NOT READY FOR A 4-YEAR COLLEGE?

Community colleges offer a host of career technical education programs as well as academic courses that can help you transfer into a four-year university.

In 2007, 55 percent of all CSU graduates and 28 percent of University of California graduates started at a community college. But only about 10 to 12 percent of community college students transfer to a four-year university, according to a "Closing the Gap" report from the Public Policy Institute of California.