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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


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Let me tell you my wonderful story

Center for Employment Training changed my life. In 2014 I was a student, and became president of Student Council. I graduated from Business Office Technology, 3 months after i walked the stage i got hired at CET. I just want to say that CET is a wonderful place.It is where my life journey to success stared. I am the fourth in my family to graduated from CET. I am so proud of what i have accomplished it only makes me work harder.

My story H.L


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have truly enjoyed my time here at CET as an intern. The faculty and instructors care deeply about their students and effectively education to them. It has been a pleasure to meet students first hand, hear their stories, and also know that those who work here act as educators, life coaches, and inspiration to the students. CET does it's best to bring success to students and carry them through their educational journey from start to finish.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an instructor at the Center for Employment Training and a graduate of the school as well. I was given two choices of schools to attend by the Workforce Investment Act; one was a community college, with the other being CET. Being new to the area and in the middle the adoption of a newborn girl, I needed flexibility and a central location. I toured the college and was met with the same hum drum attitude of staff and instructors. When I toured CET, I was overwhelmed by not just the positive attitude of the staff, but the overall vibe from the school, to include the students. The staff had all of the answers to my questions, their interest in me and my success is what helped me decide to attend the school.

As a student, I never felt out of place and assistance was close by at all times. I was recognized for my maturity and given responsibilities as a student, which empowered me to do even better.

As an instructor, I settled into the position with ease. As a former member of the military , it was second nature to gather the men of women from all walks of life, help find a common bond, and to foster a team environment where learning a new trade was number one, and help those around you at the same time.

The type of individuals I've instructed run the gamut, from farmworkers to former professionals, former gang members and parolees, to young adults learning a new trade.

All of this is possible due to not just myself, but my fellow staff and administration. The positive, can-do attitude, and keeping the mission of CET in mind is what is helping shape these people's lives.

The Center for Employment Training is an integral part in liberating workers out of the fields, keeping parolees out of prison and on a positive path, and getting the new millenials off the couch and into a well paying, secure trade of their choice.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I love CET for what it is, what it does, and what it stands for.