Career Technical Education (CTE)

CTE training is provided in six different career sectors that include building trade and construction, energy and utilities, finance and business, public service, manufacturing and product development, and transportation.

Each of the 20 CTE programs is aligned with a positive employment outlook within the State of California, providing industry recognized certification and an employment pathway to a livable wage. Many programs include green employment skills relevant to solar, geothermal and smart energy management practices.

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The CTE programs include:

  • Construction Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Dry Wall
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Industrial Painting
  • Electrical Construction
  • Cosmetology
  • Machine Shop
  • Heating/Ventilation/Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration
  • Sheet Metal
  • Welding
  • Electronics/Network Cabling
  • Roofing
  • Sustainable Landscape design
  • Office Services and Related Technologies
  • Computer Literacy
  • Auto Mechanics/Engine Service and Repair
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Automotive Body Repair and Refinishing


Each institution has its own set of CTE programs based on size, mission, and available space appropriate for each particular program.


CTE programs utilize a stackable curriculum allowing each incarcerated student to gain employment skills and enter a career pathway for the industry. This stackable approach to CTE training provides each student the ability to acquire very basic employment skills in a career pathway in as little as 3-6 months, or moderate-to-advanced skills in 6-24 months.


There are no specific eligibility requirements.


Any offender may request participation in CTE programs.

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

See Rehabilitative Process

See Technology Solutions for more information.

Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.