Community Relations and Media

Community Relations and Media

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All Media Inquiries are handled by the SJCC President's Office. Please contact for more information or for any media inquiries. 


Community Relations

With such a large district, all Community Relations inquiries are handled through our District Office. Please contact Sam Ho, Director of Community Relations at with your ideas or questions.

Community PartNerships

We love our community and enjoy the many community partnerships we have! Below are some of our many partners.

​St. Elizabeth's Day Home


For over 100 years, St. Elizabeth's Day Home has been dedicated to providing quality early education that offers all children and families the first foundation for lifelong development.

Continuing the legacy of caring for families, St. Elizabeth's Day Home and the staff members are guided by a home away from home philosophy that:

  • Relates to each child as a special individual
  • Respects each family's values and belief systems
  • Promotes the development of well being for the entire family through programs
  • Involves parents and guardians in designing a continuum of social and academic growth for the children
  • Emphasizes the importance of the first five years of learning

St. Elizabeth's Day Home is a pioneer in early childhood education and was the first childcare center of its kind when the Sisters of the Holy Family established it in downtown San Jose in 1907. Today, St. Elizabeth's Day Home serves children (ages 18 months to 5 years old) from a diverse range of cultural and economic backgrounds by
fostering healthy social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

Scholarship Opportunities
Families enrolled at St. Elizabeth’s Day Home have the opportunity to pay fees on the California Department of Education Family Fee Schedule sliding scale, based upon household size, gross income, and availability of scholarship funding. Please contact Claudia Guzman at 408-295-3456 for further information about scholarship opportunities.

Latino Education Association The Latino Education Association (L.E.A.) of San Jose City College serves as an advocacy organization for our Latina/o community. 

  • L.E.A. strives to support social justice and equity for Latina/o employees and to advance their leadership potential and success at San Jose City College. 

  • L.E.A. supports Latina/o students through scholarships and other programs.

  • L.E.A. commits to promoting the Latino culture through its sponsorship of campus and other community events.

  • L.E.A. involves itself in the educational progress and success of Latina/o students by organizing cultural and educational events, such Latina/o Heritage Month, Día de Los Muertos, and La Raza Commencement. 

SJCC Latino/a Heritage Month

Latino/a Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)

The Latino Education Association's Latino/a Heritage Month Committee strives to increase awareness about Latino and Latin American histories, identities, cultures, accomplishments, and contemporary issues. Aligned with the month-long observance, nationally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latino/a Heritage Month committee works closely with students and the surrounding community to address issues impacting Latinos and Latin Americans internationally, within the United States, and on campus. Latino/a Heritage Month aim to strengthen the Latino community on campus and build bridges between students from a variety of backgrounds with a common interest in Latino and Latin American experiences.

About Hispanic Heritage Month

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included September 15 and September 16. In 1988, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration (September 15 - October 15), and the change became effective in 1989.

The United States celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

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La Raza Commencement

Thank you to all who participated in La Raza Commencement on May 16th of 2014. In addition to our campus graduation ceremony, La Raza Commencement is an opportunity for students and their familias to share this joyous event in a bilingual/bicultural ceremony.  This special occasion includes an evening dinner, a keynote speaker, accomplishment and recognition awards, and personalized speeches by the graduates. The Latino Education Association (L.E.A.) , along with sponsorships our community, this event is made possible at no cost to students and their guests. L.E.A. looks forward to hosting the event next year.

LEA Scholarships

Latino Education Association Scholarships

Complete application requirements, procedures, and deadlines are available at the SJSC Financial Aid website. 

Latino Education Association Castellano Family Transfer Student Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $500 (3 awards)

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Must be a Latina/Latino student currently enrolled at SJCC

2. Must have completed at least 30 transferable units

3. be transferring to a 4-year institution as a full-time student within the next academic year

4. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

5. Demonstrated commitment to community service

Latino Education Association Dr. George Castro Transfer Scholarship

Scholarship amount: $500 (2 awards)

Applicants must be a MATH/SCIENCE/ENGINEERING MAJOR Transfer student from SJCC or EVC planning to enroll in both the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 at least 12 units per semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. The minimum of a 2.5 cumulative SJCC/EVC G.P.A

2. Applicants must show involvement and active participation in the Chicano/Latino community at large or in Chicano/Latino campus organizations.

3. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, works and contributions of Dr. George Castro by drawing from his scholarship in the application essay.

4. Finalists must be available for an interview with the selection committee chair on the third week of May 2014. Candidates will be photographed as part of the interview process.

Latino Education Association Cesar Chavez Continuing Student Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $250 (3 awards)

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Must be a Latina/Latino student currently enrolled at SJCC

2. Must be enrolled at SJCC in at least 9 units during the Spring 2014 semester

3. Must have completed at least 12 units at SJCC by the end of the Fall 2013 semester with a 2.5 GPA

4. Demonstrated commitment to community service

Day of the Dead

SJCC's Latino Education Association and Department of Art hosted the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead in October of 2013.  Each year an exhibit features SJCC student and community artists displaying Day of the Dead inspired artwork at the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center.  Students are welcomed to join the weekly activities leading up to a closing reception. Student volunteers decorate altars open for anyone to bring something to honor a deceased loved one. The annual celebration includes live music, free snacks and refreshments, and fun. This event is free and open to all San Jose City College students.

About Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and observed in many other parts of the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration traditionally occurs Nov. 1 and 2 in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls' Day on Nov. 2.Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

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