San Pablo Economic Development Corporation (Free job training)

The San Pablo Economic Development Corporation provides grant funding for qualified City of San Pablo residents to enroll in career training for Construction and Capentry, Information Technology, Barbering, and Commercial Driver’s License. The San Pablo EDC also awards financial aid for City of San Pablo residents enrolled in one of eight Career Technical Education programs at Contra Costa College and partially funds childcare for working residents through the college’s Early Learning Center. In addition to funding career training, the San Pablo EDC prepares job seekers to attain and retain employment through free career development workshops, tattoo removal, free business attire and financial education.

Stride Center
The Stride Center harnesses the power of technology and the digital economy to help men, women and families on the road to self-sufficiency and independence. They prepare students for professional careers in Information Technology.

Under the SPEDC partnership with the Stride Center, verified San Pablo residents have the opportunity to take courses, receive certifications, internship opportunities, lifetime job placement and retention assistance.

CompTia A+ Computer and IT Training Program:

Enrollment is now open for a valuable program that provides:

In-depth technical training in Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Preparation to test for the industry-recognized and valued CompTIA A+ certification
Training in the personal skills needed to succeed in a dynamic, professional workplace
Extensive preparation for interviewing. Guaranteed interviews. Job placement assistance
The program will kick start your Tech career preparing you for entry-level ICT jobs such as PC Technician, ICT Help Desk Specialist, Desktop Computer Support Specialist, and Network Support Specialist. These Tech professionals work closely with technology users in all types of businesses providing technical assistance and support related to computers, computer systems and networks, smart phones, hardware, and software. They answer questions, diagnose and isolate problems, and determine and implement solutions. They contribute to business success by increasing worker productivity.

While pay varies by experience, location, and employer, it ranges from $16/hour to about $16/hour to about $23/hour, and average starting pay for our A+ graduates in 2015 was $19.30/hour


Courses and Certifications:

A+ PC Technician course is designed for individuals who are seeking an IT career in technical support. It is recommended that before beginning the A+ training that applicants have some foundational knowledge of computer technologies and the aptitude to learn a large volume of information in a relatively short period of time.

Coding 99 Web Application Fundamentals is designed to give students practical, employable coding skills to help prepare them for entry-level positions in the growing field of web application development. This course will include lectures, class discussion, labs and projects, guest speakers and portfolio building. The portfolio will be used to demonstrate to perspective employers the students’ proficiency in coding and their ability to develop useful web applications.

Network + is a certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide.

Security + is the certification covering the essential principles for network security and risk management – making it an important stepping stone of an IT security career.

Click here for a more detailed description of certifications and topics covered under each certification.

Click here for a calendar of courses.

Click here to complete an application.

Success Stories:

Recent San Pablo graduate, Billy Morales, credits the Stride Center for placing him in his current position at Del Monte Foods Inc., where he earns $50,000 annually working full-time.

Another San Pablo graduate, Xiomara Rincon, landed a position at TRZ Associates, a small software firm in Oakland. She said, “The Stride Center has opened up opportunities for me to start my career in technology and I plan on expanding my skills and experiences not just within the company I work for but eventually go corporate”.

To enroll at the Stride Center with SPEDC sponsorship, applicants must be verified City of San Pablo residents, age 18 or older, interview with SPEDC staff and attend a Stride Center Orientation. Please call (510) 234-1300 for dates and times.

The RichmondBUILD program provides access to training and employment services in construction, HazMat and green career industries for San Pablo residents. RichmondBUILD training consists of core pre-apprenticeship construction and carpentry training, along with the following electives:

Extended carpentry
Advanced carpentry skills, including Energy Efficiency Audits & Retrofits, Electrical and Solar Technology & Installation
Hazardous waste removal training and certification
Electrical training, including electrical safety, introduction to electrical, introduction to lighting and lighting maintenance & repair
Previous RichmondBUILD graduates from San Pablo have landed positions on the Solar One Richmond Project and the Chevron Modernization Project. Recent graduates have joined premier trade unions such as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, earning up to $42.55 per hour. RichmondBUILD places 80% of graduates at a starting wage of $18.33 per hour.

For information on RichmondBUILD or to enroll, stop by the RichmondWORKS One Stop Career Center, located at 330 25th St., Richmond, CA 94804 or call (510) 307-8014.

Rising Sun Energy Center Green Energy Training Services
Green Energy Training Services (GETS) provides high-quality training for the energy efficiency, construction, and solar industries. The GETS Core pre-apprenticeship class prepares adults for careers in the building trades and general construction through intensive hands-on and classroom training, case management, and job placement support. In addition to the nine-week pre-apprenticeship training, students can enroll in a two-week long solar installation course to learn installation techniques, practice installing solar panels and learn more about career opportunities in the solar industry.

For information on the GETS program and upcoming trainings, please visit the Rising Sun Energy Center website or attend an information session. Information sessions are held at 1 PM every Wednesday at the Rising Sun Energy Center offices, 2998 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702.

Commercial Driver’s License Class-A and Class-B Training
The transportation & distribution industry is booming in the Bay Area and there is a shortage of truck drivers, transit operators, school bus drivers, and delivery drivers. If you are a City of San Pablo resident and interested in a career in the transportation field, the San Pablo EDC will cover 75% of costs toward Class-A or Class-B license training with one of our three training partners.

