Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education (CTE)

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Columbia College offers a broad range of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and certifications aligned with business and industry workforce needs. With a dedicated, knowledgeable faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, there is no shortage of opportunities. Begin your new career today—join the Columbia College Career Technical Education program of your choice! Click on any of the program links to learn more.

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Automotive Technology

The automotive industry is increasingly in need of qualified technicians—Columbia College's Automotive Technology program is nationally accredited with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and will help you find gainful employment as an automotive technician anywhere cars are driven.

Business Administration

Columbia College's Business Administration program and curriculum are constantly updated to meet today's industry standards, ensuring you'll be prepared for the ever-changing business world. Here you will master the core concepts and principles of business to build a solid base for your professional career.

Child Development

Children are our future—if you're committed to making a positive impact in the lives of children and their families, then the Child Development program at Columbia College is right for you. Students who choose this program benefit from our highly-motivated teaching faculty, wide array of courses, and our new, state-of-the-art facility.

Computer Information Systems

More so than any other time in history, computers play a vital role in our daily lives, both personally and professionally. Solid computer skills are a necessity, not a luxury—combining these skills with good communication and business savvy will make you an extremely valuable asset to almost any employer, and ensure your chances of advancing more quickly.

Computer Support & Networking

Columbia College's Computer Support & Networking program will provide you with the education needed to achieve success. To meet the ever-evolving demands of today's technology, industry careers have changed and require competency in a variety of skills. Columbia College has kept pace with these changes and offers career-focused certificate programs for an assortment of potential careers in computer science.

Culinary & Pastry Arts

Fine food is a work of art—in the hands of a truly gifted culinary expert, everyday meals are elevated into sublime experiences. Columbia College's Culinary & Pastry Arts program will not only teach you how to prepare and create extraordinary cuisine, you'll also gain the practical knowledge and hands-on experience sought by restaurants everywhere.

Emergency Medical Services

Columbia College's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program offers a full-range of courses to equip students with the occupational skills needed to help others and save lives. Columbia College's EMS program offers education and training from everyday emergency first aid to sophisticated preparamedic instruction and beyond, to give you a variety of occupational skills..

Entrepreneurship

Columbia College's Entrepreneurship program provides the important background and training for you to become a successful business owner. You'll discover the steps to start your own business, such as creating a business plan, obtaining financing, marketing your product line, and more.

Fire Technology

Our Fire Technology program has developed the technical and manipulative training to become one of the best offered anywhere. Fire Technology program students receive individual instructor support through our Fire Academy. Columbia College is also one of only two community colleges in California to own and operate its own fire station.

Forestry & Natural Resources

Columbia College offers numerous learning opportunities including the High Sierra Institute at Baker Station, near Sonora Pass, where field studies are held during the summer. The Forestry & Natural Resources program is equipped with the leading-edge technology and equipment essential for studying wildlife, watershed, management forestry, surveying, mapping and other natural resource skills.

Geographic Information Systems

The Columbia College GIS program trains students to analyze universal environmental problems based on integrating mapping and computer databases. Geographic Information Systems has gained worldwide popularity due to its multi-faceted and versatile applications.

Multimedia Technology

The multimedia industry is one of the fastest-growing segments in Columbia College's service area. The Multimedia Technology program offers degrees and certificates with a variety of entrepreneurship, multimedia, web development, and digital graphic courses designed to introduce students to cutting-edge multimedia tools and techniques.

Office Technology

By enrolling in Columbia College's Office Technology program, you'll learn essential office skills that will prepare you for employment. You'll also develop critical personal and professional skills such as effective oral and written communication techniques, teamwork strategies, supervisory tactics, time management, decision making, values and ethics, and conflict resolution.

Water Resources Management

This program at Columbia College is a perfect stepping stone on the way to a successful career in water treatment, water distribution, wastewater management, groundwater management, and much more. The program will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to advance in the arena of Water Resources Management.

Welding Technology

Here at the Columbia College Welding Technology program, we'll provide the tools, training, and expert teaching staff to help you master this useful and practical craft. Upon completion, you'll be primed to earn gainful employment in one of the numerous and diverse jobs available in the industry.