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      Find the future that’s right for you by comparing available career programs and pathways.

      48 Programs at 7 Colleges

      Cutting-Edge Tech Means Future-Focused Careers
      The advanced manufacturing sector combines cutting-edge technology with state-of-the-art processes in order to meet the ever-changing production requirements of California’s major industries. As this sector continues to evolve and adopt new technologies, the demand for workers who possess these advanced, high-tech skills will continue to grow.
      Work With Your Hands and Your Head
      Make great products…and a great living! Advanced manufacturing professionals are in demand. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians:

      Civil Engineering Technician:

      Computer Hardware Engineers:

      Cutting, Punching & Press Machine Setters & Operators:

      Electrical Technician:

      Industrial Engineers:

      Industrial Production Managers:


      Mechanical Drafter:

      Model Makers, Wood:

      Production Manager:

      Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers:

      Transportation & Logistics
      34 Programs at 8 Colleges

      Building the Skills that Move Orange County
      Emerging technologies in alternative fuel sources for land, sea and air vehicles promote the future of the advanced transportation and logistics sector. Work with your hands, get away from the desk, or accomplish a unique technical skill, all while earning a great salary! Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing skills are in high demand throughout California
      Put Your Career into the Fastlane
      With a career education in advanced transportation and logistics, you’ll be on the move to a higher salary and a more secure future! A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians:

      Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics:

      Avionics Technicians:

      Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists:

      Cargo and Freight Agents:

      Commercial Pilots:


      Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics:

      Agriculture, Water,
      & Environmental Technologies
      40 Programs at 10 Colleges

      Join the Frontlines of the Green Revolution
      Orange County Community Colleges are training the future leaders of environmentally responsible agriculture, water, and landscape design. Green jobs are a huge industry in California and a proven pathway to income growth and career opportunity. In California, agriculture alone generated $51.3 billion in agricultural cash receipts, making our state the largest producer of cash crops in the country.
      Environmentally Conscious and Economically Sound Careers
      Agriculture, water, and environmental technologies sector grads are doing amazing things in these high-demand fields and more! A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

      Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

      Forest and Conservation Technicians:

      First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers:

      Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

      Veterinary Technologists and Technicians:

      Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators:

      & Entrepreneurship
      137 Programs at 10 Colleges

      Forge Futures: Business & Entrepreneurship
      Business is the backbone of California’s economy. Rapid technological advances and the globalization of financial markets around the globe will continue to drive a variety of new and exciting career opportunities in this sector for the foreseeable future.
      Making Connections
      Businesses-big and small-start with a career education. Business and entrepreneurship sector grads are making their own way in these careers. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Accountants and Auditors:

      Advertising Sales Agents:

      Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:

      Brokerage Clerks:

      First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers:

      Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists:

      Real Estate Sales Agents:

      Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive:

      Tax Preparers:

      & Childcare Services
      68 Programs at 10 Colleges

      Putting the “Care” in “Career”
      Professionals looking for jobs that make a positive impact in the lives of children and adults will find many fulfilling careers in the education and childcare services sector.
      Building Bright Futures
      Graduates often become preschool teachers, child development specialists, K-12 classroom aides, infant and toddler caregivers, and children’s center directors or administrators. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Childcare Workers:

      Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education:

      Library Technicians:

      Interpreters and Translators:

      Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education:

      Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary:

      Tutors and Teachers and Instructors, All Other:

      Energy, Construction,
      & Utilities
      42 Programs at 9 Colleges

      Facilitating the Future of Orange County Industry
      The energy, construction, and utilities sector represents a cluster of industries that are responsible for the installation and management of technologies related to the efficient creation, dispersal, and storage of energy.
      Illuminating Careers: Powering the Future
      With more than 48,000 energy-related companies in California, the future of this sector has never been brighter. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Architectural and Civil Drafters:


      Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

      Construction and Building Inspectors:

      Construction Managers:


      Fashion Designers:

      First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers:

      Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

      Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

      Global Trade
      29 Programs at 9 Colleges

      International. Independent. In Demand.
      California is a global trade and logistics giant with 2020 exports accounting for more than $151 billion in American-made goods to 227 foreign markets.
      Thriving in California’s Diverse Job Landscape
      In California, this sector is supported by 4.7 million jobs in such fields as logistics, finance, marketing, and management. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Cargo and Freight Agents:

