SJCC Academic Divisions

At SJCC we have five Academic Divisions that serve as an umbrella for all of our departments.

Business & Workforce Development Division

Welcome to the Business & Workforce Development Division! We’re here to help you prepare for employment, career advancement, and continuing education opportunities in Accounting, Business, Computer Applications, Computer Information Systems, Cosmetology, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Emergency Medical/Clinical Technician, Health Education, Marketing, and Real Estate.

Our Division also offers courses and programs that are hands-on and flexible to train students in a new career fields or enhancing skills within their current field. Current programs include Air conditioning & Refrigeration Technology, Construction Technology, Electrician Apprenticeships, Facilities Maintenance, Laser Technology, Machine Technology, Solar Systems, Transit Systems, and Work Experience.

Courses are offered days, nights, Saturdays, weekends, online, hybrid, 16 week, 8 week, and 4 week schedules. You have the ability to earn a certificate(s) and/or degree(s) after successful completion the required course work. If you are considering a career in one of the programs listed above, please visit the department page for more information.

Business and Workforce Development Division is led by:

Ingrid Thompson, Ph.D

Division Dean




The Business and Workforce Development Division focuses on training for Business. The programs are designed for students who are planning to begin a business career but don’t want to take the time to complete a Bachelor’s degree. Come see how we can help you get started.

Computer Applications

Computer Application courses prepare students to take Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams or comparable exams at various test-taking centers. After successful completion of the tests, students receive certification from Microsoft authenticating their skills.

Computer Information Systems

The department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) offers degrees and certificates in five major areas: Network Administration, Web Developer, Computer Programming, MS.NET Application Development, and JAVA Enterprise Programming.

Cosmetology & Esthetics

Renowned for our excellent program with accolades in contests around the nation, the SJCC School of Cosmetology prides itself on being the top cosmetology school in the state of California. We offer an unmatched curriculum for all ages, an award winning dedicated staff, and inexpensive services for men and women.

Dental Assisting

If you are interested in a challenging and fulfilling career in dental assisting look to the specialists for your training. San José City College enjoys the reputation of providing the finest education and training for dental assistants in Silicon Valley. The fully licensed, experienced professional teaching staff provides students with excellent skills and academic preparation.​

Emergency Medical Technician

Have you ever stopped to help at an accident and felt completely unprepared? Have you been thinking about a career in the health care field?  The Emergency Medical Services program offers Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Services which prepare you for national certification.

Health Education

Students who are committed to healthy lifestyles are equipped to succeed in achieving their academic goals. Promoting wellness and emphasizing the individual’s total emotional, intellectual, and social health is the commitment of our dedicated instructors. Students will be empowered to make intelligent and analytical decisions regarding current and future health-related issues. 

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program at San Jose City College prepares students for employment as a Clinical or Administrative Medical Assistant in a doctor's office, clinic, or hospital. Students may join the
program during Spring, Summer, or Fall sessions on a part-time or full-time basis. Students may elect to complete an Associate of Science degree or one of three career certificates:

      • Administrative and Clinical Certificate
      • Clinical Certificate
      • Administrative Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, students are qualified to sit for National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) or National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA) examinations offered by National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Real Estate

San Jose City College offers the fastest way to a real estate career!

The Business Division offers a one semester solution to meeting the California Bureau of Real Estate (CaBRE) pre-licensing requirements for two of the three required courses (of the three necessary) before an examination can be scheduled.


Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technology

San Jose City College offers a robust Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program. You will receive hands on training from experienced faculty members to create real-world situations and experience.

Construction Technology

The SJCC Construction Technology program prepares students for entry into the construction trades, which requires both technical skills and understanding of the construction process. The program offers
instruction in all areas of the construction industry.

Electrician Trainee

SJCC offers courses approved by the State of California Electrician Trainee Program and for Journeyman Electrician continuing education.  Contact the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement to apply for the state Trainee program.  (SJCC is School #146 on the Application.)

Facilities Maintenance

In response to requests from industry partners, SJCC developed this program to prepare participants to monitor, maintain and troubleshoot mechanical and electrical equipment in facilities ranging from operating rooms, hotels, commercial buildings, to clean rooms. This is a high skill, high wage, and high demand job field.

