What is a Career Education (CE) program?
Career Education (formerly known as Career Technical Education, or CTE) is a term for educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied arts and sciences, and modern technologies. CE programs are designed to improve job skills and marketability.
Not all jobs require a bachelor’s degree or even an associate degree. Oftentimes it is the hands-on practice and job skills that will make the difference in pursuing your career path. Our CE faculty have industry experience and connections with regional employers, so they are able to design curriculum specifically to what employers are expecting.
CE programs at FLC also provide students with opportunities to gain work experience through internships, work-based learning, and industry certification opportunities. CE offers a wide range of learning experiences spanning many different career tracks, fields, and industries.
Benefits of enrolling in a CE program at FLC
- Industry-trained faculty and support staff
- Flexible classes to balance work-school-home schedule
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Save thousands of dollars in tuition compared to other schools that can cost over 30 times more
- Curriculum designed to improve job skills and marketability
Who should enroll?
Recent high school graduates, under-employed and unemployed adults, incumbent workers looking for career advancement, and college graduates seeking retraining all can benefit from CE programs that offer clear pathways from shorter-term, entry-level to longer-term, higher-level credentials in their chosen fields.
Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center was established in the mid-1960s as a state-funded education center and was located in several portable buildings on El Dorado County land next to the county fairgrounds. Because of the continued enrollment growth at the center, and the keen interest and desire of the citizens of the greater Placerville area to have a permanent community college center in Placerville, the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of approximately 19 acres of land from the El Dorado County Board of Education. The site was approved by the California Community Colleges and the State of California for a permanent site in 1988.
Construction of the first phase of permanent facilities was completed in the spring of 1994 and opened for classes in August 1994. A physical education building was completed and opened for classes in January 1999. An additional parking lot opened in Fall 2003. A second instructional building that completed the center’s build-out was opened in Spring 2006. An expansion and remodel of the student services area was completed in Spring 2015.
The El Dorado Center serves the educational needs of those working and living on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in El Dorado and adjoining counties. More than 2,500 students attend the El Dorado Center. The facility has state-of-the-art science labs and a fitness center, and has been recognized with a statewide architectural award of excellence. The center offers a full range of transfer and vocational programs as well as student support services