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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 Services, 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 Trainee, Facilities Maintenance, Laser Technology, Machine Technology, E-Tech/Solar 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.



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 emphasizes 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 / Energy Efficiency

Solar courses offer training in solar systems installation and can lead to internships as solar photovoltaic installers.

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.

Future Skills & Employment Services

Business & Workforce Development Student Services

The Business & Workforce Development Division is committed to support our Career Education students. We do this in a number of ways, from designated CE counselors to employment services.

Career Closet 

The Career Closet provides SJCC students with professional attire needed for interviews, career fairs, school presentations, or networking events.

We have a designated Job Development & Placement Specialist who can help you with you search for employment, update your resume, or create a LinkedIn account. 

Get connected to over 15,000 free, expert led videos and courses in business, technology, creative topics, as well as soft skills and job support. Connect to your LinkedIn account to get personalized recommendations based on your skills and employment history. For more information about how to create or build you LinkedIn account, or watch webinars on LinkedIn Learning, go to our new LinkedIn page.

School Email

We encourage all students to request a school email. By having a school email, you will have access to FREE Office 365 and LinkedIn Learning. For more information, contact Steven at

New CE Student Orientation Handbook

The Business & Workforce Development Division has created a Career Education New Student Orientation Handbook to provide resources in a comprehensive document.

​Business & Workforce Development Division

NOTE: Our campus is currently closed. Classes are online and employees are working remotely. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Technology Center, T-101

(408) 288-3131


Monday through Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Workforce Innovation

Dr. Lena Tran 

Dean of Business & Workforce Development

Dr. J. Edward Stevenson 

Associate Dean of Career Technology Education

Pamela J. Yang

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