Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Alameda County, Hayward is home to a range of colleges and universities, including California State University – East Bay. Students searching for flexible scheduling can take advantage of online courses and degree programs. Education is a big player in the local economy, and a popular course of study as well — Hayward is known for producing a large number of California’s teachers.

Hayward Colleges & Universities

Named among the “Best in the West” by the Princeton Review in 2012, California State University – East Bay (CSUEB) is a four-year public institution that offers 50 bachelor’s degree programs, 35 graduate degree programs and 39 certificate or credential programs. CSUEB is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. CSUEB serves more than 13,000 students annually. Popular undergraduate majors at CSUEB include criminal justice administration, psychology, business administration and nursing.

Chabot College is a two-year community college with certificate and associate degree programs in areas such as history, graphic design, communication studies and business. Chabot College also offers a number of short-term technical certificate programs, including electronics systems technology, automotive technology and emergency medical technician (EMT). For students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree, Chabot College has transfer agreements with California State University – Monterey Bay and seven campuses within the University of California system. Among the Bay Area’s many educational institutions, students can also explore opportunities at Las Positas Community College in nearby Livermore, California.

Another two-year option in Hayward is Heald College, a technical school offering certificates and associate degree programs in business, legal studies, technology and health care. Heald College is a for-profit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Below is a list of some technical training schools, colleges and universities in Hayward:

Institution Type Degrees/Training
California State University – East Bay Four-Year, Public Certificates, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees
Chabot College Two-Year, Public Certificates and Associate Degrees
Heald College Two-Year, Private, For-Profit Certificates and Associate Degrees
Bryman College Two-Year, Private, For-Profit Diplomas in Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding
NCP College of Nursing Two-Year, Private, For-Profit Certificates in Licensed Practical Nursing and Vocational Nursing
Life Chiropractic College West Four-Year, Private, For-Profit Doctoral Degree

Online Learning in Hayward

CSUEB’s continuing education division offers fully online courses, degree programs, certificate programs and continuing education credits. Online degree offerings include a bachelor’s degree completion program in business administration and master’s degree programs in education and health care administration. At the certificate level, online students can study technical writing, medical terminology, payroll management and more. Online courses at CSUEB are fully web-based and typically 11 weeks in duration.

Chabot College offers a variety of online courses, with a selection of fully online or hybrid degree and certificate programs. For example, online associate degrees in behavioral sciences or business can be delivered 100 percent via distance learning, whereas a certificate in retail management requires 20 percent in-person participation.

Among the other possible providers for online education are independent for-profit schools such as the University of Phoenix. With a physical location in nearby Oakland, University of Phoenix features both online and on-campus options such as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as certificates, single courses and continuing education credits. Available fields of study span business, criminal justice, education, nursing and health care, social sciences and technology.

Key Industries and Careers in Hayward

According to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance for Business, Hayward’s mass transportation system, including its rail lines and rapid transit system, makes transportation one of the city’s major industries. Manufacturing, retail and government are also big contributors to the economy, as well as health care and education. Additionally, the East Bay’s thriving technology industry ranks 4th in the nation behind Silicon Valley. Leading occupations in the area include:

Occupation Employees
Office and Administrative Support 162,520
Sales 103,940
Hospitality 81,960
Management 64,230
Business and Financial Operations 62,520
Transportation 60,240
Health Care 55,070
Production 48,270
Construction 43,970
Computer and Mathematical Operations 40,170

Hayward’s largest employers include retail giants, local government, health care providers, manufacturers and school districts. With 37 schools and education centers, Hayward Unified School District is the No. 1 employer in the city. Big name companies operating in Hayward include Costco Wholesale Corp., Target Corp. and Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling. The table below shows the top 10 employers in the city and their workforce.

Occupation Employees
Hayward Unified School District 1,771
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals 1,200
County of Alameda 1,065
Hayward Sisters Hospital 842
City of Hayward 718
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District 615
Manheim Auctions Inc. 500
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 429
International Paper Co. 425
Target Corp. 377

Hayward’s technology prowess is reflected in the 40,000 area residents working in computer and mathematical occupations in 2013. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 6,400 residents of the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward area were employed as computer systems analysts in 2013. Another 12,000 worked as developers of software applications and systems. Between the education sector and high-tech industries, highly educated professionals represent a sizable chunk of the city’s estimated population of just under 150,000.

Colleges & Universities in Hayward

Colleges & Universities in Hayward

COLLEGE SIZE TUITION TYPE
California State University-East Bay 15,357 $5,472 Public
Heald College-Hayward 3,072 $12,975 For Profit (Private)

Community Colleges and Vocational Schools in Hayward

COLLEGE SIZE TUITION TYPE
Chabot College 21,214 N/A Public

Online Colleges in Hayward

COLLEGE SIZE TUITION TYPE
Kaplan University-Online 91,976 $14,854 For Profit (Private)
Rasmussen College-Online 3,508 $12,600 For Profit (Private)
Westwood College-Online 8,525 $14,153 For Profit (Private)