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College of the Sequoias Career Technical Education Look Book 2.0

Overview of CTE Programs at College of the Sequoias including degrees, certificates, labor market information and much more.

Keywords: CTE


Welcome to the College of
the Sequoias where we have
invested heavily in our Career
Technical Education programs!
A recent study compiled by
Harvard University determined
that by 2020, approximately 60%
of all jobs in the US economy
will require a two-year degree/
certificate or equivalent. Post-
high school education combined
with acquired knowledge, skills
and abilities will give students
the advantage for success in the
new economy.

Community colleges have long been charged with the task of career and
job-related skill development as part of our core mission in California
and now more than ever, we take center stage as the driving force for
our regional economic engine. Each year, College of Sequoias supports
our local industry with workforce outputs including but not limited to,
approximately 90 new police officers, 70 new nurses, 25 new firefighters, 25
physical therapy assistants, 25 electrician certifications and the list goes on!
In the pages that follow, you will find all the information needed to review
and choose the Career Technical Education program that is right for you!

Brent Calvin

College of the Sequoias

This publication can be made available in an alternative format.

Please contact the Access & Ability Center 559.730.3805.

Copyright 2016 by Sequoias Community College District.

College of the Sequoias’ Career Technical Education (CTE) programs
are designed so that students finish with necessary learning and
professional skills that result in lifelong careers. COS students pursuing
one of these programs have opportunities to complete certificates and
move into the workforce and/or transfer to four-year universities or
other institutions to continue their education. And, in many cases, the
professors teaching these courses are industry professionals. In the
pages that follow, students will get just a glimpse of how COS can be
the first step to success. Students are encouraged to visit a counselor
to develop career and educational plans.

Call the COS CTE office for specific program information or to visit
one of our programs. More information and videos can be found on
our website. • 559.688.3046

Start your career today with Career Coach, a free service designed
to help students find a good career by providing the most current local
data on wages, employment, job postings and associated education
and training.

Agriculture Fashion & Interior Design
& Natural Resources
Ag Business Management Fashion Design
Ag Technology Fashion Merchandising
Animal Science
Dairy Science Health Science
Equine Science & Medical Technology
Food Safety
Landscape Design Registered Nursing
Landscape Management Nursing Assistant
Ornamental Horticulture Pharmacy Technician
Plant Science Physical Therapy Assistant
Rehab Therapy Aide
Arts, Media & Entertainment Sports Medicine

Commercial Music Hospitality & Tourism
Graphic Design
Journalism Culinary

Building Trades & Construction Information Technology

Construction Inspection Information Communication
Construction Technology Technology
Electrician Training
Environmental Control Technology Manufacturing
& Product Development
Business & Finance /
Marketing, Sales & Services Industrial Maintenance
Accounting Welding
Business Administration Public Services
Computer Programming
& Information Systems Administration of Justice
Paralegal Emergency Medical Technician
Fire Academy
Education & Child Development Police Academy

Child Development Transportation
Human Services
Automotive Technology
Engineering & Design

Drafting Technology

COS Programs “Without the COS Agriculture

Ag Business Management Agriculture Program,
Ag Pest Management I would not be on
Ag Power Equipment Technician
Animal Science the path I am today.
Dairy Science It helped guide me
Equine Science towards the career I’ve
Food Safety always dreamed of
Landscape Design having and helped me
Landscape Management develop the skills and
Ornamental Horticulture knowledge it takes not
Plant Science only to be a successful
businessman, but a
Agriculture & Natural Resources standout member of the
community as well.
The COS Agriculture Division believes in the value of hands-on
education, opportunity for preparing for the industry and the
importance of a well-rounded student experience. The Ag Division
The Agriculture
stresses quality teaching and learning through formal classroom Industry employs
more people than
lecture/discussion methods as well as plenty of hands-on “learn-by- any other industry
in our region. One
doing” in our well-equipped laboratory facilities including livestock in five jobs in our
region is connected
and equine barns, a reproductive physiology lab, multiple science labs,
to Agriculture.*
nursery areas for plant propagation, greenhouses, shade structures

and a 320-acre farming operation. The Agriculture Division has a

strong industry connections and support and has some of the most

active groups of students on the COS campus with multiple student-

led organizations, field trips to industry, regional competitions and

many more opportunities.

23 degrees/certificates *California Center For Jobs & The Economy 2016

Arts & Media “I learned all types COS Programs

of management Commercial Music
skills through Graphic Design
the Journalism Journalism

Program. I came
out of my shell. I
had to learn how
to approach people
in a professional
manner. And I feel
like I learned about
myself and how I

work best.

