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Workforce Development Programs

Over the past four years College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus (IVC) has served as a vital resource for workforce training featuring a variety of programs, including Solar Technology, Automotive Technology, Automotive Collision Repair Technology (ACRT), Environmental Landscaping and Organic Farming, Administration of Justice, Business, Business Office Systems, Computer Information Systems, Court Reporting, Dental Assisting, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Technician, Machine and Metals Technology, Medical Assisting and Multimedia. These programs provide high-quality learning opportunities for students of all ages interested in pursuing a career.

A philosophy of sustainability weaves through the curriculum of workforce development classes at IVC. Students in traditional trade courses such as Auto Technology, Auto Collision Repair Technology, and Electronics have been working with students in Machine Metals Technology to design and build alternative powered vehicles. At the same time, the new Solar Technology program is active with Environmental Landscaping students learning the latest best practices for the industry. Agriculture and horticulture students are learning about sustainable soil and water management practices. The new 5.8-acre Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden program is at the end of Ignacio Boulevard, bordering on some of Marin County's pristine open-space.

Administration of Justice

Students interested in the growing field of Administration of Justice (AJ) receive a solid foundation for initial employment, advancement, or transfer to a four-year college or university. The nine-course, two-year AJ program is based on a model curriculum proposed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Career Options include: law enforcement, correctional counseling, county and state park ranger, court administrator, lawyer and paralegal. 

Click here to view the student progress pathway sheet for Administration of Justice (PDF)

For information, contact:
Julie Oyle, Department Assistant
415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Julie.Oyle@marin.edu

Automotive Collision Repair Technology

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Because your artistic side has often driven you to be creative, you like working with your hands. You’ve always had a flair and interest in form and color. And you have a love for cars. But, can you tie all these things together, follow your dream, and make a living? College of Marin offers multiple pathways to become an automotive collision repair technician. You can earn a skills certificate in painting, mechanical, structural or nonstructural repair. College of Marin also offers the masters Career Certificate in Automotive Collision Repair. Many students decide to seek a two-year Associate Degree.

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Automotive Collision Repair Technology (PDF)

For information, contact:
Julie Oyle, Department Assistant
415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Julie.Oyle@marin.edu

Automotive Technologies

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The automotive industry is quickly changing. Auto technicians and collision and repair specialists are in the midst of a revolution in their industry brought on by new technologies and increasing environmental and cost concerns. Almost half of the auto-related work is computer and software driven. College of Marin graduates are no longer "mechanics"; they are "technicians". The Indian Valley Campus curriculum focuses on building creative and inventive diagnostic skills. The technology at the new center is designed to help students keep pace with the rapidly changing industry. The automotive programs offer small, personalized classes and are recognized as being among the top programs in the state. Students can study for seven specialized skills certificates, four career certificates, an Associate of Science degree in Automotive Technology and a transfer to CSU in Industrial Technology.

Students interested in collision repair, a $30 billion a year industry, have the opportunity at College of Marin to learn vital skills for multiple employment pathways. They can earn skills certificates in painting, mechanical, structural or non structural repair. College of Marin also offers the Masters Technician Career Certificate in Automotive Collision Repair. Anyone interested in learning how to repair, maintain, and restore vehicles is welcome in the program.

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Automotive Technology (PDF)

For information, contact:
Mark Barrall, Automotive Coordinator
415.457.8811 ext. 8200
mark.barrall@marin.edu

Julie Oyle, Department Assistant
415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Julie.Oyle@marin.edu

Business, Business Office Systems, Computer Information Systems

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This program, which includes classes in Business, Accounting and Management, Business Office Systems, Computer Information Systems, Real Estate, and Statistics, continuously responds to changes in students' needs by allocating resources to accommodate the current demand in these career fields. Business and Information Systems has courses for the recent high school graduate, transfer student, working professional, or individuals interested in learning the latest computer technologies.

The business office systems curriculum is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by workers in today's automated offices. Students can acquire the training and skills necessary to enter the job market, update knowledge and skills to re-enter the marketplace, or retrain in order to maintain a present position or obtain a promotion. Certificates are awarded in Medical Specialty and Office Management specialties as well as for skills as an Administrative Assistant and Medical Transcriber. An Associate in Science degree is awarded for completion of all requirements in the core program and chosen specialty, as well as completion of general education and graduation requirements.

The Computer Information Systems curriculum is designed to provide education for computer-related careers, professional advancement, and transfer preparation. Courses provide hands-on computer use that emphasizes the development of the skills necessary for employment and personal use of computers. Program specialties include desktop network, desktop publishing, microcomputer manager, and microcomputer programmer.

For information, contact:
Vivian Olsen, Administrative Assistant Business and Information Systems
415.457.8811 ext. 7630
vivian.olsen@marin.edu

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Business Office Systems (PDF)BOS%20Pathway

Court Reporting and Real-Time Captioning

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The number of jobs for court reporters–now 21,500 nationwide–is expected to grow 18 percent from 2008 through 2018, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor rates the career prospects "excellent." In the Bay Area and Sacramento, "there's a real shortage–I'm always looking for the best students to hire," said Rhett Simmons, who owns a Sacramento-based employment agency called West Coast Captioning. Freelance captioners who work with college students and at conventions earn $80 to $150 an hour. UC Berkeley has six captioners on staff who start at $60,000 per school year, plus benefits (San Jose Mercury News, 2010).

