The California Community Colleges system consists of over 100 colleges, with a large number of additional campus centers and classrooms throughout the state. The colleges are spread over a wide range of geography, from mountains to coasts, and rural regions to big cities. Each college offers a diverse array of educational programs, with specializations that reflect the unique character of the local region.
A broad range of student goals can be met by the California Community Colleges, from personal growth to professional training, from associate degree to university transfer. There are many student services to help you choose your path and stay on it, including academic counseling, financial aid, tutoring, child care, and much more.
Most of the colleges also offer alternative modes of taking classes, such as online courses, "distance education" by radio and video, off-campus classes in facilities like high schools and shopping malls, and some even offer opportunities to study abroad in another country. Costs are very low compared to other higher-education options, and admission is open to all who can benefit.