Education Guys: Guide to Technical Education

California Trade Schools

Whether you want to study online or on-campus, and whether you prefer to attend a private or public university, community college, or trade school, the state of California gives you many options when it comes to getting a technical education.

Below you'll find a few of the many colleges and trade schools offering technical programs in California. All the schools are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Because they are accredited, you can feel better about the quality of each school. We hope this list serves as a good starting point in your search for the best trade schools in California.

Information Technology – Southern California Institute of Technology

Through hands-on software and systems training along with training courses, SCIT's Information Technology diploma program prepares students for industry certifications like Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MCITP Enterprise Administrator, CompTIA A+, and CompTIA Network+. SCIT also offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program as well as degree programs in other career fields.

Culinary Arts – California Culinary Academy

Training aspiring chefs since 1977 in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco and employing the Le Cordon Bleu curriculum, California Culinary Academy offers certificate and degree programs in baking and pastry arts as well as general culinary arts. Also available are several online programs and non-professional cooking classes.

Industrial Trades – WyoTech

WyoTech helps prepare students for careers in automotive technology and other hands-on industrial trades at its California campuses in Fremont, Sacramento and Long Beach. The technical school offers very specific specializations, such as a Harley Davidson concentration in its motorcycle technology program. Plumbing, electrician, and HVAC programs are also offered.

Healthcare – Unitek College

Focusing on healthcare and business education, Unitek College can train students for healthcare careers as a medical assistant, pharmacy technician or vocational nurse, as well as help prepare them for relevant certifications. The school also offers several nursing degree programs, and has three campuses throughout Northern California.

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            At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won’t just train for a career. You’ll train for success. The hands-on training and high-tech skills you’ll get at UTI can put you on the fast track toward a rewarding career as a professional technician. Across the nation, you’ll find UTI-trained technicians working in great jobs with top manufacturers, dealerships and repair shops. 

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            Intercoast Colleges , Rancho Cordova
            • Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available.
            • Offers lifetime career assistance services to graduates, including resume and cover letter assistance, employer networking, and one-on-one employment counseling.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
            • 8 campuses located across California, with 3 additional campuses in New Hampshire and Maine and online options.
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            • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
            • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
            • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
            • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
            • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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            Mayfield College , Cathedral City
            • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
            • Computer Support Technician program is based on guidelines set by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Microsoft.
            • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
            • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 2 locations in Cathedral City and Twentynine Palms, California.
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            • Flexible Scheduling
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