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Career Training and Employment Center

CTEC provides education, job training, and employment services for anyone facing barriers to employment, including those impacted by the justice system. CTEC provides case management, career and computer training, GED classes, mentorship, peer support, links to outside service providers, transportation assistance, college enrollment assistance and more. CTEC partners include Five Keys Schools and Programs, Peralta Community College District (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College), and Cypress Mandela Training Center. 


Open to the community. Individuals who are low-income, formerly incarcerated and/or system-impacted are encouraged to visit. Accepts referrals by Alameda County Probation. Referrals can receive a stipend for transitional work placements.


BOSS supports motivated and qualified

job applicants. Contact CTEC to become

a second chance hiring partner!


Monday – Friday,  9am – 5pm

Annual Rising Stars Celebration of Hope

Every year BOSS holds the Rising Stars Celebration of Hope to honor men and women who have completed BOSS programs or achieved special milestones towards their goals, including CTEC Graduates who have secured gainful employment! With live entertainment, guest speakers, dinner, and special awards, Rising Stars showcases their success as well as thanking local employers who are committed to second chance hiring and the policy, civic, and faith leaders who are creating new opportunities for justice involved individuals. For many CTEC graduates, it’s the first time they’ve been recognized for their hard work and determination – they are joined by proud family members and receive love and accolades from the whole community! 

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