Technology and Skills Training

Technology & Skills Training (TaST) provides workshops that are interactive and topics aimed to enhance basic life and job readiness skills. Through unique motivational strategies, hands-on basic computer training, certifications, and tips to identify and break unhealthy behavior patterns, participants will be better equipped to successfully navigate social and workplace challenges.


Program Benefits

  • Earn National Career Readiness Certification Learn basic computer instruction
  • Earn OPAC proficiency certificate in MS Office suites including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access
  • Discover new problem-solving techniques
  • Enhance communication skills Increase employment opportunities
  • Become empowered to make informed life choices
  • Set goals and work toward attaining them
  • Develop a greater sense of self-awareness
  • Increase ability to demonstrate adaptive and positive behavior

Get Started

Workshops are participatory unless otherwise noted on your Family Self Sufficiency Plan. Review the TaST Workshop Calendar and sign up for a workshop of your choice. Or If you are interested in participating full-time, ask your Work Services Specialist to refer you to the TaST Program.


Monday – Friday
9:30am – 3:30pm


208 E. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
(907) 433-8500


21 Secrets to Getting a Job – This workshop brings to the forefront some valuable techniques to assist job seekers with the successful pursuit of their employment dreams.

25 Qualities Job Interviewers Look For – When you’re job hunting, you need the right skills, education, and experience. Employers are also looking for a host of other qualities. As we explore 25 qualities that job interviews look for, participants will think about how they rate on each item and how they could improve.

Appropriate Voice Mail & Email Communication – In this workshop we will discuss how to create professional voice mails, email addresses, and professional ways that job seekers should answer their phone.

Back To The Basics – In this workshop participants will review Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to identify areas of life that need improvement, in order to work towards self-actualization.

Budgeting – This workshop explores the process of tracking expenses and creating a budget that is realistic and serves participants’ goals. The Budget Class also explores credit and money saving tips.

Cocky vs. Confident – Job seekers need to understand the difference between stating facts and bragging. All successful people exercise a degree of cockiness. This level of cockiness is accompanied by a solid work ethic leading to successful accomplishment of endeavors.

Couponing – In this workshop we will share couponing resources and techniques to help families with their grocery budget.

Cultivating Equanimity – What if you could have mental calmness, composure, and presence of mind, especially in difficult situations? That’s the definition of equanimity, a state of mind that exemplifies the polar opposite of what many of us experience in our daily lives — anxiety, stress, and distraction. It doesn’t take drugs to achieve this state of mind, just a simple mental exercise for 10 to 20 minutes a day, every day.

Four Agreements – In this workshop we will discuss Don Miguel Ruiz’s Book, The Four Agreements based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

Goal Setting – Set goals that are specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, time- sensitive and discuss possible barriers and how to handle them.

Look Who’s Watching – Internet safety and behavior, ethics, parenting, leadership skills.

Mock Interviews – Conduct individual mock interviews for clients to practice interviewing. Provide feedback and job interview tips.

Positive Parenting – In this workshop we will focus on what it takes to develop a strong, deeply committed relationship between parent and child based on communication and mutual respect. Positive Parenting focuses on teaching children not just what but also why. Positive parenting means training children toward self-control.

Setting Healthy Boundaries – Discuss different types of boundaries, complete a boundary exploration form, and create a plan to set healthy boundaries personally and professionally.

Stay Fueled – Stay fueled is about motivation. It’s about the individual taking control to their own lives and destiny.

Success Start Between the Ears – Resume writing and interviewing strategies are often viewed from the physical perspectives. How do I write, what do I say? Success starts between the ears explores both events from the mental perspective. How I think? This is important because what one thinks of his/herself plays a major role in their written and verbal presentations.

The Five P’s to Success – Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. In this workshop we will discuss the importance of thoughtful and detailed planning.

The Gift of Gratitude – In this workshop we will discuss the benefits of having/ showing gratitude, also identify things we are grateful for to increase motivation and positivity.

Toot Your Own Horn – Build confidence by completing skills assessment to remind clients of their skills and abilities.

Weight Lifting – In this workshop we will discuss the difference between daily loads each individual is responsible for carrying and heavy burdens that requires others assistance, also discuss stress relieving techniques.