Calbright College was established with equity and accessibility in its roots. In June of 2018, legislation was signed and passed into law by then-Governor Jerry Brown and the first online-only community college was founded. Our goal is to provide economic mobility for working adults who lack easy access to traditional forms of higher education.

The new online college was officially named Calbright College in June of 2019. We will commence our pilot programs in October 2019, beginning with partnerships in medical coding, cybersecurity and career readiness training.

We are excited to move forward on this journey toward upward mobility for all Californians. We will continue to update our website as more programs and opportunities become available. For the millions of underserved and unheard Californians: we hear you and we’re here.

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