Calbright College was established to increase Californians’ access to skills-based credentials and certificates, helping to address the state-wide issue of income inequality. In 2018, legislation was passed into law to establish the California Online Community College District, later officially named Calbright College. On October 1, 2019, Calbright opened the application process for its first student cohort. Calbright is the 115th California Community College, and our key program elements include:
● Freedom from fixed-term academic calendars
● Flexible instruction based on mastery of specific skills
● Industry-recognized, online certificate programs
● Wraparound coaching and advising

With respect to higher education, it is clear just how much of our prosperity depends on the intellectual contributions of our institutions of higher learning. National leaders come from all over the world to visit California's most innovative companies. Companies that are filled with highly educated and creative men and women—many of whom graduated from our public colleges and universities… Even with so many of our students attending college, there are still 2.5 million Californians between 25 and 34 who are in the workforce, but lack a postsecondary degree or certificate. These men and women often go out of state or pay high tuition at for-profit institutions to improve their skills and employability. For this group, I want to create the California Online College so these overlooked Californians can get the training they need conveniently and at very low cost.

Former Governor Jerry Brown

2018 State of the State Address