A Class-A Commercial Driver’s License is the required license to operate vehicles weighing more than 10,000 lbs (big rigs, tractors-trailers, long-hauls). The Class-B Commercial Driver’s License is required to operate vehicles weighing between 6,000 and 10,000 lbs (delivery trucks, buses, etc…). Either license is required to secure employment as a truck driver, school bus driver, transit operator, or delivery driver. Positions in the transportation field pay competitive wages, comprehensive benefits, and provide entrepreneurship opportunities.

Our training partners will provide training for the behind-the-wheel exam, introduce students to an array of career paths in the industry, and refer students to potential entry-level employment opportunities.

The prerequisites for the training are:

Be 18 years or older

Must be a qualifying San Pablo resident*

Have a clean driving record (No DUI or hit-and-run violations within the last 3-7 years and no infractions within 30 days of enrolling)

Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English

Pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical

Obtain a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) CDL A permit which requires passing a minimum of four written tests (Class C General Knowledge, General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination)

Pass a DOT drug test

*Bring in proof of identification to verify residency. If you are interested in this training or would like to learn more, please call (510) 215-3200 or stop by our office, 13830 San Pablo Ave., Suite D, San Pablo, CA 94806

Career Technical Education
Career Technical Education programs specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technology and career preparation. In partnership with Contra Costa College, the San Pablo EDC covers 50% of enrollment fees, books, and supplies, along with childcare funding, for verified San Pablo residents with a High School Diploma or GED enrolled in the following Career Technical Education programs:

Automotive Services

State of the art training in gas and hybrid vehicle and collision repairs. Program offers a four-semester Associates degree curriculum or one semester certification option.


Growing, high-demand field in the Bay Area. Program offers a two-year Associates degree curriculum with an opportunity to transfer into a Bachelors degree program or a one-year certificate option.

Business Office Technology

Prepares students for a position as an office assistant, receptionist, secretary, and/or data-entry clerk. Program offers a four-semester Administrative Assistant Associates degree or a two-semester Associates degree in General Office.

Certified Nursing Assistant

One-semester certification program to prepare students for employment in a medical office.

Computer & Communications Technology

Earn a two-semester Associates degree in Network Techology or a four-semester Associates degree in Computer Operations or Computer Programming. Earn a one-course certification in the following: Computer Repair Technology, Fiber Optic/Copper Network Structure, Network Communication Technology, Security Systems for Home & Small Business, and/or Wireless Networks for Home & Small Business.

Digital Film Production

One-semester Certification in Digital Film Production that may lead to a career in graphic design, camera operation, video editing, and much more.

Emergency Medical Sciences

Develop the knowledge and skills to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician in the State of California. Use this certification as a stepping-stone in to a career in paramedic, nursing and other allied health fields.

Medical Assistant & Office Technician

Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude to excel in a medical office environment. Earn a four-semester Associates degree in Medical Assisting and Office Technician or a one-semester certification in Medical Terminology.


Four-semester Associates degree program requiring a prerequisite in Mathematics and General Education. Admission into the Nursing program is very competitive.

Administration of Justice

Program provides students with the legal, ethical and educational background necessary to pursue a career in a criminal justice-related field and/or to complete the California Peace Officer Standards and Training and Department of Corrections academies.

FLOW (Forklift Logistics Operations and Warehouse)

In this 10 week program students receive forklift training, digital warehouse skills, certificates in Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA 10), professional development and handling hazardous materials (Hazmat). Students get hands-on experience with equipment and industry-standard training in how to keep workplaces safe and efficient. Program includes warehouse tours for logistics training and warehouse design curriculum.


Program provides overview of domestic and global business environments with a focus on the characteristics that prepare students for success in business fields. Tracks include business administration, business management, and accounting.

Moler Barber College
We have partnered with Moler Barber College to provide up to half of the cost of the training necessary to become a certified barber. For over 100 years Moler Barber College has been training barber students in the East Bay.

Course Duration

The barber course schedule consists of 40 clock hours of training per week for approximately nine and half (9 ½) months for a total of 1,500 hours of theory and practical applications.

Course Description

The course covers both basic and advanced phases of barbering and hairstyling including the following:

sanitation and hygiene
shop management
laws and regulations
hair coloring
hair relaxing
hair weaving and hairstyling
Barbering college is a prerequisite for application to the State of California license examination that is conducted by the State Board of Barber Examiners and also prepares the student for entry-level employment as a barber.

The students are not qualified to perform any barbering services until they pass the California Barber examination administered by the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Scholarship Opportunities for San Pablo Residents

We have agreed to provide grant funding up to $3,000. Moler Barber College will provide an additional $500.00 tuition grant to recipients of the San Pablo EDC job training grant. Students are able to keep their tips earned and may choose to use them to pay back the (currently) no interest loan that Moler makes to qualified applicants who cannot meet the remaining out of pocket tuition and fee expenses once all other financial aid is applied.

Contact us for more information (510) 215-3200 for this generous offer.


To buy or sell properties, call us at 510-932-1066

Contra Costa has a similar program as well as other cities.  Call anytime for more info!!




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