Career Technical Education

Whether through an adult school or a community college, students can gain hands-on skills to make them more employable in a wide range of professions, including health care, construction, computing and automotive technology.

Single Mom Lands Her Dream Job
Jenice Gonzales


Jenice Gonzales was a single mother of two seeking a typing certificate to start her on the path to a secretarial job. Her dream position was to work in a school setting, but that seemed pretty distant.
Until it wasn’t.

After contacting EASTBAYWorks, Gonzales quickly learned of the opportunities to expand her education and improve her job prospects. She also found out she could get financial assistance for tuition through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

“I had no clue they offered all of the things they did,” she says.

With the aid, Gonzales began taking classes at Liberty Adult Education in Brentwood. She jumped into training on Advanced Microsoft Office programs, gaining mastery of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It boosted her résumé with the skills she needed to get the job she wanted.

In October 2016, Gonzales landed a secretarial job at O’Hara Park Middle School in Oakley. The job is what she had always hoped for.

Map of Career and Technical Education Programs and Classes

Click on a school icon below to find a Career Technical Education program or class in Contra Costa County.

Career Technical Education Programs and Classes in Contra Costa County


Classes in Brentwood

Liberty Adult Education
929 2nd Street
Brentwood, CA 94513


Business and Technology Programs: Accounting Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Advanced Microsoft Office Specialist, Executive Administrative Assistant, General Office Support, Microsoft Office Business Suite, Bookkeeping/Accounting I, Bookkeeping/Accounting II, Bookkeeping/Accounting III.

Medical Certifications Programs: In partnership with several local educational institutions, the Liberty Adult Education offers multiple medical certifications programs in the following areas, all of which can be completed in as little as few weeks: Medical Insurance Biller/Coder, Medical Receptionist, Medical Administrative Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Nurse Assistant Training, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician CPT1.


  • All registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Participants must pre-register for all programs.

  • New students must register in person at the Adult Education Office to complete a registration form.

  • New students will be required to attend an orientation meeting and take a placement test.

Classes in Concord

Mt. Diablo Adult Education
1266 San Carlos Avenue
Concord, CA 94518

Individual Certificate Classes: Bookkeeping and Accounting, Excel-Basics and Beyond, CPR for Healthcare Providers, Customer Service (National Certification), Dental Infection, Dental Radiation Safety, EMT Refresher and CEUs.

Certificate Programs: Administrative Assistant, Dental Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assistant, and Surgical Technologist.

Individual Certificate Classes: Click here to register for Individual Certificate Classes.

Certificate Programs:
Step 1: Register for CTEC Orientation.
Step 2: Pass free reading and math assessment. Register for CTEC Admissions Assessment.
Step 3: Complete the enrollment process below:
A. Review Program Admission Requirements.
B. Contact Financial Aid Advisor via email at
C. Submit required documentation to CTEC office.
D. Contact CTEC office to verify enrollment clearance and register.

For more information and individual program requirements, please visit program web pages or view CTEC Catalog of Programs.

Classes in Martinez

Martinez Adult Education
600 F Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Individual Certificate Classes: Accounting, Mastering Payroll, QuickBooks, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Medical Terminology, Medical Billing, Medical Coding, Administrative Medical Assistant, Electronic Health Records, Anatomy & Physiology, Business Communication, Customer Service, Career Connections, and many more!

Program Certificates: Accounting Specialist, Administrative Assistant, AutoCAD/Revit, Bookkeeper, Customer Service Representative, Executive Administrative Assistant, Medical Biller and Coding Specialist, Medical Front Office Receptionist, Microsoft Office Suite, and Multimedia Arts.

Individual Certificate Classes: To register for individual certificate classes call 925-335-5890, Ext. 3983.

Program Certificates:
New students must register in person at the Martinez Adult Education, Business Training Center Office to enroll in a program certificate course. New students will be required to attend an orientation meeting.

Classes in Pittsburg

Los Medanos College
2700 E Leland Rd.
Pittsburg, CA 94565

major is the field of specialization you choose, such as Psychology or Computer Science. Depending on the major, you may choose to earn an Associate Degree or a Certificate of Achievement. See the LMC Catalog for requirements for each major. If you plan to transfer to a 4-year college, see a counselor—requirements vary according to major and transfer institution. See the degree checklist for details on the courses for each major.

