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If the recent past has taught us anything, it's how vital essential workers are to the health and financial stability of California. Yet we face an urgent reality: there is a critical shortage of firefighters, EMTs, healthcare workers, teachers, and law enforcement officers.
West Valley and Mission Community Colleges play an important role in ensuring that our local communities can continue to thrive and that our students can build successful careers that allow them to make a difference right here at home.
By offering students the opportunity to earn a licensed vocational nursing degree, with the option to advance to a registered nursing degree, Mission College nursing students go on to work in a wide array of rewarding jobs in the health care field, while filling a critical need for life-saving care in our communities.
As the only community college firefighter academy in the Bay Area, this program is vital for filling the ever-growing need for firefighters. A collaborative effort between Mission College and the Fire Departments serving Santa Clara County, this innovative program has helped fill the ranks of fire departments for more than 20 years.
California school districts need an estimated 11,000 new teachers and 25,000 teacher assistants to expand transitional kindergarten. It’s a tall order for school district officials already in the midst of a daunting educator shortage. Our Early Childhood Education program gives students a leg up on the competition by gaining experience through a hands-on learning laboratory.
Reeling from waves of retirements and resignations, police departments across California must recruit and retain new talent. West Valley College's Administration of Justice program prepares students for a variety of careers in the criminal justice field.