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About CET

A message from our CEO

Since 1987, CET has been committed to addressing immigration integration issues by providing quality and accessible services, such as immigration, citizenship and ESL assistance. The successful integration of immigrants into American society is essential to our nation’s growth and success.

-Hermelinda Sapien



Mission Statement

The mission of CET, an economic and community development corporation, is to promote human development and education by providing people with marketable skills training and supportive services that contribute to self sufficiency.

History of CET

CET is one of the largest and most effective employment training programs in the U.S. Since 1967, CET has grown into a network of 17 vocational centers operating in five states. Over the last 43 years, CET has successfully worked with the private sector to train and place more than 125,000 people into jobs.

Beginning with the California Farm Workers Movements of the 60’s and 70’s, CET provided skills training and job placement services to migrant and seasonal farm workers who suffered from poverty, inhumane work-conditions and low wages. CET successfully prepared these workers for stable, full-time, permanent industry positions.

With globalization and advances in technology, CET has expanded its program to assist hard-to-serve populations, such as disadvantaged youths and displaced low-income workers.

Our Track Record

U.S. Department of Commerce
2009 CET recognized for Excellence in Economic Development for Community and Faith-Based Social Entrepreneurship Efforts
2009 CET awarded $3 million and $1.2 million by the Economic Development Administration and San Jose Redevelopment Agency for job creation and economic development
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
2009 $2.9 million CSD Grant Augmentation for creating & sustaining economic growth employment opportunities
2009 $327,700 Sacramento Employment Training Agency for training low-income adults in green jobs occupations
PepNet Institute
2007 Recipient Top Award “Promising & Effective Practices in Youth Initiatives”
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
2006 All CET Centers nationwide receive a six year accrediation
U.S. Department of Labor
2009 $335,000 Earmark Grant for Youth Construction Occupations Project
2005 $198,000 Earmark Grant for At-Risk Youth
2004 Top Workforce Innovations Award “Recognizing the Demographics of the Workforce”
2003 Study released on CET entitled “Working with Disadvantaged Youth:
Thirty-Month Findings highlighting CET’s success”
2000 Five year study evaluates CET’s exemplary impact on out-of-school youth
1995 Office of the Chief Economist publishes “What’s Working (and what’s not)”, research citing CET as the only successful employment and training program in the nation
1981 CET identified as an “exemplary model” for farm worker youth programs
University of North Carolina, Jordan Institute for Families
1997 Evaluation concludes CET’s greater effectiveness vs. Work First Programs
U.S. General Accounting Office
1996 Reports CET’s success in helping economically disadvantaged adults
National Institute for Literacy
1996 Recognizes CET for producing exemplary results for welfare recipients
The U.S. Congressional Record
1994 CET recognized as “Job Training for the 21st Century”
1982 CET recognized as “one of the best non-profit, community-based skill training centers in the United States”
The Clinton Administration
1993 CET is praised for its track record in training and job placement for the most disadvantaged
President George Bush
1990 Awards $7 million in recognition of CET as a model program for replication across the country. CET branches to 15 additional cities nationwide
Rockefeller Foundation
1990 CET stands out in every category of measurement in programs serving female minority heads of households.