Education and training
Apprenticeship and job training programs
California Apprenticeship Programs – Listed at this site are the training programs available in California. Click on the trade to view more information about a rewarding career. Similar web sites are available in other states. Google “State name apprenticeship programs”.
The California Department of Industrial Relations maintains a searchable Database of Apprenticeship programs, as well as a number of articles on apprenticeships and links to other labor and workforce programs.
Millions of people take the General Education Development Test or GED tests every year in order to get a better job, continue their education or just to feel better about themselves. The California Department of Education as well as the American Council on Education offer valuable information and help for people who are interested in receiving their GED certificate.
Your local American Job Center. has an assessment center, where you can take a series of skills and interests tests to determine what jobs your background might be suitable for and personality tests to determine what type of jobs might be most appropriate for your personality. At an American Job Center, you can also find out about training programs and whether you might qualify for any federal or state money available to pay for them. You can locate your local American Job Center by putting in your zip code at the above mentioned website. You can reach them by phone at 877-348-0502 for those who prefer to talk to someone directly.
The California Training Benefits Program allows eligible California Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants who lack competitive job skills to receive their UI compensation benefits while attending training/retraining program approved by the Employment Development Department. Similar programs may be available in other states. Google “State name training benefits program”. This is one example, other combinations of words may be required to yield a successful search should similar programs exist.
Your guide to community college career and technical education
Explore the career and technical education offerings of community colleges outside of the San Francisco Bay Area at their respective web sites.
Remember all the community college career centers should be open to the public regardless of if you are enrolled at the school or not. For example, see Diablo Valley College and navigate to their career center for their services. There are 25 other community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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