Mission Statement and Values
The San José City College Classified Senate works in conjunction with the California Community Colleges Classified Senate to represent classified professionals in matters relating to participatory governance. The Classified Senate works closely with Faculty and Administration to promote Student Success in accordance to the college's mission and strategic goals.
executive officers 2022-23
President: Yesenia Ramirez
Vice-President: Claudia Amador
Treasurer: Angela Gullerud
Recorder: Joell Serrano
Past President: Andrea Lopez, Julinda LeDee
Contact the SJCC Classified Senate at:
Second Wednesday of the month
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cesar E. Chavez Library, L-114
Love is important
Program Coordinator, Career & Transfer Center
Carol Vasquez has been part of the Jaguar Family for 31 years. She is an expert in interpreting and communicating state transfer policies and works closely with all students interested in transferring to a four-year college. Carol leverages her skill set to work with local and state agencies to improve higher education initiatives for American Indian/Alaskan Native students. She is an amazing mentor and support system for students and colleagues.
In her free time, Carol enjoys prayer, gardening, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her familv and friends.
Be comfortable, be happy
Tuyet My Tran
Financial Aid Specialist II, Financial Aid Office
Tuyet has been part of the SJCC Family for 26 years. Tuyet is very knowledgeable about financial aid policies and regulations, which helps her be a fantastic resource for our students. Tuyet can help students with the application for financial assistance, troubleshoot any issues, or answer any related questions.
Tuyet loves traveling, gardening, helping others, and caring for dogs.
Treat others the same way I would like to be treated.
Catalina "Cat" Yanez
Police Dispatcher, District Police
Catalina has been part of the SJCC family since 2017. She loves helping students and colleagues with parking permits, directions, on-and-off-campus resources, vehicle jumpstarts, escorts, and non-emergency or emergencies. She is serving as the CSEA Secretary for 2023-2025.
Cat loves to grow her produce, veggies, and herbs. She likes to make tea blends, butter herbs, and herb dressing — and she loves books!
Thank you for your service, and enjoy a well-deserved retirement!
Custodian, Custodial Department
José has graciously served SJCC for over 28 years. He is amicable and has a good sense of humor. He is committed to student success and is the first to arrive at SJCC to unlock the entire campus. Everyone is happy to have José as a day custodian.
José will retire soon to dedicate time to his grandchildren and travel to his homeland, México.
The Senate has accomplished the following:
- Shared Governance Representation:
The Classified Senate is the appointing body for SJCC College and District-wide Committees. If you are a Chair or are looking to develop a workgroup, please contact the Senate's President.
As of 2018, The Classified is included in the Commencement procession along with Faculty, Managers, Valedictorian, and Board members.
Classified Senate has a seat on stage along with other constituency groups (CSEA, 363, AFT6157, ASG, etc.).
As of 2019/2020, SJCC Classified degrees are recognized under the college catalog in the same manner as Management and Faculty
Classified Professional vs. Staff:
Passed a resolution to ensure when individuals referred to Classified they address them as Classified Professionals or Classified rather than "Staff."
Training opportunities have been offered throughout the year. June 2019, the College held the first professional development day tailored for Classified. This is an adopted yearly practice that occurs in the Summer.
Starting Fall 2019, the College approved for Classified Professionals to be released from regular duties once per month for two hours to participate in training opportunities.
Attend a Meeting! Meetings are open to all district employees, unless noted for a closed session. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, 2-3:30 PM virtually on Zoom.
Suggested ideas! Help the Senate better serve you by suggesting future training/workshops!
Volunteer! There are many different events and fundraisers that the Classified Senate runs throughout the year. See our upcoming events to participate/volunteer!
Donate: See the link below for a monthly donation or a one time donation. Your contributions will support our SJCC Classified with personal growth activities (workshops, educational costs, etc.). You can also submit a voluntary payroll deduction.
- AB-2558 Community Colleges: Faculty and Staff Development
- California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
- California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS)
- California School Employee Association
- CSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement 2017-2020
- California - Office of the Governor
- Community College League of California
- Foundation for the California Community Colleges
- Professional Development - SJCC Janus v. AFCME
2023 Distinguished Classified Professional of the Year
SJCC SELECTED AS 2018 MODEL SENATE BY 4CS