Graduate from Shade Tree Mechanic to Automotive Repair Technician with Excellent Training

automotive repair technicianFor quite some time, auto technicians have been among the most respected professionals, charged with the responsibility of ensuring that drivers do not have difficulties on the highway. However, research shows that the number of certified auto mechanics is growing less every year, a situation that may impose many challenges in the auto industry.

As older mechanics retire from active work, there is a serious need to replace the outgoing lot with a fresh batch of highly trained mechanics to take over the industry. For a projection of ten years, between 2010 and 2020, the need for trained mechanics has grown by 17%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It is for this reason we encourage interested individuals to enroll in California Career School’s auto tech training program. Here are a few reasons to consider a career as an auto mechanic:

• Auto repair service has gone hi-tech: Unlike in the 80s, when a mechanic just needed a set of socket wrenches to solve a mechanical problem, today’s cars are computerized, and a laptop computer is just as useful in the process as the spanners. Mechanics targeting today’s work environment must be prepared for a deeper knowledge in the modern industry.

• Certification: While Shade Tree technicians can perform some duties in the auto industry, such as changing engine oil, the job of an Automotive Repair Technician requires a thorough theoretical and practical study, research, and support that only a recognized institution can provide.

• Job placement: With proper training in auto repair, most people aim to put it to career. It is easier to land a job as an auto mechanic with valid papers from a recognized institution, than hoping to work as a Shade Tree mechanic the rest of your life.

The course takes only 24 weeks, and prepares interested, driven students to join the automotive industry as a fully backed technicians, with a State Alternative Certification for grades A-6, A-8, and L1.

Enrolling in an automotive repair technician course at California Career School equips students with the necessary skills needed to be a professional mechanic.

Oil & Energy Presentations in 29 Palms

Come on by to learn more about the Oil and Energy Industry! Presentations on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Contact us with any questions and for further information. We have placed over 300 graduates from CCS in the oil fields.

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In Memory of 9/11

Today we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in the tragedy that rocked the nation.  Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost loved ones.  All of us here at CCS are thankful for the brave first-responders and those who helped during the incident.  Although we cannot repair the damage that has been done, we can grow stronger.  CCS is proud to offer training in Homeland Security to those individuals who feel the calling to help protect this great nation.

5 Tips for Healthy Living While Over the Road

Spending 11 hours behind the wheel of a truck doesn’t leave much time to create the perfect healthy lifestyle, but there are some great small steps you can take that will make a huge difference in the long run while going over the road.

Here are our top five tips:

  1. Avoid truck stop food. This is a double whammy, the food is usually high in sodium and fat and you’re spending money that you could be saving!
  2. Don’t wear sweatpants! Truck driving means long hours in a sitting position. It can be very tempting, but before you know it that extra weight is there and you can no longer fit into your jeans.
  3. Buy a cooler and bring your own food. Packing food and eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Start your morning with a protein shake or a whole grain bagel with peanut butter. Eat fruit or choose a trail mix with instead of a bag of chips for snacking. Choosing lean meats like chicken and turkey for sandwiches are just another way to stay healthy and this can also help with your energy level.
  4. Always take every opportunity to get out of the truck to walk/power walk/jog a few laps and STRETCH, holding it for 15-30 seconds and release it slowly.
  5. Laugh! Laughter is known for stress relief and who doesn’t enjoy that belly ache from a good laugh? Laughter is known to relax the body and boost our immune system.

For more great tips on exercises, food ideas, and saving money, check out and drive safe!

How to Fight Fatigue While Driving Over the Road

Fatigue is dangerous for every driver, but can be fatal for truck drivers. Exhaustion slows down your reactions and can often impair your judgment without you even knowing. We have heard our graduates tell us some interesting tricks to staying awake such as putting rocks in your shoes so the uncomfortable feeling keeps you up, or having a cold rag to put on your face to shock you awake. Some common signs of fatigue are:

–          Tiredness or sleepiness
–          Irritability
–          Loss of appetite
–          Digestive problems
–          Increased susceptibility to illness

To avoid fatigue and stay alert:

–          Drink water instead of coffee
–          Exercise regularly, even if it’s a 20 minute brisk walk
–          Maintain a healthy diet; choose foods rich in fiber and antioxidants (sugar is tempting for the spike in energy, but you’ll just crash harder later)
–          Do not multi-task while driving, keep your eyes on the road!
–          Listen to your body, it knows when it’s tired and needs rest

These may work temporarily, but in the end it is rest, diet and exercise that are the best things for your body, in and out of the truck. Take care of your body and you’ll be less stressed, more alert and feeling great. You’ll be able to tackle any challenge the road throws at you. Check out for great tips for trucker specific exercise, meal ideas and support.

