Workforce alternatives at PAC

By Yvonne Zamora
Pulse Staff Reporter

At one point or another you've been asked your major. If your response was undecided, then you might want to explore the workforce programs offered here at Palo Alto College.

"How will you know if you don't explore?" said Frank Quijano, professor of Industrial Automation.

If you like working with your hands, then maybe you should consider the Industrial Automation Technology program, where students acquire the skills needed to repair electromechanical robotic machines. Graduates can expect to earn between $15 to $20 an hour.

Or have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Then perhaps you should take part in the Business Management program, where students learn the essentials of what it takes to operate in a business setting.

If you're an animal lover, than a career as a Veterinary Technician where you can earn between $21,000 to $38,000 a year might be right for you.

In this field of study, students work with real animals as well as model ones programmed to malfunction to learn the fundamentals of maintaining an animal's well-being.

The Veterinary Technology program only allows 50 students every fall semester to join, and you must complete a few pre-requisites in order to begin the course.

First year students Karina Galvan and Clarissa Camacho both said that they would definitely recommend this program to other students. Galvan said, "If you like animals, if you like helping them," they believe this is a program you should consider.

Another workforce program offered here at Palo Alto includes Computer Information Systems, where students who are skilled in troubleshooting issues dealing with computers can earn between $29,000 to $80,000 a year.

Administrative Computer Technology is a program where you learn office skills, such as billing, accounting, word-processing and keeping up-to-date with new office technology.

Students are encouraged to explore all of the options here at Palo Alto. Students who are interested may speak with Leandro Esparza, workforce adviser. His office is located in the Applied Technology Building, Room 101, and his phone number is (210) 486-3135. He may also be reached via e-mail at

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