Student Affairs

​​​Student Affairs

Welcome to the SJCC Student Affairs Homepage!

Student Affairs members 

The Student Affairs Division is under the leadership of the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA). Student Affairs is committed to excellence by providing quality and efficient programs and services to a diverse San José City College community. 

Our goal is to nurture, support and empower students in developing and meeting their educational, career and personal goals.

We do this in a caring environment of mutual respect and trust that encourages and motivates students to unleash their maximum potential, meet their expectations, set high standards, and achieve their most cherished goals. 

Our commitment is accomplished through cooperative collaboration between Student Services and Academic disciplines, and in partnership with business, higher education and the community. 


Admissions & Records (A&R):
A&R is here to be your guide in getting started with applications, registering for classes, and managing your student record.

Assessment Center:
Most new students are required to complete the Assessment process to determine math, English, and reading levels. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships:
Financial Aid can assist you with paying for classes through the California College Promise Grant (CaCPG), formerly known as the Board of Governors’ Fee Waiver (BOGFW).

Financial Aid can also assist with Federal Student Aid programs such as: grants, work study, and loans. Additional resources are available such as scholarship opportunities. 

Matriculation is a process that enhances student access to the California Community Colleges. It promotes and sustains the efforts of credit students to be successful in their educational endeavors



California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is a State funded welfare program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families for up to 48 months. 
The program serves all 58 counties in the State and is operated locally by the County welfare departments. CalWORKs services include: transportation, child care, books, supplies, and personal and academic counseling.

The Career/Transfer Center is committed to supporting you in achieving your educational life goals by promoting career development and transfer to a 4-year institution.   

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program provides supplemental services to EOPS students who are single parents receiving public assistance and have a child.

Counseling is committed to providing quality, comprehensive academic, career, and personal counseling services in a supportive environment. Counselors can assist you in achieving your educational/vocational goals while empowering you to make informed choices and decisions. Counselors also provide students information necessary for earning a certificate, degree and/or transferring to a university.

EOPS is committed to supporting our students in achieving their academic and personal goals by establishing "over and above" support services and programs for income and educationally eligible students. 
The EOP&S/CARE staff commits to the following actions: to eliminate barriers and ensure access to post-secondary education; to facilitate the transfer and career placement of students; to facilitate the successful completion of student educational goals and objectives; and to positively affect student self concept, self esteem and self advocacy.

The International Student Program is committed to supporting F-1 visa international students to ensure that they have a positive, enriching experience during their time at San José City College. To achieve this, the International Student Program provides comprehensive pre-arrival, orientation, immigration, academic, and personal counseling support.

Puente is a nationally-recognized academic program designed to help students adjust to college life and prepare for transfer to four-year universities. 
The program has three major components: accelerated writing instruction, counseling, and mentoring. We have our own classes, our own counselor, and every semester, we match our students with professionals from the community who can provide them with knowledge and guidance about education, careers, and life. Puente is open to all students.

The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is a State-funded program that is designed to meet your individual needs. 
SAS services include: Alternate media & Assistive Technology, Specialized Counseling, Equipment loans, Note Takers and No Carbon Required (NCR) paper, Sign Language Interpreters and Real-Time Captioners, and Test-taking accommodations.

Student Health Services is designed to meet the educational, emotional, and physical needs of students.
The confidential services include (but are not limited to): Family planning, immunizations, physicals exams, personal counseling, first aid, no/low laboratory work, screenings for blood pressure, vision, diabetes, etc., and referrals to community health agencies.

The Umoja Program is an academic learning community resource program that advances academic excellence, community building and student leadership. 
A Kiswahili word meaning “unity,” Umoja engages students in culturally responsive curriculum, supporting the legacy of the African Diaspora.
The program is dedicated to increasing the retention and graduation rates of African-Americans, as well as other underrepresented student populations at SJCC. The program provides academic and personal counseling.

The SJCC Veterans program is the liaison between you (as a Veteran or your dependent) and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Our goal is to provide Veteran students with services and resources necessary to achieve their educational goal.
In collaboration with various resources on campus and Veteran community organizations/resources, we promote success by assisting students to overcome social, academic, transfer, and/or personal challenges.


Associated Student Government:
The Associated Student Government (ASG) advocates for student access through District and State policies. ASG advocates for student  ASG participates in shared-governance committees, and promotes student activities, success, and an enriching college learning experience for all SJCC students.

Campus Store:
The Campus Store is the place to purchase textbooks, school supplies, materials, clothing, snacks, beverages, and a variety of school memorabilia.
Our staff is always available to assist students, faculty, and staff with any questions they may have about textbooks, supplies, special orders, and merchandise.
Student Activities:
The Office of Student Life provides services that promote the success of our students, academically and experientially. Our office plays a vital role in creating an environment for students to meet others, gain leadership skills, support each other, and build experiences. Visit our website for a list of student activities and ways you can get involved as an SJCC student.

Student Code of Conduct, Discipline & Grievance Processes:
At San José City College, we are committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment where you can pursue your educational goals and participate in college-sponsored activities that promote intellectual growth and personal development.

Service area outcomes

Student Affairs SAO 2020-21



​Contact Us

William Garcia

Vice President, Student Affairs

Claudia Amador​

Admin. Secretary
Student Center, Room 216L
(408) 288-3146

 Student Affairs Administrators

Dr. Eliazer Ayala-Austin

Dean, Counseling &  Matriculation

Blake Balajadia

Director, Student Life

Dr. Edina Rutland

Associate Director, SAS

Takeo Kubo
Director, Financial Aid

Teresa Paiz

Director, Admission and Records

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