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Women In Non-Traditional Careers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Women @ Work: Empowering Non-Traditional Careers at SCC

The hands-on careers of the future are here, and the rewards are clearer than ever. Associate degree holders in career education fields earn an average salary of $66,000*, five years after graduation -- more than 70% higher than their traditional education counterparts.

Future BUILT opportunities are all around, in Orange County and beyond, but there's one thing missing… girl power.

Though women represent 50 percent of the California workforce, they continue to be under-represented in hands-on, tech-rented fields, holding a scant four percent of positions in these sectors. These careers tend to come with higher wages, bolder opportunities for advancement, and better job security – making them ideal for confident, indepen​​dent women looking to blaze their own career trail.

Santiago Canyon College supports California's mission to increase the prevalence of women in non-traditional careers, and is proud to provide fast, focused pathways to careers in a variety of underrepresented industries.

  • Apprenticeship – Carpentry, Electrical Tech, Surveying, and more!
  • Public Works Construction Management, Construction Inspection, Environmental Management
  • Survey/Mapping Surveying, AutoCAD, Mapping
  • Water Utility Science Water Distribution, Water Treatment, Wastewater Management

Career-focused coursework in these disciplines covers practical concepts, using the latest equipment, facilities, and technology to provide students with applicable, real-world experience. Graduates go on to versatile careers in the public and private sectors, commanding more demand, and higher average salaries than their general education counterparts.

Santiago Canyon College remains committed to providing support and resources to empower women to succeed in non-traditional career pathways. Start powering up your paycheck today!

If you have questions or if you'd like more information about any of the Business and Career and Technical Education programs, feel free call or email. You can also use our form to Contact Us.


Yes! ​​​​​​​Santiago Canyon College’s tuition rates are affordable and competitive, providing one of Orange Coun​ty’s best higher education values. Click Here to learn more about the cost of attending SCC.

​​​​​Your Career Education degree or certificate opens doors to bigger paychecks, broader opportunities, and more!

  • Meter Reader, Utilities - $51,410
  • Electrician - $64,220
  • Surveying Technician - $63,670
  • Surveyor - $91,090
  • Construction Carpenter - $54,390
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator - $68,800
  • Hydrologist - $101,230
  • Cartographer and Photogrammetrist - $83,350
  • Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer - $54,210
  • Electrical Power-Line Installer, Repairer - $106,690

​Santiago Canyon College’s Career Education department provides a variety of degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs, leading to workforce-ready, Future BUILT careers.


  • Carpentry: Acoustical Tile, Drywall/Lather, Drywall Finisher, Plastering
  • Carpentry: Concrete, Finish Carpentry, Framing, Tilt-Up
  • Carpentry: Millwright
  • Carpentry: Pile Driver
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrician: Inside Wireman, Sound Installer
  • Maintenance Mechanic and Electrician
  • Operating Engineers: Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Duty Repair, Inspection, Rock Products Industry
  • Power Lineman
  • Surveying: Survey Chainman, Chief of Party

Public Works

  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Construction Inspection
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Construction Management
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Environmental Management
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Code Enforcement Officer


  • Associate in Science (A.S.): Survey/Mapping Science
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Survey/Mapping Science

Water Utility Science

  • Associate in Science (A.S.): Water Distribution
  • Associate in Science (A.S.): Water Treatment
  • Associate in Science (A.S.): Wastewater/Environmental Sanitation
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Water Distribution
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Water Treatment
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Wastewater/Environmental Sanitation
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Distribution
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Treatment
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Wastewater Treatment
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Conservation
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Equipment Operation and Maintenance
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Utility Management

Click​ Here to browse SCC’s online catalog.

Apprenticeship Information

John Sanders
Orange County Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
(714)​ 542-4000

Santiago Canyon College-Apprenticeship
​(714)​ 628-4883​

Public Works Faculty

Carlos Castellanos
Program Facilitator
(714)​ 486-4660

Chandrikaa Balendhran

Krishna Nadaraja

Michael Ortiz

Grant Sharp

Sergio Verino

Kurt Wiemann

Survey/Mapping Faculty

Mark Counts, PLS
Program Facilitator
(714)​ 658-7532

Ed Capalaran, PLS

Jeff Covey

Chu Kow, PLS

Tom Propst, PLS, CFedS

Water Utility Science Faculty

Stephen McLean
Program Facilitator
(714)​ 628-4792

Shabbir Basrai
​(951)​ 833-1170 x223​

Ray Burk
​(562)​ 907-9200 x421​

Dennis Cafferty
​(949)​ 837-7050 x223​

​​​​​​​Student Support Starts Here!

At Santiago Canyon College, your success is important to us. Click the links below to take advantage of these free student support services, and more!​

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​​If you're interested in seeing more about Women in Non-Traditional Careers, including course offerings, certificate requirements and more, Click Here.

Average Salary In This Field

$39,130 -

Per Year

Potential Careers

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Phone: (714) 628-4883

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