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Occupational Curricula
Santa Barbara City College offers a variety of programs and courses in occupational and career education. These include the short-duration Skills Competency and Departmental Award programs and Certificate of Completion and two-year Associate in Science Degree programs. Subject areas include Business Education, Health and Human Services, and Technologies. Specific award, certificate or degree programs in these occupational areas are listed in the “Programs of Study” table in this Catalog. Programs of study are offered in these areas:

Business Education
Accounting Assistant/Bookkeeper, Levels I-IV
Accounting Information Systems, Levels I-III
Business Administration, Levels I and II
Business Administration: Pre-Transfer
Business Administration: Emphasis in Management
Business Administration: Emphasis in Small
Business Development
Computer Applications and Office Management
Computer Information Systems
Computer Proficiency Online
International Business
Office Assistant
Real Estate
Sales and Marketing

Acute Care CNA
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
Cancer Information Management (CIM)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)
Home Health Aide (HHA)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Health Information Technology (HIT)
Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Reimbursement Specialist
Radiographic and Imaging Sciences (RT)
Vocational Nursing (LVN)

Human Services
Administration of Justice
Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Associate Child Care Teacher
Diversity Issues in Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education
School-Age Care
Infant/Toddler Development
Massage Therapist
Post-professional Practice in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Automotive Service and Technology
Baking and Pastry
Cisco Networking Associate
Cisco Networking Professional
Computer Network Engineering and Electronics
Construction Trades
Culinary Arts
Environmental Horticulture
Fire Technology
Graphic Design and Photography
Hospitality Specialist
Hospitality Operations Specialist
Human Resource Hospitality Specialist
Interior Design
Landscape Operations
Marine Diving Technologies
Media Arts
PC Support/Network Management
Personal Chef Training
Sustainable Horticulture
Water Science

Specialty programs in Cooperative Education and job-site training allow students to combine classroom studies with on-the-job experiences.

The main thrust of occupational and career education is to provide the student with entry-level job skills so there is a smooth and productive transition to the business and industrial workplace.

Although the requirements in the majors are generally fixed, students have a wide range of courses from which to choose in meeting General Education requirements. Counselors should be consulted for variations and assistance with planning programs.

Cooperative Work Experience
Santa Barbara City College offers three types of Cooperative Work Experience — General Work Experience, International Work Experience, and Occupational Work Experience:

General Work Experience 290 assists students to acquire good work habits, attitudes and career awareness in actual job settings. Units are based on the number of hours worked throughout the semester: For paid work, 1 unit = 60 hours, 2 units = 120 hours, 3 units = 180 hours. There are no regular class meetings, but students are required to complete a number of assignments throughout the semester.

International Work Experience assists students to acquire desirable work habits in foreign job settings and to develop an understanding of the role of international business, the foreign country’s work habits, economy, labor laws, and cultural/political factors that affect employment.
By satisfactorily completing the International Work Experience/Internship course, a student may earn up to six units per semester. Units are based on the number of hours worked throughout the semester: For paid work, 1 unit = 75 hours, 2 units = 150 hours, and 3 units = 225. For volunteer work, 1 unit = 60 hours, 2 units = 120 hours, 3 units = 180 hours.

Occupational Work Experience combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction, enabling the student to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter and/or progress in a chosen occupation. Class attendance in a regularly scheduled weekly coordinating class is required by some SBCC departments.

For each semester that a student is enrolled in Cooperative Work Experience, it is required that the student provide evidence of new or expanded responsibilities or learning opportunities beyond those experienced during previous employment. Satisfactory completion of specific job-oriented learning objectives is required for determining the student’s progress and improvement of performance on the job.

By satisfactorily completing a Work Experience course, a student may earn from 1-4 college units. A maximum of 16 Work Experience units may be applied as electives toward the 60 units required for an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science Degree.

Credits are based on the number of hours worked during the semester: 1 credit = 75 paid hours or 60 volunteer hours.

Prerequisites for Occupational Work Experience Courses
The Occupational Work Experience class must be directly related to the student’s stated major and the college program in which he/she is enrolled.

Occupational Majors Offering Work Experience
Administration of Justice
ADN Nursing
Automotive Service/Technology
Business Administration
Computer Applications & Office Management
Computer Information Systems
Early Childhood Education
Environmental Horticulture
Graphic Design & Photography
School of Culinary Arts & Hotel Management
Interior Design
Marine Diving Technologies
Multimedia Arts & Technologies

Job Referral Services
The Career Center receives numerous job orders from employers in the community and provides referrals for full- and part-time jobs and internships. It also provides a website listing information on all on-campus student jobs and maintains an online job referral system. Every spring the Center sponsors an annual Job Fair that invites local employers and allows students to learn about career opportunities and to apply for job openings. Additional information about job referral is available at the Career Center, located in the Student Services Building, Room 282, or by calling 965-0581, ext. 2331.

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