The California Community College History Project

A College for all Californians: The History of California Community Colleges

While scholars have written extensively about the American community college system and the California Master Plan, none have specifically focused on California Community Colleges, the largest system of public higher education in the nation.

The League has embarked on a project, A College for all Californians: The History of California Community Colleges, to document the history of the California community college system. This interactive timeline features the evolution of this prominent and influential postsecondary system of education and the political, economic, demographic, and cultural issues constituting its formation. For more information, download the flyer.

Help Us Tell Our Story
Help us capture the depth and breadth of the history of California's community colleges. Send photos and/or historical facts to League staff at

Interactive Timeline

The League has compiled a timeline of important milestones depicting the history of California's community colleges. Scroll through the timeline to learn about significant points in our history.