The University of Alaska Southeast will offer new certificate programs in drafting technology and pre-radiologic technology qualifications to help meet local work force demands.
The University of Alaska regents, meeting in Juneau at the Auke Lake campus, approved the programs Thursday.
The 11-course drafting technology program will begin this fall.
Students will receive training in construction, conventional drawing techniques and computer-aided drafting, the university said.
The certificate is intended to prepare students for entry-level jobs as drafting technicians.
Juneau design firms have been asking for more drafting technicians, said Marquam George, assistant professor of construction technology at UAS.
"There seem to be a lack of trained drafting and AutoCAD people in Southeast," he said. AutoCAD is computer drafting software.
UAS already offers drafting and AutoCAD courses, but incorporating them into a certificate in drafting is expected to attract more students.
For the new certificate program, the university will add courses in construction documentation and building codes and standards.
UAS expects to enroll four full-time students in the first year, and 14 students in a few years, George said.
The certificate program in pre-radiologic technology qualifications would accept students in March. Radiologic technology refers to X-rays.
The certificate would prepare students for further training, such as in the associate's degree program in that field at the University of Alaska Anchorage, which also provides instruction by distance in Juneau, Ketchikan and Fairbanks.
Many of the 100 applicants for the UAA program were poorly prepared to compete for admission, program director Erica Koch Wright told the UAS Curriculum Committee in a memo.
Students in the 12-course pre-radiologic technology program will complete their general course requirements, basic life science classes, and preliminary courses in radiologic technology.
The program will be offered in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.
There is a local shortage of radiologic technicians, said Sheryl Washburn, patient care administrator at Bartlett Regional Hospital.
Bartlett is supplying scholarships to two students in radiologic technology, and is providing the clinical instruction for two others, she said.
Alaska employment in health-related occupations is expected to increase 78 percent, to about 28,000 jobs in 2010, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects.
UAS said it receives about 40 inquiries a year from students seeking training as radiologic technicians.