The California Community Colleges system is made up of 115 two-year public colleges that serve 2.1 million students every year. That makes it the largest system of higher education in the world, which is pretty impressive. At a California community college, you can take a single course or a series of courses in more than 175 different fields of study. These courses can lead you to an associate degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, or a Career Technical Education (CTE)/vocational certificate.


Due to the success of these programs, the California Community Colleges system has become the single largest provider of workforce training in the nation. California community colleges currently educate 70 percent of the state’s nurses and 80 percent of the state’s firefighters, law enforcement personnel and emergency medical technicians. CTE/vocational programs excel at getting you fast entry or advancement in these and other career fields, including:

  • Green technology
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer science
  • Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Engineering
  • Accounting
  • Health care
  • Broadcasting


Many California community colleges also offer English as a Second Language for non-native English speakers who want to learn the language or improve their English skills. Students should contact their community college's admission office or go to the college's website for a complete listing and description of available programs.

Are you interested in transferring from a California community college to a four-year college or university? An Associate Degree for Transfer is a special degree offered through the California Community Colleges that gives you the opportunity to save time and money by guaranteeing you a saved spot at CSU, UC, Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU), Western Governors University or participating non-profit, private colleges in California (member institutions of AICCU). The joint transfer program makes it easier for students like you to transfer between a California community college and the participating institutions. With this degree, you have the opportunity to complete two degrees with only 120 units if you apply and are admitted into a similar degree program to earn your bachelor’s degree. For more information on the Associate Degree for Transfer, visit ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com.



 The California Community Colleges also offer Career Education programs, the pathways that allow students to learn by exploring, collaborating, and doing. Taught by instructors and expert professionals, these 200+ programs provide hands-on training while building the comprehensive skillsets needed for success in the jobs of today and well into the future. 

In addition, the new Bachelor's Degree Program from the California Community Colleges was created to make it easier and more affordable for students to get their bachelor’s degree and to create more employment opportunities for students.  

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