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ADVENTURES ON THE JOB

Southern California Community College Resource Guide

June 23, 1997

As the cost of attending four-year universities continues to rise precipitously (private universities now charge as much as $22,200 for annual tuition), more individuals are exploring non-university options to obtain educations that can ready them for entry into the work force.

Southern California's numerous community colleges offer relatively inexpensive ($13 per unit), two-year vocational certificate programs that prepare students for specific jobs. In many cases, demand for graduates of these programs is extremely high. For example, within Santa Barbara City College's marine diving technology program, which trains students to work on offshore oil rigs, employer demand for marine diving technicians exceeds the school's supply of program graduates.

In other cases, community college vocational graduates can earn as much, if not more, than their four-year university brethren. For example, after graduating from a community college dental technology program, dental technicians who own their own dental prosthetics labs can earn over $100,000 per year. And cosmetology graduates who become makeup artists in the motion picture industry or photo stylists can earn up to $750 per day.

Below is a representative sampling , submitted by college administrators, of the courses offered at community colleges in the Southern California area. Many of the colleges listed offer more than 100 other certificate programs that can lead to lucrative and fulfilling job opportunities.

For more detailed information, brochures, catalogs, and counseling appointment requests, contact the schools directly.

ANTELOPE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

3041 West Ave. K

Lancaster, CA 93536-5426

(805) 722-6300

Agriculture/park and landscape

Air conditioning/refrigeration

Airframe and power plant technology

Auto body

Automotive technology

Commercial music

Computer graphics

Early childhood education

Electronic publishing

Electronics

Nursing

Office technology

Welding

CERRITOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

11110 Alondra Blvd.

Norwalk, CA 90650-6298

(310) 860-2451

Chrysler apprenticeship program

Computer programming

Court reporting

Culinary arts

Dental assisting

Emergency medical technology

Ford asset program

Furniture manufacturing

General motors ASEP program

Numerical control-computer program

Paralegal program

Pharmacy technology

Physical therapy assistant program

CITRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1000 W. Foothill Blvd.

Glendora, CA 91741-1899

(818) 963-0323

Automotive technology

Computer engineering technology

Cosmetology

Diesel technology

Nursing

Web page specialty

COASTLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

11469 Warner Ave.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2597

(714) 546-7600

International business

Legal assistant program

Real estate

Surveying and mapping

Travel and tourism

COLLEGE OF THE DESERT

43-500 Monterey Ave.

Palm Desert, CA 92260

(619) 346-8041

Air conditioning and refrigeration

Automotive technology

Culinary arts

Dietetic technology

Early childhood education

Emergency medical technology

Fashion/clothing and nutrition

Fire science

Golf/turf grass management

Nursing

Ornamental horticulture

Respiratory therapy

COMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1111 E. Artesia Blvd.

Compton, CA 90221-5393

(310) 637-2660

Auto collision repair

Automotive technology

Child development

Cosmetology

Paralegal studies

Paramedic program

Recreation assistant program

Vocational nursing

Welding

Word processing

CUESTA COLLEGE

Highway One

P.O. Box 8106

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106

(805) 546-3100

Architectural technology

Computer systems technology

Computer networks technology

Construction technology

Fruit science/viticulture

Nursing assistant program

Nursing

Psychiatric technician program

Robotics/automation technology

Welding technology

CUYAMACA COLLEGE

900 Rancho San Diego Parkway

Rancho San Diego, CA 92019-4304

(619) 670-1980

Automotive technology

Child development

Computer information science

Computer technology

Drafting technology

Environmental technology

Ford asset program

Ornamental horticulture

CYPRUS COLLEGE

9200 Valley View St.

Cypress, CA 90630-5897

(714) 826-2220

Administrative assistant program

Aerobic instructor program

Air conditioning and refrigeration

Aquatic specialist program

Athletic coach program

Automotive collision repair

Cancer data management

Court reporting

Culinary arts

Dental assisting

Dental hygiene

Eating disorders

Electronic publishing

Flight attendant program

Front office management

Geology technician program

Medical insurance billing

Medical quality review assistant program

Medical records clerk program

Mortuary science

Music/instrumental and vocal

Professional pilot

Provider credentialing specialist program

Psychiatric technology

Radiology assistant/darkroom technician program

Radiologic technology

Secretarial program

Steno interpreting

Ultrasound-medical/sonography

Victimology

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez

Monterey Park, CA 91754

(213) 265-8650

Accounting

Administration of justice

Architectural drafting

Art graphic communications

Automotive technology

Business management

Child development

Computer aided design

Computer science information technology

Elder care

Electron microscopy

Electromechanical technology

Electronic publishing

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