”–­ REBEKAH WHITFIELD, Arts, Media & Entertainment
JOURNALISM The Commercial Music Program can accommodate the recording
MAJOR needs of a small rock band to a symphony orchestra. Housed with a state
of the art control room and studio in the center of the new Visalia campus
Graphic Design* music building, the program enjoys a newly-upgraded 20 workstation
Starting Audio/MIDI™ computer lab running Pro Tools®. The program also has a
$24,927 recording studio boasting two large recording spaces and one dedicated
Average recording room.
Graphic Design prepares students for entry-level employment and/
Experienced or potential further study in the field. Courses are taught by industry
$63,271 professionals through real-world examples, and have helped launch the
careers of local Graphic Designers. Students will acquire skills, knowledge
Career Growth and abilities in graphic design, integrated graphics and web page design
using the Adobe® design software suite. Students are prepared for Adobe®
Certified Associate (ACA) certification, and can achieve a graphic design
certificate after completing seven courses, and/or go on to obtain their
degree and transfer to a university.

Journalism offers the opportunity to be part of the staff that produces
“The Campus,” the award-winning student paper. Students interested in
journalism and media careers can gain invaluable experience, seldom
offered to students in their first two years at a four-year college in many
areas of media. This includes, but is not limited to, news and editorial
writing, photojournalism, layout, advertising, videography, live video
streaming, podcasting, graphic design, illustration and cartooning, social
media and leadership. The new journalism computer lab offers students a
state of the art media production experience that is modeled after industry
standards and environments.

*EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016 8 degrees/certificates

COS Programs Construction

Construction Inspection
Construction Technology
Electrician Training
Environmental Control Technology

Building Trades & Construction

Construction Technology prepares students for entry-level
employment and/or potential further study of building trades and
also prepares students for inspection certification tests and for entry-
level building inspection employment. The Construction Inspection
degree will also earn two years credit toward the four year experience
requirement for a general building contractor’s license.

Electrician Training prepares students for entry-level employment
in the field of Electrician Training. Students completing this certificate
will acquire skills in the principles of electricity, circuitry, power
distribution, and electrical building and safety codes. This program
also prepares individuals for the California Electrician Certification
Examination as part of the electrician certification process required by
the State of California.

Environmental Control Technology training prepares students for
entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of
Environmental Control Technology. Students completing this degree
will have a foundation in the field(s) of heating, ventilation and air
conditioning (HVAC) through the study of modern refrigeration and
will acquire essential HVAC skills.

Career Growth

13 degrees/certificates *EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016

Business “Our Business COS Programs

Division has Accounting
an incredible Business
Internship Program
that provides Business Administration
students real Computer Programming & Information
world experience
in their field of Systems
study. Students Paralegal
are able to earn
college credit for Business & Finance/Marketing, Sales & Service
their work, network
with professionals The mission of the Business Division is to educate and train students
in their field, boost for employment in the business world while also meeting the employment
their resume and needs of our community. A broad range of transfer-level courses are
make powerful available for students seeking to pursue four-year degrees. Associate
networking of science degrees are offered in five business areas. Several vocational
connections while certificates, requiring from one to four semesters, are available to assist
gaining valuable students who are interested in updating business skills or who will enter
experiences! It’s a the job market directly. With the growth in requests by employers for
great opportunity to technology-based job skills, the Business Division provides hands-on
‘try-out’ a potential experience in job-related software and technologies.




16 degrees/certificates

COS Programs “The Human Services Human Services

Child Development Program helped me
Human Services choose my career path
because it opened my
Education & Child Development eyes to experiences and
to social injustices that
Child Development provides courses leading to work in private
child care programs and preschools and courses to earn a Child occur in our society.
Development Permit for employment in state- or federally-funded The program has had
programs. Additional coursework is offered for infant/toddler care, a very big impact on
administration for director qualifications and for after school care. myself and I plan to
Students may obtain a 6, 12, 24 or 26 credit certificate, an associate
degree in Child Development and/or classes for a transfer option. transfer to Fresno
Students may also obtain a state permit issued by the Commission on State and pursue my
Teaching Credentials for a Preschool Teacher. bachelor’s and a career
in Human Services.
Human Services educates the beginning student about ways to
alleviate social problems. The professional in human services generally ”­– JESUS ALTAMIRAN,
requires a master’s degree, such as a Masters in Social Work. However, COS HUMAN
in many instances, the field can use a person with training below SERVICES STUDENT
master’s level. The Human Services two-year degree is recognized by
the State of California and by the federal government. Because of the
economic conditions of Tulare, Kings and the surrounding counties,
the need for social service professionals is great. The program’s
purpose is to train students for specific vocational needs, provide the
community with individuals who can relate the local community’s
social challenges and provide field experience at a significant level
(at least three semesters). Students will attain a vocational-level after
two years of education. In addition, students will become aware of the
availability of the advanced degree programs to attain a bachelor’s
degree or master’s in Social Work, for example.

