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Instilling a sense of lifelong learning is paramount to residents of Antioch – and with a host of educational outlets available in town, community members of all ages and backgrounds have what they need to be successful inside and outside of the classroom.

The public school system serving the local K-12 population is the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD). More than 18,500 students are enrolled in grades K-1. AUSD has 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, three specialized high schools, two alternative high schools and one K-8 facility. It also offers a home schooling program, adult education courses and other unique programs to fit the needs of all students.

AUSD strives to offer a variety of high school academic opportunities for students. The district’s goal is to increase the college and career readiness of all students by offering Smaller Learning Communities of Linked Leaning Pathways throughout the district. Students are able to select an academic program based on their educational interests. These unique programs create valuable opportunities for all students. Through quality instruction and curriculum, AUSD’s goal is to ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to college and careers. Studies have shown that students benefit from Linked Learning Pathways because they can connect academics to the real world, see career options and understand what is required to succeed after high school. This approach has made Antioch a leader in educational excellence admired throughout the country.

Joining the area’s public schools are numerous daycare and preschool centers, as well as private college preparatory and parochial institutions offering primary and/or secondary academic programs. The area’s private and parochial schools present a unique learning environment that serves as a great alternative to public education.

As for higher learning, opportunities are right at Antioch residents’ doorsteps. Graduating seniors, adult learners and the general community have ready access to two outstanding colleges in town – and several others located in surrounding areas.

Many students choose to begin their college career at Carrington College California’s Antioch campus. Carrington College Antioch offers associate degrees and certificates in several career-focused programs, including criminal justice, dental and medical assisting, massage therapy, medical billing/coding, pharmacy technology and vocational nursing. Carrington College California also offers six-week online programs in other career areas.

For those looking to explore entry-level healthcare positions, Antioch’s Contra Costa Medical Career College (CCMCC) is a first-class choice. CCMCC is a private college that provides a multitude of advanced vocational training courses in specialties such as phlebotomy, clinical medical assisting, medical administrative assisting/billing and coding and IV certification.

In addition to these colleges, Antioch is served by Los Medanos College in Pittsburg and at its Brentwood Center. Through LMC’s Pittsburg campus and Brentwood Center, students are invited to enroll in general education requirements, transfer courses, computer science and business courses and associate degree programs in various programs of study.

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