Career Technical Education Programs

Cerro Coso offers the following career programs.

To enroll in any of these programs, first apply to the college. Then, enroll in classes. See Counseling for more information and help in planning your education.

Administration of Justice


The Administration of Justice Program prepares students for careers in the criminal justice field. This course of study offers a broad base of knowledge, which is designed to provide the foundation for the pursuit of advanced studies in criminal justice. Career Opportunities include Peace Officer, Correctional Officer, Bailiff, Legal Support Worker, and other Protective Service Workers. In addition to the degree, the AJ Program supports the Kern County Sheriff's Academy as well as conducting Levels III & II of its own Modular Academy.

Business & Business Administration


The Business Administration program is designed to prepare students for transfer at the junior level to California State University programs and colleges offering Bachelor's degrees in Business, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, or other related degrees. Career opportunities include Budget Analyst, Management Analyst, Manager/Supervisor, Loan Officer, and Business Owner. The Business program is designed to develop skills for immediate employment in an increasingly challenging business environment. This degree is intended to prepare a student for a career in business. Career opportunities include Budget Analyst, Business Owner, Manager/Supervisor, Loan Officer, and Management Analyst.

Business Office Technology


This program prepares learners for employment in challenging positions as administrative assistants and office managers through courses in communication, industry standard computer applications, business, and bookkeeping in order to meet the needs of the technologically dynamic office. Career opportunities include Office Assistant, Bookkeeper, Data Entry Operator, Filing Clerk, Inventory Clerk, Office Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Front Office Professional, Payroll Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, and Accounts Payable Clerk.

Child Development


The Child Development Program is designed for students interested in infant, toddler, preschool or school-age education. Career opportunities include Child Care Center Assistant Teacher, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Administrator, Elementary School Classroom Assistant, and Special Needs Program Teacher, Administrator, Trainer, Consultant.

Cyber Security Technician


Cyber Security Technician Associate of Science degree is designed for students pursuing professional employment in information security for business. This degree program provides students with skills to enter the job market as information assurance technicians, information security analysts, network security professionals and cyber security technicians. Designed for both full-time and part-time students, this program is appropriate to both those currently employed and those seeking to enter the field. This degree program is also transferable to California State University at San Bernardino. Students exiting this program are prepared to enter the fields of information security, network security, information assurance or cyber security.

Digital Media and Marketing


The Digital Media and Marketing program is ideal for those who work in business office technology, real estate, sales, marketing, administration, education, science, engineering, healthcare, small business, and other industries. This program will teach how to develop high-performing integrated visual communication and social media marketing that deliver on key metrics.

Emergency Medical Technology


Designed to provide career pathways into Emergency Medical Services through pre-hospital and clinical education from basic body systems to the intricate and often changing emergent medical care provided to the sick and injured. Successful completion of this job certificate provides a wide range of components for those interested in entering the job market directly or progressing to Paramedic, nursing or moving into pre-medicine to become a Physician Assistant or Medical Doctor. Career opportunities include Private Ambulance, Fire Fighting, Security Officer, Safety Officer, and Law Enforcement.

Health Careers


Healthcare occupations make up 10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the United States. Cerro Coso Community College can prepare you for one of today's most in-demand careers in healthcare. Our professional training includes real-world experience in a medical environment that provides students with the skills they need for immediate employment. The College offers classes in certified nurse's aide, home health aide, administrative medical and clinical medical assisting, and licensed vocational nursing. Career paths are abundant and diverse in the healthcare industry. Explore the opportunities at Cerro Coso Community College today!

Human Services


The Human Services Program prepares students for employment in a broad range of human services settings. Do you dream of helping others? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? A Human Services career is dedicated to improving or maintaining the physical and mental health and general well-being of people. Career opportunities include Human Services Technician, Case Worker, Family Development Specialist, Recovery Specialist, and Independent Living Specialist.

