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 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, charter schools, an adult education center and a child care center for pre-schoolers. The district benefits from teaching partnerships with area colleges.
Private school education includes 10 preschools and elementary schools. Moreau Catholic High School is a Holy Cross college-preparatory institution where nearly all graduating students advance to higher education.
Chabot College is a community college offering students associate degrees and coursework required for university transfer. Among Chabot’s 100 degree and certificate programs are 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.
The Hayward campus of California State University, East Bay offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, 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 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 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 offers the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic training.
Bryman 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 active in Hayward and has numerous local students in its bachelor’s, master’s and associate degree programs. Other chamber members not within Hayward city limits but active in the community include Carrington College California, offering certificate and associate degree programs, and the University of San Francisco.
Further options for lifelong learning can be found through the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program and the Hayward Adult School Education and Career Center.