Southwestern College launched a series of vocational training courses on Tuesday that provide students with hands-on experience and skills to succeed in several future career paths that are expected to increase in demand over the next few years.
The programs – drone technology and applications, cybersecurity, and fire science technology – focus on computing and information technology. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of occupations in these sectors is projected to increase 11% from 2019 to 2029, with an additional 521,200 jobs in the market. For firefighters, employment growth of 6% is expected from 2019 to 2029.
“We want to prepare the next generation of young professionals with the right tools, skills and resources for successful careers,” said Southwestern Superintendent and President Mark Sanchez. “As we will have face-to-face classes in the fall, we want to continue to support our students in their professional development and ensure that their future workforce is fairer and more accessible to all.”
The new programs are:
– Drone Technology and Applications Program: This first classroom course prepares students for a career in unmanned aerial vehicle systems. Students can enroll in Southwestern College’s non-credit program to take their first two courses for free, and then take credit courses for an industry-recognized certificate.
– Cybersecurity Program: A 32-unit program that provides students with an additional internship requirement and aims to prepare aspiring cybersecurity specialists; and
– Fire Science Technology course: Students have the opportunity to practice the areas of fire technology, fire brigade and fire protection as part of the preparation for the recruitment exams.
–City news service