University of Alaska reduces tuition for certain technical courses

For those pursuing technical careers such as mining, pharmacy technology or welding, education at the University of Alaska is about to get a little more affordable.

Beginning this fall, tuition for 300 career and technical education (CTE) classes at UA schools will be reduced by 25 percent. CTE classes, UA President Jim Johnsen said in a release, help provide a foundation for developing skilled workers who can fill key positions in Alaska communities.

“In providing a tuition reduction on courses in many high-demand workforce areas, I’m confident more students will have the opportunity to build the skills needed for their advancement in our future workforce,” Johnsen said in a release. “These skill-based programs also are ideal for employers looking to affordably develop employees’ skills or for individuals looking to change careers or increase their credentials.”

The reduction in tuition is part of the university’s plan to grow enrollment and help meet Alaska’s workforce needs. The university, according to a release, is the top provider of workforce development programs in the state.

The tuition reduction will be applied on a course-by-course basis, according to the release. A lower division course tuition is $212 per credit, and the tuition would be reduced by $53 per credit. Open registration for fall classes begins April 16, and a list of courses and programs can be found at www.alaska.edu/starthere/cte.

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