Mission, Vision, and Philosophy


Student Success is our #1 Priority! 

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The Mission of San Jose City College is to effect social justice by providing open and equitable access to quality education and programs that both challenge and prepare individuals for successful careers and active participation in a diverse, global society. 

Our Mission aligns with our Vision statement, “Inspiring Success…One Student at a Time” as well as the Vision statement of the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, that “By the year 2017, SJECCD becomes the premier institution for advancing opportunity, equity, and social justice for everyone through education excellence”.

To fulfill our commitment to student success and assist students of all ages and background in achieving their education, employment, and life-long learning goals, SJCC offers the following:

  • Two year college degrees and certificates
  • Lower-division transfer and general education courses
  • Basic skills and English as a Second Language instruction
  • Career and technology training

The Mission Statement was adopted by the College Planning Council on May 8, 2009. For more information on the San Jose Evergreen Community College District Mission, Vision and Values, please visit the District Website.

The History of San Jose City College

​Opening its door in September 1921, San Jose City College is one of the oldest community colleges in California.  SJCC has delivered its educational mission with integrity and vitality, growing into a world class institution serving approximately ten thousand students each semester.  

Through the 1960’s and 1970’s San Jose City College owned more property than it currently sits on. The boundaries of SJCC stretched east from current Bascom Avenue to Menker Avenue. Portions of this property were sold off for the development of Interstate 280 and traded to incorporate the current land where the multipurpose field currently resides. In 1986 the district was renamed the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District to incorporate the naming of our sister college Evergreen Valley College which opened in 1975.

In 1999, 2004 and 2010 voters within the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District have passed bond measures to help re-build the campus an provide modern technology and facilities for the students at San Jose City College. Some of the buildings completed as part of these bond proceeds are the Cesar Chavez Library, Student Center, Science Complex, Parking Garage, Career Technology Building, Technology Center, Multi-Disciplinary Building, Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center, and the major renovations of the Business, Cosmetology and Reprographics buildings. The developments of two new building are currently underway for the new Kinesiology/Wellness & Athletics Building and a new Theatre /Drama Building to be completed within the next 2-3 years.

Located close to California’s Silicon Valley, the college offers all the benefits of being close to the world’s hub of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. San Jose City College currently serves the Milpitas, San
Jose, and other surrounding communities and serves approximately 10,000 students per semester.
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