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, in 2016 there are 1108 community colleges in the United States, with 982 of those institutions being publicly controlled. In Fall 2014 there were 12.3 million students attending community colleges in the United States, representing 45% of all undergraduate students in the United States and 41% of all first-time freshmen in the United States. In 2013-2014 community colleges awarded 795,235 associate degrees and 494,995 certificates.

The California Community College system of two-year public institutions is composed of 113 colleges statewide organized into 72 districts, and represents the largest system of higher education in the United States. During the 2014-2015 academic year the California Community College system enrolled more than 2.10 million students. Of those over two million students, 20,644 students earned an associate degree for transfer; 94,816 students earned an associate degree; and more than 74,000 students earned a credit certificate during 2014-2015. Additionally, more than 16,000 students transferred from a California Community College to a University of California campus; more than 57,700 students transferred from a California Community College to a California State University campus; 13,284 California Community College students transferred to a private college or university within California; and 15,896 California Community College students transferred to a college or university outside California.

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 2015-2016 the Ohlone Community College District served seven 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.

(Source: Ohlone College Catalog, 2016-2017.)