A hallmark of Hayward’s development as a city is its embrace of “cradle to career” learning. One of the few cities in California to have both a community college and state university, Hayward also is home to a variety of private institutions of higher education that help its businesses draw on the energy of a well-trained, diverse workforce.
It begins with the Hayward Unified School District, serving more than 20,000 students from kindergarten through high school. The district is comprised of 21 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, an alternative high school, adult education center and a childcare center for pre-school children. The district benefits from teaching partnerships with area colleges including Cal State East Bay in Hayward, where the College of Education produces more math and science teachers than any university in California.
Private school education includes 10 preschools and elementary schools. Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward is a Holy Cross coeducational college-preparatory institution where, in addition to the regular curriculum, honors and advanced placement courses help assure that nearly all of its graduating students advance to higher education.
Chabot College is a community college offering students associate’s in arts and associate’s in science degrees and coursework required for university transfer. Among Chabot’s 100 degree and certificate programs are the opportunities to update job skills, discover new careers or take classes for personal enrichment. Two-year job training programs include those in auto mechanics, nursing, firefighting, medical assisting, dental hygiene, accounting and machine tool work. The Occupational Work Experience Program is utilized by local businesses, industries and governmental agencies.
With an enrollment of nearly 13,000, California State University, East Bay offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 fields of study for which the university confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as a doctorate in education. Named a “Best in the West” college, as well as a “Best Business School” by the Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay’s Hayward campus is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists and science and math graduates.
Hayward also boasts a number of institutions providing students with focused career-related skills. Heald College Hayward was founded in 1967 and is an exceptional private occupational college in a 58,000-square-foot facility that prepares students for careers in healthcare, business, the law and technology.
Life Chiropractic College West, founded in 1976, offers the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic training.
Everest College offers career training and skills in a variety of healthcare occupations including massage therapy and medical assisting.
With a campus in nearby Fremont, DeVry University is an active participant in Hayward community life and has numerous local students in its bachelor’s, master’s and associate’s degree programs in the colleges of Business and Management, Engineering and Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Science and Media Arts and Technology.
Further options for lifelong learning can be found through the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program and the Hayward Adult School Education and Career Center.