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We Believe in You

California community colleges give you limitless opportunities to improve your life. From workforce training to transfer opportunities, we are the backbone of higher education in California. Take a clear path to the career you want through the education you deserve.

About California Community Colleges

Simply the Best

There's no better way to kick off your higher education than attending a California community college. Nearly 80,000 students transfer from community colleges to guaranteed saved spots at UC, CSU, HBCU and private, not-for-profit campuses every year. We are the nation's leading workforce training provider, and our degree and certificate programs offer a gateway to the career you always wanted.

Notable Former Students

Did you know that some of the most successful scientists, entrepreneurs, athletes and artists of our time started at a California community college? Learn more about our most famous alumni and how community college prepared them for greatness.

James C. Ramos

California Assemblymember
Victor Valley College

George Lucas

Film Director and Producer
Modesto Junior College

Gabrielle Union

Cuesta College

Amy Tan

Best-selling Author
San Jose City College

Adriana Ocampo

Planetary Geologist
Pasadena City College

Beverly Cleary

Best-Selling Children's Author
Chaffey College


Super Bowl-Winning NFL Quarterback
Butte College

Annette Bening

Award-Winning Actress
San Diego Mesa College

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor and Former Governor
Santa Monica Community College

Adam Steltzner

NASA Jet Propulsion Labs Lead Engineer
College of Marin

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo

U.S. Congresswoman
Cañada College

Antonio Villaraigosa

Mayor of Los Angeles
Los Angeles City College

Bruce Fabrizio

Co-Inventor of Simple Green
Mt. San Antonio College

Courtney Force-Rahal

National Hot Rod Association Funny Car Driver
Santiago Canyon College

Dolores Huerta

Co-Founder of United Farm Workers
San Joaquin Delta College

Ernest Gaines

Solano Community College

Eugene Dong

Heart Transplant Doctor, Professor and Lawyer
Hartnell College

Florence Hyman

USA Volleyball Olympian and Activist
El Camino College

Frank Cruz

Co-Founder of Telemundo
East Los Angeles College

Fred Ruiz

Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Ruiz Foods
College of the Sequoias

Gaddi Vasquez

Former Peace Corps Director and U.S. Ambassador
Santa Ana College

Guy Fieri

Chef and Television Personality
College of the Redwoods/American River College

Jackie Robinson

Hall of Fame Baseball Player and Civil Rights Pioneer
Pasadena City College

Jan Dehesh

Director of Business Development, UCSD School of Engineering
San Diego Miramar College

J. Craig Venter

Entrepreneur and Genomic Researcher
College of San Mateo

Jenni Rivera

Singer and Businesswoman
Long Beach City College

Jessica Chastain

Sacramento City College

Jim Sinegal

Co-Founder of Costco Wholesale Corporation
San Diego City College

J. Mario Molina

President and CEO of Molina Healthcare Inc.
Long Beach City College

John Madden

NFL Hall of Fame Coach and Broadcaster
College of San Mateo

Jose Montoya

Poet, Professor, Artist and Activist
San Diego City College

Julian Nava

Professor, First Mexican American Ambassador to Mexico
East Los Angeles College

Ken Grossman

Founder and Owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Butte College

Larissa Miyachi

Award-Winning Scholar and Stanford University Medical Student
Yuba College

Lindsay Pearce

Actress and Singer
Modesto Junior College

Margarita Colmenares

Engineer and Clean Energy Advocate
Sacramento City College

Michael Fincke

United States Astronaut
El Camino College

Michele Serros

Author and Television Comedy Writer
Ventura and Santa Monica Colleges

Octavia Butler

Science-Fiction Author
Pasadena City College

Phil Lopes

Politician, Professor and Peace Corps Volunteer
West Hills College Coalinga

Reyna Grande

Award-Winning Author and Instructor
Pasadena City College

Rick Tigner

President Jackson Family Wines
Modesto Junior College

Robin Williams

Academy Award-Winning Actor and Comedian
College of Marin

Steve Jobs

Co-Founder of Apple Inc.
De Anza College

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice of California
Sacramento City College

Teri Hatcher

De Anza College

Timothy P. White

Chancellor of California State University
Diablo Valley College

Tom Hanks

Academy-Award Winning Actor and Director
Chabot College

Warren Moon

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
West Los Angeles College

California Community College Student Checking Equipment in a Career Education Program

A Better Life Awaits You

California community colleges play an essential role in ensuring access for all people to improve their quality of life. Our career education programs provide the training students need to secure jobs with good pay and create bright futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

California Community Colleges and the Board of Governors support all students in achieving their educational ambitions. As the largest higher education system in the country, we serve the most diverse student population, and we believe that our faculty, administration and staff should reflect that diversity. The California Community Colleges and Board of Governors remain committed to fostering an inclusive, anti-racist campus culture and eliminating achievement gaps once and for all.

Learn More About Our Call to Action

What is a Land Acknowledgement?

A land acknowledgment is a formal statement that recognizes and respects the Indigenous peoples as traditional stewards of this land, the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and their traditional lands. The California Community Colleges have formally adopted the use of a Land Acknowledgement statement that recognizes the original Tribal Nations of the land where our colleges are located. We honor and are grateful for the land we occupy and are committed to pursuing continuous collaborations with the Tribal Nations of California.

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Vision for Success

Our vision is simple: ensure that students from all backgrounds succeed in reaching their goals and making a better life for themselves and their families.

Contact Us

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

1102 Q St., Sixth Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 445-8752

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Technical Support

If you are experiencing technical issues with the CCCApply application or website, contact the Student Help Desk at:

Phone: (877) 247-4836
TTY: (877) 836-9332

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