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Workforce Development

Workforce development training helps our economy thrive. Napa Valley College offers vital training and workforce development services to help people seeking assistance in finding a new job, as well as those who need skills to advance in their field. 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 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. We help start-ups gain a foothold and flourishing business maintain a competitive edge.

Napa Valley College is part of the Northern California Career Pathways Alliance and the Vallejo Unified Career Pathway Trust. Through both grants, we develop and align viable pathways between K-12 and Community College programs that lead to the completion of marketable certificates and/or degrees desired by the employers of the North Bay.

High school students can earn college credit which may be transferrable to any community college in our partnership. In addition, students may bridge into postsecondary studies at Napa Valley College with career plans.


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


  • Dianna Chiabotti, Dean, Career Technical Education & Workforce Development
  • Charlie Monahan, Director, Economic Workforce Development
  • Mary Cervantes, Business Services Director, Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center
  • Cari Roughley, 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)

Our Career Technical Education (CTE) 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.

There are dozens of career certificate programs to choose from, including hospitality, health care, business and computer studies, welding, and more.

Our CTE 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.

NVC CTE Programs

  • Accounting
  • Business and Office Administration
  • Computer Studies
  • Child Family Studies
  • Cooking School
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice Training
  • 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 the small business sector.

The four prongs of the Doing What Matters strategy employed by the DSN are:

  • Give priority – Offer programs based on labor market needs
  • Make room for jobs and the economy – Retool or suspend programs that are not meeting labor market needs.
  • Promote student success – Using common metrics and Student Support Strategies
  • 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 threefold:

  • 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