      Customer Service Representatives:


      Marketing Managers:

      Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products:

      Sales Managers:

      Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

      Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists:

      Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers:

      85 Programs at 7 Colleges

      Nurturing Your Journey
      Since 2009, the health sector in Orange County has added more jobs than any other industry, expanding from the county’s fifth largest industry to its second.
      Healing Hands, Growing Careers
      Continued growth, increasing demand and a projected shortage of skilled workers means that Career Education grads with these skills will continue to see increased demand for the foreseeable future. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Dental Hygienists:

      Health Information Technologists, Medical Registrars, Surgical Assistants, and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers:

      Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

      Medical Assistants:

      Radiologic Technologists and Technicians:

      Registered Nurses:

      Respiratory Therapists:

      Surgical Technologists:

      Information and Communication Technologies
      & Digital Media
      124 Programs at 10 Colleges

      Unleashing High-Tech Skills for Success
      Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and Digital Media are both key drivers of the Orange County economy, with ICT and media professionals supporting virtually every business and industry in the region.
      Elevate Your Income with High-Tech Skills
      Employers in all industries have a tremendous need for workers with knowledge of the latest computer-related software, design, coding, animation, hardware, networking, and telecommunications skills. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Computer Network Architects:

      Computer Systems Analysts:

      Computer User Support Specialists:

      Database Administrators and Architects:

      Graphic Designers:

      Information Security Analysts:

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators:

      Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers:

      Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers:

      Life Sciences
      & Biotech
      27 Programs at 8 Colleges

      The Science of Career Success
      Life sciences and biotech jobs projected to command high demand in the coming years will require various levels of education and skill.
      Biotech Breakthroughs
      The majority of the top 10 occupations in this sector require either moderate-term, on-the-job training or an associate degree, making this sector a great choice for students looking for an accessible and well-paying job with career growth opportunities. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Biological Technicians:

      Chemical Plant and System Operators:

      Chemical Technicians:

      Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians:

      Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers:

      Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other:

      Medical Equipment Repairers:

      Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products:

      Public Safety
      & Services
      46 Programs at 10 Colleges

      Rising Up to Serve
      Public safety careers typically involve making sure people are free to lead safe and secure lives. Whether you want to fight crime on the streets or fight injustice in the courtroom, there are many great careers in this sector for people who want to make a difference in their communities. obs in this sector generally fall into the areas of public safety, community services, emergency response, and legal practices.
      Support Our Communities
      Many are government jobs, which are highly prized because of their benefits. Instructional programs provide students with the theoretical understanding and technical skills required for them to be successful in their chosen fields. Students who have an understanding of diverse communities and an interest in helping people of all socio-economic backgrounds will find the careers in this sector especially fulfilling because of the way they directly impact people’s lives. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Court, Municipal, and License Clerks:

      Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners:

      Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

      Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics:


      Paralegals and Legal Assistants:

      Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers:

      Social and Human Service Assistants:

      Retail, Hospitality,
      & Tourism
      75 Programs at 10 Colleges

      Building a Career In One of O.C.’S Biggest Industries
      The Los Angeles/Orange County region’s retail/hospitality/tourism sector is the largest in the state, accounting for one-third of the region’s businesses and jobs.
      Culinary Excellence in Orange County
      It is no surprise that this sector employs more people than any other sector in Orange County. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.


      Chefs and Head Cooks:

      Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers:

      Fashion Designers:

      First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers:

      First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers:

      Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners:

      Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks:

      Travel Agents:

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      Every year, over 17,180 students successfully complete their studies at an Orange County Community College. You could be one of them.
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      Earn a certificate where you are, on your schedule! Many programs can be completed – online or hybrid format – in just two semesters at your local Orange County Community College. And many are free!
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      • Pay the lowest fees in the nationAt $46 per unit, California Community colleges offer the lowest college tuition
      • Job-ready in 1 year or lessPrograms are designed to be fast and many can be completed in 12 months or less
      • Flexible scheduleOnline, on-campus, day, night, and weekend options are available for many programs
      • Improve your job security1 in 3 of all jobs in CA are the kind career education prepares you for (middle-skilled jobs)
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