A Vital Resource
The reputation and performance of Orange County’s community colleges place them among the top echelon in the state and nation. With nine community colleges, one school of continuing education, and a student enrollment of over 300,000 Orange County’s community colleges provide educational and economic development opportunities that are considered among the finest in the world.
Orange County’s community colleges are a vital resource and partner for the Orange County business community. They enjoy a long history of collaborating with business to foster job training, economic growth, and job creation through innovative, custom-tailored education and training programs. Community colleges work closely with local companies to develop customized training to meet the business community’s need for a deep and highly qualified talent pool with the skills and education necessary to succeed in the 21st-century global economy.
A significant number of students at community colleges are employed while attending classes, unlike other institutions of higher learning. Most of these graduates will remain in Orange County after completing their education, thereby contributing to the local economy over the long-term as productive, skilled members of the workforce. Orange County’s business community benefits significantly from a well-educated, well-prepared workforce with the skills, abilities, and knowledge to compete in the 21st-century global economy because of the training provided by community colleges.
Community colleges are particularly adept at meeting the workforce needs of Orange County businesses and play a key role in Career Technical Education by offering expanded opportunities in STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as job training in high demand occupations such as public safety, nursing and other health-related careers, and information technology.
For a direct link to Orange County’s community colleges, click here.