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 provide industry-recognized certification and an employment pathway to a livable wage, which is aligned 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: Inmate-students may be eligible to earn Milestone Completion Credit(s) in accordance with the California Code of Regulations Title 15.

CTE Programs Include

  • 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


CTE programs are based on size, mission, and available space at each CDCR institution.

Program Length

CTE programs are open-entry/open-exit, and designed to provide inmate-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 inmate-students with fewer than five years to serve. Inmate-students are assigned via the Classification Committee based on the California Static Risk Assessment and Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions assessment.

Contact Information

(916) 445-8035