The Community College System - About Ohlone College

Joliet Junior College in Illinois was founded in 1901, making it the oldest public junior college in the nation. In 2001 community colleges in the United States celebrated 100 years of serving students.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, as of 2014 there were 1132 community colleges in the United States, with 986 of those institutions being publicly controlled. In Fall 2012 there were 12.8 million students attending community colleges in the United States, representing 45% of all undergraduate students in the United States and 42% of all first-time freshmen in the United States. In 2011-2012 community colleges awarded more than 770,797 associate degrees and nearly 436,037 certificates.

The California Community College system of two-year public institutions is composed of 112 colleges statewide organized into 72 districts. During the 2012-2013 academicyear the California Community College system enrolled more than 2.07 million students; 91,502 students earned an associate degree; 5,357 students earned an associate degree for transfer; and more than 61,500 students earned a certificate. Additionally, more than 15,600 students transferred from a California Community College to a University of California campus; more than 44,200 students transferred from a California Community College to a California State University campus; and more than 28,500 California Community College students transferred to a private college or university. The California Community College System represents the largest system of higher education in the world.

Ohlone College is a part of the Ohlone Community College District with campuses in Fremont and Newark, as well as the virtual campus of online course offerings. During 2013-2014 the Ohlone Community College District served six high schools, two continuation high schools, two adult schools, and the Regional Occupational Programs, and over 16,000 students. Ohlone is proud of its role in the community college system—both in the United States and California—and honored to be able to provide its students with a quality educational experience.

[From the Ohlone College Catalog, 2014-2015.]