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Vocational Degrees and Programs Offered in California (CA)


Earning a vocational degree in the state of California means training in your choice of targeted career options. From automotive technician training to HVAC repair, culinary arts education to health care assisting, vocational degrees in California offer options as varied as the state itself.

Employment potential with vocational degrees in California

Pursue focused career training in a field that interests you, and you could boost your resume as you improve your skills. Take a look at mean annual wages earned within popular vocational careers in California in 2009, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Automotive service technicians and mechanics: $42,160
  • General maintenance and repair workers: $40,640
  • Chefs and head cooks: $48,260
  • Medical assistants: $30,980

Statewide job growth is expected for many vocational careers across the state. The California Employment Development Department projects 1,980 new jobs every year between 2008 and 2018 for automotive service technicians and mechanics. Cosmetologists, hairstylists and hairdressers are expected to see 1,180 yearly openings during the same time period.

Ready to take your career seriously? Make a smart choice for your career future by enrolling in vocational training that gives you a chance to enhance your skills. Explore vocational degrees in California today.

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Automotive Technician (9-Month Diploma Program)
UEI College , Gardena
  • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
  • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
  • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
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  • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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Automotive Technology
  • Students can complete an entry-level technician program in about a year, and manufacturer training and graduate in as little as 18 months.
  • Provides technical education training programs for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians.
  • Partners with many well-known manufacturers, including General Motors, Porsche Cars North America Inc., and BMW of North America LLC.
  • Offers internships to students and alumni for first-hand experience.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Electrical Training Program
Intercoast Colleges , Rancho Cordova
  • Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available.
  • Offers lifetime career assistance services to graduates, including resume and cover letter assistance, employer networking, and one-on-one employment counseling.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 8 campuses located across California, with 3 additional campuses in New Hampshire and Maine and online options.
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Heating, Ventilation, and AC
  • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
  • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
  • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
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HVAC/R
Mayfield College , Cathedral City
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  • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
  • Computer Support Technician program is based on guidelines set by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Microsoft.
  • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 locations in Cathedral City and Twentynine Palms, California.
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Degree - Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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