Learn job-ready skills with flexible and affordable classes

Discover why SMC is for you

Santa Monica College is a great place for you to start if you are looking to switch or start a new career. SMC’s Career Education Programs offer short term certificates that can be completed in one year or more. Take your classes online, in-person or a mix to get you on your way to a new career. SMC is also the top job trainer on the west side of Los Angeles that offer a myriad of programs that include business, marketing, design, media, entrepreneurship, technology, cloud computing and more to help you learn new skills. Take the career quiz to narrow down what type of work fits you best or use the career exploration tool to browse careers that interest you. Career education prepares you for future jobs. Earn an affordable world-class education at SMC today. Discover why SMC is for you as you explore the many opportunities SMC has for you.


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Media & Design

Start one of our award winning programs in Media Production, Film Production, Journalism, Architecture, Graphic Design, and Entertainment Technology.


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Computer Science

Jumpstart a tech career by getting started in one of our computer science programs: Computer Science, Cloud Computing – AWS, Salesforce, and Cybersecurity.


We also offer free programs to start new careers in a variety of areas in our noncredit program.

SMC By the Numbers


Cost per unit


Degrees and Certificates


Earn a certificate in under 12 months

Programs to help you succeed

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Career Services Center

Whether you are undecided about your major/career or know exactly where you want to end up, the Career Services Center is a great place to start.


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Financial Aid & Scholarships

SMC offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid, no matter what age you are, to help you attain your educational goals.


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Counseling 12

A course designed to inform and assist you in making appropriate and satisfying career choices.



Lina Lopez

As an older student with a family, I learned a whole new set of skills I needed to begin a new career.

Jasmine / SMC Alumna

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