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Welding Schools in California

Welding Schools in California

Welding Schools in CaliforniaCalifornia welding schools can be found in practically all corners of the state. Below is a list of 57 colleges with a proven reputation. Some of them have adopted the American Welding Society’s SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) program, a three-level course curriculum.

A. California Colleges Offering a Welding Program

  • Allan Hancock College
  • American River College (SENSE)
  • Antelope Valley College
  • Bakersfield College (SENSE)
  • Barstow Community College
  • Butte College (SENSE)
  • Cabrillo College
  • Cerritos College
  • Cerro Coso Community College
  • CET El Centro (SENSE)
  • CET San Bernardino (SENSE)
  • CET San Diego (SENSE)
  • CET Watsonville (SENSE)
  • Chabot College
  • College of the Canyons (SENSE)
  • College of the Redwoods (SENSE)
  • College of the Sequoias (SENSE)
  • College of the Siskiyous (SENSE)
  • Cosumnes River College
  • Cuesta College
  • El Camino Community Coll. Dist. (SENSE)
  • El Camino Coll. Compton Ctr.
  • Fresno City College
  • Fullerton College (SENSE)
  • Glendale Community Coll. California
  • Hacienda La Puente Adult Educ.
  • Hartnell College (SENSE)
  • Imperial Valley College (SENSE)
  • Laney College
  • Las Positas College
  • Lassen Community College
  • Long Beach City College
  • Los Angeles Trade Tech’l Coll.
  • Los Medanos College
  • Maxine Waters Emplymnt. Prep. Center
  • Merced College (SENSE)
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • Napa Valley College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Pacific Coast Trade School
  • Palo Verde College
  • Palomar College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Pomona Unified School Dist. Adult and Career Educ.
  • Reedley College
  • Riverside City College (SENSE)
  • San Bernardino Valley College (SENSE)
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Shasta College (SENSE)
  • Sierra College
  • Solano Community College
  • Ventura College (SENSE)
  • Victor Valley College (SENSE)
  • Yuba College

B. Top-Rated Colleges and Relevant Information

Out of these colleges, there are ten that stood out according to American School Search.

1. Cuesta College

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (1-year cert. or associate’s degree)
Undergraduate Tuition: $4,800
Student Retention: 67%
Graduation Rate: 40%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 24:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

2. Orange Coast College

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (several-month cert. or associate’s degree)
Undergraduate Tuition: $4,800
Student Retention: 77%
Graduation Rate: 46%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 35:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

3. Fullerton College

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (several-month cert.)
Undergraduate Tuition: $5,900
Student Retention: 71%
Graduation Rate: 33%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 23:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

4. Las Positas College

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (several-month cert. or associate’s degree)
Undergraduate Tuition: $4,800
Student Retention: 75%
Graduation Rate: 42%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 29:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

5. Napa Valley College

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (several-month cert. or associate’s degree)
Undergraduate Tuition: $5,800
Student Retention: 77%
Graduation Rate: 37%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 24:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

6. CET El Centro

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (1-year cert.)
Student Retention: 90%
Graduation Rate: 91%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

7. Pacific Coast Trade School

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (1-year cert.)
Student Retention: 86%
Graduation Rate: 100%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

8. American River College

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (several-month cert. or associate’s degree)
Undergraduate Tuition: $5,400
Student Retention: 71%
Graduation Rate: 29%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 28:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

Santa Ana College9. Santa Ana College

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (several-month cert. or associate’s degree)
Undergraduate Tuition: $4,800
Student Retention: 69%
Graduation Rate: 31%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 43:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

10. Mt. San Antonio College

School Type: 2-year, public school
Welding Programs Offered: Welding Technology (several-month cert., 1-year cert., or associate’s degree)
Undergraduate Tuition: $6,000
Student Retention: 79%
Graduation Rate: 35%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 25:1
Opportunities: Part-time employment
On-Campus Housing: No

 

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