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
|Computer Technologies Program||Berkeley||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Computer Training Academy||San Jose||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||375|
|Computer Training Academy - Pleasanton||Pleasanton||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||213|
|Compuvista Business Institute||Sacramento||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Concorde Career College||San Bernardino||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||551|
|Concorde Career College||North Hollywood||CA||2-year private, for-profit||444|
|Concorde Career College||Garden Grove||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||478|
|Concorde Career Institute||San Diego||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||552|
|Concordia University||Irvine||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1319|
|Consolidated Welding School||Lynwood||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Contempo School of Beauty||Inglewood||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Contra Costa College||San Pablo||CA||2-year public||7133|
|Contra Costa Community College District Office||Martinez||CA||Central office or Administrative Unit||No Data|
|Copper Mountain College||Joshua Tree||CA||2-year public||2172|
|Cosumnes River College||Sacramento||CA||2-year public||16493|
|Court Reporting Institute||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||10|
|Covina Beauty College||Covina||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Crafton Hills College||Yucaipa||CA||2-year public||5054|
|Crest Computer Institute||Rancho Cucamonga||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Cuesta College||San Luis Obispo||CA||2-year public||9496|
|Culver Beauty College||Culver City||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Cuyamaca College||El Cajon||CA||2-year public||6476|
|Cynthias Beauty Academy||Bell||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||315|
|Cypress College||Cypress||CA||2-year public||21361|
|D - Q University||Davis||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||172|
|Daniel Freeman Hospital School of Radiologic Techn||Inglewood||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|De Anza College||Cupertino||CA||2-year public||22770|
|Deep Springs College||Dyer||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||287|
|Defense Language Institute||Monterey||CA||Less than 2-year public||No Data|
|Del Mar Media Arts||Irvine||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Dellarte International School of Physical Theatre||Blue Lake||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||37|
|Delta Beauty College||Antioch||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Desert Career College||Palm Springs||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||82|
|Desert Resorts School of Somatherapy||Desert Hot Springs||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Design Institute of San Diego||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||358|
|Detective Training Institute||Santa Ana||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Devry University||Long Beach||CA||4-year private, for-profit||4006|
|Devry University||Fremont||CA||4-year private, for-profit||4006|
|Devry University - Pomona||Pomona||CA||4-year private, for-profit||3674|
|Diablo Valley College||Pleasant Hill||CA||2-year public||21581|
|Discovery Training Center||Lancaster||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Dmc Automotive Training School||Placentia||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Dog Lovers Animal Sciences||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology||Berkeley||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||87|
|Dominican University of California||San Rafael||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1369|
|Don Bosco Technical Institute||Rosemead||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||287|
|Dongguk Royal University||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||381|
|Dootson School of Trucking||Arcadia||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Downey Adult School||Downey||CA||2-year public||No Data|
|Downtown American Barber College||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Dublin Beauty College||Dublin||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Dvs College||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Dynasty Institute Inc||Hacienda Heights||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Eagle Aviation Inc||Long Beach||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Earn While You Learn Dog Grooming||Norco||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|East Los Angeles College||Monterey Park||CA||2-year public||27199|
|East Los Angeles Occupational Center||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year public||2986|
|East Los Angeles Skill Center||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year public||No Data|
|East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program||West Covina||CA||2-year public||960|
|Ebm Business Institute||Citrus Heights||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Echols International Travel Training Courses Inc||San Francisco||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Ecologics Training Institute||Santa Ana||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Economic and Social Opportunities Inc||San Jose||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Educational Cultural Complex||San Diego||CA||2-year public||No Data|
|Educorp Career College||Long Beach||CA||2-year private, for-profit||487|
|El Camino College||Torrance||CA||2-year public||24067|
|Electronic Training Center||Whittier||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Elegance International||Hollywood||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology||Sacramento||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine||Santa Monica||CA||4-year private, for-profit||334|
|Empire College School of Business||Santa Rosa||CA||2-year private, for-profit||363|
|Empire College School of Law||Santa Rosa||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|English Center for International Women||Oakland||CA||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||139|
|Episcopal Theological School||Claremont||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Eric Morris Actors Workshop||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Escuelas Leicester||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||150|
|Esquire College of Paralegal||Pasadena||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Estes Institute of Cosmetology Arts and Science||Visalia||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||66|
|Estheticians Pharmacology Research Institute||Irvine||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Arts||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Everest College - Anaheim||Anaheim||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||964|
|Everest College - City of Industry||City Of Industry||CA||2-year private, for-profit||352|
|Everest College - Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||420|
|Everest College - Ontario||Ontario||CA||2-year private, for-profit||294|
|Everest College - Reseda||Reseda||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||1098|
|Everest College - San Bernardino||San Bernardino||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||850|
|Everest College - San Francisco||San Francisco||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||394|
|Everest College - West Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||318|
|Evergreen Beauty College||San Jose||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Evergreen Valley College||San Jose||CA||2-year public||12404|
|Exacta Schools||Lake Forest||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Excel Technical College||Orange||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Falcon Truck School||Vallejo||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Fashion Careers College||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||90|
|Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||2648|
|Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Orange County||Irvine||CA||2-year private, for-profit||292|
|Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - San Diego||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||213|
|Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - San Francisco||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, for-profit||663|
|Faunt School of Creative Music||Studio City||CA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Feather River Community College District||Quincy||CA||2-year public||892|
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