Iḷisaġvik College Vocational Trade Program

Vocational Trades

Associated Construction Trades

The Associated Construction Trades (ACT) program offers training in Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Scaffolding, Insulation, and Pipefitting. The certificates offered within the ACT program are designed to prepare students to enter the work force with a minimal set of skills or to upgrade their current skill level for employment.

Iḷisaġvik College uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curricula, which are nationally, recognized for craft training and provide a National Registry which provides transcripts, certifications and wallet cards to students who successfully complete all required course work.

Check the current year schedule to find out which classes are being offered in the Spring and Fall semesters for that year.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

You must pass a drug test and COMPASS math test to be accepted into these programs.

Students must be in good physical condition. Students should be able to tolerate confined spaces and heights. Students are expected to be able to read and understand task descriptions, safety manuals, and safety and warning signs. Students must also be able to give and receive oral safety warnings, instructions, and task assignments.

Students registering for the complete program have priority enrollment. Students are urged to apply as early as possible for this program. Enrollment is limited and the training is in heavy demand. Students who are put on the wait list for the semester in which they applied are given preference in the following semester.

Program Outcomes

In addition to apprentice and related learning courses, these programs are designed to assist the student in realizing the following outcomes:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to investigate, interpret and communicate issues involving the trade, the community, and the home.
  • Participate in coordinating projects and supervise others.
  • Work with a team unit in a direction that aligns with stated vision, mission and values.
  • Work within the legal, regulatory and code parameters of the trade/community.
  • Seek out and engage in learning opportunities that broaden perspective, deepen understanding and increase personal fulfillment throughout life.
  • Integrate Iñupiaq knowledge, values and culture into business practice.

Fast Track Training

In an effort to better prepare students for the work place, along with the drug testing, some of these classes will be six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This will not only give students an idea of what their work day will be like, but also allow students to complete the training in three to six weeks depending on the craft training they are taking.