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College Basics 101: Things to Know Before You Enroll

Degrees and Certificates: What's Right for You?

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COLLEGE OPTIONS CHECKLIST

--2-year or 4-year colleges

-- public or private colleges

public options in California:

  • University of California schools – 10 campuses
  • California State University schools – 23 campuses
  • California Community Colleges – 113 campuses

private options include non-profit or for-profit schools

  • non-profit schools are typically focused on providing a quality education for their students
  • for-profit schools are typically focused on maximizing profits for their owners and shareholders

-- career technical education (offered through many California Community Colleges) prepares students for careers in specific occupations

-- degrees or certificates – what’s right for you?Often depends on what your career goals are!