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Job Training in Sacramento

Close ties with the local business community and keeping a watchful eye on industry trends have been essential to the success of the Charles A. Jones Skills & Business Education Center of Sacramento City USD.

For the third time, the center has won a Programs of Excellence designation. The center is uniquely designed to offer a wide variety of low-cost, high-quality career and technical education programs to the greater Sacramento adult community.

To ensure that Skills Center graduates become gainfully employed, staff members continually monitor regional labor market information and interact with the business community to align their curriculum with industry needs and standards. Toward this end, several new programs have opened, including Certified Nursing Assistant/Certified Home Health Aide, Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, Tow Truck Operator (a partnership with the California Automobile Association), Emergency Roadside Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Weekly public orientations that show students actively engaged in a variety of career areas, provide an opportunity for potential students to learn about program offerings and services. Afterward, staff members and students from each program interact with prospective students to answer questions and encourage enrollment. And, to enable potential students to envision themselves as future graduates, a current student from the Medical Assistant program arrives dressed in the purple cap and gown worn by Skills Center graduates.

To address the time gap between program enrollment and program start date, a new four-week Computer Literacy/Career Exploration/Financial Literacy class allows students to get back in the school routine almost immediately. The new class, a “no pressure” environment where grades are not issued, lets them experience small, incremental successes and also serves as a segue from the orientation session to being in class the following Monday.

Building and maintaining an extensive network of student support services is critical to the program’s success. Onsite partners include a One-Stop Career Center, Skills Training and Employment Program, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sacramento Employment Training Agency, Department of Human Assistance, and the Employment Development Department.

For more information visit the school's website.

[Insider, October 2006]