Trade Schools in Anaheim, CA with Degree Program Descriptions

Dec 15, 2018

The Anaheim, California, area has roughly 20 schools that offer trade programs. Get some information about the certificate and degree programs, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Anaheim, CA, Schools with Trade Programs

There are a variety of 2-year colleges and technical institutes in and around Anaheim that offer a range of apprenticeship, certificate and associate's degree programs in various trade fields. Programs range from areas like machine technology, cosmetology, carpentry and welding technology. While only one of these schools is located directly in Anaheim, several others are within ten miles of the city. Two of these colleges and their trade programs are discussed at length here, and general facts about the schools are in the table provided.

  • Fullerton College is based approximately three miles north of downtown Anaheim. It offers both associate's degrees and certificates designed to prepare students for various trade careers.
  • Santiago Canyon College offers several hands-on apprenticeship programs for aspiring carpenters, cosmetologists and electricians. The college is found about 12 miles southeast of the downtown Anaheim area.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you are seeking a certificate, degree or hands-on training program to prepare you for a trade career, it can be beneficial to learn all the factors about a school before making your decision. Read below for facts and figures regarding each school's tuition, population, financial aid availability and more.

Fullerton College Santiago Canyon College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 24,124* 12,307*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,138 (in-state)*
$6,010 (out-of-state)*
$1,142 (in-state)*
$7,982 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 67%* 57%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A-open admissions policy* N/A-open admissions policy*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 74%* 72%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2014) 29%* 39%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Fullerton College

Founded in 1913, Fullerton College is the state's oldest continuously operating community college. The school offers vocational training in fields like cosmetology, carpentry, construction, machine technology and welding technology.


The 1,600-hour cosmetology programs will prepare students to take California's Board of Barbering and Cosmetology examination and work as aestheticians. Students can choose from a certificate or an associate's degree in cosmetology. Topics include hair design, electricity, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, professional development and salon ecology. Full-time and part-time offerings exist. Additionally, students can enroll in 600-hour cosmetologist/barbering/aesthetics instructor training courses.


An associate's degree is available for students who are interested in studying construction management. Other programs are also available in construction estimating skills, construction inspection and construction technology. Certificate and associate's degrees are available in these areas of study.

Machine Technology

Courses in machine technology offer students the chance to learn about milling machines, grinders and machine skills on engine lathes. Various certificate programs are available and students can also enroll in an Associate of Science in Manufacturing Technology with a specialization in machining.

Welding Technology

Students gain basic skills in a wide range of welding techniques through hands-on training. The program covers theoretical concepts in welding technology. Welding fabrication processes will also be discussed to help students become Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI). A welding technology certificate is offered to prepare students for entry-level positions.

Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College is located in Orange, CA. It has been offering a variety of general and vocational education programs since opening its doors in the fall of 1985. It has since grown to 12,000 students and is in the midst of implementing an expansion plan that will bring it to 17,500.

Cosmetology Apprenticeship

The cosmetology apprenticeship is a 2-year program in which students sign a contract to work under the supervision of a licensed barber at a licensed salon. Students must work at least 32 hours per week and complete 220 hours of classroom instruction. Those who do may then take the licensure examination, and those who pass may apply for a professional license.

Carpentry Apprenticeship

Santiago Canyon College offers carpentry apprenticeships. The school has arranged apprenticeships with local businesses in tilt-up, concrete, framing and finish carpentry; pile driving; millwright; and acoustical tile, drywall/lather, drywall finisher, plastering. Each is a three-to-four-year program. Apprentices must furnish their own tools and be able to work in the industry. They are also required to attend daytime classes for two weeks every six months.

Electrician Apprenticeship

The electrician apprenticeship program is organized into an inside wireman track and a sound installer track. In the inside wireman track, students learn to install conduit, electrical wiring, fixtures and other apparatus in commercial and industrial buildings under the supervision of a journeyman electrician. In the sound installer track, students learn to install, connect, calibrate and maintain the wiring for audio, video, phone, Internet, local area networks, intercoms, public address, security and automation systems.

Power Lineman Apprenticeship

The power lineman program is built around a 7,000-hour apprenticeship as well as classroom instruction. The apprenticeship provides instruction in overhead and underground construction, rubber glove and hot stick training, basic electricity, alternating current theory, transformers and rigging. The apprenticeship takes approximately three and a half years to complete, after which students will have earned an associate's degree and attained journeyman status with the state of California.

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