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College of San Mateo
Electrical Power Systems and Instrumentation Certificate

CTE Star Increase in earnings
CTE Star Attainment of regional living wage

College of San Mateo (CSM) earned Strong Workforce Stars recognition in the Advanced Transportation and Renewables sector for its Electrical Power Systems and Instrumentation Certificate program. Students who participate in this program boost their earnings by 81%, and 92% attain the regional living wage.

The Electrical Power Systems and Instrumentation Certificate program is so successful because CSM offers one of the only programs in the state that provides hands-on training in large-scale electrical power systems. Graduates get jobs with employers in 11 industry sectors, including Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), East Bay Municipal Utilities District (MUD), the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Lockheed, Lam Research, Siemens, Chevron and Tesla. Several years ago, the college revised its 46-unit program to create a streamlined 19-unit certificate with an embedded apprenticeship.

Faculty were given externship opportunities to get up to speed on employer needs, the curriculum was reviewed by the International Society of Automation, and the college’s facilities were rebuilt from the ground up to provide state-of-the-art equipment. Students finish the apprenticeship portion of the program earning $70,000 and quickly move up a career ladder, earning $90,000 after three years. College of San Mateo currently is focused on attracting more students to the program to keep up with employer demand.

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