Career Classes

Career classes, also known as career technical education (or CTE classes), give you short-term training that prepares you for immediate entry into a career. These courses generally last between six weeks and nine months and can help you transition into community college classes.

Here’s why: If you can take and pass adult school certification courses, then you can do the same with career courses at a community college! You’ll have the confidence and motivation to keep building on your education at your local community college, earning more certifications and/or an associate degree. Or, if you already have a career you like and need skills to help you improve in your current job or get a promotion, one of our career programs could help.

All six of the Riverside regional adult schools offer career classes at an affordable cost. Some of our classes are free and others start at $30.

Get started now and you’ll be in a new, better-paying job in a matter of weeks or months!

Career classes at adult schools in the Riverside region

(Classes vary by school)


Become an ASE certified automotive technician in just one semester

Business Office Skills

Earn a certificate in Business Office Technology recognized by Express Employment Professionals or a Professional Communications Certification recognized by Southwest Airlines.


Take Principles of Construction or Introduction to Welding, with OSHA 10 or 30 certification.

Early Childhood Education

Prepare to transition to college to earn an Early Childhood Education certificate or an associate degree program at Riverside City College through an eight-week Introduction to ECE course. Students can continue their education at Moreno Valley College, Norco College or Riverside City College to qualify for employment in a preschool.


Get on the path to a good-paying health career through classes to become a medical assistant, phlebotomist, pharmacy technician, medical insurance biller and more.

Information & Communication Technology

Take Computer Skills classes (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced), plus Microsoft Certification classes.

Job Skills

Take a four-week course to gain the job skills and certifications you need for a job as a substitute in the Moreno Valley or Riverside Unified School Districts' food service or custodial services teams.

Logistics and Manufacturing

Getting goods from where they were made to the people who will use them is a complex process that involves well-thought-out logistics. Earn your certification in logistics and be ready to launch into a career to help keep products and goods flowing smoothly to the consumer.

Start a Business

Learn all of the skills you need to start your own business, accounting, etc.

A Sampling of Our Courses


Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair - Become an ASE certified automotive technician in just one semester (Riverside Adult School)

Business Office Skills

Business Computer Applications - Earn a certificate in Business Office Technology (Alvord Community Adult School)
Customer Service - 16-week certification course focused on customer service basics for entry-level sales and service associates. Credentialed by National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation. (Corona-Norco Adult School)
Microsoft Office/Business Office Technology - 16-week certification course focused on Microsoft Office programs. (Corona-Norco Adult School)


Basic Welding - 16-week certification course to learn the basic skills you need to break into the construction industry. (Jurupa Adult School)
Principles of Construction - 8-week modules with General Industry OSHA 10 and 30 (Corona-Norco Adult School)
Introduction to Welding - 8-week modules with General Industry OSHA 10 and 30
(Corona-Norco Adult School)


Medical Assistant - Approximately 8 months to earn your Certificate of Completion and launch your health career. (Jurupa Adult School)
Medical Terminology and Billing - Take this 18-week course to prepare for an entry-level position as a medical biller. (Riverside Adult School)
Pharmacy Technician - Approximately two semesters to earn your Certificate of Completion and start your new career. (Jurupa Adult School)
Pharmacy Technician Program - Take this 18-week course to prepare for an entry-level job as a pharmacy technician. (Riverside Adult School)
In addition to the above courses, Moreno Valley Adult School offers certification classes in Pharmacy Tech and Phlebotomy (Due to COVID-19 Phlebotomy is on hold until Fall 2022) For information about the classes, call Moreno Valley Adult School at 951-571-4790 or submit this form.

Job Skills

Professional Communications - 16-week certification course focused on essential communication skills that are important for any job. (Corona-Norco Adult School)
Substitute Employment Program - Job Skills course; if you pass you are eligible to serve as a substitute custodian or food-service worker at Moreno Valley or Riverside Unified School District. (Moreno Valley Community Adult School, Riverside Adult School)

Logistics & Manufacturing

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - 10-hour or 30-hour classes in general industry - 8-week certification course focused on workplace safety. (Corona-Norco Adult School)


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