What is a career and technical program?

Riverside Community College offers associate in science degrees and certificate programs with occupational emphasis.  Both provide instruction in the skills and knowledge needed to enter a skilled or professional occupation.  Associate in science degree programs require completion of at least 60 units of credit, which normally takes four semesters or two years.  State approved certificate programs, leading to an associate of science degree, require a minimum of 18 units, but vary in number of units required; most can be completed in two semesters.  Locally approved certificates lead to employment.  Each course required for the certificate must be completed with a "C" grade or better. All can be counted toward the degree as well as the major.

Who Can Enroll in career and technical Programs?

Individuals wishing to enroll at Riverside Community College may file an official application in the Admissions and Records Office located on any of the College’s three campuses or they can complete an application online at www.rcc.edu.  Admission to Riverside Community College is regulated by state law as prescribed in the California Education Code.

The Admissions and Records Office at the Riverside City Campus and the Student Services offices at the Moreno Valley and Norco College are responsible for admitting and registering students. The telephone number is (951) 222-8600.

Once you have submitted your admission application online or to one of RCC's three campuses and have completed any requirements for assessment, orientation and group counseling, you can register by phone or through our online registration.

Need for specialized training

Many find it difficult to secure employment or to advance to increased responsibility and better-paying jobs without specialized training.  General education has its value but in the early stages of one's career, it is the specific technical skills that an employer seeks.  The certificate is the best evidence that this specialized training has been secured, some employers actually require it as a condition of employment or for reclassification for higher pay.

Riverside campus

The Riverside Campus is the oldest campus of RCCD and serves the largest amount of the student population out of the three campuses.  The Riverside campus is home to the Cosmetology, Nursing, Air Conditioning, Automotive Technology, Graphics Technology, and the Welding Technology Programs.

Culinary Academy

The culinary academy is home to RCCD's culinary arts program.
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How to get further information

RCC Career & Technical Education
4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506-1299