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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.

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.  Search state-wide opportunities here.

Apprentice Brigade

A comprehensive work-based training opportunity in our community, solving a number of socioeconomic problems in the process.

BAC Local 3 Apprenticeship

The Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local No. 3 offers multiple Apprentice Training Program.  After completion 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.

Bay Area Manufacturing Careers

On this site, you can find manufacturing programs by careers and manufacturing programs by college in the Bay Area, including Cabrillo College, Hartnell College, and Monterey Peninsula College.

Business Information Worker Pathway

Four steps to get started; find courses, professional networking, get certified, get hired!

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.

CA Community Colleges Teacher Preparation Programs

The California Community Colleges innovative teacher preparation programs goal is to boost the number and diversity of students entering the education field, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and career technical education (CTE). Using an interactive locator map, find a teacher preparation program near you!

CA Conservation Corps

California Conservation Corps Corpsmembers receive training and experience that sets them apart. Training is both formal (instructional) and informal (on-the-job).

Cabrillo College Business Information Worker (BIW) Pathway

Every office needs a computer applications expert, and it can be you! Earn a Business Information Worker certificate in only two semesters, and start your career.

Cabrillo College Computer Information Systems

Cabrillo College offers degrees in Computer Networking System Administration (CNSA) and Computer Support Specialist (CSS), and various certificates including a Cyberscecurity Fundamentals certificate.

Cabrillo College Health Sciences & Medical Career Pathway

This pathway teaches the skills and knowledge students need to pursue a full range of career opportunities in health science and medical technology, from entry level to management as well as technical and professional career specialties.

Cabrillo College Information Technology Apprenticeships

Cabrillo is partnering with the Department of Labor and regional employers with Information Technology needs to provide registered apprenticeships for students pursuing careers in IT, Cyber Security, and Web Development.

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.

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 interactive map demonstrates the breadth of the HVAC/R industry and training information for the Bay Area.

Career Technical Education Partnership

Career Technical Education Partnership of Santa Cruz County Office of Education offers adult courses after the regular high school day at Harbor High, Cabrillo College or the CTEP Offices on Encinal Street, Santa Cruz.  Learn more about the Dental Assisting ProgramApplication and Program Overview and Medical Assisting Program Overview and Application.

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.

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 Watsonville, Salinas, and Soledad, you can find 13 training programs in the Monterey Bay region.

Computer Science & Information Systems Pathway Program

The CSin3 program is a collaborative degree program between CSU Monterey Bay and Hartnell College. Students in this program take classes at both schools and earn a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from CSU Monterey Bay in 3 years.

CSU Monterey Bay Teacher Pathway Program

The Teacher Pathway Program offers South Monterey County residents a 2+2+1 Elementary Education Teacher Credential pathway beginning with a 2-year AA-T in Elementary Education program from Hartnell College, followed by a 2-year Liberal Studies BA program and a 1-year Multiple Subject Credential program from CSUMB.

Defib Academy Emergeny Medical Technican

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.

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.

Hartnell 2+2 Agribusiness Supply Chain Management

Hartnell College's Associate of Science Degree in Agribusiness prepares students for transfer to CSUMB for advanced study. This program is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge to help them become successful leaders within the Agribusiness industry.

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 to find health career programs and an inventory of regional programs (click here for Monterey Bay area).


Ironworkers are building North America's infrastructure. The possibilities of training, earning, providing, advancing, building are endless. There is no limit to what ironworkers can do!  Learn more about apprenticeships and training locations in the Bay Area.

IT Technician Pathway

Are you ready to work in IT? You may be closer to landing your first job than you think! Follow four steps and you will be on your way to a successful career.


Located in Silicon Valley, JobTrain offers career training for 6 different pathways at no cost to students: Carpentry, Construction, Culinary Arts, IT Support Services, Medical Assistant, & Nursing Assistant.

Monterey Peninsula College Firefighter 1 Academy

Located at the Monterey Peninsula College Public Safety Training Center in Seaside, CA, the Monterey Peninsula College Firefighter 1 Academy provides students with the State Fire Marshal’s Office / State Fire Training educational requirements for certification as a Firefighter 1.

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.

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.

Rancho Cielo’s Construction Academy

The Construction Academy is a unique experience, where students are engaged in our classroom, vocational activities and workshops through Rancho Cielo’s partnership with Hartnell College’s East Campus, John Muir Charter School and The Offset Project specializing in Solar Panel installation.

Salinas Valley Health Professions Pathway Partnership

The Salinas Valley Health Professions Pathway Partnership (SVHPPP) is a kindergarten to employer pathway which seeks to train and grow the number of qualified healthcare workers in the Salinas Valley.

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Career Pathway Program

Career Pathways Program (CPP) was developed to provide students with practical experience related to their classroom learning. Scholarships are offered. 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.

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.

The Cosmo Factory Cosmetology Academy

The Cosmo Factory Cosmetology Academy is Accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) and approved to operate in California by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education(BPPE) and the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC).

The Drummond Culinary Academy

Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy is dedicated to providing at-risk youth with an opportunity to gain classroom training, work experience and transferrable skills that help them become employable in the culinary and hospitality industry. The ten-month program, results in a culinary certificate and a high school diploma.

Tri-County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship

The Tri-County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) is a jointly administered program by the Monterey Bay California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 234.

Trucking Careers

Both Michael's Transportation Services and Truck Driver Institute in Watsonville, CA provide training for Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL)

UA of Journeymen 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.

UC Santa Cruz Teaching MA/Credential Program

UC Santa Cruz MA/Credential Program prepares future teachers in Multiple Subjects teaching credential program, Single Subject teaching credential program in the following areas: Social Sciences, Mathematics, English, & Science.  The program also offers Bilingual Authorization (in Spanish).

Watsonville, Aptos, Santa Cruz Adult Education

Watsonville, Aptos, Santa Cruz Adult Education (WASCAE) provides Career Technical Education Programs with high employment potential for adult learners.

Watsonville Institute of Cosmetology

Offering courses in becoming a licensed cosmetologist, nail tech, esthetican, or cosmetology instructor, Watsonville Institute of Cosmetology has a physical facility offering spacious class and training areas, modern training equipment, and all the conveniences for the comfort conducive to the pleasant attainment of knowledge.

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.