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Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Prepare For A Successful Future Ahead

Laney College is your personal gateway to a wonderful career. Did you know that many high-paying careers don’t require a 4-year college degree? In fact, the number of careers in technical fields is growing rapidly and the opportunities are plentiful. Once you complete a 2-year technical degree or certificate at Laney, you will have a portable credential which will travel with you wherever you decide to go.

At Laney, our CTE programs are constantly on the move, tracking industry trends and updating our classes and programs so that you will learn the cutting edge skills of the future. Our CTE faculty are hired because they are industry experts, most with many years of relevant industry experience and our CTE faculty are dedicated to your success!

If you are considering a career in Engineering, Construction, Business, Advanced Manufacturing, Green Technology, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and so many other fields, Laney College is the place to jump-start your career! We invite you to explore our programs, meet some of our faculty, and take a virtual tour of our exciting instructional labs.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare people of all ages and backgrounds to enter new careers with the skills needed for successful employment. CTE programs serve recent high school graduates, those re-entering the workforce, and those completing a bachelor's degree and now seeking career entry skills. CTE programs provide students with the opportunity to develop:

  • Academic and technical skills needed in their selected industry
  • Employability skills such as teamwork, customer relations, and self-management
  • Stackable certificates to ensure that every course and credential count towards the completion of a degree.

CTE programs at Laney College embrace a wide range of industries in many challenging fields including Advanced Manufacturing, Building and Construction Trades, Business and Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Digital Media and Communications, and Hospitality. Because the global economy is constantly evolving, Laney CTE programs change with the times. Examples of CTE Departments and Programs offered at Laney College can be found to the right.

Community colleges form the backbone of CTE education in the United States. Public high schools also introduce many career fields to aspiring students and create opportunities to transition from high school programs to post secondary education and training.
Laney's wide ranging CTE programs provide hands-on, project-based learning experiences with industry-specific technology, tools, and equipment. Short-term certificate programs as well as 2-year degree programs (many leading to 4- year degrees) are available. Laney College offers more than 55 CTE programs in nine top industry sectors. Start here and you can go virtually anywhere.

Many CTE classes will transfer to a similar program in a 4-year institution, most notably in Architecture, Business, Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management. We strongly recommend that if students intend to transfer, they consult with their counselor prior to taking classes to determine which courses will transfer. Some CTE programs have state-wide articulations in place which allow students to transfer classes within the state to participating 2-year and 4-year intuitions.

Yes! Many high paying careers do not require a bachelor's degree but do require rigorous post-secondary education. There is in fact a growing shortage of skilled technical workers, and this shortage is increasing. These skilled technical jobs cannot be taken offshore or automated out.

Career and Technical Education prepares students for high wage and high demand careers. In an ever-changing job market, CTE graduates enter the workforce having comprehensive skills and the ability to be innovative critical thinkers.CTE programs rely on industry input through Advisory Committees, thus, giving our programs access to current and competitive insight. This results in connecting local employers to local talent, who have been trained according to their input.
Laney CTE programs are the perfect fit for those seeking a dynamic learning environment with top instructors, innovative curriculum and state-of-the-art equipment. We partner directly with employers looking for skilled workers in these 9 top industries:

  • Building & Construction Trades
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Media & Communications
  • Engineering, Design & Production
  • Healthcare & Bioscience
  • Hospitality, Retail, & Tourism
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Personal Services
  • Public Service & Lab

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