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Career Technical Education Programs

Arts, Audio Visual Technology and Communication

Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Division      (559)442-8260


"Commercial Music" is an umbrella term that includes traditional areas (musical performance, composition), technical areas (audio engineering, computer music production, live sound) and many "behind-the-scenes" careers (management, tour managers, booking agents, TV/Film music supervisors). Graduates from the program can and do work in any of the areas above.

Business, Finance and Computer Information Technology

Business Education Division                                    (559)442-8222


Students who finish certificates will be able to create and analyze the four basic financial statements and budgets, evaluate opportunities and risks, assist in the formation and implementation of corporate strategy, apply the appropriate ethic, laws, and soft wkills to any business situation, and apply appropriate management theory relating to the functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling for established business and entrepreneurial ventures.


The Marketing Program, which is part of the Business Administration Department, offers a curriculum that is designed for students who are interested in entering the marketing fields of retailing, wholesaling, general selling, and advertising.


Fresno City College offers courses to prepare the diverse student population for career opportunities in office administration.


Fresno City College offers a transferable AS degree as well as certificates to meet the needs of our community. A degree in accounting qualifies the students for entry-level accounting position in business, government, industry, and financial institutions. For students who are interested in pursuing a career in accounting but not an AS degree, the Accounting Department also offers three Certificates of Achievement in the areas of Accounting, Computerized Accounting, and Full Charge Bookkeeper.


Fresno City College offers a strong academic preparation in Computer Information Systems and Computer Science. The courses give the students current information in programing languages and a broad foundation in Business Administration. If completing an Associate’s degree, the major will prepare students for transfer to most transfer schools. Opportunities available to learn skills in web design and social media development. Both degrees and certificates prepare students for entry-level employment as a computer programmer.

Education and Training

Social Sciences Division                                    (559)442-8210


Degrees and certificates in Child Development are designed to prepare students to work with young children in a variety of settings, including state and federally funded preschools and family child care centers. Students may choose specializations in foster care and early intervention. Coursework is also available for child care professionals wanting to move up the California Permit Matrix.


Degrees and certificates in Teacher Aide prepare students to work as aides in elementary, middle and high schools. Students may specialize in special education.

Food Service

Social Sciences Division                                    (559)442-8210


The Culinary Arts program prepares students for entry level to food service to entry level management positions in restaurants. Students learn the basics of knife skills and cooking techniques, basic nutritional content of meals and cost controls. All students receive the training needed to sit for the ServeSafe certification.


Degrees and certificate in Food Service Management prepare students for entry level positions as dietary aides, dietetic service supervisors, and managers in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools and other food service establishments. All students receive the training needed to sit for the ServeSafe certification.

Health Care

Health Sciences Division                                   (559)244-2604


Registered Dental Hygienists provide dental health education, promote and encourage the preventive aspects of dental care, remove deposits and stains from teeth, expose and process dental radiographs, and treat oral diseases to protect both the oral and systemic health of their patients; Graduates from the program will be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and State or Regional Licensing Examinations.


The registered nursing program is the largest community college nursing program in California and the second largest nursing program in the United States. Students who complete the program earn an Associate of Science degree and are eligible to take the National Counsel Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The nursing program provides theory and clinical training in four semesters for students who want to become registered nurses (RNs), as well as training for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) to become RNs. The program is accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing.


Respiratory Care Practitioners work under the direction of a physician to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with heart and lung disorders. The program enrolls a new cohort of 24 students each fall into the twoyear/ four semester program. A lottery is conducted each year from qualified students who have completed the prerequisites. Graduates earn an AS degree and are prepared to take the licensing examination for certification by the National Board for Respiratory Care and apply for state licensing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC).


The Medical Assistant program prepares students for employment in a medical facility assisting the physician with the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The program does not have a lottery or prerequisite application requirements. Students earn a Certificate of Achievement or AS degree. The certificate program courses are offered in a cohort model and are scheduled to be completed in one semester of coursework followed by one semester of work experience in a clinical setting.


A Radiologic Technologist is involved in taking x-rays of the body and may be involved in body imaging utilizing other highly specialized modalities. The program enrolls a new cohort of 36 students each fall into the two-year program which includes required clinical hours during the summer. A lottery is conducted each year from qualified students who have completed the prerequisites. Graduates earn an AS degree and are prepared to take the ARRT national Examination. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.


The Health Information Technology curriculum has been established to prepare the student for a challenging career. All classes in the HIT program are offered 100% online. Students completing the program earn a degree and are prepared for the Registered Health Information Technician exam. The program is accredited by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The department recently began offering a Medical Coding Certificate of Achievement to address the needs of students seeking a career in medical coding. Emergency Medical Technician I Designed to prepare personnel in the fire, life safety, and related fields to render pre-hospital basic life support including, but not limited to, advanced first aid and cardiopulmonary life support for the ill or injured at the scene of an emergency in preparation for transport in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Emergency Medical Services of the Fresno County Health Department.

Human Services

Social Sciences Division                                        (559)442-8210


Degrees and certificates in Human Services prepare students for entry level employment in either chemical dependency counseling agency or with a social services provider. Students who receive a degree or certificate in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Option are certified by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators.

Manufacturing, Construction, and Technology

Applied Technology Division                                   (559)442-8273


Designed to prepare students for employment with architects, engineers, interior designers, building contractors, building material companies and governmental agencies


Designed to offer students’ hands-on training which will prepare them for entry into the construction industry as an advanced apprentice.


