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Career and Technical Education

Today’s world of work is very different from past generations and there are many high wage - high skill careers that require certifications and associate degrees.

Many California Community Colleges offer a variety of career and technical education programs and can often be more affordable than a career college, depending upon your course of study. Community colleges offer different programs. For example, Crafton Hills College, in nearby Yucaipa, offers radiologic technology, the training needed to become an x-ray technician. At Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, you can earn a certificate in aviation and maintenance technology. Mt. San Antonio College, located near Cal Poly Pomona, offers air traffic control training and courses to become a registered veterinary technician. Explore the career and technical programs offered by California Community Colleges at

If you are interested in healthcare careers, check out the CA Health Workforce Initiative (CA-HWI) through the CA Community Colleges. They have an excellent website with pathway information.

Many students start at community college then transfer to a university to complete their degree. As an example, a student can complete an Associates Degree program in Hospitality at College of the Desert, then transfer to California State University San Bernardino and complete their Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.

Several career colleges in the valley offer a variety of programs including aesthetician-esthetician, barbering, computer support technician, cosmetology, manicurist, medical assisting, massage therapy, pharmacy technician, holistic health practitioner, and more. Visit each school’s website to see exactly what is offered.

If you are looking for automotive technology, check out College of the Desert -