Most LMC majors are “open” to any student. The Registered and Vocational Nursing, Fire Academy and Law Enforcement Academy however, require application to the programs after completion of specific prerequisite courses.

Following the five steps to enrollment listed below will ensure that you are informed and prepared to take classes at LMC. You will also get an improved registration date which will give you the best possible chance to get the classes you want.


Pittsburg Adult Education Center
1151 Stoneman Avenue
Pittsburg, CA 94565

Allied Health Academy Individual Classes: Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Office Skills, Insurance Billing & Health Information Management, Introduction to Medical Coding, National Certification Review, Medical Calculations, Medical First Responder, and CPR/First Aid.

Allied Health Academy Career Pathways: Home Health Aid (HHA), Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), Pharmacy Technician (PT), Professional Biller, Professional Coder, Medical Front Office, and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Business Academy/CTE: Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper, Customer Service Representative, General Office Clerk, and Receptionist.

Classes are open to all adults (18 years old and older) who are presently not attending high school and are able to benefit from instruction.

Registration for CTE classes takes place through the Adult Education Main Office. This can be done in person, by mail or FAX. 

Classes in Pleasant Hill

Contra Costa County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94553


CTE/ROP is the largest program within the Contra Costa County Office of Education's Student Programs. It is a career training program designed for high school juniors and seniors and adult learners. The goal of CTE/ROP is to help students learn about career opportunities and develop job skills.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education delivers state-of-the-art educational programs to over 12,000 students and adults. Courses are taught in all 34 comprehensive high schools in Contra Costa County, as well as Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, and Piedmont high schools, and at two adult sites. The high school program includes a broad range of academically focused career courses such as Art & Animation, Biotechnology, Careers in Teaching, Computer Programming, Environmental Science, Fire Science, Analytical Forensic Science, Sports Medicine, and Video Production. Among the 72 CTE/ROPs in California, Contra Costa County CTE/ROP is the leader with over 61 courses which have earned U.C.'s “a-g” approval

CTE/ROP's job training courses for adults include high demand health specialties such as Clinical Medical Assistant, Administrative Medical Assistant, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, and Process Plant Operator training in partnership with Chevron. For more information visit:

Course Hotline & Enrollment Information: 925-942-3388.


Diablo Valley College
321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

DVC offers associate degrees and certificates in a wide variety of programs as listed below. Click the links for program requirements, department information, program descriptions, program sequences, and addendum information or view a PDF of the degrees and programs chart.

Following the five steps to enrollment listed below will ensure that you are informed and prepared to take classes at DVC. You will also get an improved registration date which will give you the best possible chance to get the classes you want.

Classes in Richmond

West Contra Costa Adult Education
5625 Sutter Street
Richmond, CA 94804

WCCAE offers CTE classes in Computer Education, Information Technology, and Medical Careers.

In Person-CASH OR CHECK ONLY. Sorry, we do not accept debit or credit cards at the counter. Also, please do not use the mail-in registration form when registering in person. Forms are available in the office. Visit the Contact page for Serra Campus hours.

Online-Credit card needed. You will need to create an account to register (Write down your log in and password information so you'll remember for the future.) Link to online registration (opens in a new browser window).

Classes in San Pablo

Contra Costa College
2600 Mission Bell Drive
San Pablo, CA 94806

Whether you’re thinking about transferring to a four-year university or want to fast track your way to job readiness, Contra Costa College is the place to be! We have 120 different degree and certificate options, and plenty of classes to meet your needs. Visit our academic department pages to learn more about the specifics of each program.

Follow these steps to become a student and a new member of the CCC community.

Classes in Walnut Creek

Acalanes Adult Education
1963 Tice Valley Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Learn the latest in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook with Acalanes Adult Education's Microsoft Office individual courses.

Demonstrate your technology skills by earning widely-recognized certifications for Microsoft Office. Students can obtain industry certifications that will provide them with skills for college and careers. These certifications will prove to potential employers and colleges that you have the most up-to-date skills and can meet industry standards.

If you would like to earn college credit for the Microsoft PowerPoint Basics and/or Business Communication classes you may register on the first class to earn DVC credit through our Articulation partnership with DVC. Please call 925-280-3980 ext. 8001 for more information.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to register online for an account and enroll in classes.