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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.