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computer Support specialist

The Computer Support Specialist program includes: Reading and creating specifications for major components; searching major parts through on-line research of the computer system; identifying major replaceable hardware and troubleshooting motherboards, disk drives and monitors.  Laser printers, multimedia, CD-ROMs, and wireless components are covered.  Also included: OSI Layer Concept, TCP/IP, “topologies” physical and network hardware, various network structures, the major network operating systems, Microsoft Windows Server Systems. Students will be prepared to pass the (A+) certification by the end of the course. (1080 hours)

Cost: $1,013 (includes registration $990, insurance $18 and ID badge $5.) For additional information, please call (626) 934-2832.

Students provide: Textbook to be purchased by student and one 16 GB USB Flash Drive - must bring this flash drive on the first day of class.

See Quick Links section for financial aid information.

Course No Days Time          Location Teacher
60610.019 M - Th 8:00 am - 
4:00 pm
Willow Center,
S. Sengupta

Students working on computer equipment repairs

major appliance technician

The Major Appliance Technician program provides students instruction and practical application of knowledge and skills directed toward the repair and service of electrical and gas appliances such as washers, dryers, ranges, microwaves, domestic icemakers, refrigerators, and window air conditioners. Students work on appliances to develop job skills in a workshop setting.  Students are prepared for the Refrigerant Recovery (Type I) Certification (Small Appliance) and the National Technician Certification Examinations upon completion of the course. (Total hours: 1080)

Partners with Whirlpool & Maytag, KitchenAid, Sears, LG, WASH, Best Buy, Coast Appliance Parts, Reliable Parts, K-W Sam-Sung.

Session I: Fall Semester - Theory & Practical Training for Job Entry Refrigeration. Session I: Prepare for E.P.A. Plus Refrigeration theory (540 hours).

Session II: Spring Semester - Theory & Practical Training for Job Entry Washing Machines, Dryers, Microwaves, Ovens/Stoves (540 hours).

See Quick Links section for financial aid information.

Course No Days  Time  Location Teacher
60300.019 M - Th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Willow Center G. Ceniceros

Cost: $1,191 (includes registration $790, materials $200, books $138, uniform $30, safety glasses $10, insurance $18 and ID badge $5.)

For Appliance Repair Services contact (626) 934-2936.


Auto repair students in the workshop   Trade appliance students working on a washing machine 

automotive technician

                  NATEF Certified Program

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

HLPAE is a Certified Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) training institute.

This class provides students the fundamentals required in the automotive services repair industry.  The curriculum includes power train systems (transmission and differentials), suspension and steering, brakes, engine fundamentals and repair, electrical systems and engine performance, fuel systems, emission controls and gas analysis.  The course prepares the student to enter the automotive services industry and introduces the requirements of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Institute Certification. Students can start on any Module 1-4.            (Total hours: 1,080. Takes 4 sessions to complete.)

Cost: $2,485 (includes registration $495/session, materials $75/session, insurance $18, books $175, goggles $7 and ID badge $5). 

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Session I: Brakes, Suspension & Steering
Session II: Engine Repair & Transmissions
Session III: Electrical & Electronic Systems
Session IV: Engine Performance/Engine Electric

All new students must attend Appraisal - see appraisal details or for information call (626) 934-2801.

Days Time Location Teacher
M - Th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Willow Center,
Automotive Shop
M. Rojas

For Auto Repair Services contact (626) 934-2932.
combination welder

This Combination Welder program familiarizes students with the skills required to perform basic industrial welding.  The modular format includes theory and practical application in the following main areas; Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Oxy-Acetylene Gas Cutting, Gas Tungsten, Gas Tungsten Arch Welding (GTAW/TIG), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Plasma Cutting. The course emphasizes equipment care and safety and produces entry-level proficient welders who are ready for certification. (Total hours: 1080).

Cost: Total cost $1,731 (includes registration $1140, supplies $400, book $168, insurance $18 and ID badge $5). Students provide their own helmet, gloves, welding jacket & boots from an outside vendor with approval of the instructor.

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Course No Days Time Location Teacher
60200.019 M - Th 8:00 am -
4:00 pm
Willow Center L. Archie


Person wearing protective helmet welding with torch   Machine operator using a drill

HVAC Service Technician           


The HVAC Service Technician program prepares students for entry-level employment in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC).  The course design provides students with project-based experiences in residential and commercial heating systems.  Technical instruction emphasis is placed on the generation and modification of electricity for HVAC systems, wiring principles, and procedures approved by the National Electrical Code (NEC) operational techniques for ventilation and refrigeration systems, and troubleshooting techniques for refrigeration systems.  At the completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the EPA Universal 608 test to become a Certified Refrigerant Handler. (Total Hours: 540)

Days Time Location Teacher     
M - Th 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm                     Willow Center, Staff


Cost: $1,773 (includes registration $1500, book $250, insurance $18 and ID badge $5.)

Water Distribution I and Treatment I

Water Technology Program is designed to prepare students who wish to seek entry level employment in the public water supply industry.  There is a growing need for certified and trained water technology professionals in the area of Water Treatment and Water Distribution.  Water experts project that over the next few years the water industry will see extensive job growth. (Total Hours: 300)

Cost: Total Cost $623 ($300 per course, insurance $18 and ID badge $5.) 

Water Treatment I in Spring 2021.

Course No Days  Time Location     Teacher 
60500.011 T - Th


8:00 am - 2:30 pm   

Willow Center,
G. King


Aerial view of a water treatment plant

New Students

All new students must attend Appraisal - See link below for details or for information call (626) 934-2801.