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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.

Build A Green Future at Laney College!

As we move through the 21st century, sustainable building practices become more urgent every day. From waste management and transportation, to energy sources and construction materials, our cities and communities need resourceful and healthier solutions for people and the planet. Explore Laney’s green building programs in this video and on this page.


New Programs in Career and Technical Education

Industrial Maintenance

Laney College now offers a 9-month certificate program in industrial maintenance. This certificate allows successful students to gain entry to a demanding and rewarding career in the field of industrial maintenance. This is a multi-disciplinary program that gives students hands-on training in machining, welding, electricity and blueprint reading. Math and English skills are taught in context to support student learning in these core subjects. This stack-able certificate will prepare students for entry-level jobs in this industry or ready them for a second year certificate.

Departments in Career and Technical Education

Photo by David HanksArchitecture / Engineering

The Architectural and Engineering Technology Department offers vocational and paraprofessional programs in architectural and engineering technology as well as preparation for transfer to four- and five-year architecture programs. The curriculum provides necessary skills for employment in design and construction fields. Students may prepare for positions as CAD drafters, surveyor aides, office managers, and other occupations in public and private sector architecture and engineering offices. Supplemental courses offer students a broad architectural, engineering, and general education background and enable them to continue their education in architecture at a university level.

There are more than 200 Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing companies in the Bay Area. From production to purification of medicines and quality control to compliance with regulation, the Laney Biomanufacturing program is committed to teaching skills for building successful careers. The stack-able certificate programs offered include a 4.5 month and a 9 month program to prepare students for entry-level jobs in this industry, or ready them for a second year certificate/degree program.


The Business Department offer a wide variety of courses for students planning to: (1) develop business skills for immediate employment;(2) upgrade knowledge and skills in specific occupational areas; (3) transfer to four-year institutions with a major in the field of business. Four major options are outlined as well as Banking and Finance, and Management and Supervision.

Photo by David HanksCarpentry
The Carpentry Department offer students the necessary carpentry skills for careers as carpenters and general contractors. The program is designed for entry level people as well as those already working as carpenters. Classes are held on campus and at specific work sites off campus. Students gain actual hands-on experience while learning. The Carpentry Department builds new houses and renovates existing homes. We focus on green or sustainable methods, techniques and materials to provide homes for low and middle income families.

Computer Information Systems
The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department provides students with the necessary computer skills to find employment, and the analytic and necessary technical knowledge to progress to four-year institutions.
The CIS department at Laney College offers courses in computer programming languages and systems that are transferable and articulated with University of California and California State University schools. Additionally, technical courses and programs that are in high-demand areas of software and systems design, development and applications are offered.

Photo by Steve PowellConstruction Management
Construction Management provides students, who work in or plan to enter management of residential projects and commercial projects, with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment. Emphasis is placed on inspection, estimating, scheduling, legal, and business aspects of construction.

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The Laney College Cosmetology Program prepare students in all phases of cosmetology. The program consists of 1600 hours of training in theoretical foundations, manipulative skills, business knowledge, professional and ethical practices and prepares students for licensure examination through the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Photo by David HanksCulinary Arts
The Culinary Arts department offers two certificate programs (majors):  Baking and Pastry and Restaurant Management. They provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes which enhances successful employment in the various job classifications of the Culinary Arts industry. The programs include pre-employment courses, supervised experience prior to employment, extension classes, and short-term workshops for upgrading skills. Most classes are approved by Retail Bakers Association (RBA) and National Restaurant Association (NRA).

Photo by David HanksElectrical & Electronics Technology
The Electricity/Electronics offerings are designed to provide a knowledge-base and practical skills necessary to many careers. A fundamental knowledge of electricity and electronics are part of what drives all technology of the 21st century. In particular, anyone desiring careers in telecommunications, electronics product development (including computers and micro-processor driven equipment), Bio-Science Technologies (including anyone using medical equipment), construction, manufacturing, engineering and transportation must consider one or more of these classes. These courses are necessary for anyone involved with facility or plant maintenance, Homeowners and consumers will find many of the courses useful to aid them in selection of consumer products and effecting general household repairs.

Photo by David HanksEnvironmental Control Technology
Environmental Control Technology is a technical program offering the theoretical, technical, and problem-solving skills essential for employment in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry. Students completing the suggested curriculum can seek employment as refrigeration technicians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning technicians, and building engineers and technicians.

Photo by David HanksGraphic Arts
This certificate or AA degree program offers hands-on experience for students interested in combining artistic creativity and computer technology. Students receive practical knowledge of processes, theory of design principles and elements, computer software applications, and personal communication skills. Opportunities of employment from an education in graphic design range widely in emphasis. Related industries integrating graphic designers, digital imaging specialists and multimedia authors vary as much as commercial printing does from motion pictures. All mass visual communications require the skills and training of graphic design/digital imaging.

Photo by Steve PowellMachine Technology
This program is designed both for entry-level students and experienced craftspeople wanting to upgrade their skills. The up-to-date curriculum provides the current theoretical, technological and practical experience necessary for employment and advancement in the industry.

Photo by Alva VazquezPhotography
The Photography Department provides students with the necessary basic knowledge, technical and aesthetic skills for employment in various occupations in photography. Preparation for employment in commercial, industrial, technical, and scientific fields are  emphasized. Intermediate and advanced classes include both film and digital applications.

Photo by Cary GreenwoodWelding Technology
Welding Technology offers an opportunity to learn cognitive and manipulative welding skills which prepare the student for employment in occupations that use welding applications.

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Wood Technology
The Wood Technology curriculum offers instruction in woodworking for career-oriented students, and includes access to one of the best-equipped shops in Northern California. Employment-oriented students are assisted in finding work making custom furniture, kitchen cabinets, commercial fixtures, architectural mill work, and a wide variety of other wood products. Instruction is highly individualized and is designed to allow flexibility in learning speed, design experimentation, and areas of emphasis. The two primary goals of all classes are to make each student a safe machine and/or tool user, and to provide her/him with the problem-solving tools that relate to four-dimensional wood-based construction.

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