Laser Technology

Our Laser Technology Program places emphasis on both theory and hands-on skills so you learn the vital link between engineers' "blueprints" and their real-world implementations. You will learn how to install, operate, maintain, and modify laser/electro-optic systems throughout the Laser Program.

 Machine Technology

The best employment opportunities for machinists are in urban areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. They pay higher than average salaries. Machine tool operators may advance to highly skilled machinists, tool and die makers, instrument makers, machine programmers or machine shop owners.


Solar programs offers training in solar systems installation and can lead to internships as solar photovoltaic installers.


The Transit Career Ladders Project (TCLP) creates opportunities for job seekers and current workers to begin or advance their careers in the public transit industry with great wages and benefits. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join this career ladder opportunity! 

Work Experience

The SJCC Work Experience Program enables working students to earn college credit for the time and effort they spend at work to improve job skills and performance. Students learn that setting goals and writing job-related learning objectives can link what they learn in the classroom to what they learn at work.


When taking courses in the Humanities, you will study the many ways in which people from every period of history and from every corner of the globe process and document human experiences. You can choose from courses and/or degree programs in philosophy, arts, music and many others to broaden your understanding of human expression, experience, and passion.

The Humanities Division is led by:

Sean Abel

Division Dean



Art and Digital Media Arts

You can choose from many different courses and/or degree programs in Art. Classes in drawing, painting, and ceramics allow you to express yourself in works that you will enjoy for years.


Through dance education and performance you can learn new awareness of many personal and cultural issues. Through human movement and dance tradition we all gain perspective and understanding of diversity and change in our society.


In Humanities at San Jose City College, you will study the many ways in which people from every period of history and from every corner of the globe process and document human experiences.


You can make music a part of any degree program and part of your college experience. Most music classes count toward general education requirements.


What is the practical value of studying philosophy? Perhaps the chief practical reason to study philosophy is that you will acquire a very valuable set of skills.


Develop your vision in the San Jose City College photography program! Discover inspiration all around you. Capture everything from abstract ideas of culture and identity to the small, human details of everyday life.

Theatre and Dramatic Arts

You will gain a better understanding of the dramatic arts through the study of theatre, film, and acting.

Language Arts Division

Welcome to the Language Arts Division! Literature lovers, language learners, public speakers and speech makers, developing readers and writers, and certificate/degree seekers are among the diverse students who find the courses they are looking for in this division. The division is home to offerings in the following areas: Communication Studies, English, ESL, Journalism, Reading, the Reading and Writing Center, and World Languages. 

The Language Arts Division is led by:

Keiko Kimura, Ed.D

Division Dean



Communication Studies

Learn to communicate effectively on many different levels; public speaking, community engagement, group situations, cross-cultural contexts, persuading others, and work, family and love relationships.  In every Communication course, you will examine current communication theories and apply communication skills to your life.


You can choose from a wide variety of courses as well as a transfer degree program in English. Classes in composition, literature, creative writing and memoir writing are examples of the offerings in the English department.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Join us and learn English with people of all ages from around the world.  The ESL Program of San Jose City College can assist you in achieving your educational, employment, and lifelong-learning goals through instruction in English as a second language.


Learn all the steps to producing a college newspaper (The City College Times) or broadcasting your own show via the college’s radio station (KJCC 104.1) through the study of mass media, newspaper writing and reporting, and broadcasting courses in the Journalism department. 


Your success as a college student depends on having the academic skills to succeed.  Expand your vocabulary and develop your critical reading skills essential for college success in the Reading department. 

Reading and Writing Center

The Reading and Writing Center is your resource for a comfortable, friendly and supportive learning environment.  Come in for services that include drop-in assistance for reading and writing questions as well as help with reading and writing from peer tutors, instructors and staff, and much more!

World Languages

Study a new language, prepare yourself for the global marketplace, and gain new perspectives in understanding cultures from around the world. The World Languages department offers language and cultural  instruction in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Mathematics & Science Division

A solid foundation in Math and Science will take you anywhere you want to go. In the rapidly growing fields of technology, engineering, medicine, and many others, jobs for those with science, technology, math and engineering knowledge and skills are in abundance. Please explore our departments below!

