- Seven in 10 of California’s nurses receive their training at a California community college.
- Eight in 10 police officers, firefighters and EMTs are trained at a California community college.
- Nearly half of students earning a bachelor’s degree from a University of California campus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics transferred from a California community college.
- Twenty-nine percent of University of California graduates and 51% of California State University graduates started at a community college.
Return on Investment
- The California Community Colleges is the largest provider of workforce training in the nation.
- California taxpayers receive $4.50 for every $1 invested in students who graduate from a California community college.
- Students earning a degree or certificate from a California community college nearly double their earnings within three years.
- Attending or graduating from a California Community College nearly doubles your chance of finding a job compared to those who failed to complete high school.
- Occupations that typically require workers to have an associate degree for entry have an average annual wage of almost $53,000, compared to an average annual wage of $36,100 for workers in high school-level occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Employment in associate and postsecondary nondegree-level occupations is projected to grow 11% in the 10-year period ending in 2026, faster than the 7% average projected for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- The Public Policy Institute of California estimates California will face a shortage of 1 million holders of college degrees and certificates needed to fuel its workforce by 2025.
- With more than 2.1 million students at 115 colleges, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the country.
- One in every four community college students in the nation attend a California community college.
- One in every four Californians age 18-24 are enrolled in a California Community College.
- The number of course sections offered by the California Community Colleges has jumped from 329,122 in 2012-13 to 384,377 in 2016-17, an increase of nearly 17%.
Student Demographics by Ethnicity (2017-18)
Student Demographics by Age (2016-17)
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Student Demographics by Gender (2016-17)
California Community Colleges Fee History
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*Prior to 1984, community colleges charged no fee.