Fast Track Career Certificates & Grant Program

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UAA's Career Certificates can help you find the fast track to new or improved employment! Designed to focus on skills needed for the job, each one is targeted, complete and packaged into as compact a time frame as possible. In only a year's time, you can be ready for a new position in Bookkeeping, Construction, Entrepreneurship, Baking & Pastry Arts, Phlebotomy, Welding, or as an IT Support Desk Technician. Your opportunities are here, and the time is now!

The UAA Catalog provides detailed information about requirements for Occupational Endorsement Certificates. A complete listing of programs is also available. 

If you are interested in a certificate program, there may also be funding available to help you. The Fast Track grant program, funded by the Anchorage Municipality in 2021, is taking applications to fund students for up to $18,000 each in educational and living expenses. Read on below to learn more about this time-limited opportunity.



Invest this time to improve your training and skills, so when a good position you are interested in becomes available, you are the most qualified for the job.

COVID-19 has hit many people hard - business owners and employees alike! The Fast Track program is here to help you qualify for new or improved employment opportunities. The program, genderously funded by the Municipality of Anchorage, is designed to pay for a one-year occupational endorsement or undergraduate certificate from UAA. 

Specifically, Fast Track

  • Provides funds for 30 lower division credit hours along with associated costs for up to $9,000
  • Provides living expenses of up to $1,000/month for up to 9 months ($9,000)

There is an $18,000 maximum award per individual. The program may also fund certificates through another education provider that is based in or near Anchorage.

Frequently asked questions 

To be eligible for the Fast Track program, you must be a resident of the Anchorage Municipality (i.e, Anchorage Bowl, Chugiak, Eklutna, Eagle River, Peter’s Creek, Girdwood, Rabbit Creek) and meet any ONE of the following criteria:

  • You received unemployment anytime from March 2020 to present
  • You have been unemployed for six or more months 
  • You are determined to be economically disadvantaged and have not been recently enrolled in your chosen educational or training program

Applicants must be able to commit to a complete education/training program

Frequently asked questions 

To get started, you will first need to fill out a form to let the Fast Track Navigator know that you're interested: 

I’m Interested!

After receiving your interest form, the Fast Track Navigator will make an appointment to speak to you in greater depth about your goals and eligibility as well as to address your questions. The Navigator will work with you to make sure you are enrolled with the university, help you identify a suitable certificate program, and stay in touch after you are accepted into Fast Track. Once you are accepted, you will need to complete an award agreement. The agreement is an acknowledgement that you are willing to demonstrate ongoing progress in your program by verifying attendance and course reports in order to continue receiving financial support.


Fast Track Navigator 
Phone: (907) 786-6218