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
|Santa Rosa Junior College||Santa Rosa||CA||2-year public||27020|
|Santiago Canyon College||Orange||CA||2-year public||10039|
|Shasta College||Redding||CA||2-year public||9112|
|Sierra College||Rocklin||CA||2-year public||17517|
|Skyline College||San Bruno||CA||2-year public||8689|
|Solano Community College||Fairfield||CA||2-year public||10507|
|Southwestern College||Chula Vista||CA||2-year public||17994|
|Taft College||Taft||CA||2-year public||7331|
|Ventura College||Ventura||CA||2-year public||11837|
|Victor Valley Community College||Victorville||CA||2-year public||9221|
|West Hills Community College||Coalinga||CA||2-year public||4344|
|West Los Angeles College||Culver City||CA||2-year public||10404|
|West Valley College||Saratoga||CA||2-year public||10719|
|Yuba College||Marysville||CA||2-year public||10295|
|Academy of Art University||San Francisco||CA||4-year private, for-profit||5995|
|American College of Law||Anaheim||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|American Graduate University||Covina||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|American Institute of Hypnotherapy||Santa Ana||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Argosy University - Orange Campus||Santa Ana||CA||4-year private, for-profit||50|
|Art Institute of California - Los Angeles||Santa Monica||CA||4-year private, for-profit||1185|
|Art Institute of California - San Diego||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||280|
|Brooks Institute of Photography||Santa Barbara||CA||4-year private, for-profit||670|
|California Coast University||Santa Ana||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Northern School of Law||Chico||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|California Southern Law School||Riverside||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Central California College School of Law||Fresno||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Columbia Pacific University||Novato||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Design Institute of San Diego||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||358|
|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|
|Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine||Santa Monica||CA||4-year private, for-profit||334|
|Empire College School of Law||Santa Rosa||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Glendale University College of Law||Glendale||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Huron International University||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Institute for Medical Studies Inc||Laguna Niguel||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies||Westlake Village||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Institute of Computer Technology||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, for-profit||329|
|Institute of Psychostructural Balancing||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Integrated Body Psychotherapy Rosenberg Kitaen Ctr||Venice||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Interior Designers Institute||Newport Beach||CA||4-year private, for-profit||134|
|Internet Islamic University||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|ITT Technical Institute||West Covina||CA||4-year private, for-profit||849|
|ITT Technical Institute||Hayward||CA||4-year private, for-profit||447|
|ITT Technical Institute||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||909|
|ITT Technical Institute||Oxnard||CA||4-year private, for-profit||503|
|ITT Technical Institute||San Bernardino||CA||4-year private, for-profit||817|
|ITT Technical Institute||Rancho Cordova||CA||4-year private, for-profit||476|
|ITT Technical Institute||Anaheim||CA||4-year private, for-profit||705|
|ITT Technical Institute||Sylmar||CA||4-year private, for-profit||591|
|Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University||Fremont||CA||4-year private, for-profit||2591|
|Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University||Pamona||CA||4-year private, for-profit||2591|
|Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||2591|
|Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University||Long Beach||CA||4-year private, for-profit||2591|
|Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University||Irvine||CA||4-year private, for-profit||2591|
|Kensington University||Glendale||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Larry H Layton School of Law||Acton||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Lincoln Law School of Sacramento||Sacramento||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|M & N Institutes||Monterey Park||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Masters Institute||San Jose||CA||4-year private, for-profit||1131|
|Montessori Western Teacher Training Program||Garden Grove||CA||4-year private, for-profit||23|
|Mt Sierra College||Monrovia||CA||4-year private, for-profit||734|
|Musicians Institute||Hollywood||CA||4-year private, for-profit||586|
|Newport University||Newport Beach||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Newschool of Architecture and Design||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||144|
|Northwestern California University School of Law||Sacramento||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Ola Grimsby Institute||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Pacific College of Oriental Medicine||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||370|
|Pacific Southern University||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Pacific West College of Law||Anaheim||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Pacific Western University||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Pacifica Graduate Institute||Carpinteria||CA||4-year private, for-profit||837|
|Peninsula University Evening School of Law||Mountain View||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Professional School of Psychology||Sacramento||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Promise Christian University||Pasadena||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Remington College - San Diego||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||180|
|Roth - Williams Center for Functional Occlusion||Burlingame||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine||Santa Barbara||CA||4-year private, for-profit||101|
|Silicon Valley College||Fremont||CA||4-year private, for-profit||721|
|Silicon Valley College||San Jose||CA||4-year private, for-profit||473|
|Silicon Valley College||Walnut Creek||CA||4-year private, for-profit||651|
|Southern California Institute of Technology||Anaheim||CA||4-year private, for-profit||102|
|Southern California International College - Brea||Brea||CA||4-year private, for-profit||111|
|Southern California University for Prof Studies||Santa Ana||CA||4-year private, for-profit||672|
|Southern States University||Huntington Beach||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|The Art Institute of California - San Francisco||San Francisco||CA||4-year private, for-profit||329|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||575|
|University of Northern Ca - Lorenzo Patino Sch Law||Sacramento||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|University of Phoenix - Bay Area Campus||San Jose||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley Campus||Sacramento||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|University of Phoenix - San Diego Campus||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus||Fountain Valley||CA||4-year private, for-profit||18075|
|Western Sierra Law School||San Diego||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Western State University - College of Law - Argosy||Fullerton||CA||4-year private, for-profit||501|
|William Howard Taft University||Santa Ana||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Yuin University||Compton||CA||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences||Oakland||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||167|
|Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College - Berkeley||Berkeley||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||56|
|Agape Christian University||Los Angeles||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Alliant International University||San Francisco||CA||4-year private, not-for-profit||692|
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