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Center for Employment Training - CET

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: An economic and community development corporation, is to promote human development and education by providing people with marketable skills training and supportive services that contribute to self-sufficiency.

Results: Since 1967, we have placed and assisted over 140,000 community members get into the workforce due to our hands on training. We have centers across the country and are a proud to announce we are soon to reach our 50th Anniversary. Join us!

Target demographics: Community who are seeking a higher education in specilized hands on programs

Geographic areas served: The states of California, Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina

Programs: Accounting Clerk , Automotive Specialist, Building Maintenance, Building Maintenance Service Technician, Business Office Administration, Culinary Arts, Custodial Services, Early Childhood Teacher Assistant, Electrician (General & Residential), Green Building Construction Skills, HVAC Specialist, HVAC Technician & Green Technology, Machinist Technology/CNC, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administration, Medical Clerk, Medical Insurance Billing, Retail Operations Specialist, Truck Driver, Welding Fabrication

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Thanks to CET my friend who has jumped from school to school, training after training, she is now motivated to work everyday. She has been working full time and recently celebrated her first anniversary. She is always talking about how her employer appreciates her work. she looks forward to doing a good job and continue to learn new roles and responsibilities.



Rating: 5

Why CET? CET Colton, as well as other CET locations, provides every effort to serving students and ensuring the mission and core values are honored. CET Colton is community, where we provide training and human development. As an instructor, I am a mentor, guidance counselor, advisor, confidant, cheerleader, and at times, a life coach. We have a supportive faculty with instructors and support staff to ensure students are ready upon completing their training to start their new career.

CET has been my home for close to 6 years now and I've worked with at least 500 students. Our students come from every walk of life, differences in gender, age, socioeconomic statuses, cultures, parolees, high school drop outs, Baby Boomers, and more. There has been so many success stories with small and gigantic celebrations. I'm thankful to be part of a nonprofit where I can demonstrate my talents and help others. As a philanthropist, I have worked for and continue to volunteer with quite a few non profits.

My favorite event of the year is always graduation. We fund-raise for most of the year to host the event in the summer. For the past several years, I have served at the coordinator of the event. It's sooooo much work but it's worth it. I love seeing our graduates in their cap and gowns and the smiles from the graduates, their friends, and families. It's an emotional time for me as well as them. Our graduates walk proudly along to the Pomp and Circumstance song as we all applaud them for dedication and hard work. I get to see graduates' kids holding poster board signs to congratulate their parents. It's awesome! For some of students, this will be their first time they will participate in a ceremony. While for some students, this is the first real accomplishment in their adulthood. As they walk on stage and their names are called, you can see the joy and satisfaction on their faces. This moment is priceless.

CET is not just a non profit or a training center, we are a community.



Rating: 5

I have enjoyed every bit of my time since becoming an instructor at Durham NC CET. I work directly with a wonderful director. She is encouraging but has a switch when its time to get business taken care of. The other staff is great, polite, and warming. But most importantly the students I have gotten a chance to be with are amazing individuals and I can't wait to see what their future holds.