Mission, Vision, and Philosophy
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 certificatesLower-division transfer and general education coursesBasic skills and English as a Second Language instructionCareer 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
The 91-year history of the San Jose City College (SJCC) makes SJCC one of the 10 oldest community colleges in California. Opening its door in September 1921, it is among the earliest of the “junior” colleges started in the 20th century.
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.
San Jose City College has 91 years of history in San Jose. For almost 60 years the college has been located at its current location working with our neighbors and tied into the community to meet their needs. Our diverse community has changed many times since the college was built and we continue to change with it to address the workforce and educational needs of our community. San Jose City College strives daily to make sure that we “Inspire Success...One Student at a Time”.
For more information on the history of San Jose and amazing maps of our community, please visit thev Buena Vista Neighborhood Association and links below!
Community Map from 1909Community Map from 1924Community Map from 1938Community Map from 1953Community Map from 1961 Community Map from 1968Community Map from 1975Community Map from 1975 vs. 2006