Find resources for local programs, classes and workshops that provide skills-based training, youth activities, and online tools to develop skills by location OR age level:


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Monterey Adult School

Monterey Adult School provides educational opportunities for individuals to meet their personal, academic, civic, and career goals in a safe and supportive environment that honors culture and diversity while encouraging open, effective communication as a bridge to lifelong learning and success.  Classed include English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Diploma (HSD)/ GED, General Equivalency Diploma (GED)/ HiSet Test Prep, IET: Computer English for Work, IET: Computer English for Business, Culinary Home Based Foods, and more!

Rancho Cielo Silver Star Youth Program

Rancho Cielo’s flagship program offers intensive educational instruction to students between the ages of 15 1/2 and 18. All students are screened prior to acceptance and must have a desire to make positive changes in their lives. Most students are on probation when referred to Rancho Cielo but recommendations may also come from the juvenile court, schools or parents. Graduates receive a high school diploma or GED. In addition, students are offered a variety of elective enrichment classes such as wood shop, sports, arts and crafts, music instruction and gardening. Students are able to develop vocational skills in a project-based learning environment.

Calbright College

Calbright College is designed to focus on careers, not credentials. Adult learners work toward career readiness and can start their program at any time, and work around their own schedule, at their own pace.  The curriculum includes Medical Coding, IT, Cybersecurity,  “Transition to Technology: Customer Relationship Management Platform Administration” (pilot program).

Cabrillo College Career Skills and Training Courses

Cabrillo offers tuition-free classes in workforce and job training that are designed to improve your employability, provide job-placement opportunities, or prepare you for more advanced college-level coursework. Career Training Certificates: Dental Administrative Assistant, Dental Infection Control Certificate, Introduction of Dental Technology Computer Training, Preparation for the STEM Workforce, Beginning Technology Skills, Culinary Arts Kitchen Skills, Community Health Worker Certification, Advanced CPR (AHA Certification CPR for the Healthcare Provider), American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification.

Infection Control For All Now: Safe Workplace Training

This self-paced basic training program is aimed at strengthening infection control and prevention competencies among Californians who work in the hospitality industry. There is a clear need for an educated workforce knowledgeable about infection prevention and control. Safe practices and procedures are key to helping stop the spread of infectious disease and for instilling consumer confidence in frequenting hotels and restaurants. By completing this training, you will be able to demonstrate to employers and customers your competency and commitment to a safe workplace.

Hartnell College CoderDojo

CoderDojo Hartnell College (CDHC) is an Educational Program brought by Hartnell College. CDHC is a fun and FREE computer-coding club where young people (8 to 17 yrs) can learn how to develop websites, web apps, games, and more. The program consists of a 6 session module, at the end of the module students attending 5 or more sessions will obtain a certificate of completion and will be able to take all their work home with them. It is necessary that each student know how to read and type on a keyboard independently.

Monterey Cadre

The Monterey Cadre is a leadership program for Monterey County young adults ages 18 to 24 designed to help them give back to their community. Through its emphasis on responsible actions, leadership, and innovative thinking, the Monterey Cadre program lays the foundation for informed citizenship and develops the capacity to inspire and mobilize others.

Google Tech Development Guide

Whether you’re a student or an educator, newer to computer science or a more experienced coder, or otherwise interested in software engineering, we hope there’s something for you here in Google’s Guide to Technical Development. This is a collection of materials from many sources, including Google, that you can use to supplement your classwork or direct your own learning.

Health Career Connection

Seeking hands-on experience, exposure & connections in the health field? Health Career Connection (HCC) has opportunities for undergraduates and recent college graduates. Learn how HCC inspires and empowers the next generation of diverse health professionals and leaders.

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!

Neonatal Resuscitation Program

Defib This! course is for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in any aspect of patient care during neonatal resuscitations. The Neonatal Resuscitation Program is based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care of the Neonate.

Acute Care Nursing Series

Defib This! Acute Care Nursing series is a two-week intensive lecture and skills lab series that provides review and introductory info on the five most common emergencies that happen to our hospitalized patients, based on the system. This course is designed for the third or fourth-semester nursing student who is seeking a clinical internship and subsequent employment in a high-acuity patient environment. This is also an excellent course for the new graduate nurse. Professional career prep lectures and exercises prepare the student for their first nursing employment search process with resume assistance, mock interviews, and tips on marketing themselves for the current competitive job market.

