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 1199 Post-Secondary Schools In California
|Berlitz Language Centers||Orange||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Berlitz Language Centers||Walnut Creek||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Berlitz Language Centers||Torrance||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Berlitz Language Centers||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Berlitz Language Centers||Woodland Hills||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Berlitz Language Centers||Beverly Hills||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Berlitz Language Centers||San Francisco||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Berlitz Language Centers||Beverly Hills||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Berlitz Language Centers||Pasadena||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Bernadean University||Valley Village||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Bethany University||Scotts Valley||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||531|
|Bethel Seminary San Diego||San Diego||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Bethesda Christian University||Anaheim||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||2749|
|Biblical International||Fullerton||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Biofeedback Institute of Los Angeles||Culver City||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Biola University||La Mirada||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||4092|
|Bmr Training Centers||San Bernardino||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Bmr Training Centers||Victorville||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Body Mind College||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Body Therapy Center||Palo Alto||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Booker T Crenshaw Christian School Inc||San Diego||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Brooks College||Long Beach||CA||2-year private, for-profit||1618|
|Brooks Institute of Photography||Santa Barbara||CA||4-year private, for-profit||670|
|Brownson Technical School||Anaheim||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||91|
|Bryant Contractors and Real Estate Apprsl Courses||Concord||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Business and Technology Training Institute||Sacramento||CA||Less than 2-year public||172|
|Butte College||Oroville||CA||2-year public||11542|
|C G Jung Institute of Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Cabrillo College||Aptos||CA||2-year public||12807|
|Cal - Trade Welding School||Sacramento||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Cal - Trade Welding School||Modesto||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Academy of Real Estate||Northridge||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Baptist University||Riverside||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||2043|
|California Beauty School||Modesto||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||74|
|California Business Institute||El Monte||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||398|
|California Career School||Anaheim||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Christian College||Fresno||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||84|
|California Coast University||Santa Ana||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California College - San Diego||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||75|
|California College of Physical Arts Inc||Huntington Beach||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California College of Podiatric Medicine||San Francisco||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||305|
|California College of the Arts||Oakland||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1180|
|California Cosmetology College||Santa Clara||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||89|
|California Design College||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||279|
|California Graduate Institute||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Hair Design Academy||La Mesa||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||88|
|California Healing Arts College||West Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Health Institute Inc||Lancaster||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Human Dev Corp - Anthony Soto Emp Trg Ctr||Stockton||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Human Dev Corp - Anthony Soto Empl Tr Ctr||Santa Rosa||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Human Dev Corp - Anthony Soto Empl Trg||Marysville||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Institute for Clinical Social Work||Berkeley||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Institute for Counseling Studies||Pasadena||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Institute for Human Science||Encinitas||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Institute of Customer Engineering||Ontario||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|California Institute of Customer Engineering||Van Nuys||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|California Institute of Customer Engineering||Irvine||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|California Institute of Integral Studies||San Francisco||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||951|
|California Institute of Locksmithing||Van Nuys||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Institute of Technology||Pasadena||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1968|
|California Institute of the Arts||Valencia||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1212|
|California International University||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Jewelry School||San Juan Capistrano||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Lutheran University||Thousand Oaks||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||2766|
|California Maritime Academy||Vallejo||CA||4-year public||653|
|California Northern School of Law||Chico||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Paramedical and Technical College||Long Beach||CA||2-year private, for-profit||169|
|California Paramedical and Technical College||Riverside||CA||2-year private, for-profit||436|
|California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo||San Luis Obispo||CA||4-year public||16877|
|California Recording Institute||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, for-profit||55|
|California School of Culinary Arts||Pasadena||CA||2-year private, for-profit||681|
|California School of Medical Sciences||Beverly Hills||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||121|
|California School of Professional Psych - System Off||San Francisco||CA||Central office or Administrative Unit||No Data|
|California School of Real Estate||Oakland||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Security Academy||Santa Ana||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Southern Law School||Riverside||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California State Polytechnic University - Pomona||Pomona||CA||4-year public||18424|
|California State University - Bakersfield||Bakersfield||CA||4-year public||6397|
|California State University - Chancellors Office||Long Beach||CA||Central office or Administrative Unit||No Data|
|California State University - Chico||Chico||CA||4-year public||15912|
|California State University - Dominguez Hills||Carson||CA||4-year public||12848|
|California State University - East Bay||Hayward||CA||4-year public||12705|
|California State University - Fresno||Fresno||CA||4-year public||19056|
|California State University - Fullerton||Fullerton||CA||4-year public||28381|
|California State University - Long Beach||Long Beach||CA||4-year public||30918|
|California State University - Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||4-year public||19593|
|California State University - Monterey Bay||Seaside||CA||4-year public||2624|
|California State University - Northridge||Northridge||CA||4-year public||29066|
|California State University - Sacramento||Sacramento||CA||4-year public||25714|
|California State University - San Bernardino||San Bernardino||CA||4-year public||14909|
|California State University - San Marcos||San Marcos||CA||4-year public||6256|
|California State University - Stanislaus||Turlock||CA||4-year public||7062|
|California Technical College||Delano||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Technical University||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Union University||Fullerton||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Vocational College||San Francisco||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Western School of Law||San Diego||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||760|
|Calig Travel School||Woodland Hills||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Calistoga Massage Therapy School||Rohnert Park||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|
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