Academic AdvisingLibrary ServicesTesting and Proctoring ServicesInternships

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors assist students in developing and pursuing educational plans consistent with their life goals. Advisors use assessment scores, transcript information, and student input to help them choose the best programs and courses for their academic objectives. Advisors can also provide guidance for college policies and procedures, as well as help students build their academic skills. It is important for students to know who their advisor is and to seek advice often, rather than meeting only when problems arise.

Set up an appointment:

To schedule an advising appointment, please contact Student Services at 907.834.1600. Students may also contact their closest extension campus for additional assistance: Copper Basin Extension Center 907.822.3673; Cordova Extension Center 907.424.7598.

Academic Advisor: Valdez Campus

PWSC Academic Advisor, Heidi Franke

Heidi Franke
(907) 834-1626

Library Services

PWSC partners with the City of Valdez to offer a combined public/college library to students and members of the community. PWSC students also have the right to use the resources available from the UAA-Anchorage Consortium Library.

Valdez Consortium Library

  • Library Catalog
    Search for books, music, videos and more! Over 1 million items in libraries throughout South Central Alaska.  Place a hold to have items sent to the Valdez Consortium Library.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Borrow books from libraries worldwide when they are not available in the library catalog.  Ask for a form at the front desk at the library.
  • Listen Alaska
    Download audio books, ebooks, and music to your personal computer.
  • Mango Languages
    Learn languages online including Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.
UAA Consortium Library

  • Find Books & Articles
    Search ebooks, academic journals, magazines, newspaper articles, and more. Accessible from off campus with your Blackboard username and password.
  • Research Help
    Answer questions, watch video tutorials, utilize an interactive research guide, or request help from a librarian directly.

Testing and Proctoring Services

PWSC offers placement testing and proctoring services. Please call 907-834-1600 or email, to schedule a test time. Our Extension Centers also offer these services; contact them directly at the Copper Basin Campus (907-822-3673), or the Cordova Campus (907-424-7598) for scheduling.

Test Proctoring

PWSC Student Affairs provides proctored testing services to University of Alaska distance students, as well as to members of the community in need of an official proctored test site. UA Students can request PWSC as their testing site through their main campus’ eLearning sites:

If you are not a University of Alaska student, you must pay a proctor fee.

It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a sufficient amount of time for their exams, and present receipt of payment at the time of testing.

Click here for current proctoring rates (effective July 1, 2017).

If you are a student an instructor requesting a proctored exam for another university or certifying organization, please send requests and materials to for further consideration.  You can also call PWSC Student Affairs at 907-834-1600 for information and appointments.

Placement Testing

Before registering for classes, most new students and some returning students will need to complete Accuplacer and ALEKS placement tests. The results will help your Academic Advisor place you in the most appropriate English and Math courses for your skill-level.  These tests are not graded; they are solely an assessment tool.  Matching current skill level with the correct beginning courses in English and Mathematics will increase the likelihood of success as you begin your program of study.

*Please note that test scores expire; English test scores are valid for two years; Mathematics test scores are valid for one year.


PWSC uses Accuplacer for English placement. This series of two tests, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills) are untimed.  Plan for one hour to 90 minutes; some students require more time, some less.

What you will need:

  • Photo I.D. – Driver’s license, state issued I.D. Card, passport, or PWSC Student ID.
  • UA ID number or Social Security Number
  • $18 fee paid prior to testing – Students must pay the fee with a cashier and show proof of payment in the test center for Accuplacer English Tests. If you are unhappy with your Accuplacer scores, you may retest once per subject per academic year. You must wait a minimum of 2 days before you retest, and pay the fee again.

Preparing for Accuplacer:

If it has been awhile since you have taken a writing class, you may want to brush up on your skills before testing. The following websites may be helpful to you:

If you are unable to take Accuplacer tests on a PWSC campus, distance testing can be arranged. Call Student Affairs at 907-834-1600 for more information.


The University of Alaska is now using ALEKS for all math placement assessment.  Candidates can take the placement test unproctored anytime of the year, from any computer that has internet access. To use the PWSC Test Center computer, please make an appointment.  The ALEKS is untimed, but plan for 90 minutes to two hours. Results will be immediately uploaded and available to your advisor and in your UAOnline account.

Students can take the test up to 5 times over 6 months, and UAA will use the highest score.  The program includes learning modules and practice questions for students to improve their skills.

What you will need:

  • UA I.D. number – New students can create a student account by going to UAOnline and applying for admission or filling out a Request Information (Prospective Student) form. Returning students can look up their student ID number at or ask Student Affairs for assistance.
  • ALEKS testing is free, and includes 5 test attempts and learning modules.
  • Get more information and take the test here or find the link on the UAOnline home page.

Score Placement Charts


Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Internships

In collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, PWSC is offering students unique and exciting internship opportunities. In these internships, students engage in the conservation of public lands as they explore the many careers within natural resource management. All full-time, degree seeking PWSC students are eligible to apply.

The internship was awesome. It was a truly unique and fulfilling experience. I learned a lot about Alaska and got to see so much that I hadn’t before. I also learned a lot about the BLM and how it operates within the state. Being on the trail and river crew was great. The group developed a strong sense of camaraderie from being out in the field so much, and I gained a few new friends in this world. My internship gave me several opportunities to practice organizational, leadership, technical, and teamwork skills.

Ryan Chalker, PWSC Student

BLM Internship Benefits

Benefits for completing a 12-week summer internship include:

  • Summer housing through the BLM
  • $6,000 stipend
  • Earn up to three college credits; tuition waiver may be applied.
  • Training provided by the BLM: CPR, First Aid, and more.
  • Enjoy hiking, rafting, fishing, and camping while serving our public lands in Alaska.
  • Build professional relationships and work experience in the natural resource career fields.
  • Open pathways to future employment and career opportunities.

Available BLM Internships

BLM Outdoor Youth Leadership Intern (519.1 KiB)

BLM Summer Recreation Intern (570.3 KiB)

BLM Lands and Realty Internship (2.1 MiB)

If you are interested in BLM internships and career opportunities, contact Vicki Heisser:

Vicki Heisser
Program Coordinator


“An internship is any carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience.”

The National Society for Experiential Education

The purpose of an internship is to provide students learning experiences which allow them to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. At PWSC, internships are required capstone experiences for all AAS degree emphasis areas, including Outdoor Leadership, Millwright, and Safety Management. A student must have instructor approval to enroll in an internship course for academic credit. Before granting approval, the instructor will consider the previous courses the student has taken, the workplace with which the student proposes to work, and the student’s intended learning outcomes for the internship. Once accepted into an internship and during the work experience, the student will complete assignments designed to guide reflective thinking about the work experience and how it relates to classroom learning.

For more information on PWSC internships, contact:

Sharry Miller
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

The Academic Affairs office provides guidance, support, and oversight of all academic programs of the College, including: degrees & certificates, workforce and professional training programs, Adult Basic Education, instructional design, our extension campuses at Copper Basin & Cordova, and continuing education.

Contact Academic Affairs