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Career Training

In addition to academic training, Sierra Nevada Job Corps provides career technical training in several vocational trades.

Job Corps is committed to the development of green job training. All students who enter in Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, or Construction career technical training areas will train in a variety of green subject areas. These career areas are marked below with a green tree icon Green trade.

*Students must be 18 years of age to enroll.

Auto Mechanics

This training prepares students for a career in the auto repair industry. Auto repair shops look for well trained people with overall, basic aspects of automotive service repair; to include, oil and lubrication, tune-up, brakes, alignments, heating/air conditioning, engine repair, and tools of the trade. Successful auto mechanics like working on cars, troubleshooting, reading online and text automotive manuals, working in different physical environments and positions, communicating with supervisors, co-workers, and customers.

Building Construction Technology 

This training prepares students for a career in the construction industry. This trade is taught by the Home Builders Institute. Residential and commercial buildings need well trained people with basic building craft skills including painting, plumbing, framing, electrical wiring, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system servicing. Successful people in facility maintenance like to repair things, a variety of work environments, physical work, trouble shooting and researching repairs, and communicating with supervisors, vendors, and customers.

Carpentry

This training prepares students for a career in the construction industry. This trade is taught by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Employers look for well trained people in basic drywall application, residential wall framing, column forms, wall forms, footing forms, scaffolding, light gauge framing, and the installation of shingles, doors, stairs, and cabinets. Successful carpenters like working in a variety of environments, physical work, reading blue prints, using power and hand tools, climbing ladders and scaffolding; and communicating with supervisors, vendors, and customers.

Cement Masonry

This training prepares students for a career in the construction industry. This trade is taught by the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Union. Employers look for well trained people in cement planning, pouring, leveling, and finishing. Successful cement masons like working in all types of environments; physical work; using power tools, hand tools, and heavy equipment; and working in a team to create uniform and visually appealing cement forms and areas.

Certified Nursing Assistant

This training prepares students for a career in the health care industry. Employers look for well trained people to feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens in long-term care facilities. Students learn communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, safety/emergency procedures, and basic nursing skills. Completion of this trade offers students opportunity to earn state certification as a certified nursing assistant. Successful nursing assistants like to work with people, have good listening skills, can follow directions, being on their feet most of the shift, like physical work, have good reading skills, and good communication skills.

Culinary Arts

This training prepares students for a career in the hospitality industry. Restaurants and kitchens look for well trained people with basic skills in food handling, knife skills, ability to read, convert and follow recipes, and sanitation techniques. Students learn workplace safety, food handling techniques, In this training, students gain an important foundation for a career in the ever changing, challenging and very rewarding world of culinary arts. Training include proper food handling techniques, food borne illness prevention, recipe conversions, baking techniques, soups, sauces, and various international as well as regional cuisines.

Electrical

This training prepares students for a career in the construction industry. This trade is taught by the Home Builders Institute. Employers look for well trained people in basic residential and commercial electrical systems. Students learn to assemble, install, operate, maintain, and repair electrical systems and equipment used in the electrical industry. Successful electrical workers like to work in a variety of environments, physical work, reading blue prints and work orders, trouble shooting and researching repairs, and communicating with supervisors, vendors, and customers.

Hotel and Lodging

This training prepares students for a career in the hospitality industry. Employers look for well trained people with good people skills, a basic understanding of the hospitality industry, enjoy helping people, and can follow written and verbal directions. Students learn basic skills in the following areas: front desk representative, reservationist, PBX operator, bell services attendant, guestroom attendant, maintenance worker, laundry attendant, public space cleaner, restaurant server, banquet setup employee, banquet server, and bus person. Completion of this trade offers students opportunity to earn nationally recognized certification(s). Successful hospitality workers like working with people, solving problems, being constantly busy, being on their feet for most of their shift, and working in a team environment. Becoming a hospitality industry worker requires a variety of physical activity and working on computers and other office equipment.

Medical Administrative Assistant

This training prepares students for a career in the health care industry. Medical offices look for well trained people with basic computer skills, knowledge of medical record keeping, and strong inter-personal skills. Students learn basic medical terminology, use of office machines, medical Law, ethics and confidentiality, written, verbal, and phone communication skills, paper and electronic health record keeping, basic insurance processing, and basic medial transcription. Completion of this trade offers students opportunity to earn nationally recognized certification(s). Successful administrative assistants like to work with people; communicating with patients, co-workers, supervisors, and people outside of the medical office; they are very detail oriented, like working at a desk, and demonstrate good judgment and decision making.

Office Administration (Business)

This training prepares students for a career in the office/business industry. Businesses look for well trained people with basic computer, keyboarding, office machine, and business communication skills. Successful people in an office enjoy working with word documents, spreadsheets, presentation software, filing, working independently and in a team; and communicating with supervisors, co-workers, vendors, and customers.

Painting

This training prepares students for a career in the construction industry. This trade is taught by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Builders and contractors look for well trained people to apply paint, stain, varnish, wall covering, and other finishes to residential, commercial and industrial structures. They are able to choose the right paint or finish for the surface to be covered by taking into account durability, ease of handling, method of application and customer desires. Successful painters like to work inside and outside, on ladders or scaffolding, and physical work. Becoming a painter requires a lot of climbing, bending, kneeling, and stretching.

Pharmacy Technician

This training prepares students for a career in the health care industry. Pharmacies look for well trained people with the following skills: pharmacy and hospital math, payment and billing procedures, drug identification, prescription process, customer service, inventory management, and pharmacy administration. Successful pharmacy technicians like working with people, are sen-sitive to situations where people may be uncomfortable due to whatever is ailing them, and are comfortable with keeping high levels of confidentiality. Becoming a pharmacy technician requires a lot of memorization, deductive reasoning, mathematical competency and patience with people and colleagues.

Plastering

This training prepares students for a career in the construction industry. This trade is taught by the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Union as a pre-apprentice program. Builders and contractors look for well trained people to apply coats of plaster onto interior or exterior walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings to produce finished surface according to blueprints, architect's drawings, or oral instructions. Students learn mixing procedures, interior and exterior surface applications, and repairing and refurbishing techniques. Successful plasterers like to work inside and outside, on ladders or scaffolding, and physical work. Becoming a plasterer requires a lot of climbing, bending, kneeling, and stretching.

Security

This training prepares students for a career in the homeland security industry. Employers look for well trained people that understand theoretical principles and can perform basic skills in patrolling, crime prevention, investigations, and defensive tactics. Students learn basic law enforcement principles and procedures for securing individuals and property. Subjects include patrol and guard post procedures, report writing, search, seizures and arrests, first aid, dispatcher duties and procedures. Students must participate in physical fitness training and testing. Successful employees in the security field like balance between desk and physical work, helping people and interacting with people, guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

Welding

This training prepares students for a career in the construction and building industries. Employers look for well trained people that understand safe and efficient welding practices, understanding in the different types and applications of welding, and with the ability to read plans and blueprints. Successful welders will have high math competency, ability to read and discern drawings and blueprints, ability to work in many types of environments and conditions, and a high priority in safe working practices.

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