skill is absolutely necessary in today's information-overloaded world.
5. Microsoft Office
Spend some time browsing employment openings, and you will see that many jobs require experience with Microsoft Office applications. Commonly used applications include Excel, Word, and Outlook. PowerPoint and Publisher are also good to learn, but aren't as common.
Basic Internet Safety
With scholarship deadlines just around the corner, now is the time to buckle down and start applying. Not going to a traditional 4-year college? No problem! We did the leg work and came up with a list of scholarships specifically for vocational education programs.
First on your scholarship list should be the Alaska Performance Scholarship. If you plan to attend a vocational school, the process is actually pretty easy. You can learn all about using the Alaska Performance Scholarship here. It is worth filling out the paperwork even if your grades weren't the best in high school, because the scholarship is awarded in tiers and is based on a combination of grades and test scores. Not a recent grad? Alaskans have 6 years after graduation to use their Alaska Performance Scholarship!
Next on your scholarship list is exploring all of the available scholarships that you are eligible for. Our financial assistance page has a fairly comprehensive list of vocational scholarships that you may be eligible for. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship before you spend time filling out applications. Also, be sure to check the deadline dates, as each scholarship is different. Some scholarships are offered twice a year, so make note of those for future reference.
If you've applied for all of the scholarships you are eligible for and are still in need of funding, your community may have resources available to help make up the difference. On the Kenai Peninsula, some of these community resources include: Career Support and Training Services, The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Public Assistance, and Kenaitze Indian Tribe.
Thinking of attending Amundsen Educational Center this fall? Enroll by May 1st to take advantage of our Matching Funds Program!
QuickBooks is a course that we teach within our Accounting Program, but it can be taken as a stand-alone course for anyone interested in learning how to utilize this accounting software for their own business or training. The course is taught once every fall and spring.
Learn how to:
- Set up a new company
-Manage expenses, sales and income
-Do reports, bank reconciliations and transactions
-Customize QuickBooks for your company
-Track inventory, billable time and costs
-Do Payroll setup and processing
-Year End Procedures
Upcoming Course Dates:
Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm
February 27th-April 19th
Cost is $600 for the course, and includes all fees, book cost, and 140-day student trial version of QuickBooks.
Students will receive a certification of completion from AEC upon successful completion of the course.
(Students will need to provide their own laptop computer)
Call 907.260.8041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll.
Good news for potential AEC students! We have just received confirmation that ALL of our diploma programs are now eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship!
Even better news? Enroll for the fall semester by May 1st and you can use your scholarship, PLUS take advantage of our matching funds program.
Want more information? Check out our page featuring all of the details on how to use your benefits and see if you qualify. Don't forget- students have 6 years after they graduate to use their funds!
Ready to enroll? Contact us today!
The great thing about Amundsen Educational Center is that their Office Occupations Courses are open enrollment. This means that students can begin their training at any time from August through January. February 1st is the deadline for students to enroll and begin classes to make sure they have sufficient time to graduate in May.
Why enroll now?
For starters, you will be finished with school and be able to find a job for the summer, which is the peak hiring season in Alaska. The second benefit to enrolling now is because our Matching Funds Program is still in effect. This means that you will only need to fund half of your total school costs- the rest is covered through the Matching Funds Program. This program will go away May 1st, so students must enroll before the deadline to make sure they get the benefit.
What Programs are Available Now?
Currently, our Office Occupations programs are available for open enrollment. This includes: Accounting Clerk, Computer Information Processor, and General Office Clerk.
This 90-hour Private Pilot Ground School course (40 hours class instruction + 50 hours homework) will prepare you for the FAA Private Knowledge Test, which is the first step in obtaining your Private Pilot's License.
Instruction includes basic aerodynamics, aircraft engine operation and flight instruments, navigation, weather information and dissemination services. It also includes FAA regulations, the Aeronautical Information Manual, radio communication and navigation.
