Adult Learning Programs of Alaska

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Adult Learning Programs of Alaska (ALPA) offers academic and workforce training. Read on to learn about the services offered by ALPA and explore other education options for Alaska's adult learners.

About Adult Learning Programs of Alaska

A non-profit organization founded more than 40 years ago, Adult Learning Programs of Alaska (ALPA) provides classes and training programs to adults in North Star Borough and Fairbanks. These include:

  • The Adult Education and GED Prep Program. This program provides courses and tutors to individuals wishing to earn their GED credential or improve basic math and reading skills. Adults who enroll in this program go through orientation, take assessment tests to determine skill levels, and are placed in appropriate courses based on their abilities.
  • The Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training (MASST) program. This program provides computer training and employment readiness workshops, along with job placement assistance, to unemployed or lower-income Alaska residents who are 55 or older. MASST participants are placed in part-time jobs at non-profit or public groups and organizations where they can develop their skills until they're able to find full-time employment.

Other Learning Programs for Adults in Alaska

Along with ALPA, adult learners in Alaska will find a variety of continuing and basic education programs offered by colleges and non-profit organizations. These include literacy training, GED preparation resources, and classes designed for professional or personal development.

University of Alaska Southeast (UAS)

The UAS Sitka campus has several programs for adult learners:

  • GED pre-testing, preparation materials, and tutoring are provided free of charge to adults who are not enrolled in high school and have not earned a high school diploma.
  • ESL instruction - including classes, TOEFL exam prep, and tutoring - is offered for free through the UAS Student Success Center. Students can also access a variety of print and multimedia resources to help improve their literacy and communication skills.
  • Continuing education offerings include non-credit personal and professional enrichment courses as well as classes designed to help professionals meet continuing education requirements. Courses are offered either on campus in Sitka or online and cover areas ranging from marine hydraulic systems to medical coding and care-giving strategies for people with Alzheimer's.

Alaska Literacy Program (ALP)

ALP is a non-profit educational program based in Anchorage. Volunteer instructors are trained by ALP to tutor and teach classes that cover:

  • Basic literacy courses and tutoring for adults
  • United States citizenship training for immigrants
  • Family literacy training for adults and children

The Adult Basic Education Program at Prince William Sound College (PWSC)

PWSC's Adult Basic Education Program offers services at its Valdez campus and its extension sites in Cordova and Glennallen. Tutoring and coursework is available in three areas:

  • Basic math, English, social studies, and science instruction
  • ESL verbal and writing skills
  • GED prep

Online Courses has a comprehensive library of online courses that adult learners in Alaska may use to prepare for exams or improve workforce and basic academic skills. All courses are self paced, include self-assessment quizzes and tests, and are accessible online whenever a student wishes to study. Resources include:

  • The GED Study Guide course covers topics included on all sections of the GED. Students may use the course comprehensively or choose to utilize lessons covering the subjects and areas with which they need the most help.
  • Computer training courses introduce students to PowerPoint and Excel.
  • The TOEFL iBT: Test Prep and Practice course covers all the topics included on this college admissions requirement for English language learners.

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