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Career Technical Education Programs with high employment potential

RegistrationQuickBooks Online 2020-2021 Sections 4010, 4011


QuickBooks Online meets all the objectives of the QuickBooks Certified User exam.  It includes setting up a new company and chart of accounts; recording transactions with customers, vendors and employees; managing lists; running and customizing  reports and much more!
Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Mon/Wed 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  M. Gomez
Session 1: Jan 20, 2021 - May 12, 2021 
     -Section 4010 (fees $125)

have fun learning how to do more

QuickBooks Online

RegisterDigital Photography - II  -Section 8000

Explore Adobe Photoshop Elements Quick, Guided and Expert Edit modes. In six  hands-on workshops, we will learn some of the many fascinating ways to dramatically enhance digital photos including how to improve lighting and color with both standard tools and adjustment layers.  We will also learn how to restore old photos, use the healing brushes, add vignettes, and add or remove elements to improve composition.  

Recommended Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of how to use a computer and access the internet. To participate, students also need to purchase  Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 or newer or download a free trial version before class begins and establish a free gmail account. (Ask for help if you need it).
Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Date: Jan 15, 2021 – Feb 19, 2021
Fridays 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM   Hamilton
Section 8000. (fees $85)

RegisterDigital Photography - III  -Section 8100

Now we     get to the  really  fun  part!  These project-based classes will help you begin using more of the powerful flexible tools provided by the Adobe Photoshop Elements  expert editor to make digital  art from  your photos.   We will expand our use of layers, masks, and adjustment layers and  creatively apply filters and add or remove color  to enhance normal photos with creative control. 

Recommended Prerequisite: Digital Photography II or equivalent skills are strongly recommended as a prerequisite. To participate, students also need to purchase  Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 or newer or download a free trial version before class begins and establish a free gmail account. (Ask for help if you need it).

Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Date: Mar 5, 2021 – Apr 16, 2021
Fridays 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM   Hamilton
Section 8100. (fees $85)

RegisterPhotos Products Workshop  -Section 8200

Wondering how to share and make good use of your digital art creations? Learn more about Google Photos to organize and easily share  your photos and albums.  Explore the treasury of other online products and stock photos sites. And finally,  create and share a printable coffee table photo  book with the option of  text pages

Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Date: May 23, 2021 – Jun 14, 2021
Fridays 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM   Hampton
Section 8200. (fees $60)

RegisterCosmetology  Section 10001

This is the perfect course if you love being creative! If you have dreams of working for yourself or with other groups of talented and compassionate people. During this three phase program, we will go step by step in building you up for: Hair care, skin care and nail care. As well as giving you the support of passing your CA state board exam!

Three Semester Program

Phase 1: Theory focus (book work)
Phase 2: Practical focus (hands on) 
Phase 3: Course completion - California state board preparation and  practice (CA test focus)

Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Start Date: January 12, 2021
Completion Date: May 2022
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Section 10001 (fees $4,500 for 3 Semester Program)

RegisterPre-Apprenticeship Program Section 4220

This pre-apprenticeship course (Building Trades Program) is a basic introduction to the essential fundamentals of the crafts in the construction industry. This is a lecture-lab type of course where students are introduced to Orientation and Industry Awareness, Tool and Materials, Construction Health and Safety, Blueprint Reading, Basic Math for Construction, Heritage of the American Worker, Diversity in the Construction Industry, Green Construction, Financial Literacy. Students will gain and overview of the construction industry, attitudes and behaviors, the role of an apprentice, union membership, motivation and code of conduct, getting along at work, interview skills, and the building trades. The objective of this course is to prepare pre-apprentices toward the pathway of the Building Trades Apprenticeship programs by exposing students to the fundamentals of the construction industry.

Minimum Requirements:
•Must be interested in a career in construction
•Must be 18 years old or older
•Must possess a High School Diploma/GED/HiSET or completed higher education
•Must possess a valid Driver’s License
•Must be able to work legally in the USA
•Must be able to pass a drug screening

Successful graduates of this 144 hour class
(2 evening/week plus 4 Saturdays over 4 months) receive:

  • The Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) certificate, recognized nationwide by the Building and Construction Trades
  • An OSHA-10 certificate that you have successfully completed basic safety training
  • First Aid/CPR certificate
  • A tool bag, Red Wing work boots, and basic set of tools

Must pre-register to verify minimum requirements

Green Valley Center, Room 9, 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Tue & Wed/Mar & Jue 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Staff
Saturday TBD
Section 4220

RegisterWorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Section 440

WorkKeys is the leading job skills assessment system in the nation, measuring real world fundamental skills that are critical to job success. Some employers use the system to determine hiring qualifications. Pre-registration required due to limited seating. There will be a $10 No Show fee.
Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Every Friday 12:00 noon $75     Calvillo
Section 440

WorkKeys Curriculum Section 441-

ACT WorkKeys Curriculum helps individuals build the essential career-relevant skills needed for learning, personal development and effective job performance. It’s the only curriculum built from the ground up to align with the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® assessments.The courses are delivered via a personalized, mobile-based learning management system. The platform delivers a meaningful learning experience and provides users with a customized study schedule and detailed instructional content.
Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Wed & Thur 4:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  De La Torre
Section 441


RegisterJobs 101 -Section 409-

Students now registered at Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education in combination with your present academic goals (high school diploma, GED or HiSET) are invited to attend our 21st Century Careers learning lab. Get the help, guidance and career coaching you’ve been waiting for.
Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Friday/s 12:00p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Staff
Free for current students
Section 409

Topics Include:

• Understanding the people at work
• Who’s hiring now
• Get ready for that interview
• How to ask for more money
• Am I a good employee?
• Interest Inventory
• Goal setting/time management • Internships
• Transferable skills
• Career assessments

• Career planning activities • Job search
• Resume
• Letter of Introduction
• Mastering soft skills for workplace success
• Build your resume vocabulary
• Changing jobs
• Keeping Jobs
• Clear decision making techniques • I want to be the boss

RegisterCollege Planning - College Cost: Are You Concerned?
Do you have child(ren) in high school? Are you hoping that they get into a good college? Are you worried that you won’t be able to afford it? If so, this 2-evening class will show you how to: 


  • Use high school years wisely. Classes to take, when to test, extra curricular’s, etc. 
  • Understand what colleges are looking for
  • Search for colleges that are a good fit and that you can afford 
  • Write an effective essay or personal statement
  • Understand the college financial aid process
  • Save money on college costs - pay wholesale, not retail prices 

A successful college search experience takes time and effort. It rarely happens by accident. Oftentimes, the families that achieve the best outcomes plan ahead - they don’t procrastinate. Call Adult Education office at 831-786-2160 for more information. 
Location: Distance Learning , Remote
Thu 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Shapiro 
Section 1001      TBD      FREE
Section 1002      TBD      FREE

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