If you’re looking for training in the building or construction trades, you’ll find there are a number of schools in California that offer degree and/or certificate programs. Compiled by Niche, this list of the top schools for 2021 relies on data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as student reviews and select statistics to present the best degree and training programs for the trades. We’ve described the available programs with the best information at this time, but bear in mind course offerings may be affected by Covid-19. Schools are listed in alphabetical order
College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
The College of San Mateo is an open enrollment school with a free application process and 100% acceptance. Its Building Inspection programs prepare students for jobs in new construction as well as remodel projects and reinspection work. The College’s Electrical Apprenticeship program administers courses in conjunction with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.Training through the local union, apprentices are assigned to job sites and work throughout the five-year apprentice program
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
The College of the Canyons (COC) offers a robust Career Services office on campus to assist students with resume writing, job searches, and interview practice. The school has a long-standing association with local industry to develop and offer internships in the building trades. COC offers comprehensive training in welding processes including such as Flux Cored Arc Welding, Robotic Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Laser Beam Welding. Scholarships are available for students interested in Construction as a career
Mayfield College, Cathedral City, CA
Mayfield College provides small classes, and hands-on training as well as financial aid for qualified students. Career placement and job assistance continue past graduation. Their HVAC/R program is distinguished by cutting edge equipment, extensive practical application, and an accelerated training program. Externships at local companies provide real-world experience.
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
The Construction Technology program features two main focus areas: Construction Management and Residential Trades. Today’s construction is intensely diversified in terms of occupations and areas of specialization. With this in mind, Orange Coast College allows students to design personal Certificate of Achievement programs to meet their specific interests and needs. Students who complete a certificate program have met the major requirement for the Associate in Science degree
Palo Verde College, Blythe, CA
Palo Verde College’s Building Technology program is designed to provide a foundational knowledge in the management of construction projects with the goal of equipping students for employment in a wide range of construction industry opportunities. Additionally, the program is widely known for continuing education opportunities for those currently employed in the construction industry including contractors, project managers, site superintendents, and more.