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Career & Technical Education

What is a Career Pathway?

A career pathway is a series of connected educational programs, with integrated work experience, on-the-job training, and support services, that enables students to combine school and work and advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. Career pathways target jobs of importance to local economies. They are designed to create educational "stepping stones" for the advancement of workers and job seekers, particularly those stuck in low-wage jobs, and a supply of qualified workers for employers. As such, career pathways help to ensure that investment in education and training pay off in enhanced economic development.

Oregon's Community Colleges offer a wide variety of 1 or 2-year certificate programs. The ones listed are just a brief highlight of their full offerings. With just a small amount of post-secondary training, you can be more marketable, have a greater earning potential, and have the necessary skills to start your career!


Central Oregon Community College - Bend

Aviation, Fire Science, Forestry Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Cybersecurity, and more....

Central Oregon Community College

Lane CC

Lane Community College - Eugene

Multi-Media Design, Massage Therapist, Diesel Technology, Water Conservation Technician, Criminal Justice, and more....

Lane Community College


Portland Community College - Portland

Bioscience Technician, CADD Operator, Personal Trainer, Interior Furnishings, Music and Sonic Arts, and more....

Portland Community College


Southwestern Oregon Community College - Coos Bay

Culinary Arts, Health Information Management, Manufacturing Technology, Nursing, Hospitality and Tourism, and more....

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College - Salem

Drafting, Welding, Computer Science, Building Inspection, Early Childhood Education, and more....

Chemeketa Community College


Linn-Benton Community College - Albany

Machine Tool Technology, Diagnostic Imaging, Dental Assistant, Food and Fermentation Science, Sleep Technology, and more....

Linn-Benton Community College


Rogue Community College - Medford & Grants Pass

Automotive, EMS/Fire Science, Health Care, Graphic Design, Computer Science, and more....

Rogue Community College

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Umpqua Community College - Roseburg

Business, Cybersecurity, Viticulture, Early Education, Paralegal, and more....

Umpqua Community College