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
|Southern California International College - Brea||Brea||CA||4-year private, for-profit||111|
|Southern California Merchant Marine Training Serv||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Southern California School of Evangelism||Buena Park||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Southern California School of Floral Design||Anaheim||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Southern California School of Massage||Riverside||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Southern California Seminary||El Cajon||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||199|
|Southern California University for Prof Studies||Santa Ana||CA||4-year private, for-profit||672|
|Southern California University of Health Sciences||Whittier||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||638|
|Southern States University||Huntington Beach||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Southwestern College||Chula Vista||CA||2-year public||17994|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||837|
|Spectrum Community Services Inc||Hayward||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||35|
|St Giles Language Teaching Center||San Francisco||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|St John S Seminary College||Camarillo||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||95|
|St Pauls Foundation||Temecula||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Stanford University||Stanford||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||18549|
|Starr King School for Ministry||Berkeley||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||62|
|State Center Community College District System Off||Fresno||CA||Central office or Administrative Unit||No Data|
|Stefan University||La Jolla||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Stella Adler Academy of Acting||Hollywood||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Stone Boat Yard||Alameda||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Studio Makeup Academy||Hollywood||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Studio of Creative Makeup Art - Special Effects||Arcadia||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Summit Career College||Colton||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||244|
|Summit College||Oakland||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Sunrise Aviation||Santa Ana||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Sussex Aviation||Van Nuys||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Sutech School||Anaheim||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Sutech School of Vocational Technical Training||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Taft College||Taft||CA||2-year public||7331|
|Tarbell Real Estate School||Chino Hills||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Tarbell Real Estate School||Santa Ana||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Technologic Institute of Southern California||Santa Ana||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Teller Training Academy||Cerritos||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Thanh Le College School of Cosmetology||Midway City||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Thanh Le College School of Cosmetology||Garden Grove||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||92|
|The Academy of Radio Broadcasting||Huntington Beach||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||232|
|The Academy of Radio Broadcasting||Fremont||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||69|
|The Advanced Career College||Palmdale||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|The Art Institute of California - San Francisco||San Francisco||CA||4-year private, for-profit||329|
|The California Institute of Jewelery Training||Carmichael||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|The Graduate Center for Child Develop & Psychother||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|The Masters College and Seminary||Santa Clarita||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1448|
|The National Hispanic University||San Jose||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||340|
|The Right Way Adult Learning Center||Gardena||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||106|
|The Salvation Army College for Officers Training||Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|The Union Institute||Sacramento||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|The Union Institute||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|The University of West Los Angeles||Inglewood||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||182|
|The Wright Institute||Berkeley||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||281|
|Theatre of Arts||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Therapeutic Learning Center||Fresno||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Thomas Aquinas College||Santa Paula||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||277|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||575|
|Tien Tao Chong Hua University||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Todays Training Center||Cudahy||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||95|
|Toror School of Truck Driving||Bellflower||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Touch Therapy Institute||Encino||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Training Directions College Inc||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Translation and Interpretation Education Center||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Transportation Guidance & Assistance Truck Driving||Whittier||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Travel - World College and Agency||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Travel and Tourism Institute||Sacramento||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Travel and Trade Career Institute||Long Beach||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||160|
|Travel Experts Training Schools||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Travel University International||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||158|
|Trinity College||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, for-profit||134|
|Trinity College||San Jose||CA||2-year private, for-profit||63|
|Trinity College of Graduate Studies||Anaheim||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Trinity Law and Graduate School||Santa Ana||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||142|
|Trinity Life Bible College||Sacramento||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||300|
|Truck Driving Academy||Sacramento||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Truck Driving Academy||Fresno||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Tulare Beauty College||Tulare||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||65|
|Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts||Santa Cruz||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|U S International University||San Diego||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1334|
|Uei College - Chula Vista||Chula Vista||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Uei College - Huntington Park||Huntington Park||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Uei College - Ontario||Ontario||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Uei College - San Bernardino||San Bernardino||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Uei College - San Diego||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Uei College - Van Nuys||Van Nuys||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Ukiah Beauty College||Ukiah||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Union College of California||Garden Grove||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Unitec||Santa Fe Springs||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|United States Truck Driving School||Rialto||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|
|United Truck Driving||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Universal College of Beauty Inc||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||93|
|Universal College of Beauty Inc||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||35|
|Universal Technical Institute of California Inc||Rancho Cucamonga||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||211|
|Universal Training Center||Highlands||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|University for Humanistic Studies||Rosemead||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley||CA||4-year public||31277|
|University of California - Davis||Davis||CA||4-year public||26094|
|University of California - Irvine||Irvine||CA||4-year public||20211|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||4-year public||36890|
|University of California - Riverside||Riverside||CA||4-year public||13015|
|University of California - San Diego||La Jolla||CA||4-year public||20197|
|University of California - San Francisco||San Francisco||CA||4-year public||3517|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/‹ First < 9 10 11 12 >