Preschool Teacher*

Starting Pay

Average Pay

Experienced Pay

7 degrees/certificates *EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016

Engineering “I’ve heard that COS Programs

students at other Architecture
colleges are lucky to Drafting Technology
even get 10 minutes
of their professor’s Engineering & Design
time. Every student
here will agree that Architecture courses emphasize skills in design, visual communication,
they all get one-on- history and construction technology. Students completing the program
one attention from transfer to four-year, university-accredited architecture programs or
Professor Gonzalez obtain entry-level employment in architectural or related fields. Skills
related to predesign, conceptual design, schematic design, design
and staff. This development, building information modeling (BIM), computer-assisted
program will give drafting and design (CADD), construction materials and methods,
you an introduction construction documents, detailing, and tactile (by hand) and digital
into what the field model-making and drawing will be conveyed through the coursework.
is really like and it
won’t break your The Drafting Technology Program prepares students for entry-level
employment and/or potential further study in the field with courses in
bank either. drafting technology, architecture, computers and graphic design. Students
will acquire skills, knowledge and abilities in computer-aided drafting
”–­ ABIGAIL SANCHEZ, (CAD), visual communication, computer concepts, graphic design and
construction technology.

Architectural 16 degrees/certificates

(requires bachelor’s)*

Starting Pay

Average Pay

Experienced Pay

*EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016

COS Programs “I came in without

Cosmetology knowing anything
Fashion Design about the fashion
Fashion Merchandising industry. However, now
I feel confident with
Fashion & Interior Design all the experience and
knowledge I’ve gained.
COS offers the only Fashion Design & Merchandising program I feel ready to flap my
located in the Central Valley. The Fashion Program provides classes little wings and fly on.
for people interested in fashion merchandising, fashion design and
clothing construction. The program focuses on a wide range of skills ”­– ERIKA VILLA,
for students that want careers in the fashion industry. Course content
revolves around pattern making, tailoring, sewing, fashion design, COS FASHION STUDENT
visual merchandising and textiles. These classes lead to an associate
degree and/or two certificates. Fashion

The COS Cosmetology Program is offered through a partnership
with the Estes Institute of Cosmetology ( The
cosmetology course takes approximately 11 months to complete and
covers hair and nail styling, skin beauty care and business skills.

Fashion Design*

Starting Pay

Average Pay

Experienced Pay

Career Growth

4 degrees/certificates *EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016

“The Career Opportunities

Physical Therapy Acute Care Nursing • Athletic Training
Assistant Program Personal Fitness • Specialty Nursing
led me to a career
Health Science
that I now can
provide for my
family. I am the first
in my family to go
to college and now
my kids will be able
to go to college
because of the great
career that I have.



Health Science & Medical Technology

Programs in this career pathway prepare students for entry-level
employment, certifications and potential further study in the fields
of nursing, nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, physical therapy
assistant, rehab therapy aide and sports medicine. Courses provide
experiences in a variety of healthcare settings including on site at local
hospitals and other facilities. Students will gain a foundation in applicable
skills such as patient management, medical terminology, body mechanics
and workplace safety as well as customer service. With the intent of
getting our students into the workforce quickly, programs are streamlined
and some can be completed in less than the traditional two-years of
community college. COS healthcare programs are board-certified.



Fastest growing

industry in

our region

*California Center For
Jobs & The Economy


Registered Nursing Health Science

The Registered Nurse (RN) Program is an application-only; four-semester, Associate Degree
in Nursing (ADN) program. The RN students will gain experience in many areas of healthcare
including medical, surgical, geriatrics, perinatal, pediatrics and mental health. Completion of the
RN program qualifies graduates to take the standardized National Council Licensure Examination
(NCLEX)-RN. Once the graduate receives the RN license, they are prepared for the role of care
provider across the healthcare continuum as managers of care and as an active member of the
nursing profession.

