In 2021 San José City College (SJCC) will celebrate its centennial anniversary. For 100 years, San José City College has been a symbol of hope for students and an innovative leader in providing educational and career pathways to generations of families living in California's third-largest city.
As we look back on the last 100 years, our centennial tagline comes to mind: "Education and Opportunity." SJCC has built a legacy of educational and institutional excellence through "The guiding principles of opportunity, equity, and open, equitable access for student success and achievement."
Since its establishment in 1921, San José City College has adapted to the rapid changes that have transformed the Valley of Hearts Delight into Silicon Valley, a major driver of the state and global economy.
San José Junior College (as it was known then) was born out of an agreement between San José High School District and San José State Teachers College (now San José State University). The collaboration provided high school students with pathways to four-year colleges and direct paths to jobs in agricultural, manufacturing, and other industries.
From 1921 to 1923, San José High School housed the Junior College in unused classrooms. San José State then anchored the Junior College from 1923 to 1953. San José Unified School District (SJUSD) assumed control of the College's operation in 1953, moving it to its present Moorpark Avenue location. In 1958, SJUSD changed the name to San José City College.
A faculty-led effort resulted in a special election that established the independent San José Junior College District in 1963. Today, San José City College, which includes the Milpitas Extension, enrolls more than 16,000 students annually, compared to its first enrollment of 86 in 1921.
We're proud to say that the future of San José City College looks bright and full of opportunity. We aspire, through excellence, to be the very best community college in Silicon Valley. We will continue to strive to build and strengthen our teams of students, faculty, alumni, and community partners.
Please join us in 2021 for our centennial celebration — 100 years of education and opportunity for all. Go Jaguars!
San José City College
San José City College has enjoyed the support of the community since our founding in 1921. Generations of families have put their trust in our school, which has always delivered relevant career education programs, guaranteed college transfers, and life-changing educational opportunities.
Throughout our history, SJCC has been accessible, affordable, and dedicated to our values of equity, opportunity, and social justice.
SJCC alumni have helped transform the Valley of Hearts Delight from a major agricultural producer into Silicon Valley, the world's technology capital. Our students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators reflect San Jose's demographic and cultural transformation.
Our dedication to the community extends to the SJECCD Milpitas Extension, where SJCC faculty, classified professionals, and administrators provide valuable resources, instruction, and educational pathways to the community as a whole.
In 1986, a citizens committee renamed the San José Junior College District to the San José-Evergreen Community College District, incorporating our sister campus Evergreen Valley College which opened in 1975.
Thanks to bond measures dating back to the early 1950s, SJCC has grown its campus on Moorpark Avenue into a gleaming beacon of higher education. Bonds have supported the development of the following facilities:
Construction has started on a new Maintenance, Operations, and Emergency Operations Center. Planning is underway for the new Career Education Complex.
We are proud of our history in this great city, and we hope you can share in our celebration. We look forward to our next century of service to our beloved community. Go Jaguars!
Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng
President of San José City College
Join us in unleashing another 100 years of education & opportunity! In the next 100 years will be doubling down on our social values of equity, opportunity, and social justice. With your support, our students will continue receiving all the academic, social, and emergency support needed to help them achieve and succeed.
Gifts of $1,200 or more…The Opportunity Roundtable is a community of people who collectively know that together we can make the difference for our students to reach their fullest potential. Your annual gift of $1,200 or more will allow us to provide scholarships, emergency grants, equipment, supplies, and anything else needed to ensure our students receive the best education possible.
Scholar’s CircleScholar’s Circle members are invited to the annual Opportunity Roundtable Leadership event hosted by the Chancellor and College Presidents. Subscription to our quarterly electronic briefing, just for donors. Recognition in Foundation print and electronic publications. Recognition on the Foundation donor landing page.
President’s CirclePresident’s Circle members are also invited to special donor events at select campus cultural activities.
Chancellor’s CircleChancellor’s Circle members are also invited to a special donor dinner hosted by the Chancellor and President of the SJECCD Governing Board.