CTE Departments

Explore Our Career & Technical Education Programs

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The Architectural Department offers vocational and paraprofessional programs in architectural technology as well as preparation for transfer to four- and five-year architecture programs. The curriculum provides necessary skills for employment in the design and construction fields.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning are the future of tech. These technologies are already being used to revolutionize a wide variety of industries, from healthcare to finance to retail. As AI and ML continue to evolve, the demand for skilled professionals in these fields will only increase.


Our 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 offers a wide variety of courses for students planning to develop business skills for immediate employment, upgrade their knowledge and skills in specific occupational areas and transfer to four-year institutions with a major in the field of business.

The Business Cluster offers the following programs:

  • Banking & Finance (BNK/F)
  • Business (BUS)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Management & Supervision (M/SVN)


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. We build 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.

Commercial Music

The Commercial Music Program prepares students to seek entry & middle-level positions for virtually any phase of the music industry whether you are in front or behind the microphone. From performing and creating music, learning about copyright law and music forensics, working in music stores or publishing companies, running live sound gear, studio related careers, manufacturers, distributors, retail, teaching and the research of music through the study of music history, theory and more.

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. We offer courses in computer programming languages and systems that are transferable and articulated with UCs and CSUs. Additionally we offer technical courses and programs that are in high-demand areas of software and systems design, development and applications.

Construction 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.


Our Cosmetology Program prepares 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.

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts department offers two certificate programs (majors):  Baking & 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).

Data Science

The Data Science Fundamentals Certificate prepares students for careers as data analyst, data scientist, machine learning engineers, business analyst, computer systems analyst, logistics analyst, marketing analyst, and database managers. The multidisciplinary program provides the analytical, methodological, and programming skills required in data processing, information technology, business, and computing.

Electrical & 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.


Our Engineering department offers the lower division engineering major preparation courses for transfer in good standing to colleges and universities across California and the U.S. Engineering involves the application of scientific and mathematical principles to solve practical technical problems. In addition to the engineering courses, the preparation typically includes coursework in the sciences and mathematics.

Environmental 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.

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Graphic Arts

Our Graphic Arts department provides a first-tier education in Graphic Arts at an affordable rate. The diversity of the multi-generational and multicultural population of students and faculty provides a unique learning experience. We teach graphic design and new-media skills using the latest software used in the print and online media industries.

Legal & Community Interpreting

Our Legal and Community Interpreting curriculum is designed to prepare students who are proficient in English and Spanish for careers in legal and community interpretation. Additionally, the program will enhance the skill sets of working interpreters who want to improve their interpreting and knowledge of terminology and development of new skills.

Machine Technology

Our Machine Technology 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.

Media Communications

Our Media Communications program offers courses in HD and 4K video production, broadcasting, and post-production for digital video, film, radio and the broadcast arts. There are two major degrees and five certificates which offer entry into the industry or transfer to a four-year institution. The courses cover the gamut of authoring, producing, and editing creative content for the continually evolving communications technologies.


Our 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.


Our Welding Technology program introduces students to both the theoretical and manipulative skills necessary to perform in a broad range of welding careers. Students practice several different types of manual welding and learn the technical and scientific aspects of the welding process.

Wood Technology

Our 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.