Success Stories

​San Jose City College Success Stories

All colleges talk about Success…we live it and breathe it. 

We’ve selected some examples of Success with our Faculty, Staff and Students.

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Spring 2014 Success Stories!

SACNAS, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

SACNAS—Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science--is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano & Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership.

SACNAS’ goals are to increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels; to increase governmental commitment to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science, resulting in increased resources, elimination of barriers, and greater equity. One of the many ways that SACNAS achieves its goals is through student chapters. SACNAS student chapters throughout the nation provide year round, local support, strength and leadership development for students and professional scientists from underrepresented backgrounds.

The idea of a SACNAS chapter at San Jose City College began in the summer of 2010 as an intangible idea shared between a few faculty members and students. The need for the development of an environment where students in STEM majors could share ideas, support one another, and allow the development of creative thinking was apparent. It all began with only three student members taking the lead in the first organized meeting in the fall of 2010. The National SACNAS office officially chartered the SJCC-SACNAS chapter in the spring of 2010. Although our chapter is fairly young it has flourished into a successful chapter on campus earning a number of local and national awards. 2010, 2011, and 2012 SJCC Outstanding Club Award, 2011 SACNAS-Role Model Chapter Award, 2012 and 2013 SACNAS Community College Chapter of the year. These recognitions speak volumes as to the dedicated STEM students, supportive faculty and administrators on our campus. When we empower our students to take the lead and thus ownership of their education, amazing things result. Led by our adopted motto, "We play hard and work harder", student members of the SJCC-SACNAS chapter, are taking the lead in creating the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

Roi Ann Thompson

As a committed classified staff member, Ms. Roi Ann Thompson has been
amazing during a tremendous transitional period for the college
administrative team. She has stepped in and helped the interim dean with
organizing and coordinating the division of Math and Science. Her
efforts have assisted the division and kept it running; thus, allowing
faculty to focus on students. Roi Ann is a dedicated classified staff
member at San Jose City College who does a significant amount of work
‘behind the scenes’ and is recognized for her hard work and dedication
to the division and student success at the college. 

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Fall 2013 Success Stories

Bibiana Vega

Bibiana Vega, a recent graduate and transfer student of San Jose City College, has not had an easy life, but she has met life’s challenges with optimism, determination, and hard work.

As a young immigrant who came to the United States at the age of nine, Bibiana was determined to learn the English language.  She overcame tremendous obstacles to assimilate and excel in this new country she called home.

While attending San Jose City College, Bibiana juggled two jobs and served as a community volunteer for various programs serving youth. She also volunteered as an ESL/AB540 consultant for a UC Extension Teacher Program, where she helped para-educators understand how to work with undocumented/second language learners.  

Through Bibiana’s efforts, she accomplished three Associate of Art degrees and transferred to the University of California, Santa Cruz where she is currently majoring in Sociology and is a recipient of the prestigious Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award. As a Pister scholar, she is receiving a full scholarship award of $20,000, to cover the full cost of her education. Bibiana’s future goal is to become a teacher to help encourage students, who come from low-income families, achieve a higher education.  

Without this scholarship from the Karl S. Pister Foundation at UC Santa Cruz, Bibiana believes that her goals would be much harder to achieve. Her hope is that she can set a good example for others desiring a higher education. She believes that hard work and sacrifice are the keys to accomplishing her dreams. Bibiana is a portrait of success through her own hard work, persistence, and determination.

Bibiana shares the philosophy of Malcolm X “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” As a dreamer and first generation student she is both empowered and humbled to be a college graduate and university student.

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