Flexible Certificates & Upskilling Courses

Numerous sources are available for finding short-term certificates, courses to gain additional skills, tech bootcamps, tech training and certifications, etc.

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Flexible Certificates / Upskilling Courses

  • Coursera – Take a class, learn a skill, or earn a professional certificate
  • edX – Take a free class from top universities, or work towards a degree or certificate
  • Udacity – Nanodegrees for digital and tech career paths
  • LinkedIn Learning – Courses on business, technology, or creative topics, plus career development (OCC students get free access until March 2022 by entering their school email address here)
  • OCC Career Education – Over 50 career-focused certificates preparing for in-demand fields like Immersive Media (AR/VR), Drones (UAS), Animation, and more
  • CSU Fullerton Certificates – Offered in a variety of areas such as Human Resources, Game-Based Learning, Computer Forensics, Lean Six Sigma, and much more
  • UC Irvine Certificates – Offered in a variety of areas such as Paralegal, Healthcare Analytics, Blockchain, eSports Management, TESOL, and much more

Local & Online Tech Bootcamps

  • CSU Long Beach Digital Skills Bootcamps – Immersive, short-term training in Cybersecurity, Digital Marketing, Full-Stack Development, UI/UX Design, and Data Science & Analytics
  • UC Irvine Boot Camps – Immersive, short-term training in Coding, Data Analytics, UX/UI, Cybersecurity, Digital Marketing, and Tech Project Management
  • Best Coding Bootcamp Programs – Opportunities for quick and intensive training in programming and coding, or even data science, cybersecurity, web design, and more

Technology Training and Certifications

  • Grow with Google – Earn a Google Career Certificate in high-growth fields like IT Support, Data Analytics, UX Design, and more
  • Microsoft Learn – Become Microsoft-certified for many in-demand technical job roles
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Complete training and get certified for a variety of AWS Cloud jobs
  • Bloom Institute of Technology – Online project-based courses that are tuition-free until you land a job making $50k or more. Programs include: coding, data analytics, full stack web development, backend development, web3 (blockchain, ethereum, crypto, etc.).


  • Parker Dewey – Paid, short-term, project-based micro-internships
  • MindSumo – Help real companies solve challenges with the potential to earn cash

“Earn and Learn” Programs

  • Year Up – 1 year job training program to develop in-demand skills with top companies (tuition-free, earn an educational stipend, and complete a full-time, paid internship)
  • Apprenticeships – Industry-driven, high-quality career pathways that offer paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognize credential
  • Apprenticeships in California – List of multiple apprenticeship opportunities within California.
  • Companies that offer Tech Apprenticeships – Includes companies like LinkedIn, Airbnb, IBM, and more. Some may be location-specific (e.g. Bay Area.

Volunteering / Shadowing

  • VolunteerMatch – Volunteer opportunities across numerous “causes” such as Youth, Hunger, Homelessness, Animals, Environment, Health & Medicine, and more
  • WorkAway – Cultural exchanges, working vacations, and volunteering around the world
  • Pre-Health Shadowing – Satisfy your shadowing requirements for health programs while learning about numerous health professions

Gigs / Side Hustles



The Coast Community College District, Orange Coast College and the Career Center make no representation or warranty as to the legitimacy or accuracy of the individuals, firms or businesses which seek to employ or procure individuals for possible employment through the Career Center. Job seekers are encouraged to explore the backgrounds of these outside entities they seek to interview for potential employment.

Orange Coast College and the Career Center make no representation or warranty as to the workplace environment of any prospective employers posting advertisements within the Career Center. Job seekers applying for employment opportunities with these outside entities due so at their sole risk and hold the Career Center, Orange Coast College and Coast Community College District harmless for any damages which may arise from employment with these outside employers.

All employer registration and jobs are subject to approval by the Career Center office.

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