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Why Earn a Career Certificate?

Career Technical Education (CTE) is learning with relevance to the real world, often called contextual learning. Many CTE programs provide you with the chance to gain hands-on experience through work-based learning opportunities. Or, in some cases, prepare you to transfer to four-year institutions.

Certificates are the fastest-growing college credential, with a big wage payoff!

Career Education (also called Career Technical Education or CTE) prepares you for high wage and high demand careers. In an ever-changing job market, Career Education graduates enter the workforce having comprehensive skills and the ability to be innovative critical thinkers.

Moreover, our programs are connected directly with real-world needs. Each Career Education program relies on industry input through Advisory Committees, thus giving our programs access to current and competitive insight. This results in connecting local employers to local talent, who have been trained according to their input.


The national average for tuition for one year at 4-year university is $23,066. By comparison, community colleges have an average of $9,308 per academic year*.

Moreover, earning a career certificate is a fraction of that price! Including your cost of materials, most certificate programs are under $1,500 at College of Marin!


*National Center for Education Statistics

College of Marin offers CTE Certificates in a variety of fields including Administration of Justice, Automotive Technology, Business Administration, Business Office Systems, Computer Information Systems, Court Reporting, Dental Assisting, Digital Media – Entertainment, Early Childhood Education, Fire Technology, Graphic Design, Health Occupations, Machine & Metal Technology, Real Estate, and Web Design.

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