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New Programs in Career and Technical Education
Laney College is now offering a 16-week pre-apprenticeship program to help prepare current welders or welding students for a career in pipewelding. Pipewelders are in high demand in California now and for the next five years. This evening and weekend course will focus primarily on the welding skills necessary for pipewelding. Additionally, the program offers training and practice in test taking areas of math and English that resemble the entrance exams to jobs in the public utilities like PG&E.
Laney College now offers a 9-month certificate program in industrial maintenance. This certificate will allow successful students to gain entry to a demanding and rewarding career in the field of industrial maintenance. This is a multi-disciplinary program that gives students hands-on training in machining, welding, electricity and blueprint reading. Math and English skills are taught in context to support student learning in these core subjects. This stackable certificate will prepare students for entry-level jobs in this industry or ready them for a second year certificate.
Departments in Career and Technical Education
The Architectural and Engineering Technology Department offers vocational and paraprofessional programs in architectural and engineering technology as well as preparation for transfer to four- and five-year architecture programs. The curriculum provides necessary skills for employment in the design and construction fields. Students may prepare for positions as CAD drafters, surveyor aides, office managers, and other occupations in public and private sector architecture and engineering offices. Supplemental courses offer students a broad architectural, engineering, and general education background and enable them to continue their education in architecture at the university level.
There are more than 200 Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing companies in the Bay Area. From production to purification of medicines, quality control to compliance with regulation, the Laney Biomanufacturing program is committed to teaching the skills for building successful careers. The stackable certificate programs offered include a 4.5 month and a 9 month program to prepare students for entry-level jobs in this industry, or ready them for a second year certificate/degree program.
The Business Department offers a wide variety of courses for students planning to: (1) develop business skills for immediate employment;(2) upgrade knowledge and skills in specific occupational areas; (3) transfer to four-year institutions with a major in the field of business. Four major options are outlined as well as Banking and Finance, and Management and Supervision.
The Carpentry Department offers students the carpentry skills necessary for careers as carpenters and general contractors. The program is designed for entry level people as well as those already working as carpenters. Classes are held on campus and at specific work sites off campus. Students gain actual hands-on experience while learning. The Carpentry Department builds new houses and renovates existing homes. We focus on green or sustainable methods, techniques and materials to provide homes for low and middle income families.
Computer Information Systems
The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department provides students with the computer skills necessary to find employment, and the analytic and technical knowledge necessary to progress to four-year institutions.
The CIS department at Laney College offers courses in computer programming languages and systems that are transferable and articulated with UC and CSU schools. Also offered are technical courses and programs that are in high-demand areas of software and systems design, development and applications.
Construction Management provides students, who work in or plan to enter management of residential projects and commercial projects, with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment. Emphasis is placed on inspection, estimating, scheduling, legal, and business aspects of construction.
The Laney College Cosmetology Program prepares students in all phases of cosmetology. The program consists of 1600 hours training in theoretical foundations, manipulative skills, business knowledge, professional and ethical practices and prepares students for licensure examination through the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
The two certificate programs (majors) in this department are Baking and Pastry and Restaurant Management. They provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which enhance successful employment in the various job classifications of the Culinary Arts industry. The programs include pre-employment courses, supervised experience prior to employment, extension classes, and short-term workshops for upgrading skills. Many classes are approved by Retail Bakers Association (RBA) and National Restaurant Association (NRA).
Electricity / Electronics
The Electricity/Electronics offerings are designed to provide a knowledge-base and practical skills necessary to many careers. A fundamental knowledge of electricity and electronics are part of what drives all technology of the 21st century. In particular, anyone desiring careers in telecommunications, electronics product development (including computers and micro-processor driven equipment), Bio-Science Technologies (including anyone using medical equipment), construction, manufacturing, engineering and transportation must consider one or more of these classes. These courses are necessary for anyone involved with facility or plant maintenance, Homeowners and consumers will find many of the courses useful to aid them in selection of consumer products and effecting general household repairs.
Environmental Control Technology
Environmental Control Technology is a technical program offering the theoretical, technical, and problem-solving skills essential for employment in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry. Students completing the suggested curriculum can seek employment as refrigeration technicians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning technicians, and building engineers and technicians.
This certificate or AA degree program offers hands-on experience for students interested in combining artistic creativity and computer technology. Students receive practical knowledge of processes, theory of design principles and elements, computer software applications, and personal communication skills. Opportunities of employment from an education in graphic design range widely in emphasis. Related industries integrating graphic designers, digital imaging specialists and multimedia authors vary as much as commercial printing does from motion pictures. All mass visual communications require the skills and training of graphic design/digital imaging.
This program is designed both for entry-level students and experienced craftspeople wanting to upgrade their skills. The up-to-date curriculum provides the current theoretical, technological and practical experience necessary for employment and advancement in the industry.
The Photography Department provides students with the basic knowledge, technical and aesthetic skills necessary for employment in various occupations in photography. Preparation for employment in commercial, industrial, technical, and scientific fields is emphasized. Intermediate and advanced classes include both film and digital applications.
Welding Technology offers an opportunity to learn cognitive and manipulative welding skills which prepare the student for employment in occupations that use welding applications.
The Wood Technology curriculum offers instruction in woodworking for career-oriented students, and includes access to one of the best-equipped shops in Northern California. Employment-oriented students are assisted in finding work making custom furniture, kitchen cabinets, commercial fixtures, architectural millwork, and a wide variety of other wood products. Instruction is highly individualized and is designed to allow flexibility in learning speed, design experimentation, and areas of emphasis. The two primary goals of all classes are to make each student a safe machine and/or tool user, and to provide her/him with the problem-solving tools that relate to four-dimensional wood-based construction.