About the instructor:
April Erhardt is a certified flight instructor, instrument flight instructor, holds airplane single- and multi-engine ratings, and is an A&P mechanic. She currently serves as a flight instructor at Missionary Aviation Repair Center (MARC) in Soldotna and has been flying for 10 years. She has been teaching Ground School for more than five years in Alaska and Washington State. April has been working on maintenance and inspections of aircraft since 2008. She loves flying and airplanes, and teaching others about flying and airplanes!
We have partnered with the IDEA homeschool program and offer dual credit of 1/2 a high school credit upon completion of the course for high school students. We are an IDEA vendor and can bill them directly. We are also willing to work with Connections homeschool program, speak to your advisor about high school credit eligible for this course.
Students must be at least 14 years of age and have successfully completed a pre-algebra course with a strong conceptual understanding.
*Note that this is a course that prepares you for the FFA Private Knowledge Test and we do not offer additional training or flight lessons.
I have a plaque in my office that reads, "Dreams Only Work if You Do." Sitting around wishing for a better job doesn't get you a better job. What can get you a better job? Vocational training at Amundsen Educational Center!
We have openings in our Office Occupations programs for the spring semester. In 18 weeks of training, you can get the education and credentials you will need to get a job that you love. We offer classes in Microsoft Office, Accounting, QuickBooks, Business English, Job Readiness, and much more. Once you receive your diploma from AEC, you will be ready for the job that you never thought you could have.
We have a wonderful matching funds program happening for the remainder of the school year, which means you can get your education at AEC for half the cost. Still need funding to help pay for training? Check out our Financial Assistance page.
The spring semester begins on January 10th, 2017. It could be your first day to a new year and a fresh start!
Did you know that you can earn up to 6 college credits just by taking Microsoft Certificate Exams?
The American Council on Education is the organization that makes it possible. According to their website, the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) was established in 1974 to connect workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for formal training taken outside traditional degree programs. With over 35,000 programs reviewed, CREDIT is the national leader in the evaluation process for education and training obtained outside the classroom including courses, exams, apprenticeships, and other types of nontraditional forms of training.
There are three main steps involved in earning college credit for your certifications.
Step 1: Research Your School
The first step in earning college credit for your certifications is to contact your school's admissions department. You will need to find out whether or not the school adheres to the American Council on Education’s recommendations for providing college credit to those who have earned Microsoft certifications. The ACE has a list of schools who recognize their recommendations here.
Step 2: Determine Whether or Not Your Certification Qualifies
Search for your certification or test here to see if it qualifies. If so, you will need to determine whether or not the certifications that you have earned are eligible under the school’s program.
The college credit recommended for each exam varies depending on difficulty and topic. Remember that this is just a recommendation, and you will need to double check with your college or university for confirmation.
Step 3: Submit a Transcript
The third step in earning college credit for your certifications is to submit a transcript to your school. In order to provide the transcript that your school requires, you will have to enroll in the American Council on Education’s transcript service.
After you have registered with the transcript service, browse the American Council on Education course catalog and add the exams that you have passed to the course list. As you do, you will have to provide the date on which you received each certification.
After the American Council on Education has verified your certifications, use the American Council on Education website to submit a transcript request. There is a $20 fee that is charged for setting up your transcript account and that fee includes one transcript. If you decide later to submit transcripts to other schools, there is a $15 fee for each transcript.
Preparing for Certification
There are many online resources available to help prepare you for a Microsoft certification exam. However, these resources may not be accurate or thorough. If you want to make sure you receive all of the training and practice that you will need to be successful, you might consider taking an official Microsoft course. AEC offers Microsoft courses both online and on campus through Microsoft's Imagine Academy program. The benefit of taking a course through AEC is that our curriculum is written by Microsoft and the course is designed for the student to pass the certificate exam upon completion.
Another benefit to taking a Microsoft course with AEC is that we offer an exam discount for students, and testing is done here on campus. Courses are available both online and on campus, so you can choose the one that is right for you. For more information about our Microsoft courses, visit our website.
Getting Your Employer to Pay for Your Certification
Many employers offer a tuition reimbursement program. Some schools (like AEC) offer classes that will actually prepare you to take Microsoft certification exams. Therefore, it is theoretically possible to take such a class and the exam, and then have your employer reimburse you for it through their tuition reimbursement program.