Colleges in California

The state of California has the largest public post-secondary education system of all 50 US states. Vocational and technical training as well as science and liberal arts degree programs serve around 1.7 million students at 137 colleges in California annually. It is one of the strongest systems of public education in the world.

From the beginning of the United States as an independent nation, the provision of public education has traditionally fallen to the individual states. In fact, the words education and schooling aren't even mentioned in the US Constitution. The founding fathers did discuss the idea of a national university but it was dismissed. All states rely on executive, legislative and judicial branches that run parallel to the Federal government to meet the responsibilities of education.

Schools in California include three public systems of higher education in California: the University of California system, the California State University system and the California Community College system.

In 1973 the California Post Secondary Education Commission was formed for California colleges. Its function was to provide for the planning and coordination of public higher education. The CPSEC makes recommendations on matters of budget, proposed academic programs, admission and student aid policies to the governor and legislature. The commission is made up of 17 members. Nine of the 17 members represent the public and are chosen by the governor and legislative leaders. Two members, appointed by the governor, represent students. The remaining six represent both public and private institutions of higher education.

California schools include 71 community college districts. They operate 107 campuses state wide. These districts differ from the California State University and University of California systems in that they are administered by boards of trustees that are locally elected and statewide board of governors. They select the president of each college, approve curriculum and allocate funds to campuses in their jurisdiction.

A California community college can be a gate-way to higher education. After completing the two-year course requirements, students have the option to apply at a four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree. The universities also offer advanced degree. The admission requirements for a freshman applying to the same institution would not apply to that student.

Among the largest and most notable California State University system colleges and universities are Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, California State University at Los Angeles, California State Polytechnical University and the City College of San Francisco.

Online courses offered by companies through higher education institutes are gaining in number and popularity. They are convenient, affordable and sometimes free.

The economy of California is more like that of a separate nation than a state. It has the largest gross state product (GSP) of any other US state. In the fiscal year of 2011, the GSP was reported as being close to $2 trillion. The state makes up a little over 13 percent of the United State's total gross domestic product (GDP). There are only eight countries in the world that have a larger GDP than this state.

Jobs are most plentiful in California in the the areas of transportation, utilities, trade, government, professional services, business services, health services, education and hospitality and leisure.

Trade is important to the state's economy. About one-fourth of the economy relies on trade and international related commerce accounts. In 2008, $144 billion in goods were exported from California. Computers and electronic products were the number one export making up 42 percent of total exports.

Agriculture has traditionally been important to the state's economy. Citrus and other fresh produce and wines are popular exports from California. Since 1980 agricultural related sales more than quadrupled even though the acreage devoted to farming shrunk by 15 percent. This rise is attributed to more active use of existing farmland and technological improvements in farming. Agricultural product revenue was $43.5 billion in 2011 with grapes, shelled almonds, milk and cream bringing in the most revenue

California's per capita GDP ranked 11th in the nation in 2007 at $38,956. The state's coastal cities tend to have the nation's wealthiest per-capita areas. The high technology areas such as Silicon Valley are no longer considered to be in the recent economic downturn that was caused by the dot.com bust.

Industry is a large part of California's economy and provides a large percentage of jobs for the state residents. The majority of industries produce clothing, food products, electronic and electrical equipment, fabricated and industrial machinery and transportation equipment. The bulk of the manufacturing centers are located in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

The state's largest publically owned corporations are aerospace and computer manufactures. Corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers and Silicon graphics provide a huge variety and amount of jobs in the area south of San Francisco. Rockwell International, Northrop, Lockheed and Computer Sciences are manufactures that lead in Southern California's employment opportunities.

Several of California's private companies are among the states leading manufacturers. Companies such as Levi Strauss, Sunkist growers, Del Monte and Julio Gallo Winery contribute to the economy with many job opportunities.

The aerospace industry is another large sector of California's economy. It accounts for $28 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for around 117,000 Californians.

The film and television production industry also plays a large role in the state's economy. At the end of the 20th century the motion picture industry generated a yearly payroll of $13.4 billion providing jobs to 475,000 of the state's residents.

California is one of the world's most visited areas for tourists. The year-round warm weather,long coast line and multiple theme parks contribute greatly to the state's economy bringing in at least $60 billion in annual sales and providing approximately 700,000 jobs.

