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What To Be

What To Be is radio show and podcast hosted by Your Future Is Our Business, a Santa Cruz non-profit that helps students explore careers. Listen to interviews that highlight the careers of inspirational people in Santa Cruz County and learn what their jobs are really like!

The American Red Cross Rotational Program

The American Red Cross Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Rotational Program is a three-year development program designed to offer recent MBA, MPA, MA, and MPP graduates a paid, full-time employment opportunity that leads to mission-critical positions within the organization.

Looker Certification

Looker offers certification exams for LookML Developer (LookML code development, maintenance, troubleshooting, caching policies, and data modeling best practices) and Looker Business Analyst (Looker report development, data visualization, and dashboard best practices). Exams can be taken in-person at a testing center with a proctor, or online with a proctor via a computer camera to ensure the integrity of the exam. By becoming Looker Certified, you’ll stand out as an expert within the data community, showcase your Looker knowledge, and expand your resume with proven skills.

 

Cabrillo College Community Health Worker Certificate

Cabrillo College’s newly launched Community Health Worker (CHW) Program trains and certifies students to work in the fields of public health, health care, and social services. You can earn a Certificate of Achievement in as few as two semesters! Job opportunities are expanding for these front line health professionals, with the majority of growth being in public health departments and community-based organizations.

Early Childhood Education Careers

There is a wide range of careers in this field that can allow you to work in a variety of different settings. Click the button to view a guide of Early Childhood Education Careers, which provides information about different career paths and the occupations within them – including the skills, education, and training you’ll need, as well as the salary you might earn. 

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) curriculum prepares students to enter the global industries of Fashion, Visual Arts, Interior Design, and Entertainment. They offer Associate of Arts, Professional Designation, Advanced Study, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs designed to enhance a variety of educational backgrounds. Learn more about their San Francisco campus.

Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) Program

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. Since 2009, thousands of eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government, working remotely from their school, dorm room, apartment, local library or coffee shop – wherever they happen to be! Virtual interns work only on unclassified projects

Tesla START Student Automotive Technician Program

Tesla START is an intensive training program designed to provide students across North America with the skills necessary for a successful career with Tesla—at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution. During the program, students will develop technical expertise and earn certifications through a blended approach of in-class theory, hands-on labs and self-paced learning.

Workforce for the Future

A website is designed to help you understand the 12-county Bay Area region’s labor market needs for a targeted group of middle-skills occupations.

Teach California

Teach California is designed to recruit individuals to the profession of teaching, explain the teacher preparation process, assist prospective teachers in creating their plan to become credentialed teachers, provide relevant content, partner with related public and non-profit entities, and offer links to important resources.

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Career Pathway Program

Career Pathways Program (CPP) was developed to provide students with practical experience related to their classroom learning.This is an outstanding opportunity for high school and college students to experience what it is like to work inside a hospital, featuring three pathways: business services, retail management, clinical services.

Salinas Valley Health Professions Pathway Partnership

The Salinas Valley Health Professions Pathway Partnership (SVHPPP) provides resources and programs to help you, your child or your students succeed in following a health profession pathway at any grade level; kindergarten through college pathways to train and grow the number of qualified healthcare workers in the Salinas Valley.

UA of Journey and Apprentices Plumbing & Pipe Fitting

The United Association (UA) of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, provides premier training programs, including five-year apprenticeship programs, extensive journeyman training, a comprehensive, five-year instructor training program, and numerous certification programs.  UA apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world.​

Northern California Tile Industry Training Center

The Northern California Tile Industry Training Center offers professional education and quality training in ceramic, glass, porcelain and stone tile installations for the tile craft workers.  Journeymen apprenticeship programs in Tile Layers and Tile Finishers are offered.

Monterey Peninsula College Sustainable Hospitality 2+2 with CSUMB

The Sustainable Hospitality Management program prepares students for transfer to another institution for advanced study. This program is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge to help them become successful leaders within the hospitality industry. The program is also a direct link to the Sustainable Hospitality Management bachelor’s degree that is offered at CSUMB.

