The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District recently had more than two dozen programs recognized as "Strong Workforce Stars" this year.
California Community Colleges recognizes career education programs in which students "show significant gains in factors important in building a skilled workforce and for advancing personal social mobility," Chabot-Las Positas district officials said in a statement.
Out of the 1,384 statewide programs spotlighted as "Workforce Stars," 29 were from Chabot and Las Positas community colleges.
Programs were selected based on graduates' abilities to see a notable increase in earnings, along with their ability to find a job closely matching with their field of study.
Programs at Hayward's Chabot College received 20 stars in total, including one Gold Star -- the highest award -- for the registered nursing program.
Receiving the second-highest Silver Award, other programs honored included automotive technology, business-transfer, computer application systems: software specialist, dental hygiene, early childhood development, electronics systems technology, fire service technology and welding technology.
And 11 Chabot programs received a Bronze Star: accounting, administration of justice, administrative assistant, architecture, business: management, early childhood intervention assistant, human resources assistant, interior design, machine tool technology, medical assisting and photography.
In Livermore, nine programs at Las Positas received a star. The school's administration of justice program was honored with a Silver Star, and eight others were recognized with a Bronze Star: automotive electronics technology, computer information systems, enology, fire service technology, interior design, liberal arts and sciences: computer studies, marketing and welding technology.
The state community colleges system also recently launched their Salary Surfer website with updated data and resources.
"The more informed students are about their chosen career and program of study at the outset, the better chances they have of reaching completion and transitioning into the workforce," said Van Ton-Quinlivan, California Community Colleges executive vice chancellor for Workforce and Digital Futures.
"Salary Surfer and Strong Workforce Stars complement one another in providing information that is important for making a well-informed decision about college and career," she added.