Found 1201 Post-Secondary Schools In California


Title City State Type Enrollment
Crafton Hills College Yucaipa CA 2-year public 5054
Berlitz Language Centers Woodland Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Calig Travel School Woodland Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA 2-year public 16111
West Coast School of Travel Woodland Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
West Valley Occupational Center Woodland Hills CA Less than 2-year public 5240
Career College of Cosmetology Woodland CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
College of Oceaneering Wilmington CA 2-year private, for-profit 245
Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington CA 2-year public 8741
Bakers School of Locksmithing Whittier CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Electronic Training Center Whittier CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Kpca Presbyterian Theological Seminary Whittier CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Marinello School of Beauty Whittier CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 43
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA 2-year public 19506
Southern California University of Health Sciences Whittier CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 638
Transportation Guidance & Assistance Truck Driving Whittier CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Whittier College Whittier CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2682
Asian American International Beauty College Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 221
Huntington College of Dental Technology Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 95
Ivory Dental Technological College Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 30
Kim Anh Academy of Beauty Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 50
Mereld Keys - Marine Training Programs Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Pacific Beauty College of Westminster Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Professional Bartenders Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Real Estate Institute Usa Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies Westlake Village CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Truck School West Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Truck School West Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Healing Arts College West Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
National Computer Training West Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Newberry School of Beauty West Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 155
Career Academy of Beauty West Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 238
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program West Covina CA 2-year public 960
ITT Technical Institute West Covina CA 4-year private, for-profit 849
Marinello School of Beauty West Covina CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 59
North - West College - West Covina West Covina CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 187
Weimer College Weimar CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
College of the Siskiyous Weed CA 2-year public 2786
Cet - Watsonville Watsonville CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 146
Waynes College of Beauty - Watsonville Watsonville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Alexander Educational Center Teacher Training Prog Walnut Creek CA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Walnut Creek CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Golden Gate University - Walnut Creek Walnut Creek CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Phlebotomy Plus Walnut Creek CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Silicon Valley College Walnut Creek CA 4-year private, for-profit 651
Western College of Travel Careers Inc Walnut Creek CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Monterey Park College Walnut CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 68
Mt San Antonio College Walnut CA 2-year public 28329
Shen Real Estate School Walnut CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Associated Technical College Vista CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 62
Imi Bible College Seminary Vista CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Nordstrom Business Institute Vista CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
San Diego Golf Academy Vista CA 2-year private, for-profit 173
College of the Sequoias Visalia CA 2-year public 10251
Estes Institute of Cosmetology Arts and Science Visalia CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 66
Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants Visalia CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 34
Golden State College Visalia CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 206
San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia Visalia CA 2-year private, for-profit 627
Bmr Training Centers Victorville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Prices Academy of Security Guard Training Victorville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Professional Career Institute Victorville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
United States Truck Driving School Victorville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Victor Valley Beauty College Inc Victorville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 72
Victor Valley Community College Victorville CA 2-year public 9221
Lu Ross Academy of Hair Design Ventura CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education Ventura CA Less than 2-year public 165
Ventura College Ventura CA 2-year public 11837
Ventura College of Law Ventura CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Integrated Body Psychotherapy Rosenberg Kitaen Ctr Venice CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Adelante Career Institute Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 155
American Pacific College Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Institute of Customer Engineering Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
California Institute of Locksmithing Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 259
Chrysler Aviation Inc Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Green Hornets Aviation Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
King Aviation Centers Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Make Up Academy of Hollywood Inc Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Nick Harris Detective Academy Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
San Fernando Beauty Academy Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 179
Sussex Aviation Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Uei College - Van Nuys Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Bernadean University Valley Village CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen CA 2-year public 17393
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA 4-year public 653
Falcon Truck School Vallejo CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Institute of the Arts Valencia CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1212
Computer Services and Training Inc Upland CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Richards Beauty College Upland CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 30
Waterman Training Institute Union City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 20
Western Truck School Union City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mendocino College Ukiah CA 2-year public 4463
Ukiah Beauty College Ukiah CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Calvary Chapel Bible College Twin Peaks CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
American School of Mortgage Banking Tustin CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Newport Psychoanalytic Institute Tustin CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Adrians Beauty College of Turlock Turlock CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 62
California State University - Stanislaus Turlock CA 4-year public 7062
Tulare Beauty College Tulare CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 65
Center for Employment Training - Tracy Tracy CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 32

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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