Career Technical Education (CTE)

CTE training is provided in six different career sectors that include the building trade and construction sector, the energy and utilities sector, the finance and business sector, the public service sector, manufacturing and product development sector, and the transportation sector.

Each of the 19 CTE programs is aligned with a positive employment outlook within the State of California, providing industry recognized certification an employment pathway to a livable wage.

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on CTE.


Many programs listed include green employment skills relevant to solar, geothermal and smart energy management practices. The CTE programs include:

  • Construction Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Dry Wall
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Industrial Painting
  • Electrical Construction
  • Heating/Ventilation/Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration
  • Sheet Metal
  • Welding
  • Electronics/Network Cabling
  • Roofing
  • Auto Mechanics/Engine Service and Repair
  • Automotive Body Repair and Refinishing
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Sustainable Landscape Design
  • Office Services and Related Technologies
  • Computer Literacy
  • Cosmetology
  • Machine Shop


Each institution has its own specific set of CTE programs based on size, mission and available space appropriate for each particular program.


There are no specific eligibility requirements.


Any inmate may request participation in CTE programs.


CTE programs utilize a stackable curriculum allowing each inmate/student to gain employment skills and enter a career pathway for the industry. This stackable approach to CTE training provides each inmate/student to acquire very basic employment skills in as little as 3-6 months, or moderate-to-advanced skills in 6-24 months.

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

See Rehabilitative Process

See Technology Solutions for more information.

Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.