Want to jump-start your career in as little as four months? Los Medanos College is now offering tuition-free, noncredit (ungraded) certificates you complete in one semester! These programs can prepare you to enter rapidly growing fields in the Bay Area.  

Want your Career to Take Off? Become a Remote Drone Pilot!

Use cutting-edge technology to follow your passion and land a job in this evolving market! The commercial remote pilot industry is growing, and licensed remote pilots are in high demand. Drone Pilots are making $32-39/hour in industries like filmmaking and advertising, public safety, agriculture, real estate, and commercial delivery. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forecasts tremendous growth for remote pilots and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International expects more than 100,000 new jobs will be created by the year 2025.

The Los Medanos College Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)/Drone Technology program will introduce you to the fascinating field of aeronautics, including: piloting; maintenance and preflight procedures; weather effects on flight performance; regulations; airport operations; and emergency procedures. This program will prepare you to pass the FAA’s Part 107 Remote Pilot License exam and will introduce you to the countless job opportunities available to licensed remote pilots. Seize the opportunity to become a drone pilot and launch your career at LMC!


Construction Pre-Apprenticeship: Let’s Build the Future Together!  

Los Medanos College is excited to offer a pre-apprenticeship program using the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) developed by North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU). Our program includes significant hands-on construction practice, classroom and online lessons, and connections to industry professionals as guest speakers and mentors. You will learn about topics including tools and materials, safety, blueprint reading, applied math, and green building. The night and weekend program structure allows you to keep an existing job while training for your new career. 

In the construction industry, career options include working as Carpenters, Electricians, and Ironworkers, and you will have an opportunity to try out many of these skilled positions in the pre-apprenticeship program. LMC supports providing greater access to these careers for women, communities of color, and transitioning veterans – and, with your MC3 certificate from LMC, you will have a gateway to the building trades. Let’s build the future together!  


F.L.O.W. into Great Jobs!

Forklift, Logistics, Operations & Warehouse (FLOW) is a growing field in the Bay Area. The Contra Costa Logistics Center recently opened in Oakley, creating over 2 million square feet of new space and an estimated 1,800 new jobs. This three-course program will qualify you to join this exciting, active field. As the saying goes, “Safety First!” Your first class will cover general safety, health risks, and the basics of hazardous materials. Upon successfully completing this course, you will receive your OSHA 10 certification for general industry, providing a big advantage in getting hired. Next, your Warehouse course will cover operations, security, material handling, and inventory management. In the third class, you will learn to safely operate a variety of forklifts. LMC offers both behind-the-wheel training and practice on a cutting-edge simulator. You wll be ready to pass the OSHA Forklift certification exam and start driving immediately. Participants who earn the FLOW certificate at LMC will hold an edge in getting jobs in the forklift and logistics field.


A Language Learning Pathway to Success

LMC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) department offers six noncredit Certificates of Competency to help multilingual students learn general, academic, and job-focused English skills. These certificates build upon one another, from basic up to advanced. They provide a no-cost opportunity for you to perform better at work, in school, and throughout daily life. Your first step toward success begins by applying to Los Medanos College. Then, use the placement process to identify the best class to start you on your path. Finally, meet with our ESL Counselor to set your goals and create your Education Plan. These ESL certificates will prepare you to demonstrate your skills to employers, succeed in other college coursework, and be proud of your achievements!


Career & College Preparation

Not sure what career makes sense for you? Considering switching careers but unsure what to try? Questioning whether college is even the right choice for you? This two-class certificate is the perfect place to start! With no tuition and no grades, there’s no pressure and no risk: this is your chance to explore career options, create a clear education plan, and develop success skills to begin your college journey. Remember, “college” can mean short-term technical training, not just a two-year or four-year degree! Our friendly, supportive counselors will guide you through identifying your strengths and preferences and determining how those can translate into a fulfilling, living wage career – including what level of training or degree is necessary to get started. With convenient live and online options, there’s sure to be a section that fits your current life and will help you launch the life you’ve always wanted!