Homeland Security Baton Training

Here at California Career School, we pride ourselves on having a lot of hands on training. The students enjoy it and it makes for a better learning experience. There are many different techniques to handle a baton: different stances and grips, procedures to drawing your baton out from its holster, where to hit someone and not to hit someone, and blocking methods.

BSIS states that “Any uniformed security guard who successfully completes a course of instruction is entitled to receive a permit to carry and use a baton within the scope of his or her employment, issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs.” California Career School is an authorized BSIS certified training institution to issue permits to carry and use a baton.

photo 4photo 2Above is our instructor showing the class how to hold a baton and different defense moves for all types of attacks. The students were sharing many laughs and look forward to what lies ahead.

Oil and Energy Rep coming to Twentynine Palms

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Oil Company Employer Presentation in Twentynine Palms

CUDD Energy Services is seeking people available to start work within the next six months!
If you are interested in going in the oil and gas industry please contact CCS for more information.

Applicants must have a strong desire to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry and have completed an accredited Class A CDL School or are currently enrolled and will obtain Class A CDL prior to the hire start date.

California Career School has assisted in placement in over 300 graduates for careers in the oil and gas industry and are very familiar with assisting you in obtaining your CDL and required endorsements prior to your start date as well as assisting you in the application process.

Job Duties include:
Driving the equipment to and from location is only small portion of your job duties and responsibilities. The majority of your time will be spent assisting in various aspects of hydraulic fracturing (stimulation) operations to include pre-job preparation, mobilization, rig up, on site operations, rig down, on-site maintenance, safety, environmental assurance, de-mobilization, and post job inventories and maintenance on heavy equipment.


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Working as a Security Guard: Is It Right for You?

security-guard-training-anaheimSecurity guards are going to have to deal with a number of different responsibilities each and every day they come into work. They are the ones who are responsible for protecting individuals from theft, fires, terrorism, vandalism and a whole host of other dangerous threats. Security guards make sure everyone is safe by patrolling the area and using a surveillance system to watch over the property.

Similar to a police office, a number of guards carry around weapons of their own for protection. The tasks of these individuals is going to vary based upon where they work. A transportation guard is going to use a detector to screen anyone who is going to ride on the train, plane, bus, etc. When working as a security guard at one of the local casinos, you will be responsible for surveying anyone in the establishment to make sure no one is cheating or gambling before being of age.

Even though movie theaters tend to give security professionals a bad name by saying they are often sleeping on the job, there isn’t a lot of down time for those working in this field. You have to be on your toes at all times. There is no way to determine when something is going to happen, so a security guard has to be paying attention at all times for suspicious activity.

According to information from the BLS, the security guard profession is expected to continue expanding at a rate of 12.1 percent through 2022. With vandalism, crime and terrorism on the rise, the need for security guards is going to continue to increase. Throughout 2022, there will be an additional 129,600 jobs for security professionals that will need to be filled.

Do I Need a Special Type of Training to Work as a Security Guard?

Even though the majority of employers want to hire someone who has their high school diploma and some formal education, that isn’t always a requirement. Having worked in law enforcement or being in the military is to your advantage. Since employers are often going to run a background check before they hire someone, you want to make sure your record is clean.

Depending on the employer, a drug test might also be required before being hired. Most of the time, you will go through an orientation at the job site that outlines all of your responsibilities and your role in the company. An armed guard needs to have the proper certification to carry a weapon. Additional training on-the-job is also going to be required.

From one state to the next, the policies and procedures are going to vary for those working in the field. By getting the proper training, you can ensure a successful career in a growing field for years to come.

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Helping People Start Their New Career

This past May, California Career School hosted a career resource fair at our Anaheim location. It was filled with several vendors who presented information about their need for more employees. All of the vendors had contacted us in search of someone to hire from our school. There were also other resources available such as financial planning or different funding available. Some of our Twentynine Palms and Oceanside students came to receive information from their areas of interest and joined in the fun. One of them was selected in a raffle and won a USMC jersey.

Donnavin, the Instructor Supervisor, stood at our booth for all of those that came from surrounding cities. People were also able to sit in on presentations from companies and learn about what they offer. Some of our current students were offered jobs on the spot, while other people were told if they attended our program that they would be qualified to work at their company.

CCS is always trying to help the community and show people that there are many opportunities out there, and with just a little bit of training, you too, can start your career.


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