CSU Monterey Bay Teacher Pathway Program

The CSUMB College of Education has partnered with Hartnell College, Cabrillo College, and Monterey Peninsula College to design and implement curricular pipelines that offer students three different teaching pathway options. The CSUMB Teacher Pathway Programs offer education pathway students curricula, resources, and support from both their Community College and CSUMB such as tutoring, cohort-based enrollment, enrichment, and pre-professional workshops, priority registration, stipends, targeted academic advising, and mentorship.

Center for Employment Training

Get trained for a career you’ll love. Center for Employment Training (CET) teaches you the skills needed to land a job in your chosen field. They provide the training and support to help students of all backgrounds succeed in work and life.  With locations in WatsonvilleSalinas, and Soledad, you can find 13 training programs in the Monterey Bay region.

Health Workforce Initiative

The purpose of the Health Workforce Initiative (HWI) is to identify health care workforce needs and cultivate solutions. The role of the HWI is to facilitate a community college response to workforce needs. The site includes an interactive map for students to find health career programs and an inventory of regional programs.

Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California

The Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California (CTCNC) is the educational organization that provides Apprentice, Journey-level, and related training services for Union Carpenters and Union Contractors across the 46 Northern California Counties.

Career Technical Education Partnership of Santa Cruz County

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in a changing workplace and continuing education. CTEP, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education offered in cooperation with county high school districts and the local business community provides job training for youth 16 and older and some adults (currently restricted to a few programs).

Goodwill Central Coast Culinary Arts Program

Are you looking to gain valuable work skills in the food industry? The Culinary Arts Program teaches students a variety of culinary techniques, preparing you for jobs in all phases of food production. Curriculum includes ServSafe Certification from the National Restaurant Association — a mandatory certificate for all food service establishments.

Careers in Climate Control Technology

Careers in Climate Control Technology are also known under the abbreviation HVAC/R, which stands for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration. Occupations involve designing, selling, installing, servicing, and repairing HVAC/R systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. This website provides an interactive map, information about the industry, training, resources and more.

Defib Academy Emergency Medical Technician

Defib This! in Santa Cruz offers Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course to provide students with an academic and working knowledge to successfully pass the NREMT exam, and become state certified to provide basic life support patient care. The course provides the basic concepts of emergency care needed to function as an EMT. This class will be helpful for other healthcare fields and is a prerequisite for the Paramedic course.

Cal Apprenticeships

A union apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands; have dexterity, mechanical ability, problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a team; want to earn a living wage and good benefits, and want the opportunity to advance in your career.

California Conservation Corps

California Conservation Corps Corpsmembers receive training and experience that sets them apart. Training is both formal (instructional) and informal (on-the-job). Corpsmembers routinely work closely with – and receive on-the-job training – from supervisors at agencies like CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, Caltrans, State Parks, and the National Park Service. Additionally, supervisors at private companies oversee Corpsmembers working on electrical, construction, and specialized CCC projects.

Bay Area Manufacturing Careers

There are over 200,000 manufacturing jobs in the Bay Area, encompassing a wide range of careers — including industrial maintenance, machining, welding, HVAC, electronics, and many others. With good pay, benefits, and opportunities for advancement, it’s an excellent career for those with the right training and motivation.

Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 3 Apprenticeships

The Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local No. 3 offers multiple apprentice training programs.  After completion of one of the apprenticeship programs, students will receive a certificate from the United States Department of Labor, the State of California Division of Apprenticeship Standards and also from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.

Alder Teacher Residency Program

Are you interested in being a teacher? Do you have a bachelor’s degree? If so, join the Alder Teacher Residency program at Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) with schools in Monterey, Seaside, and Marina. Receive priority hiring in MPUSD schools through the residency program where you will earn your teaching credential and Masters in Education in one year while apprenticing in an MPUSD classroom.

CA Community Colleges Guided Pathways

Multi-year state program designed to provide all CA Community Colleges with the opportunity to implement Guided Pathways for the purpose of significantly improving student outcomes.

Americorps NCCC

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time, residential, team-based program for young adults, age 18-24 (with no upper age limit to serve as a team leader). Members develop leadership skills and strengthen communities by completing service projects and gaining life experience.