Colleges in California

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


Title City State Type Enrollment
Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara CA private, not-for-profit 1046
Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education Baldwin Park CA Less than 2-year public 3295
Bellflower Adult School of Cosmetology Lakewood CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Business and Technology Training Institute Sacramento CA Less than 2-year public 172
Capistrano Laguna Beach Rop San Juan Capistrano CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Career Training Center Atascadero CA Less than 2-year public 27
Chafey Adult School Ontario CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Clovis Adult Education Clovis CA Less than 2-year public 339
Defense Language Institute Monterey CA Less than 2-year public No Data
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
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District - Adult Education City Of Industry CA Less than 2-year public 2030
Lynwood Adult School Lynwood CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Marin Regional Occupational Program San Rafael CA Less than 2-year public 1039
Martinez Adult Education Martinez CA Less than 2-year public 385
Mt Diablo Adult Education Concord CA Less than 2-year public 637
North Valley Occupational Center Mission Hills CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Pacoima Skills Center - Los Angeles Unified Sch Dist Pacoima CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education Pomona CA Less than 2-year public 971
Rop Career Center Chula Vista CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Sacramento County Regional Occupational Program Mather CA Less than 2-year public No Data
San Mateo County Office of Education - Reg Occ Prog Redwood City CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Sierra Hi - Tech Carmichael CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Simi Valley Adult School and Career Institute Simi Valley CA Less than 2-year public 5902
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education Ventura CA Less than 2-year public 165
West Valley Occupational Center Woodland Hills CA Less than 2-year public 5240
Assert Inc Chatsworth CA Less than 2-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
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
Career Resources Development Center Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Career Resources Development Center San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Career Training Institute Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Casa Loma College - Hawthorne Hawthorne CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 86
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 259
Center for Employment Training - Oakland Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 78
Center for Employment Training - Tracy Tracy CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 32
Center for Training and Careers San Jose CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Cet - Coachella Coachella CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 151
Cet - El Centro El Centro CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 316
Cet - Escondido Escondido CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 125
Cet - Gilroy Gilroy CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 130
Cet - Oxnard Oxnard CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 181
Cet - Rancho Temecula Temecula CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 86
Cet - Riverside Riverside CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 243
Cet - Sacramento Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 149
Cet - Salinas Salinas CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 99
Cet - San Diego San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 139
Cet - Santa Ana Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 103
Cet - Santa Maria Santa Maria CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 140
Cet - Sobrato San Jose CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 503
Cet - Watsonville Watsonville CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 146
City of Pomona La Urban League One Stop Career Ctr Pomona CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Community Career Development Inc Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Comprehensive Training Systems Inc San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Comprehensive Training Systems Inc Imperial Beach CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Computer Technologies Program Berkeley CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Dellarte International School of Physical Theatre Blue Lake CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 37
Economic and Social Opportunities Inc San Jose CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
English Center for International Women Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 139
Fil - Am Employment and Training Center San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Film Industry Workshops Inc Burbank CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Goodwill Industries Marina CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Goodwill Industries of Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Hypnosis Motivation Institute Tarzana CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 300
Institute of Industrl Sewing Mach Eng and Mech Trg Granada Hills CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Insurance Education Association Newport Beach CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Insurance Educational Association San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Inter - City Services Inc Berkeley CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
International Mutual Assistance Association San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Jobs for Progress Inc Ser Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
La Urban League Ron Brown Info Tech and Bus Ctr Inglewood CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Los Angeles Ort Technical Institute Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 674
Los Angeles Ort Technical Institute - Sherman Oaks Sherman Oaks CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 154
Loving Hands Institute of Healing Arts Fortuna CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Metropolitan Technical Institute San Jose CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Bakersfield CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Montebello CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Mission Language and Vocational School San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Montessori Teacher Education Center - San Fran Bay San Leandro CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Montessori Training Center of San Diego San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Mt Diablo Vocational Services Pleasant Hill CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Ntma Training Center - Orange County Costa Mesa CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Ntma Training Ctr - Los Angeles Norwalk CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Occupational Training Services Inc San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Occupational Training Services Inc Carlsbad CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Opportunities Industrialization Center - West Menlo Park CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Pacific Southwest School Association of Realtors Chula Vista CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Progressive Montessori Institute Carlsbad CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Proteus Inc Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Reed Christian College Compton CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
San Diego Urban League Training Center San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
San Francisco Spca Pet Grooming College San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
School for Self Healing San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
School of Healing Arts San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Skill Center of America Education Institute San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Somos Hermanas Unidas Colton CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Spectrum Community Services Inc Hayward CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 35

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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