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San Jose City College Mission AND VISION

Mission Statement

The mission of San Jose City College is to serve our students and the community by offering high quality, relevant, and innovative instruction for basic skills, career pathways, university transfer, and life-long learning. We strive to accomplish this by awarding certificates and associate degrees to eligible students taught in a multicultural environment where student achievement, successful learning and social justice are highly valued, supported, and continually assessed.


Vision Statement

The Vision of San Jose City College is to be an educational institution of excellence through:


  • The guiding principles of opportunity, equity, and open, equitable access for student success and achievement.
  • An exceptional learning environment that challenges and empowers students through teaching excellence, robust student support programs, innovation, and state-of-the-art technologies that prepare students with the knowledge, relevant transferable skills, creativity, ethics and values to succeed and thrive in a dynamic healthy global environment.
  • A culture of inquiry and evidence that is characterized by the commitment of faculty, staff and students to be accountable for learning excellence through the assessment of measurable and meaningful learning outcomes that lead to improved learning, and to inform data-driven decisions that foster adaptability in programs and services.

The Mission Statement was adopted by the College Advisory Council on April 01, 2016 and by the Board of Trustees on May 10, 2016.  The College Advisory Council reviews the College Mission Statement, and ensures that all aspects fo the College Mission Statement are being fulfilled. The College Advisory Council meetings are open to all for the opportunity to provide feedback and input.


 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 development of the new Kinesiology/Wellness & Athletics Building is scheduled to start this Fall 2015.

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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