AVTEC gets $5M donation from oilfield co.
Alaska’s primary vocational school is upgrading its Maritime Training Center, for free.
AVTEC’s Seward campus will soon receive new equipment and state-of-the-art simulators valued at more than $5 million as part of a donation from Superior Energy Services Inc., a Houston-based global oilfield services company, according to the state Labor Department.
“This generous donation comes at a critical time when state dollars for workforce training are dwindling,” AVTEC Director Ben Eveland said in a formal statement. “On behalf of the students and staff at AVTEC, we are so grateful to Superior Energy Services for donating these valuable training resources.”
AVTEC’s maritime training programs attract mariners from around the world to Seward to use the school’s vessel simulators. The simulators are a key element to its ice navigation course — the only such certified course in the country and one of a handful worldwide.
They have also been used by the Alaska LNG Project to model its prospective marine and jetty facilities planned for Cook Inlet near Nikiski; and the City of Seward engineered its new marine industrial park breakwater by imputing and testing various designs in the vessel simulators.
Along with new maritime, crane and vehicle simulators, Superior Energy Services is also donating computers, HVAC units and office equipment.
“Alaska’s workforce will benefit from this generosity, and Alaska’s budget will benefit from the money saved,” Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas said.
AVTEC has nearly 900 students and boasts a 77 percent “on-time” graduation rate, according to the state Labor Department.
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