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Video: From Roses to Rose Buds
James Petersen is the head custodian at Rose Avenue School. But he does more than empty trash and sweep classrooms. Jim teaches the children about gardening. Through his encouragement they learn responsibility and they learn how important it is to nurture their gardens.

Essential Work, Extraordinary Workers

Classified employees do the essential work that keeps our schools and community colleges up and running. These extraordinary workers keep our campuses safe, clean and efficient. Most importantly, they strive to improve the lives of our students every day.

From the time students board a school bus to the time they head home at the end of the day, every aspect of their educational experience is impacted by a classified school employee. From the classroom to the playground, the school cafeteria to the college financial aid office – classified employees make a difference in the daily life of student.

Serving our schools and communities
Just as classified employees are on the front lines working to ensure the safety and care of students at school, many are working to build better neighborhoods and communities as well. Whether they’re working for local charities or volunteering in youth sports programs, classified employees serve their communities with the same pride that they serve our students and schools.

CSEA is proud to represent more than 210,000 classified employees in California public schools and community colleges. These dedicated employees perform a wide range of essential work, including security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services and more.

School Food Services School Food Services
Our school cafeterias, food preparation centers and the caring employees who work in them all play a critical role in the educational process by providing nutritious meals for children
School Maintenance and Operations School Maintenance and Operations
From cleaning classrooms to performing skilled maintenance work, classified employees ensure that our schools are safe and comfortable places for students to learn.
School Office and Clerical Services School Office and Clerical Services
Whether they work the front desk at an elementary school or manage files at the county office, secretaries and administrative support staff keep our schools running smoothly.
Paraeducators and other Instructional Assistants Paraeducators and other Instructional Assistants
In today’s classrooms, labs and career centers, paraeducators and other instructional assistants support and enhance the work of teachers in all components of the education process.
Special Services Special Services
From campus security to computer programming, classified employees provide many specialized services to school districts and colleges statewide.
School Transportation Services School Transportation Services
School bus drivers carry the most precious cargo: our children. That’s why school bus drivers, mechanics and other school transportation personnel are the safest and most qualified in the state.

Learn More
These are just some of the jobs classified employees do. Learn more about the vast range of vital services provided by classified employees in California's public schools and community colleges.

CSEA proud to represent classified employees
The California School Employees Association is the largest classified school employees union in the United States, representing more than 210,000 school support staff throughout California.

CSEA members perform a wide range of vital services in California's public schools and community colleges, including security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services and more.

Join CSEA
When you join CSEA, you put yourself in good company. CSEA members are respected professionals who are active and vocal advocates for public education. Within the education community, CSEA is the recognized union for classified employees—with a reputation for practical solutions, integrity and high professional standards.

Inspiring Generations
Classified employees often take on volunteer roles as coaches, group advisors and leaders because they genuinely care about the well being of students.

A legacy of service
Classified school employees play crucial roles in all aspects of a student's education.

Keeping students safe
Putting student safety first is a top priority for all classified employees.

Caring about students' success
Classified employees provide the guidance and reassurance to help students thrive.

Professionals on the job
From behind the scenes, classified employees provide services vital to the everyday operation of schools.

Smiles mandatory
There’s a rule on John “Orlando” Sanchez’s bus—you’ve got to smile when you get on.

Education with a special touch
Classified employees throughout the state help students with autism in a variety of settings.

Paraeducators key to student achievement
Paraeducators are key members of the teaching team; the backbone, heart and soul of the school.