Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center is an adult school in Sacramento that focuses primarily on vocational training. It offers programs in English as a Second Language, GED/ABE and Job Preparation, School of Culinary Arts, School of Electronic Occupations, School of Real Estate, School of Transportation Technology, School of Vocational Nursing and Health Sciences, and School of Upholstery.
The School of Vocational Nursing and Health Sciences has courses for increasing knowledge and experience in the fields of Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Math for Medications, Medical Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing Assistant, Optometric Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Vocational Nursing.
The Career and Information Center also helps the student increase their skills in a number of non-medical fields, including automotive body repair, diesel mechanic, executive chef, food and beverage manager, computer accountant. The School of Real Estate has courses in real estate principles and real estate law.
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Admissions are open and non-competitive. A student must be eighteen years old to enroll one of the school’s adult education courses.
Students who plan to attend classes must go to an orientation session on campus. These are held each Wednesday at the center’s Multi-Purpose Room.
Financial aid is available for students who need help paying for classes. The first thing a student should do is submit a Free Application for Student Aid form.
The center hosts a Financial Aid Workshop on campus each Wednesday morning. In addition, students can schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor.
Charles A. Jones is a commuter school, with no students living on campus. Most courses begin every six weeks. Because most of the students work at least part-time, evening classes are available.
The center is located in California’s capital city of Sacramento. While not the tourist magnet of other Golden State cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego, students who attend Charles A. Jones do not need to go far to enjoy great art or entertainment. The Crocker Art Museum, the oldest public art museum west of the Mississippi River, features collections of Asian, European, American, and California art. Sacramento also boasts a vibrant theatre scene, with both large and small venues hosting national and local performances.
Sports fans can cheer on the NBA’s Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena, as well as the Sacramento River Cats, a minor league affiliate of the baseball’s Oakland Athletics. The River Cats play at Raley Field, an impressive stadium built in 2000. And for those who want to see the big leaguers play—or for those just in a big city mood—the Oakland-San Francisco metro area is only a two-hour drive away.
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Accreditation is granted by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges – Accrediting Commission for Schools. The school also has partnerships with the AARP, Department of Child Support Services, Sacramento Training Employment Program, Calpro, and the Army National Guard.
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