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SVCP Career Pathways

Information Communication and Technology (ICT)

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Software Development

This pathway will provide students an interactive, hands-on learning experience in preparation for an entry-level position in Information Technology (IT). Students will learn programming logic, coding, debugging, testing, and general problem-solving skills in applications including software engineering, web development, data management, network management and security.

Students may begin this pathway at De Anza College, Foothill College, Las Positas College, Mission College, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohlone College, and West Valley College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Applications Programmer

  • Software Developer

  • Software Engineer

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Network Administration

This pathway will provide hands-on technical experience in a full range of network tracks including Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA, Linux and UNIX networks. Students will learn network installation, configuration, basic security and maintenance including local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN) and Internet systems.

Students may can begin this pathway at: De Anza College, Foothill College, Las Positas College, Mission College, Ohlone College, San José City College, and Skyline College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Computer Network Specialist

  • IT Support Engineers

  • Network Specialist

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Mobile App Design & Computer Coding

This high-demand pathway provides hands-on experience in mobile app design and computer coding. The need for these skills has reached an all- time high as smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and the Internet of Things (network connectivity of everyday products) explodes. Billions of dollars are being invested into marketing, mobile app and coding development skills, training, and education to meet enormous future demand in this sector.

Students may begin this pathway at: Foothill College and Ohlone College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Mobile App Designer

  • PC Customer Support

  • Help Desk Technician

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Cybersecurity

This pathway will help educate the future cyber security workforce to serve industry and government needs. Students will gain knowledge and preparation to be successful in securing and defending networks, recovering from security failures, using computer forensics, and managing data security.

Students may begin this pathway at: De Anza College, Monterey Peninsula College, and Ohlone College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Cyber Security Specialist

  • Data Communications Specialist

  • Network System Analyst

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Engineering and Architecture (EA)

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Engineering Technology

This pathway enables students to develop a strong foundation in engineering, physics, and mathematics. The practical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this program will enhance their success in obtaining entry-level engineering technology jobs. Prepares students with practical skills in robotic automation, electronics, and mechanical systems (broadly referred to as mechatronics), suitable for technician-level employment in a number of fields where automation and robotics systems are making rapid inroads; from agriculture to water treatment, assembly lines to surgical robotics.

Students may begin this pathway at: Evergreen Valley College, Foothill College, Mission College, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohlone College, and West Valley College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Machine Maintenance Technician

  • Field Service Technician

  • Manufacturing Process Technician

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Bioengineering

Students who select this career pathway will build a strong foundation in engineering and analytical skills that will enable them to develop products utilizing biological processes that include pharmaceutical products, food supplements, preservatives, bionanotechnology, and biomass-based energy. This pathway sets a course for future bioengineers to solve problems in biology and medicine by applying biological, physical science, and engineering principles to create new engineering paradigms, such as biomimetic materials, DNA computing, and neural networking.

Students may begin this pathway at: Foothill College.

  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Manufacturing Technician

  • Quality Control Inspectors

  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Technician

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Advanced Manufacturing

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Machining & Forming

Students participating in this pathway will acquire the basic skills to operate manually and computer numeric controlled machine tools for processing a large assortment of materials. Emphasis will be placed on both theory and hands-on skills. The job of a machinist is viewed as the vital link between engineers’ “blueprints” and real-world implementations.

Students may begin this pathway at: Evergreen Valley College, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohlone College, San José City College, and De Anza College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Machine Maintenance Technician

  • Electro-Mechanical Technician

  • Tool and Die Maker

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Laser Technology

Industry standard training in Laser Technology will provide students with the ability to work with lasers in industries that range from medicine, entertainment, telecommunications, and aesthetics, to quality control. The unlimited space of this technology has resulted in the sky-rocketing demand for personnel who are well-versed in laser technology for both technical and non-technical positions. Students will gain theoretical and firsthand experience needed to solve common problems encountered in the laser system environments through the coursework and industry internships.

