Career Education

Career Education provides programs to meet the short-term training needs and long-term vocational, technical, and occupational needs of the residents of Southeast Alaska. These programs provide specific job-related skills for employment, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional advancement that enable graduates to function effectively in a technology-dependent society. Career Education includes programs in diesel, mine mechanic, marine oiler, construction, drafting/AutoCAD, building science, welding, applied fisheries, health information management, medical assisting, health sciences, marine transportation, pre-nursing qualifications, and pre-radiologic technology qualifications. Certificates and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are offered in certain fields.

Career Education programs and courses provide students with employment skills for entry into the job market, industry-specific skill upgrade or retraining, occupational endorsements, and preparation for license examinations.

Courses are delivered using a variety of teaching methods, including e-Learning technologies through audio, video, Internet and printed materials. Vocational-technical laboratories provide students with state-of-the-art equipment comparable to what would be encountered in industry. To accommodate training needs of business and industry, some courses are compressed from meeting a few hours per week for a semester into day-long classes that may meet for more than a week. This arrangement allows students to complete course offerings in an abbreviated time period that may be more easily accommodated in a non-traditional student schedule.

Career Education also includes the UAS Center for Mine Training (CMT). The mission of the UAS/CMT is to provide world-class workforce training in occupational fields leading to employment in the mining industry, with special emphasis on expanding an Alaskan workforce for underground hard rock mining. The Center provides varied educational activities including for-credit and non-credit programs, such as Mine Safety Training, Orientation Courses, Workforce Credentials, Occupational Endorsements, Certificates, and Associate-level degrees for those seeking a career in the mining industry. Learn more at

The UAS Maritime Training Center in Ketchikan provides training for above and below deck maritime jobs. The Maritime Training Center provides for-credit and non-credit classes that lead to U.S. Coast Guard credentials. Occupational Endorsements and Associate-level degrees in marine transportation are available. Learn more at

Occupational Endorsements

Alaskan Aquaculture

Alaskan Mariculture

Behavioral Health Assistant

Certified Nurse Aide Training

Computer Aided Drafting Technician

Fisheries Management

Health Information Management

Law Enforcement

Marine Transportation

Power Technology

Residential/Light Construction

Scientific Diving



Associate of Applied Science

Campus Key




D=Distance Learning/e-Learning

Dean/Juneau Programs
Cory Ortiz

Director, Ketchikan Campus
William Urquhart

Director, Sitka Campus
Paul Kraft 


Terissia Bell
Health Information Management Program Director
Associate Professor

Christopher Boss
Term Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation

Angela Bowers
Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology

Michele Cornwall
Term Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Rebecka DeRoos
Assistant Professor of Health Information Management

Luke Gibes
Term Assistant Professor of Welding

Robin Gilcrist
Construction Technology Program Head
Professor of Construction Technology

Dan Kistner
Assistant Professor of Welding

Mike LaBarge
Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies

Marilyn Lumba
Term Assistant Professor of CNA

Joel A. Markis
Associate Professor of Fisheries Technology

Neil Nickerson
Term Assistant Professor of Marine Transportation

Larry O'Loane
Term Assistant Professor of Power Technology

Grace Roller
Term Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Amy K. Samuel
Medical Assisting Program Director
Associate Professor of Medical Assisting

Neil Voelckers
Term Assistant Professor of Power Technology

Lauren Wild 
Term Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology

Steffen Frazier 
Term Assistant Professor of Power Technology