From the inception of the Workforce Investment Act, the Board has worked closely with adult education, community colleges, and the California State University, East Bay. This collaboration has resulted in successful grant funding, responsive new program and curriculum design, and numerous opportunities to jointly serve both targeted populations and employer sectors, meeting the needs for new and emerging skills in the workplace.
Under the leadership of Mt. Diablo Adult Education, the consortium of adult education entities provides assessment, consulting, and referral through the America's Job Center of California - EASTBAY Works. Through career technical education, adult education provides remedial training and occupation specific training for those seeking to augment their education and earn industry-recognized certificates. Adult education centers serve most communities in Contra Costa County. Links for some of the adult education centers include:
Community Colleges & Universities
The Contra Costa Community College District offers academic and career education courses through three community colleges: Contra Costa Community College
, Diablo Valley Community College
, and Los Medanos Community College
. For-credit classes and short-term courses prepare county residents for higher education opportunities as well as for employment in a variety of occupations.
Contra Costa County is served by California State University, East Bay
. Individuals seeking degree programs as well as short-term certification may attend courses, some of which are conveniently scheduled to meet the needs of working adults. Online courses are available as well.
Contra Costa Regional Occupation Programs
Adults seeking short-term training leading to certificates can access classes, often offering hands on skills training as well through ROP. Further information is available at www.cccoe.k12.ca.us.
Training programs for job seekers are offered through the following programs and agencies: