Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) 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 22 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.

Offender-students may be eligible to earn Milestone Completion Credit(s) in accordance with the California Code of Regulations Title 15.

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  • AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design)
  • Automotive Body Repair and Refinishing
  • Auto Mechanics/Engine Service and Repair
  • Carpentry
  • Computer Coding
  • Computer and Related Technologies
  • Career Core
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical Construction
  • Electronics/Network Cabling
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Heating/Ventilation/Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC)
  • Industrial Painting
  • Machine Shop – Computer Numerical Controls
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Light Industrial and Small Engine Repair
  • Sheet Metal
  • Landscaping – Sustainable Ecological and Environmental Design (SEED)
  • Welding


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


CTE programs can range from 6-18 months and when completed successfully, leads to an industry-recognized certification.


There are no eligibility requirements for CTE enrollment, but prioritization occurs for offender-students with fewer than five years to serve. Offender-students are assigned via the Classification Committee, based on the California Static Risk Assessment and Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions assessment.

CTE courses are open-entry/open-exit, and designed to provide offender-students with entry level work skills in high demand jobs and access to non-traditional careers.

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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

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

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