​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Zero-Textbook-Cost Courses

In an effort to make textbooks more accessible to students and to reduce educational costs, San Jose City College (SJCC) offers zero-textbook-cost (ZTC) courses. A ZTC course constitutes one of the following: 

    • Zero-textbook-cost logoa course that does not require a textbook​
    • a course that lists its textbook as optional
    • a course that makes its textbook available to students free of charge, through lending services or electronic book (e-book) databases
    • a course that uses a free, open educational resource (OER) textbook
    • a course that makes all required readings available for free, via websites or online databases​.

Students who take ZTC courses are not required to pay fees to access software platforms or homework sites. However, students may be asked to purchase lab materials and supplies. 

All of the courses offered through the Milpitas Extension​ are ZTC -- 

-- as are all ESL non-credit courses and Summer Bridge​ courses.​​ ESL non-credit courses include:

    • ESL 500: ESL in Health Care
    • ESL 510: ESL for Computers
    • ESL 531: Inter-Low Listening/Speaking
    • ESL 532: Inter-Low Reading and Writing
    • ESL 541: Grammar for Writers 1
    • ESL 542: Grammar for Writers 2
    • ESL 550: ESL for the Workplace

Listed below are SJCC campus-based and online ZTC courses made possible through faculty adoptions of open education resources (OER), library databases and ebooks, or other materials available freely online. Please note that these lists are evolving, and updated as ZTC courses are reported.

For more information about zero-textbook-cost (ZTC) courses and open educational resources (OER), contact the Dean of Library, Learning Resources & Distance Education, Dr. Susan Hines (susan.hines@sjcc.edu​). SJCC publishes its ZTC offerings in compliance with Senate Bill No. 1359​.​​​​
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