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.
The WorkKeys assessment system is a comprehensive employability skills assessment tool designed by ACT (the American College Testing program) to help individuals develop better workplace skills.
The main 3 WorkKeys exams are: Reading for Information, Locating for Information, and Applied Math. Each test is 55 minutes in length and material is based on situations in the everyday working world. Unlike other assessments, they don’t simply give an indication of reading and writing competency. Instead, they measure a range of hard and soft skills relevant to any occupation, at any level, and in any industry. Assessments can be taken on your own time, as many times as you want, and scores are only shared with employers when you're ready.
Successful completion of these exams can help you earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), which shows potential employers the works skills that you have demonstrated on the exam. This certificate is recognized by companies across the nation. In addition, Alaskan participants can earn an Alaska Career Readiness Certificate, which the Alaska Job Center Network says assists employers with evaluating current employees for further training and promotional opportunities.
In the state of Alaska, these exams are free. Simply find out from your local Job Center when testing is available. You will be able to take a pretest in each exam, and online learning opportunities are made available for you to improve upon your initial scores through a program called Career Ready 101/Key Train. This program is online and individuals can work to improve their knowledge and skills whenever they have time. When you're ready, simply go back and take the exam(s) that you want.
For more information about the WorkKeys Assessment, explore the links below:
Alaska Job Center Network
Career Ready 101
Check out the article in the Peninsula Clarion about our Retirement Open House!
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with our Open House Retirement Party! It was an honor to be a part of celebrating over 30 years in vocational education with Judi Walgenbach. Judi founded New Frontier Vo-Tech in 1985, and their first program offering was in Tourism! In 2008, Amundsen Educational Center purchased New Frontier Vo-Tech, and Judi was part of the package deal! Fondly known as "Grandma Judi," her love for people and her desire to help others better their lives will live on in the legacy that she has left here at AEC.