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 2015 there are 1123 community colleges in the United States, with 992 of those institutions being publicly controlled. In Fall 2013 there were 12.4 million students attending community colleges in the United States, representing 46% of all undergraduate students in the United States and 41% of all firsttime freshmen in the United States. In 2012-2013 community colleges awarded more than 750,399 associate degrees and 459,073 certificates.

The California Community College system of two-year public institutions is composed of 112 colleges statewide organized into 72 districts. During the 2013-2014 academic year the California Community College system enrolled more than 2.09 million students; 95,633 students earned an associate degree; 11,839 students earned an associate degree for transfer; and more than 44,660 students earned a certificate. Additionally, almost 16,000 students transferred from a California Community College to a University of California campus; more than 56,500 students transferred from a California Community College to a California State University campus; and 11,000 California Community College students transferred to a private college or university within California. 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 2014-2015 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, 2015-2016.]