Below are resources for local programs that provide skill-based training, youth activities, and online tools to gain skills.  Learn more by clicking the buttons to each website.


Alliance Career Training Solutions

With locations in Salinas and Santa Cruz, Alliance Career Training Solutions provides classes in software, business, and technical training.

Digital Nest

Through training, peer collaboration and professional mentorship, Digital NEST (Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology) youth are supported in mastering the technological skills they need to pursue higher education and careers in our globally connected world.

Cabrillo Youth Summer Programs

Every summer Cabrillo Extension offers an inclusive, safe, and positive learning environment where kids (age 5-18) can dive deep into their hobbies or passions, explore career paths, learn new skills—and have tons of fun in the process. Diverse programming includes everything from creative culinary camps to hands-on STEM experiences to adventures in art to building skills to help student succeed in college and beyond.

Girls, Inc

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast delivers innovative, research-based programs designed specifically to address the strengths and needs of girls ages 8 to 18.  They inspire girls to pursue post-secondary education, develop leadership and decision-making skills, serve their communities, and acquire the ability and wisdom to lead healthy lifestyles.

GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives seeks to provide an effective, efficient, and equitable pathway into the solar industry. More than 3 million US workers are employed in well-paying clean energy jobs. GRID's installation training programs help individuals launch careers in this booming industry. GRID offers two progressive certificate programs - Installation Basics Training (IBT) and Team Leader Training. Trainees may specialize in electrical or array work, or both.

Growing Up in Santa Cruz

This site features a calendar of events that highlights activities, groups, performances and other programs that are focused on children, families and parenting in Santa Cruz County.  It also has regular columns and articles focusing on parenting from pregnancy through the teen years. There are annual guides developed each year; Independent Schools, Health, Beauty & Fitness, Childcare & Preschools, Teens, Summer Activities, Back to School Enrichment, Public Schools, and Pregnancy and Birth that offer an in depth listing of resources in those areas.


Founded by Your Future Is Our Business, a Santa Cruz County nonprofit, LINK connects students with local businesses and professionals to provide work-based learning opportunities.


Resources to let students know the benefits of a LinkedIn profile and presence, and to help them get started.

Loaves, Fishes & Computers

Through volunteering at Loaves, Fishes & Computers (LFC), volunteers gain valuable technical, business and administrative skills appropriate for career exploration, career development, and higher education advancement. They also learn problem solving skills and how to work collaboratively as well as independently.

Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership provides high school students with the opportunity to acquire academic, career and technical skills and to prepare for life-long learning and success in the changing workplace.  Click here for course catalog.

Skills Commons

The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development. Explore free and open educational resources online.

Sueños Program

Sueños is a program of Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board that helps teenagers and young adults (ages 16 to 24) develop workplace skills that will prepare them to enter and thrive in an increasingly competitive labor market.

Youth Ambassadors for Peace

Youth Ambassadors for Peace Program (YAP) is a program of the Monterey County Workforce Development Board for participants between the ages of 16 and 24. Program services include: job shadowing, work readiness training, personal money management, life skills education, mentoring, and referrals to vocation training.