Education

Abundant and skilled labor has been a major consideration for companies locating to and expanding in the Sacramento Region. High quality educational and training opportunities, affordability, and healthy lifestyle bring and keep talented, creative, and motivated employees in the region.

The University of California Davis (UC Davis); California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State); eight community colleges; numerous vocational schools; professional schools; private schools; and local campuses of colleges headquartered elsewhere in the nation provide for the educational needs of local business and the community.

Education Is In Our DNA

Abundant and skilled labor has been a major consideration for companies locating to and expanding in the Sacramento Region. High quality educational and training opportunities, affordability, and healthy lifestyle bring and keep talented, creative, and motivated employees in the region.

Focus on Public Education

One of the most important resources in the region is the rich and diverse network of educational institutions. Within the six counties of the Sacramento Region, 775 K-12 educational institutions are teaching over 400,000 students.

As shown in this chapter, the strong foundation of a quality K-12 education has created more opportunities for a college experience than ever before, and ultimately created the well-educated and trained workforce that exists in the Sacramento Region.

The Sacramento Region’s commitment to quality education results in consistently high levels of accomplishment for area students. In the 2014-15 school year, the Sacramento Region’s graduation rate was nearly 82.3%.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) measures high school students’ verbal and mathematical reasoning skills and writing ability with a total combined score (verbal, math, and writing) range from 600 to 2400. Average scores are used to evaluate the educational preparedness of students entering their college years. With a combined average score of 1524, the Sacramento Region has one of the highest scores among the comparison areas for the 2013-14 school year.

Vocational Programs

The Sacramento County Office of Education operates Regional Occupational Programs that train high school students and adults for careers in the building trades and construction; finance and business; health science and medical technology; hospitality, tourism, and recreation; marketing, sales, and service; public services; and transportation.