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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and an industry-recognized credential.

Apprenticeship is also known as an Earn & Learn model of training where employers structure a career pathway by combining an educational track alongside paid on-the-job training. Apprentices agree to a duration of apprenticeship and a skills development path. In return, apprentices are awarded with regular salary increases throughout their program and an industry recognized certification upon completion.

In apprenticeship, both career seekers and employers benefit. Career seekers are provided a clear and directed pathway to advantageous opportunities and employers have an internal method to support skill development an​d increase the pool of qualified individuals.

Moreno Valley College is working as part of a regional initiative to increase apprenticeship opportunities throughout the the Inland Empire. We are providing guidance and educational support to employers, assisting career seekers in starting apprenticeships in high-demand occupations, and partnering with regional apprenticeship programs.


Moreno Valley College offers Associate of Science Degrees and Certificate Programs with an occupational emphasis. Both provide instruction in skills and knowledge needed to enter a skilled or professional occupation. Associate of Science Degree programs require completion of at least 60 units of credit, which normally takes four semesters. Certificate programs, leading to an associate in science degree, require a minimum of 18 units, but vary in number of units required; most can be completed in two semesters. Certificates can lead to employment. Each course required for a certificate must be completed with a “C” grade or better. All certificate courses can be counted toward the degree as well as the major.

Need for Specialized Training

Many find it difficult to secure employment or to advance in current positions and better-paying jobs without specialized training. General education coursework has its value, but in the early stages of a career it is specific, technical skills employers seek. A certificate is the best evidence specialized training has been secured. At times employers actually require certificates as a condition of employment or reclassification for higher pay.

Who Can Enroll in the Career and Technical Education Programs?

Individuals wishing to enroll at Moreno Valley College must file an official application. Admission to Moreno Valley College is regulated by state law as prescribed in the California Education Code.

Certificate Course Requirements

Students should plan to enroll in the specific courses listed under the certificate desired. If a required course for a certificate program is no longer offered, please see the department chair to ascertain an acceptable course substitute. Fifty percent of the coursework required for any certificate pattern must be completed at Riverside Community College District.

CTE Counselors offer specialized services needed for success at Moreno Valley College and beyond, from assessing student skills to identifying career goals and selecting appropriate classes. In addition, counselors assist with long-range planning and verification of specific requirements so students meet graduation requirements, course prerequisites and requirements for Certificate Programs, Associate Degrees and/or transfer to four-year colleges or universities.

What to expect during a CTE Appointment

Counselors offer new, continuing and returning students individual 1 hour face-to-face appointments to:

  • Assist students in clarifying career goals
  • Assist students in preparing a Student Educational Plan
  • Provide students with unofficial progress checks for degree/certificate
  • Schedule a follow-up meeting

Schedule An Appointment

All counseling and advising appointments are currently conducted online through Zoom, a free online meeting service. You do not need a Zoom account to make an appointment to see a counselor online. A meeting link will be generated for you.

Computers are everywhere, both in our personal and professional lives. People use their computers or smartphones to access mobile apps every day. Someone has to know how to program the computers so they know what to do; network multiple computers so they work together; design new software; and even repair computers. You could be one of these in-demand people within the Computer Information Systems program.

Jobs in the industry include:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Software/Hardware Installer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Database Administrator
  • Web Designer/Webmaster

Moreno Valley College offers Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in Computer Science and other certificates, such as:

The following certificates may lead to employment competency, but do not lead to an Associate of Science degree:

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