Student and Alumni Spotlight

The small campus has its advantages. My instructors are actually here. I can talk to them like real people, and it's just nice having a campus where you can know everybody, instead of just being some random student in the corner of 200 people. Travis Tuttle
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Student Travis Tuttle

Why Choose PWSC?

graduate at commencement ceremony shaking hands

Quality Education

PWSC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the University of Alaska Anchorage and offers a variety of associate degrees and occupational endorsement certificates in high-demand industries. PWSC offers the advantages of a small college with many of the benefits of a larger university. Our students benefit from individualized attention from staff and faculty.
PWSC student loooks up at the northern lights as they appear over Valdez, Alaska

Epic Location

PWSC’s main campus is located in Valdez, Alaska. The main campus and its extension sites in Cordova and Copper Basin are set amidst some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and rich cultural history. Our location offers students access to ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and activities.
PWSC student on the Valdez Glacier in Alaska

Affordable Tuition

PWSC does not charge out-of-state tuition making it an affordable option for not only Alaskans, but any student seeking higher education. PWSC offers resources to help you finance your education. Loans, grants, and scholarships are some of the financial aid options.
Group of PWSC students in Valdez, Alaska

Tight-knit Community

Valdez is not only stunningly beautiful, but also a tight knit and safe community. While we are located in rural Alaska, our town is uniquely walkable. Our apartment style student housing is located in the center of town, giving students access to all that our town has to offer.
PWSC students jumping on the beach in Valdez, Alaska

PWSC Closed for Labor Day

PWSC will be closed on September 4, 2023, in observance of Labor Day.
PWSC students at the Valdez harbor

Free tuition and housing for students in the Natural Resource Technician and Marine Natural Resource Technician Occupational Endorsement Certificate programs

 And there’s still time for interested learners to apply!
PWSC student in Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Outdoor leadership student in Parks Internship Program at Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve this summer

Thanks to a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the Student Conservation Association (SCA), Alaskans can work in summer internships in the National Parks.

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