Economic and Workforce Development
at Napa Valley College

Workforce development training helps you thrive in our economy. If you’re seeking assistance in finding a new job or need skills to advance in your field, Napa Valley College offers vital training and workforce development services to help you. We provide a wide range of career resources for people who are looking for work, laid off or in need of retraining to re-enter a changing job market.

We also work with area businesses – from the small business owner to major county employers. Our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides a full range of services, including individual business counseling and workshops to help start-ups gain a foothold and flourishing business the competitive edge.


Napa Valley College
2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Bldg 3300
Napa Valley, CA 94558

Dianna Chiabotti, Dean of CTE and Education Workforce Development
Charlie Monahan, Director of Career Technical Education
Mary Cervantes, Director of the Napa-Sonoma SBDC
Cari Roughly, Adjunct Faculty and Career Pathways Project Manager
Molly Stuart, Deputy Sector Navigator of Small Business
Cathy Balach, Project Manager of Napa Valley Adult Education Consortium

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education programs prepare students by providing them with the entry or advanced level knowledge and skills critical for successful employment. Career programs offer an alternative route to acquiring career skills and to furthering an educational experience.

Napa Valley College’s CTE programs are designed to provide educational, vocational and technical training that will lead to specialized employment, career advancement, or transfer to a university.

Choose from dozens of career certificate programs to prepare you for jobs in hospitality, health care, business and computer studies, welding, and more. Classes are led by expert instructors who work in the fields they teach.

Our career programs are taught by highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to the students they serve and provide them with the best education possible. In addition, they have been designed with the advice and counseling from advisory committee members who volunteer their time to keep our programs current with industry trends and technology advancements.

For more information, visit the Napa Valley College Career Technical Education web page.


CTE Programs

  • Accounting
  • Administration of Justice/Law Enforcement
  • Business and Office Administration
  • Computer Studies
  • Child Family Studies
  • Cooking School
  • Counseling
  • Digital Design Graphics Technology
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Nursing – Licensed Vocational Nursing
  • Photography Technology
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Respiratory Care
  • Viticulture & Winery Technology
  • Welding Technology


Regional Partnerships

Napa Valley Adult Education Consortium (NVAEC)

Creating a student-centered continuum of educational programs and services resulting in a literate and skilled workforce that represents the diverse composition of our community.

Provides educational opportunities for adults 18 and over in the Napa Valley region in seven target areas:

  • Career Technical Education (CTE)
  • Adult Basic Skills (Reading, Math, Writing) and High School Diploma/Equivalency
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)and Programs for Immigrants
  • Programs to Support Adult Re-entry to the Workforce Support
  • Adult Support for K-12 Success
  • Pre-apprenticeship Training, and
  • Programs for Adults with Disabilities

Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN)

Closing the skills gap in small business sector.
The four prongs of the Doing What Matters strategy employed by the DSN are:

    1. Give priority – Offer programs based on labor market needs
    2. Make room for jobs and the economy – Retool or suspend programs that are not meeting labor market needs.
    3. Promote student success – Using common metrics and Student Support Strategies
    4. Innovate for jobs and the economy – Solve complex workforce training needs through new approaches to education and training.

Northern California Career Pathways Alliance (NCCPA)

Supports the collaborative creation of educational pathways for high school and community college students that inspire them through rigorous, relevant academics and exposure to career paths while fostering economic and workforce development to benefit students, employers, and the community.

To support students for college, career and life, NCCPA’s approach is three-pronged:

  • Model pathways: Create quality pathways between K12 and Napa Valley College
  • Involve industry: Bring together employers, online career coaches, community organizations and schools with a shared goal of helping people reach their goals and improving the workforce pipeline
  • Connect partners: Develop educational and business partnerships to inform approaches and improve communications

Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Provides business owners and managers with information, training and expert individual consulting.

The SBDC helps small businesses with:

  • Business planning
  • Marketing strategies and planning
  • Access to capital, including bank finance, SBA loans, asset financing, and venture capital
  • Sales and government contracting
  • Financial projections and budgeting
  • Other planning and operational challenges