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About CET


Our Mission & Story


CET's Mission

The mission of CET, an economic and community development corporation, is to promote human development and education by providing people with marketable skills training and supportive services that contribute to self-sufficiency.


CET's Commitment

We are driven to help those who want a better life get the skills needed for meaningful work. CET’s job training programs teach marketable skills to people of all educational levels and backgrounds, even if there are barriers to overcome. In addition to teaching trade skills in growing fields, we provide supportive services and job placement assistance. Everyone deserves the dignity of self-sufficiency. We believe in a hand-up, not a hand-out. We want to help lift people out of poverty and into a brighter future.


Our Story Throughout the Years

The Beginning


San Jose, CA. Father Anthony Soto and Russell Tershy establish CET’s first job-training center. CET encourages seasonal farm workers to seek permanent work and a better life.



Rated as “the most effective” job training program in the nation.


CET opens 6 new centers: San Jose (3), Gilroy, Salinas, and Santa Cruz.



CET is recognized in the Congressional Record as “one of the best of the non-profit, community-based skill training centers in the United States.”


CET helps over 45,000 people with Immigration Services.



MDRC (Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation) publishes results of youth training programs, JOBSTART, showing biggest gains made by the youth trained by the CET.


The Rockefeller Foundation releases results of a 5-year national study of programs serving female minority head of households and CET stands out in every category of measurement.



CET becomes national model. President George Bush awards CET funds to replicate its job training program in cities throughout the U.S. Programs are in Lexington and Newport, Kentucky; Lynchburg and Roanoke, VA; and Washington, DC.


10 centers open on the East Coast and Mid-West.



President Bill Clinton’s Administration praises CET for track record of helping the most disadvantaged find jobs.


CET goes international. Job training center opens in Belize, Central America.



100,000 people trained and placed in jobs.


CET opens in Chile.



CET voted # 1 in Silicon Valley/Career Training School by the San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal.


CET celebrates 50 years of providing job training and human development.



YOU change your life by signing up for job training at CET.



CET is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. This accreditation permits students to apply for federal financial assistance programs (Pell and SEOG Grants, Student Loans, Work-Study) to help students with tuition and basic living costs.


What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a distinction granted to any institution meeting or exceeding the stated criteria of educational quality. The purposes of accreditation include:

  • Assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution.
  • Assure consistency in institutional operations.
  • Promote institutional improvement.
  • Provide for public accountability.
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Why is Accreditation and Licensing important?

CET voluntarily undergoes periodic accrediting evaluations by teams of qualified examiners including subject experts and specialists in occupational education and private school administration. Accreditation proves the responsibility of an institution and assures prospective and current students of the following:

  • It is recognized as a qualified institution of higher learning with approved programs of study that meet recognized academic standards.
  • It employs a professional staff.
  • It has sufficient facilities and equipment.
  • It is a stable and permanent fixture in the educational community.

Center for Employment Training is accredited and licensed in the following states by the following bodies:

The Center for Employment Training (CET) is a private postsecondary institution and is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, Telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790,

Chief Adminstrative Officer:
Pascal Do
(408) 534-5413

The Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) has licensed all Centers in the State of California. Center for Employment Training (CET) is currently licensed to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) in accordance with the BPPE Act of 2009. Students wishing to contact BPPE can access their website at Click HERE to view CET’s Annual Report to BPPE.

The Alexandria, VA Center for Employment Training has been Certified to Operate by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV).

The El Paso, TX Center for Employment Training is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools & Colleges, 101 East 15th Street, Austin, TX 78778-0001.


Why CET?


Why Say Yes to CET

What makes CET different is over the last 50 years we have mastered integrated job training services to support your success. CET’s Contextual Learning Model was designed with the end in mind.  Our success is not measured by the number of students enrolled.  CET is successful when you get the skills to get the job and our diploma is your first paycheck.

This means we provide you with hands-on training and no surprises. From day one, we treat you like you are on the job and not just a student. Programs are designed to get you job-ready in the shortest time, not pass a test to get a letter grade and take the next class. We deliver real-world job training. What your future boss will expect, we expect.

Programs are generally five days a week, six hours a day. Punctuality matters. Mastering the job skills you need matters. We know it’s your future. We get you ready.

Because of our commitment to provide quality job training and keep services accessible to all, we have some of the highest graduation rates, student satisfaction and job placement rates in the nation.  Why? It’s because we don’t stop at career training. No matter which CET center you graduate from, you’ll get job placement assistance.  Even more, we also care that you have the personal skills and the social support you need to find work you love.


Learn more about our programs

Schedule a call with one of our admissions advisors.