Google IT Professional Support Certificate

Google IT Professional Support Certificate helps address the huge demand for IT professionals, and is ideal for companies looking to upskill their workers into IT roles.

Santa Cruz Teen Public Safety Academy

The summer Teen Public Safety Academy courses developed by the Santa Cruz Police Department provide a phenomenal opportunity to Santa Cruz teenagers who are considering serving their community in careers in either law enforcement or public safety, and those who are interested in learning public safety skills and more about their community from the public servant perspective.

Monterey Citizen Police Academy

Citizens’ Police Academy is a dynamic, exciting and informative three hours long, once a week, eleven-week program. The program is designed to provide Monterey residents with an interactive, hands-on, comprehensive overview and to provide the citizens with an understanding of the job knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the modern-day community-oriented police officer.

Leadership Santa Cruz County

The Leadership Santa Cruz County program provides a broad base of community knowledge and experiences to class members. Each session focuses on a different essential component of our community – from law enforcement to environment and education to agriculture, just to name a few. Participants interact with a wide variety of community leaders from government, business, health care, and other industries and services. 

Leadership Monterey County

Leadership Monterey County (LMC) builds awareness of local business and community concerns and encourages involvement and stewardship to help shape the future of Monterey County.  It is a comprehensive focus on important community issues. The program strives to motivate new leaders into local government, advocacy in local policy, understanding the major job industries in Monterey County, and volunteerism in the community in which they live.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code offers serveral programs including after school clubs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun & friendly environment, 7-week summer programs for 10-11th grade girls to learn coding & get exposure to tech jobs, program to help alumni succeed in college and build community with other women in tech on campus, and more. There are multiple club locations across the Monterey Bay region.

Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board Career Centers

Workforce Santa Cruz County is a partnership of local organizations that service job seekers and businesses in the community and region. It includes a network of Career Centers in Watsonville and Capitola and a Watsonville Youth Center which offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers.

Volunteer Center Volunteer Initiative Program

The Volunteer Center’s Volunteer Initiative Program matches interested community members with volunteer opportunities throughout Santa Cruz County Government. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with County departments including the District Attorney’s Office, the Health Services Agency, the Human Resources Agency, Law Library, Parks and Recreation, Personnel, Probation, and the Sheriff’s Department. These volunteer opportunities are great for professional development and skills-building.

Growing Up Wild

The mission of Growing Up Wild is to help youth connect with nature, build character, and learn about the environment by providing outdoor youth development and environmental education programs. Outdoor environmental education program benefits include personal growth, academic achievement, environmental knowledge, critical thinking, and civic engagement.

Volunteer Center YouthSERVE

YouthSERVE is dedicated to connecting youth, ages 11-17, with rewarding volunteer projects across Santa Cruz County. Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County will connect local youth who have a passion to help those in need with meaningful opportunities to do so. Youth can make a difference in their community while developing skills to find a job, get into college, complete school service requirements.

County of Santa Cruz Friday Night Live

Santa Cruz County Friday Night Live Partnership is comprised of the Friday Night Live (FNL) and Club Live (CL) programs. These programs are multi-cultural, youth-driven and lead. The program promotes healthy lifestyle choices in our community, develops and strengthens leadership skills for positive social change, organizes student conferences addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues and sponsors parent workshops on issues affecting youth.

Salud y Cariño

Salud y Cariño partners with other community-based organizations to promote health and wellness for girls through physical activity, prevention, and education. Girls Group is a FREE after school program that combines physical activity and a social-emotional curriculum to promote overall wellness for girls at a critical time in their development.  

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.

Community Partnership for Youth

Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) is a prevention program providing alternatives to gangs, drugs, and violence.  The program consists of an After School Mentor-Tutor Program, an 5 week Summer Intercession Program, a Middle School Leadership Program, a High School Leadership & Job Preparation Program, a 7 week Strengthening Families Program (SFP), and a Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Learn more about CPY Programs.

Bay Area Cyber League

The Bay Area Cyber Leauge is comprised of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas interconnected by our common passion for Cybersecurity. Any middle or high school team within our geographical region is welcomed to join. There is no cost to join nor technical specifications required. Students should have an interest in the field and a champion teacher at each school site.