Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center (CAJ) was authorized in 1967 and operates under the governance of the State of California Department of Education (CDE) and the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD).
CAJ opened in 1967 as the Skills and Business Education Center and classes were held in various locations until 1968 when the former site of the California State Fairs grounds was donated to SCUSD for vocational training classes. The site was sold in 1999 and the site was relocated to its current site at 5451 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, California in April of 1999 where classes continue to be held.
CAJ career training programs graduated their first students in 1968. The first students who began classes at the new facility completed occupational programs in June of 1999.
CAJ is under the auspices of the Sacramento City Unified School District and the California Department of Education.
The delivery system utilized in the vocational programs at CAJ varies depending upon the program and the needs and learning styles of the students served. All classes use face-to-face instruction with only supplemental on-line components when appropriate.
For most programs, teaching methods are varied to incorporate several of the following differentiated instructional methods:
• Clinical activities
• Computer-assisted instruction
• Content area text reading
• Community and Industry resource speakers
• Instructional lectures
• Multimedia presentations
• Project-based activities
• Self-directed modules
• Hands-on shop projects
• Technology lab activities
• Cooperative education
The Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center continues to provide career training in areas identified by our community partners as having the highest employment opportunities.