AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology, started out as The Alaska Skills Center in response to developing demand associated with the 1968 discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Originally created as a post-secondary component of the State of Alaska Department of Education, AVTEC stands for Alaska Vocational Technical Center. It was rebranded as AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology to reflect its ever evolving mission of training Alaskan’s for work demanded by Industry. AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology is a division of the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD). It is the only statewide post-secondary vocational training center operated by the state. As a career and technical education center (CTE) AVTEC provides for Alaska’s residents a means to an entry-level career in under a year.