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A joint program between the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA,) the ATU Local 265, and Mission College is using apprenticeships to help recruit and retain well-qualified transit workers to fill VTA job opportunities.

The VTA training program offers a Certificate of Achievement in Transportation as a Coach Operator, Overhead Line Worker, Public Transit Leadership, Service Mechanic, or Track Worker. We are the first community college in the country to offer this type of program.

Eric Shaunce

After years of working odd jobs, I graduated the VTA training at 53 years old. It was emotional. I used to ride the 22 to stay dry. I had bad memories. If you're in your addiction or homeless, there are places to help you change. You just have to have the desire. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

Eric Shaunce

VTA Bus Operator

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VTA Jobs - Training 

Mission College transportation students practice a simulator that allows bus operators in training to see what is in front of and behind them. This aides in judgment and decision making, and ultimately allows students to take control of situations with the penalty of real-world obstacles. In addition, the VTA simulator can mimic weather patterns and mechanical failures. 

VTA Apprenticeship grad in blue windbreaker and baseball hat shakes hand of female instructor in a classroom. He is smiling.

Prepare for VTA Jobs

Faced with staffing shortages, the VTA is increasing salaries and offering bonuses to lure new drivers. Our apprenticeship program in conjunction the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and the ATU Local 265 is helping to recruit and retain well-qualified transit workers. Read More.

VTA Apprenticeship Requirements

PDF of Apprenticeship Certificates Offered

VTA Apprenticeships Offered
Name Certificate 
Coach Operator C
Overhead Line Worker C
Public Transit Leadership C
Service Mechanic C
Track Worker C
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If you don't know what to major in, or you already have a major but don't know how it translates into a career, start here. At Mission we can help you research your major and career options so you can make informed decisions. Read more about Career paths.
VTA Careers
  • Coach Operator (Bus Driver)
  • Track Worker
  • Transit Safety Office
  • Survey and Mapping Manager
  • Construction Inspector
  • Light Rail Signal Maintainer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Service Mechanic
  • Overhead Line Worker