In the Bay Area, only two colleges and one private school still offer court reporting programs–in Saratoga, Novato, and Dublin. Our program, approved by the Court Reporters Board of California, is one of the best in the state.

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Court Reporting (PDF)

For information, contact:
Kristin Acredolo, Instructor and Program Coordinator
415.457.8811 ext. 8226
kristin.acredolo@marin.edu

Dental Assisting Program

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College of Marin's Registered Dental Assisting Program prepares students to be certified and registered dental assistants. At the new state-of-the-art labs, students train in the labs built to industry standards. Expanding populations, rising standards of living, and increased emphasis on preventative health care services point to a rising demand for highly-trained dental personnel. Completion of the courses and the clinical training qualifies students for immediate employment.

Full-time students can complete the program in 10 months. Part-time students can complete the program in 19 months. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and is approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners.

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Dental Assisting (PDF)

For information, contact:
Kathleen Rooney, Coordinator

415.457.8811 ext. 8427
kathleen.rooney@marin.edu

Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Child & Adolescent Development

The Infant Toddler Center opened at IVC in partnership with Marin Headstart. College of Marin Children Centers serve as model teaching environments and labs for COM's ECE students. The Early Childhood Education Program is designed to prepare students to become teachers or directors in children's centers, nursery and preschools, pre-kindergartens, infant-toddler programs, employer-supported children's centers, extended day care, or family day care programs. Students can complete requirements for outside licensing and credentialing requirements through the Early Childhood Education Program at College of Marin.

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Early Childhood Education (PDF)

For information, contact:
Peggy Dodge, ECE Coordinator
415.457.8811 ext. 7369
peggy.dodge@marin.edu

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program

Currently there are over 40 departments or organizations in Marin County that use or need Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). EMT Classes are designed for people who will be responding to the sick or injured and will work in the capacity of basic life support providers, such as firefighters, police, nurses, trainers, and industrial safety personnel. Classes are held two nights a week or all day Sunday. Ten additional hours of ambulance/hospital observation is required. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded an EMT-1 course completion certificate and may apply for certification with any county within California.

For information, contact:
Joan Rinaldi, Administrative Assistant
415.457.8811 ext. 7319
joan.rinaldi@marin.edu

Environmental Landscaping (ELND) Program

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In 2006, Conservation Corps North Bay, College of Marin, and UC Cooperative Extension-Marin, established the Indian Valley Organic Farm and garden - a 5.8 acre educational organic farm located at College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus, Novato, CA.

Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden provides skill-based job training in sustainable agriculture, landscaping, and horticulture.  the farm teaches students of all ages and local residents about the health and environmental benefits of local. sustainable-produced fool and fosters collaboration between Marin nonprofits, local government agencies, and farmers working for healthy food systems, community health and youth development.

The farm showcases innovative sustainable agriculture and living practices, growing over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs.  It hosts several honey bee hives; supports pollinator habitat by planting multitudes of flowers; practices integrated pest management by planting for beneficial insects rather than using pesticides, practices crop rotation and cover cropping to improve soil health; harvests roof-top rainwater; and uses solar energy to provide irrigation to the fruit orchard.

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Enviornmental Landscapting (PDF)

For information, contact:
Julie Oyle, Administrative Assistant
415.457.8811 ext. 8200
julie.oyle@marin.edu

Machine and Metals Technology Program

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Machine trade specialists and welders are employed in every sector of our manufacturing economy and projections indicate a continual need for highly trained machinists in the auto, aerospace, computer, home appliance, and recreation equipment industries. Students in this industry-approved training program will be prepared for careers as machinists, toolmakers, instrument makers, computer numerical controlled (CNC) operators and programmers. Graduates may enter the fields dealing with industrial production, prototype construction, special die work, CNC Programming, and operational or research and development.

Click here to view the student pahtway progress sheet for Machine and Metals Technology (PDF)

For information, contact:
Julie Oyle, Department Assistant
415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Julie.Oyle@marin.edu

Medical Assisting

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, medical assisting is expected to be one of the 10 fastest growing occupations. Students who successfully complete the two-year Medical Assisting Program are in high demand. The program offers a choice of three certificate options: Administrative, Clinical, and Administrative/Clinical.

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Medical Assisting (PDF)

For information, contact:
Cesar Pomajulca, Coordinator
415.457.8811 ext.8536
cesar.pomajulca@marin.edu

Multimedia Studies

The new building completed Spring 2011 hosts a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art classroom that provides students with hands-on learning and experience in linking content, technology, and creative vision with emerging technologies. Each course provides extensive experience for professional advancement, career related training, and transfer preparation for university degrees. The creative process is developed through project-based learning that prepares students to be resourceful, independent, and meet the expectations of multimedia careers.

Click here to view the student pathway progress sheet for Multimedia Studies (PDF)

For information, contact:
Julie Oyle, Department Assistant
415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Julie.Oyle@marin.edu

Solar Technology

The first Solar Installer Certificate Program class, taught in fall 2008, continues to attract enthusiastic students. The program is designed to provide practical skills and support for photovoltaic panel installers. Currently employed workers in the various trades such as roofing, construction, and electrical, are flocking to this class to enhance their skill set to meet the opportunities in this field.

For information, contact:
Julie Oyle, Department Assistant
415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Julie.Oyle@marin.edu

 

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please refer to the gainful employment disclosure.


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Technical Contact: Julie Oyle, Department Assistant, 415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Content Responsible: Nanda Schorske, Dean of Workforce Development, College and Community Partnerships, 415.883.2211 ext. 8108