Community Colleges are a great way to start your higher education at a lower cost. They do not require intensive applications, and you can easily transfer from a Community College to a University at any time. They are also a great option if you do not plan on attending school as a full-time student.
Here is a list with contact information of all of California's Community Colleges.
Here are some tips from Mendocino College's website for students attending Community Colleges.
Here is a great article entitled: Six Benefits of Community Colleges: It Might Be the Right Path For You