Nursing Assistant

A single course that can lead to Nursing Assistant certification through the certification
exam. Students completing this certificate will acquire skills, knowledge and abilities to receive a
certificate permitting practice as a Nursing Assistant in locations such as hospitals, nursing care
homes, home health, outpatient settings and senior/assisted living.

Pharmacy Technician

A two-semester program consisting of theory and clinical experience. Students completing this
certificate will acquire the employment skills, knowledge, and abilities for an entry-level position
as a Pharmacy Technician in a retail or hospital pharmacy. After successful program completion,
the student is eligible for California State Pharmacy Technician registration.

Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) students as part of the associate degree program will gain a
foundation in the fields of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, physics and movement science. Skills
developed throughout their coursework will include patient care, application of modalities and
physical agents, and implementation of therapeutic exercise and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
under the physical therapy plan of care; includes 680 clinical education hours. Completion of the
PTA program qualifies graduates to take the state licensure exam.

Rehab Therapy Aide

This program prepares students for careers providing rehabilitative care to patients under the
direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students will also be equipped to perform daily
work helping patients gain mobility and improve upon their functional abilities. Students will be
exposed to medical terminology, body systems review, exercise and mobility training, customer
service, workplace safety and body mechanics.

Sports Medicine

This program prepares students for transfer to a four-year university. Students completing this
degree will walk away with a foundation of study in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic
injuries and will acquire an understanding of the mechanism of injury and illness, assessment of
injuries and illness and appropriate care. With this degree, students may find themselves in careers
such as athletic training, sports psychology, coaching, sports nutrition, osteopathic medicine and
sports chiropractic.

6 degrees/certificates

“If you are COS Program

considering a Culinary
career in the food
Hospitality & Tourism
industry, the
Culinary Program The Culinary Department offers three culinary certificates at 8, 14 and
could be for you. 21 units for students to obtain or upgrade employment in the food service
industry. These certificates provide an introduction to the culinary field
You will learn and necessary skills in that industry.
basic commercial
kitchen skills, as
well as develop an
understanding of
the commercial

food industry.


Hospitality Food Service

Starting Pay

Average Pay

Experienced Pay

Career Growth

*EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016 3 degrees/certificates

COS Programs “The goal of the

Information Communication Technology ICT Program is to
have students work
Information Technology
in industry while
The Information Communication Technology (ICT) program offers completing their
courses in network communication technology, operating systems education. This process
and infrastructure. This program will help students pursue a career in allows them to see
which they will have the ability to match technology capabilities with how theory is put into
business operational needs. This program trains students for entry- practice; while gaining
level network support positions as well as a foundation for various valuable experience
industry certifications (A+, MCSA and CCNA). which will better their
chances in locking
down a future full time
position long-term in

the industry.



Nearly one in 20 Technology
private sector jobs
2 degrees/certificates
are in
This industry will
continue to produce
more new jobs in our
region and beyond.

*Economic and Workforce
Development - California

Community Colleges

Manufacturing “Thanks to the COS COS Programs

Welding Program. Industrial Automation
I really value Industrial Maintenance

the knowledge Manufacturing
I have gained Welding
and the people
I have met from Manufacturing & Product Development
the metalworking
Industrial Maintenance prepares students for entry-level employment
industry. and/or potential further study in the fields of Industrial Technology/
Industrial Maintenance. Students completing courses in this area will have
”­– KELLY BAILEY, an industry foundation through the study of electricity, motor controls and
programmable motor drives, programmable logic controllers, hydraulics/
COS WELDING pneumatics, industrial mechanics, machining, refrigeration and boilers
STUDENT and welding. Students will acquire skills and abilities in design of electrical
circuits, reading and interpreting schematics, encoding programmable
Welding: devices and design of facility changes for industrial applications.
Structural Metal
Fabricator/Fitter* Machining & Manufacturing prepares students for entry-level
employment in the field of Machining and Manufacturing. Students
Starting Pay completing this certificate will acquire skills, knowledge and abilities
$24,392 related to new technologies in manufacturing. These include machine
tools and machine shop practices with emphasis on Occupational Safety
Average Pay Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for Metalworking
$36,140 Skills (NIMS) standards.

Experienced Pay Welding trains students for a variety of industries that are fast-growing and
$49,699 in high demand. This program is designed to train future, skilled professionals
to meet the demands of the welding/fabrication industries. Students have
the opportunity to work in a state of the art facility and utilize high tech,
professional equipment in order to gain the necessary professional skills.

