Career and Technical Education Programs

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is provided in seven different career sectors that include building and construction, energy and utilities, business and finance, information and communication technologies, fashion and interior design, manufacturing and product development, and transportation.

Each of the 20 CTE programs provide industry-recognized certification and an employment pathway to both a career and a livable wage. Career training options are evaluated annually based on the number of employment opportunities available annually in the trade. Many programs include green employment skills relevant to solar, geothermal and smart energy management practices.

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

CTE Programs Include

  • Auto Body and Collision Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Barbering / Cosmetology
  • Carpentry
  • Computers and Related Technology Courses
  • Electrical
  • General Construction (Building Maintenance)
  • HVAC
  • Light Industrial Equipment Technician (Small Engine)
  • Manufacturing Design and Machining (Machine Shop)
  • Masonry
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Telecom Network Cabling (Electronics)
  • 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