Information Technology


The Computer Information Systems program is designed for students pursuing professional employment in computer information systems for business. Students are prepared to pursue a career in network, systems, or database administration; technical and applications support; and computer programming. Designed for both full and part-time students, this program is appropriate to both those currently employed and those seeking to enter this field. Career opportunities include Computer Programmer, Computer Repair (A+ Certified), Computer Operator, Computer Support Specialist, Networking, Systems, or Database Administration



This program is designed to provide students with the management skills necessary to succeed in today's technological business environment. Upon completion of this degree, the student will be able to demonstrate a general understanding of business, apply critical thinking skills to technical and managerial issues, make ethical decisions in a managerial context, and apply management, supervision, and leadership skills in a diverse and complex environment. Career opportunities include Retail Store Manager, Restaurant General Manager, Project Manager, Social Services Manager, Construction Manager, Accounting Manager, Social Services Manager, Administrative Services Manager, Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers, and Compensation and Benefit Managers.

Medical Assisting


The Medical Assisting program prepares students for careers in Medical Assisting. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers with an expected growth of 34% between 2012 and 2018. Approximately 62 percent of medical assistants work in physician offices; 13 percent work in public and private hospitals including inpatient and outpatient facilities; 11 percent work in other health practitioner settings, such as chiropractor's and optometrist's offices. Cerro Coso's Medical Assisting program is designed around the Model Curriculum established by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for preparation for the State Exam for Medical Assistants (CCBMA). This program provides the students with the opportunity to develop the necessary administrative and clinical skills needed to be an effective medical assistant.

Paralegal Studies


The Paralegal Studies program is designed to prepare students for work in the legal environment as either professional paralegals or legal assistants. Students receive training in all aspects of the legal system including the court system, legal research, client interviews, legal briefs, and court procedures. Employment preparation for career opportunities with private attorneys, local court jurisdictions, corporate law offices, and self-employment as an independent paralegal. Career opportunities include Paralegal, Legal Assistant, Legal Document Preparer, Real Estate, Social Security, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law.

Private & Proprietary Security


The Private and Proprietary Security Academy is designed for students pursuing employment as a registered security guard or private security officer and shall follow the standards prescribed by section 7583.6(b) of the Business and Professions Code. The program will provide the student with the required 40 hours of training for state licensure as a Security Guard through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, and includes the state mandated licensure exam. Upon completion of this training and successfully passing the state exam, the student may apply to the state for licensure as a Security Guard. State Licensure is contingent on completing the training, obtaining a passing score on the state exam, and a Livescan.

Vocational Nursing


Vocational Nursing is an intensive program totaling 1,662 hours approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The hours include anatomy and physiology, psychology, certified nurse aide (CNA), nursing theory, and supervised clinical nursing experiences. Concepts integrated throughout the first semester of the program include: fundamentals of nursing, geriatrics, nutrition, and pharmacology. Nursing care of clients with various adult medical-surgical conditions is integrated throughout three semesters of the program. Course content also includes concepts of growth and development, normal obstetrics and pediatrics. After successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the licensure examination provided by the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Career opportunities include Licensed Vocational (Practical) Nurse (LVN/PN).

Web Professional


The Web Professional program is designed to prepare students for employment or self-employment in the Web industry by emphasizing standards-based coding and scripting, creative problem solving, usability, accessibility, media production, e-commerce concepts, project management, and networking. Students obtain skills in Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, and Photoshop, as well as open source products. The curriculum has the objective of developing technical and design skills, a combination of competencies that employers and clients value. Students develop realistic expectations about work conditions through individual and collaborative work-based projects and by learning in the same technological environment in which they will eventually work. The curriculum is also designed to equip students for Certified Internet Web Professional certifications, including the Web Foundations Associate Series, the Web Design Specialist, and the E-commerce Specialist. Career opportunities include Web Site Design, Web Site Development, Content Management System Development, Content Management Theme Design, Web Database Development, Mobile Web Development, eCommerce Development, and Search Engine Optimization Consulting.



The Welding Technology Program trains students in multiple welding processes and is designed to prepare them for an entry level welding position in diverse fields. Safe and clean work habits are practiced and personal protective equipment is required. Career areas in which welders work include: mining, manufacturing, marine welding, ship building, metal art sculpting, machine shops, construction, railroads, automotive, as well as the aircraft, aerospace and renewable energy industries. Career opportunities include Pipe Welder, Fitter/Fabricator, Sheet Metal Worker, Manufacturing, and Structural Welder.