The Mathematics and Science Division is led by:

Jamie Alonzo

Division Dean



Biological Sciences include Anatomy, Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Microbiology, and Physiology. Biology course offerings  provide all students with options for their individual interests. Find out more!


Our Chemistry Department includes General, Organic, and
Biological Chemistry. Explore our resources available for you.


Math is required for any transfer degree. We offer developmental and transfer programs.

Physical Sciences

Our Physical Sciences Department includes Astronomy, Geology, Earth Science, Meteorology, and Oceanography courses. Explore these topics and find out more!


Our Physics Department includes General and Calculus-based Physic. If you are ready to transfer, our classes can help you succeed!

Social Sciences division

The Social Sciences offer you unique opportunities in a number of fields. Economics, Ethnic Studies, History, and Anthropology are just some of the classes and/or degree programs you can explore or select as a potential career path at San Jose City College and beyond.

The Social Sciences Division is led by:

Sean Abel

Division Dean



Administration of Justice

In the Administration of Justice program you can learn about the functions and relationships of the police, prosecution, courts, probation and correctional systems of the United States.

Alcohol and Drug Studies

As a student in the Alcohol and Drug Studies program you will prepare to work with the alcohol and other drug dependent population, and the family and employer of the chemically dependent person.



In Anthropology courses you study the comparative and holistic exploration of the human condition. Students gain exposure to the concepts and methods best suited to the examination of the astonishing range of human experiences across space and time.

Early Childhood, Child Development

Early childhood educators work with children ages birth to eight in a variety of different types of programs. The field of early childhood education or E.C.E. includes teachers and childcare providers, family support workers, home visitors, parent educators and more.


Economics explains how people interact within markets to get what they want or accomplish certain goals. Since economics is a driving force of human interaction, studying it often reveals why people and governments behave in particular ways.

Ethnic Studies

As an Ethnic studies student you can take interdisciplinary courses that will prepare you to think critically about and be an active member of our diverse society. The Ethnic Studies department at SJCC features courses in African American studies, Chicano/Mexican American studies & Vietnamese American studies.

Family and Consumer Studies

Based on ecological principles, as a family and consumer sciences student you will study how the relationships between individuals, families, communities, and environments influence or effect individual development in a variety of ways.


In Geography courses, you will study human use and interaction with the Earth and the identification of spatial and temporal variation in natural and human processes.

Global Studies

As a student in Global Studies, you will compare regions across the globe to shed light on world issues. Global Studies includes many different fields, including political science, economics, and cultural studies.


Why study history? Simply put, you study history in order to fully understand the complexities of this modern globalized world.

Labor Studies

You can gain greater understanding of the history and function of organized labor in the United States in the Labor Studies program. The major and certificate in labor studies provides training for students interested in careers in labor relations or personnel management with unionized private-sector firms or local and state government organizations.

Political Science

The world of contemporary politics demands much of both its participants and its critics. The study of political science gives you an understanding of the workings of American and international politics.


In the Psychology program you will be able to examine the various subfields in psychology, gain knowledge of and appreciation for scientific inquiry, and develop insight into yourself and increase knowledge of and sensitivity to others. You will learn the basic body of knowledge, thus preparing them for further study in psychology.


Sociology is a broad discipline through which you can scientifically study human group behavior and the consequences of human social patterns. The sociological perspective in conjunction with the perspectives offered through anthropology, criminal justice, geography, and political science rounds out the interdisciplinary approach taken for various majors.


Technology Center, T-403

(408) 288-3131


Monday through Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Dr. Ingrid Thompson


Business & Workforce Dean


Jessica Canales


Interim Senior Division Administrative Assistant


Kim Hoopingarner


Interim Contracts Assistant





Fine Arts Building, A-108A

(408) 288-3785


Monday through Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sean Abel

Humanities Division Dean


JoAnn McGowan


Interim Senior Division Administrative Assistant

Language Arts

General Education, GE-206

(408) 288-3719


Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Keiko Kimura, Ed.D

Language Arts Division Dean


Julinda LeDee


Senior Division Administrative

Mathematics & Science

Science Building, S101

 (408) 288-3716


Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Jamie Alonzo


Mathematics and Science Dean

Lisa Little


Senior Administrative Assistant

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