Career and Technical Education Programs

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

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

CTE Programs Include

  • 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
  • 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


Size, mission, and available space at each CDCR institution determine the location of CTE programs.

Program Length

CTE programs are open-entry/open-exit, and designed to provide students with entry level work skills in high demand jobs and access to non-traditional careers. The programs can range from 6-18 months and when completed successfully, leading to an industry-recognized certification.


There are no eligibility requirements for CTE enrollment, but prioritization occurs for students with fewer than five years to serve. Institution classification committees consider a variety of factors when assigning students to CTE programs, including assessed risk and criminogenic need, estimated release date, and individual goals and interests.

Contact Information

(916) 445-8035