UAA Community and Technical College Highlights Programs and Students in Video

The University of Alaska Anchorage Community & Technical College (CTC) offers career and technical education programs that are closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries. CTC faculty work with industry professionals to develop relevant, hands-on training for students. Our graduates earn good wages in high-demand fields that allow them to support themselves, their families and contribute to the state’s economy.

Industries We Serve

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Construction and Design
  • Culinary, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Oil and Gas

The college delivers innovative instructional services that support student success. Through continuing education, CTC engages the community and provides opportunities for personal enrichment and professional growth.

Source: UAA Community and Technical College

Workforce Wednesday: Becoming a Firefighter

There are more than a dozen new firefighters working in Anchorage the first week of July, as the Anchorage Fire Department ends its training academy. Now, it’s time to get ready for the next round of future first responders.

Wednesday, Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium and Alex Boyd, AFD’s assistant fire chief, joined Daybreak to talk about how to get started in a career as a firefighter.

“Well, it’s a fairly intense training, lasts about 14 weeks once we start,” Boyd said. “Then it lasts for about another year beyond that. You need a good, strong, solid work ethic and an ability to serve.”

Boyd says many recruits who make it through training will stay their entire career.

“It’s a family environment, a family lifestyle, and folks that start in there start to make connections throughout their career that they just don’t want to leave,” he said.

It takes 450 hours to get through the probation period and five years to reach journey level if you plan to become a firefighter. Salary starts at $40,000 and can go up to around $90,000, depending on training and certifications.

Hiring for Anchorage Fire Department

  • Announce test date: Aug. 2016
  • Seminars: Sept. – Nov. 2016
  • Testing: Jan. 2016

Salary Range

  • Entry level: $40k – $45,000/yr
  • Mid level: $65k – $75,000/yr
  • Experienced Journeyman: $80k – $90,000/yr

APICC Outreach Coordinator

  • Martha Peck
    (907) 770-5250

For more information on employment and training, visit APICC’s website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Becoming a Firefighter | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Workforce Wednesday: Careers in HVAC-R

Careers in HVAC-R, can be one of the most steady jobs during a down economy. These technicians work on and maintain the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration of commercial buildings.

Wednesday, Eric Robinson, a local technician instructor, joined Daybreak. He said the new service apprenticeship offer cross training in the sheet metal trade and construction side. HVAC technicians can make anywhere from 20 to 40 dollars an hour plus benefits, depending on experience. After high school, technical school prepared him for an apprenticeship, Robinson said. As an instructor, he looks for candidates who enjoy hands-on work.

“I like somebody that has strong and mechanical aptitude, somebody that likes to know why it doesn’t work or why it does work, being able to go through the problem solving,” Robinson said.

Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 23 is accepting applications for their next apprenticeship program now through June 3.

Businesses Hiring

  • Alaska Integrated Services
  • CLR Services, Inc.
  • General Mechanical, Inc.
  • LONG Building Technologies
  • Polar Refrigeration & Repair
  • Refrigeration & Food Equipment

Estimated Pay Range


  • First Year: $20.40
  • Second Year: $24.47
  • Third Year: $30.59
  • Fourth Year: $34.67


  • $40.79

APICC Outreach Coordinator

  • Martha Peck
    (907) 770-5250

For more information on employment and training, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in HVAC-R | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Workforce Wednesday: Career training for high school students

Getting job experience while in high school or on summer break can payoff when you graduate. It has for 18-year-old Jacob Wood who joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about his new career as an apprentice electrician.

Wood said it wouldn’t have been possible without his hard work and planning throughout high school. He took on-the-job training classes at King Career Center before getting an entry level job at Hotwire Electric. The local labor union, IBEW, chose him for an apprenticeship right out of high school because of his work ethic.

Businesses Hiring

  • NANA Management Services
  • Brown’s Electric
  • Graybar

Estimated Pay Range

  • Entry level: $10 – $12 per hour
  • Mid-range: $15 – $20 per hour
  • Apprentice: $40 – $55 per hour

APICC Outreach Coordinator

  • Martha Peck
    (907) 770-5250

For more information on employment and training, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Career training for high school students | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11