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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 skilled trades, applied arts and sciences, and modern technologies. CE programs are designed to advance job skills and marketability.

Not all jobs require a bachelor’s degree or even an associate degree. Our Career Education faculty have industry experience and connections with regional employers, so they are able to design curriculum specifically to what employers are expecting. Our programs also provide students with 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 SCC

  • Industry-trained faculty and support staff
  • Curriculum designed to improve job skills and marketability
  • Flexible classes to balance work-school-home schedule
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Tuition that is lower by thousands of dollars in comparison with other schools

Sacramento City College is an equal opportunity employer/college. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


In 1916, Sacramento City College (SCC) was founded as a department of Sacramento High School. Rare for its time, SCC was founded by a woman (Belle Cooledge) and with an all-female class as its first graduates, the college began with the spirit of inclusion at its very heart. With more than a century of serving students under its belt, SCC is the seventh oldest community college in California and the oldest institution of higher learning in Sacramento.

First known as Sacramento Junior College, Cooledge founded the college to provide a safe, welcoming place for students to learn the basics for a college education, and to be a gathering spot for extra-curricular activities that would bring the community together. With this founding principle, Sacramento Junior College opened in 1916 on the top floor of Sacramento High School with 46 students and 16 part-time instructors.

The college eventually found its permanent home at the corner of Sutterville and Freeport where it opened its doors to students in 1926.

Today, we continue our proud history as a pioneer in the region for diversity, quality education and community partnership.

Our Mission

Sacramento City College is an open-access, comprehensive community college, serving a diverse student population. We provide a wide range of educational opportunities and support services designed to foster the success of all students seeking transfer, career advancement, Associate degree, and certificate attainment, basic skills development, and personal enrichment. Our commitment to continuous improvement through outcome-guided assessment, planning, and evaluation promotes student learning. Through these efforts, we contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of the community.

Your Bridge to Success

Whether Sacramento City College is the final stop on your educational journey, or a milestone along the way, we are here to help you succeed. We offer more than 190 degrees and certificates covering a variety of general education, transfer, and career education programs.

Many SCC students will choose to get a certificate and head straight into a meaningful career, while others will graduate and transfer to four-year universities, including the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems, or private and out-of-state colleges.


Founded in 1916 as a department of Sacramento High School, Sacramento City College is the seventh oldest public community college in California and the oldest institution of higher learning in Sacramento. With the main campus located in the heart of Sacramento, the college enrolls a diverse community of over 20,000 students and offers multicultural activities throughout the academic year.

From the state of the art Performing Arts Center, conference rooms, numerous classrooms and the iconic Hughes Stadium, Sacramento City College also provides use of our facilities to the community. Throughout the campus, well-recognized architectural features such as archways, columns, and brick have been preserved through renovations to maintain the collegiate and prestigious look and feel.


SCC Counseling provides students with academic, career, personal, and crisis counseling necessary to successfully reach their goals. Counselors are available to help you develop an educational plan of courses needed to reach a goal of an Associate’s degree, transfer to a four-year institution, or completion of a certificate; even if you’re unsure of your educational goal.

Counseling services are also offered at the Davis Center and West Sacramento Center.

Zoom video, phone meetings with a counselor can be scheduled through the online appointment system or an online drop-in session. In-person meetings are not available at this time.


Counselors are available to help make sure students start off on the right track by developing an education plan of the courses needed to achieve their goal of an Associate’s degree, transfer to a four-year institution, or completion of a certificate; even if you’re unsure of your educational goal. Our counseling team is here to help you succeed!


Career goals should be based on interests, personal values, aptitude, and life experiences. Your counselor can explore and select the best major and career goal for you.


We understand that life while attending school has its challenges that can be stressful. SCC counselors provide confidential, short-term counseling with personal, family, or work concerns as they relate to educational goals.

Working on campus as a student employee is a great way to become engaged in the campus community. Students in good standing are eligible to be hired for a variety of paid on-campus jobs. On-campus student employment affords students the opportunity to earn a wage while gaining much needed job experience and transferable skills, all without compromising their education.


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