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Trade Programs/CTE/Apprenticeships

What are Trades?

They are jobs that require a specialized set of skills learned through advanced training, but not from a 4-year college or university. This education is achieved through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, specialized education programs, &/or vocational schools. 

What are the Different Categories of Trades

Skilled trades generally fall into five categories: agricultural, construction, transportation, service, and  manufacturing & industrial trades. 
Agricultural Skilled Trades:
Farm or Ranch Manager
Agricultural Equipment Operator
Animal Husbanddry & Animal Caretaker
Forest & Conservation Technician
Nursery & Greenhouse Managers
And more….
Construction Skilled Trades:
Pipefitter & Steamfitter
Heating & Air Conditioning Technician
And more
Transportation Skilled Trades:
Automotive/Motorcycle Service Technician
Bus Operator
Train Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
And more…
Service Skilled Trades:
Nursing Assistant
Licensed Practical Nurse
Physical Therapy Assistant
Dental Assistant
And more
Manufacturing & Industrial Skilled Trades:
Metal Fabricator
Tool & Die Maker
And more…
Do Trades have Opportunity for Advancement?
Most of the Trade careers have pathways for advancement through more education & specialization. And, some can lead to future education at a 4 year college or university.
What is the Job Outlook for Trade Jobs?
The Trades are in hot demand! There is a huge shortage and for many reasons: current workers are retiring, lack of vocational opportunities in schools (previous generations removed them from High Schools and community colleges), emphasis has been placed on Technology careers requiring 4 year college education & basically stereotyping them less than a professional career & that 4 year college is the only option.
Now, roles are changing! Trade careers are in big demand meaning that they earn high pay & have great job security, cost less to acquire the initial skill set needed to perform entry level work (through vocational community college programs/military/apprentiships),  in less time then a four year college degree and without the high debt. Instead of a negative, it is a positive opportunity to fill a need & get the benefits of financial security which leads to overall quality of life and career satisfaction:
 24 Highest-paying Trade Jobs in 2023: 
Where to Seek Apprenticeship Opportunities:
Schools/apprenticeships for the Trades in/ near Northern California

Sierra College:
CTE programs through Sierra College are fantastic! You get 2 years free through the Promise Program and get out with hirable skills. So worth it!
American River Community College:
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