Walmart Live Better U

Walmart employees can earn a college degree, skilled trade diploma, professional certificate, or your high school diploma using your Walmart benefit. Gain valuable, in-demand skills in as few as 10 months in the following industries: Industrial and Facilities Maintenance, Electrical, Plumbing, Construction, HVAC/R, and more!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.