Students may begin this pathway at: Las Positas College and San José City College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Radiology Technician

  • Electroencephalography (EEG) Technician

  • Structures Technician

  • Medical Laser Technician

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Biotech Manufacturing

This pathway will train students in the biotech sector of manufacturing. Students will learn how to work with biological systems to produce commercially important biomaterials and biomolecules for use in food and beverage processing, medicines, and industrial applications. This dynamic industry offers occupational roles in the bioprocessing or manufacturing end of the business. Biotech Manufacturing encompasses a wide array of jobs that include operations management, quality control, site supervision, manufacturing process engineering, and materials procurement.

Students may begin this pathway at: Ohlone College and Skyline College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Agriculture and Food Science Technician

  • Product Development and Laboratory Technician

  • Compliance and Agriculture Officer

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Medical & Heath Science

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Pharmacy Technician

This pathway is designed to familiarize students with the concepts, practices, and terminology used in a pharmaceutical career. Students will acquire administrative and bookkeeping skills, learn how to read prescriptions, dispense medications, maintain inventory control, stock shelves, perform data entry, and process insurance claims as a Pharmacy Technician. Pharmacy Technicians work primarily in pharmacies or pharmaceutical departments in drug stores, hospitals, and clinics.

Students may begin this pathway at Foothill College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Pharmacy Clerk

  • Pharmacy Aides

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Biotechnology

The pathway focuses on Biotechnology research and development pathways and includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. This pathway includes the study of diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.

Students may begin this pathway at Ohlone College and Skyline College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Research Specialist and Assistant

  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician

  • Bioinformatics Technician

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Students who pursue this pathway are often first on the scene when responding to emergency calls. EMTs are trained to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and to transport the patient to a medical facility when necessary. This pathway requires a high school diploma, registration with the EMT National Registry, and licensure by state Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority.

Students may begin this pathway at Foothill College, Monterey Peninsula College, and Skyline College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Emergency Medical Technician

  • Emergency Department Technician

  • Health Information Specialist

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Public Services

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Transportation

This pathway is designed to teach students how to acquire, develop, manage physical, financial and human resources in the transportation and logistics industry. Students will learn the various modes of transportation and how transportation systems are utilized to ship people, cargo, manufactured items through manual and automated warehouse management and distribution systems.

Students may begin this pathway at Evergreen Valley College, Las Positas College, Monterey Peninsula College, and Skyline College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Freight and Cargo Transportation Clerk

  • Transportation Driver

  • Logistics, Distribution and Supply Chain Management Office and Warehouse Clerk

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Legal Careers

This pathway will prepare students to work with attorneys and the public to help solve legal problem. Students completing this program will be able to identify, explain, and give examples of key elements of U.S. law, legal systems, ethical considerations, and/or professional procedures. Students will be able to effectively conduct interviews and investigations, draft legal documents and help lawyer prepare for trials, negotiations, and business meetings, and perform research. A legal career provides numerous employment opportunities within a company’s legal department, including law offices, corporations, real estate firms, government agencies and other non-governmental organizations (NGO).

Students may begin this pathway at De Anza College, Evergreen Valley College, Las Posits College, Mission College, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohlone College, San José City College, Skyline College, and West Valley College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Paralegals

  • Legal Assistant

  • Case Management Specialists

  • Court Reporter

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Water Careers

Students interested in water careers will be introduced to the interrelated fields of Environmental Resource Management, Pollution Prevention, Water and Wastewater Resource Management, Collection and Distribution Technology Systems. This pathway is designed to prepare students for sustainable use, management, and protection of our fundamental environmental resources; air, water, land, food, climate, materials extracted from the earth. Classes are built around practical examples of real-world scenarios, demonstrations, and field trips to maximize that prepares students for certification examinations administered by the State of California as well as those administered by professional associations within the water and wastewater industry. At multiple levels, state licenses and registrations indicating a level of experience and training are also required to work in the industry.

Students may begin this pathway at De Anza College and Gavilan College.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Water Treatment Operator

  • Wastewater Treatment Operator

  • Water Distribution Operator

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