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 1200 Post-Secondary Schools In California
|Alexander Educational Center Teacher Training Prog||Walnut Creek||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles||Santa Monica||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|American Institute of Massage Therapy Inc||Costa Mesa||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Brooks College||Long Beach||CA||2-year private, for-profit||1618|
|California College - San Diego||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||75|
|California Culinary Academy||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, for-profit||1486|
|California Design College||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||279|
|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 Recording Institute||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, for-profit||55|
|California School of Culinary Arts||Pasadena||CA||2-year private, for-profit||681|
|Coastal Valley College||Emeryville||CA||2-year private, for-profit||15|
|College of Instrument Technology||Bellflower||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|College of Oceaneering||Wilmington||CA||2-year private, for-profit||245|
|Concorde Career College||North Hollywood||CA||2-year private, for-profit||444|
|Court Reporting Institute||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||10|
|Educorp Career College||Long Beach||CA||2-year private, for-profit||487|
|Empire College School of Business||Santa Rosa||CA||2-year private, for-profit||363|
|Everest College - City of Industry||City Of Industry||CA||2-year private, for-profit||352|
|Everest College - Ontario||Ontario||CA||2-year private, for-profit||294|
|Everest College - West Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||318|
|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|
|High - Tech Institute - Sacramento||Sacramento||CA||2-year private, for-profit||338|
|Hollywood Art Center School||Hollywood||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Institute of Psychostructural Balancing||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Iss Translators Inc||Torrance||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|ITT Technical Institute||Lathrop||CA||2-year private, for-profit||407|
|ITT Technical Institute||Santa Clara||CA||2-year private, for-profit||197|
|ITT Technical Institute||Torrance||CA||2-year private, for-profit||572|
|Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Likie Fashion and Technology College||Rosemead||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Modern Technology School||Fountain Valley||CA||2-year private, for-profit||85|
|Mti College||Sacramento||CA||2-year private, for-profit||1316|
|Mti College||Orange||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Nakumura Institute of Oriental Medicine||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|National Institute of Technology||Long Beach||CA||2-year private, for-profit||369|
|Nordstrom Business Institute||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Pacific College||Costa Mesa||CA||2-year private, for-profit||180|
|Pacific Fashion Institute||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Platt College||Cerritos||CA||2-year private, for-profit||265|
|Platt College - Los Angeles||Alhambra||CA||2-year private, for-profit||167|
|Platt College - Newport Beach||Huntington Beach||CA||2-year private, for-profit||262|
|Platt College - Ontario||Ontario||CA||2-year private, for-profit||268|
|Platt College - San Diego||San Diego||CA||2-year private, for-profit||342|
|Professional Golfers Career College||Temecula||CA||2-year private, for-profit||104|
|Redstone College - Los Angeles Campus||Inglewood||CA||2-year private, for-profit||413|
|Sage College||Moreno Valley||CA||2-year private, for-profit||348|
|San Diego Golf Academy||Vista||CA||2-year private, for-profit||173|
|San Joaquin Valley College - Aviation - Fresno||Fresno||CA||2-year private, for-profit||123|
|San Joaquin Valley College - Bakersfield||Bakersfield||CA||2-year private, for-profit||742|
|San Joaquin Valley College - Fresno||Fresno||CA||2-year private, for-profit||669|
|San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia||Visalia||CA||2-year private, for-profit||627|
|Sierra Academy of Aeronautics Technical Institute||Oakland||CA||2-year private, for-profit||477|
|Sierra Valley Business College||Fresno||CA||2-year private, for-profit||113|
|Sonoma College||Petaluma||CA||2-year private, for-profit||45|
|South Coast College||Orange||CA||2-year private, for-profit||538|
|Theatre of Arts||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Trinity College||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, for-profit||134|
|Trinity College||San Jose||CA||2-year private, for-profit||63|
|Western Career College||San Leandro||CA||2-year private, for-profit||345|
|Western Career College||Pleasant Hill||CA||2-year private, for-profit||200|
|Western Career College||Sacramento||CA||2-year private, for-profit||574|
|Wyotech||Fremont||CA||2-year private, for-profit||1249|
|American Academy of Dramatic Arts - West||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||215|
|American River College||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|California Technical University||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Cladic Seminary||Los Angeles||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|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|
|Deep Springs College||Dyer||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||287|
|Don Bosco Technical Institute||Rosemead||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||287|
|Foundation College||San Diego||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||66|
|Gemological Institute of America||Carlsbad||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||5928|
|Heald College - Concord||Concord||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||554|
|Heald College - Fresno||Fresno||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||735|
|Heald College - Hayward||Hayward||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||1241|
|Heald College - Rancho Cordova||Rancho Cordova||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||778|
|Heald College - Roseville||Roseville||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||1048|
|Heald College - Salinas||Salinas||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||669|
|Heald College - San Francisco||San Francisco||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||1070|
|Heald College - San Jose||Milpitas||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||1329|
|Heald College - Stockton||Stockton||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||592|
|Humphreys College - Modesto||Modesto||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Humphreys College - Sacramento Gold River||Gold River||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Huntington Memorial Hospital School of Xray Techn||Pasadena||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||7|
|Kelsey - Jenney College||San Diego||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||311|
|Kelsey - Jenney College||San Diego||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||679|
|Living Word Bible College||Pasadena||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Lutheran Bible Institute in California||Irvine||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Marymount College||Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||879|
|New Life Bible College||Marysville||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Queen of the Holy Rosary College||Fremont||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Rawhide Vocational College||Bonsall||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Saint Johns Hospital School of Radiologic Techn||Oxnard||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Southern California School of Evangelism||Buena Park||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|The Salvation Army College for Officers Training||Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
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