In California, the manufacturing sector contributes more than 1.3 million
jobs to the State’s economy. Skilled professionals with Advanced Manufacturing
backgrounds will continue to be in high demand across many industries.*

*EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016 6 degrees/certificates

COS Programs “I went into the COS

Administration of Justice Fire Academy with
Emergency Medical Technician expectations and this
Fire Academy academy exceeded all
Police Academy of them. This academy

Public Services has furthered my
fire knowledge and
Administration of Justice is designed to offer students an encouraged me to
opportunity for both practical and theoretical courses in the field of stay on the right track
criminology. Topics include: causes of adult criminal behavior, causes towards a career in the
of juvenile delinquent behavior and organizational institutional
processes. This program offers both career training and a major in fire service.
Administration of Justice. The major emphasizes law enforcement or
corrections and leads to the earning of an Associate of Science degree. ”­– JOSHUA SNODGRASS,
Most students in this program indicate that they are planning to secure COS FIRE ACADEMY
employment in the field of criminal justice. Students can earn college STUDENT
credit while working with employers. Internships are coordinated by
the classroom instructor. Correctional

Starting Pay

Average Pay

Experienced Pay

Career Growth

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is designed for Public Service
students completing this certificate to acquire skills in recognition
of symptoms of illness and/or injury and proper procedures for
emergency care. Successful students of the EMT B course are eligible
to sit for the national Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (state
certification and national testing fees apply). They are also eligible
to enter Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic training, which
provides opportunity for career advancement, higher pay and greater
responsibility in providing emergency health care. Upon successful
completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for entry-
level positions with ambulance companies and in hospital emergency
rooms. Opportunities for full- or part-time employment in emergency
medical services are available to qualified applicants.

9 degrees/certificates *EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016

Public Service The first COS
Fire Academy
class was offered

in 1976.

Fire Academy students can complete a 15-unit certificate with the
completion of the California State Fire Training Accredited Firefighter 1
Academy, a 30-unit Achievement Certificate in Fire Technology and/or
an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Science. Coursework from other
colleges is accepted as long as the content of the course is the same as
that at COS. Firefighter I Academy is offered with the cooperation of the
Tulare/Kings Fire Training Officers Association and the Tulare/Kings
Fire Chiefs Officers Association. The Firefighter I Academy will be held at
various locations throughout Tulare and Kings counties.

Police Academy courses are certified by the California Commission
on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). In order for someone to
be eligible to serve as a full time Peace Officer in California, completion
of the Basic Police Academy is required. All traditional college financial
aid programs and Veteran’s benefits apply. While there are a number of
agencies that hire candidates and pay for them while they attend the
police academy, the majority of agencies, particularly in the Central Valley,
require the completion of the Basic Police Academy Certificate prior to
employment. Completion of this program allows students to serve in
municipal, county and most state law enforcement agencies throughout

COS Programs “I enjoy a lot of things
about the COS
Automotive Technology Automotive program,
but the best part has

been gaining the
knowledge and skills I
need to pursue a career
in a field I really enjoy.



Automotive Specialty Technician Automotive
The Automotive Technology program guides students through
several areas of study in the auto field, including air conditioning, Technician*
brake systems, emissions technology, powertrain systems and much
more. Our program offers seven Skills Certificates and an Associate of Starting salary
Science degree students can work toward. $20,839

Average Pay

Career Growth
Next 10 Years

8 degrees/certificates Last 2 years Transportation

*EMSI/Economic Modeling 2016

Facts About Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Preparing Students For Employment In New And Emerging Jobs

1.5 Million COS Graduates

Technical Jobs in California

Salary 37% 38% 41%

27% of Technical Careers pay more than AA Degrees Of Skill Certificates
jobs requiring a Bachelor’s degree

31% of Jobs requiring Associate degrees Work Experience
pay more than jobs requiring a
Bachelor’s degree CTE fulfills employers needs that
are high skill wage demand
Jobs In The USA 65%
Soft Skills
15% Oral and Written Communication
are the most sought after

Minimum Wage Jobs Graduation
Requiring A 4-Year Degree
Requiring A Technical Degree 2010-2020 Projection
=1 Million

50% of STEM jobs do not require 7 Million 19 Million
A Bachelor’s degree

*Science, Technology, Careers Requiring BA/BS University Graduates
Engineering &

Success In Today’s Economy”
College Education + Skills, Hands-On Knowledge & Experience = A Competitive Advantage

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