Prepares students for work in the printing and graphics industries. Students find employment as graphic designers, computer layout workers, web site creators, and various technical positions within the industry.


Provides training in general drafting practices, computer aided manufacturing, civil drafting and specifically mechanical drafting. Students are also trained in rapid prototyping and reverse engineering.


Designed to provide entry level skills in CAM, as well as providing for upgrading technical skills for those currently in manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on manufacturing processes, numerical control systems and robotics systems.


Provides training in troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, and installation of heating and cooling systems. Students train on residential and commercial systems similar to those found in the workplace. Training on gas fired furnaces, resistance heaters, and heat pumps will prepare the student for year-round employment.


Prepares students for employment automation control, communications, control systems, industrial control, and networking.


Prepares students for employment in welding and metal occupations. Specific preparation is provided in welding and metal fabrication and/or pipe and structural steel certification procedures.


This program provides entry level skills in welding, machining, lathes, pneumatics, hydraulics, and electricity.


This program focuses on forklift operation, basic math, computer literacy, blueprints, inventory, shipping and receiving.


This program provides introduction to manufacturing; trade mathematics; programmable controllers; job preparation and soft skills; technical report writing; fluid power, pneumatic and hydraulics fundamentals; power transmission; and welding and electrical fundamentals.

Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Social Sciences Department                            (559)442-8210


The Criminology program is run through our Social Sciences Division. The degrees and certificates in criminology are designed to train students for entry level jobs in correctional settings, security positions and forensic analysis positions. Specialized training includes corrections, law enforcement, and forensic evidence.


CTC / Workforce Development                          (559)265-5760


The Basic Fire Academy program offers curriculum to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a State of California Certified Firefighter 1. The Fire Academy curriculum is designed to provide the extensive hands-on training required by many fire agencies for entry-level employment as a firefighter.


The Basic Police Academy Certificate of Achievement program offers curriculum to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a law enforcement field training program certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).


Designed to prepare personnel in the fire, life safety and related fields to render advanced emergency medical care to the ill and injured in the pre-hospital environment, in accordance with all federal, state and local emergency medical services authorities.

Science and Technology

Social Sciences Division                                  (559)442-8210


Students receiving a certificate as an Archaeological Technician are trained in various aspects of modern archaeology for entry level positions doing field surveys or excavations or in a laboratory processing collections, data entry and research.



Math, Science and Engineering Division            (559)442-8215


After earning a chemistry certificate, students will have the knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce as a chemical technician. These will include laboratory skills, computational skills, and communication skills. There are currently no other similar programs within the State Center Community College District.


Upon successful completion of the Adaptive Ornamental Horticulture Program, students are eligible to receive a certificate of completion and will have acquired skills in the following areas: Plant propagation, foliage plant care, interior plantscaping, greenhouse production and landscape gardening. As part of the classes, students are involved in small business ventures throughout the year. These include: Creating merchandise, pricing and inventory, sales, customer service, teamwork, and time management.


Applied Technology Division                                 (559)442-8273


This program provides skills in sheet metal, fiberglass, frame straightening, welding, polishing, and painting. Training in this field is designed to prepare the student for employment as an advanced apprentice trainee in body repairing and reconstruction finishing.


Prepares students to perform a wide range of diagnostics, repairs, and preventative maintenance on automobiles and light trucks. Students will have extensive hands-on training in engine overhaul, manual and automatic drive train, front end alignment, brake service and repair, fuel systems, ignition systems, and air conditioning.


This program gives students experience in testing, carburetors, fuel injection, computers, electrical systems, heating and cooling. Once completed students will be qualified to take the ASE certification exam.


This program focuses on diagnostics, cylinder heads, valve train, block, lubrication, and cooling systems. Students will perform actual service and repair procedures in the automotive laboratory.


The General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP) is a two-year associate degree program. GM ASEP incorporates the most advanced automotive technical training with a strong academic foundation in math, English, electronics, analytical and technical skills. The student earns a solid education combined with invaluable work experience for handson learning. The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and General Motors Corporation certify this curriculum.

Customized Training

CTC / Workforce Development                             (559)265-5760

Customized programs are focused on your needs

Flexible scheduling means the least disruption to your workforce

Professional trainers tie training to workplace challenges

On-site delivery saves travel time and expense

Personal and Professional Development

  • Excelling at Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Making the Most of Attitude in the Workplace
  • Working through Change
  • Ethics and Values in the Workplace
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Stress Management

Communication and Influence

  • Effective Business Writing
  • Effective Presentation Skills
  • Interpersonal and Workplace Communication
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)/Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL)

Frontline Supervision

  • Basic Principles for a Collaborative Workplace
  • Establishing Performance Expectations
  • Giving Recognition
  • Coaching: Bringing Out the Best in Others
  • Correcting Performance Problems
  • Handling Emotions Under Pressure

Technical and Industrial Skills

  • Industrial Math
  • Blue Print Reading
  • Basic Industrial Electricity
  • Industrial Motor Controls
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Welding / Food-grade Welding
  • Programmable Logic Controllers

Computer Applications

  • Introduction to Computers / Windows
  • Microsoft Office Suite Applications
  • Industry recognized software applications

Last updated: 2/16/2016 11:25:05 AM