San Jose City College

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
San José City College
SJCC logo.png
TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Rowena M. Tomaneng
Students10,139 (2012)[1]
Location, ,
United States
Coordinates: 37°18′53″N 121°55′41″W / 37.3148°N 121.9280°W / 37.3148; -121.9280[2]
ColoursPurple, gold   
AffiliationsCalifornia Community
College System

(San José-Evergreen
Community College District
MascotSan Jose City Jaguars
WebsiteOfficial website
SJCC logo stamp.png

San José City College (SJCC) is a public community college in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley. Founded in 1921, SJCC is located in the West San Jose neighborhood of Fruitdale.


SJCC Technology Center.

The college was founded in 1921, opening its doors to students in September of that year. SJCC is one of the oldest colleges in the California Community College System.

In 1953, San José Unified School District took over the college's operation in 1953 from San José State University. The college moved to its present location in the Fruitdale neighborhood of West San Jose in the same year.

The college's name changed to "San José City College" in 1958.

In 1999, 2004 and 2010 voters within the San José-Evergreen Community College District passed bond measures to re-build the campus and provide modern technology and facilities for the students, which resulted in the construction of buildings like César E. Chávez Library, the Science Complex, Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center, and the SJCC Student Center.


Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center.
SJCC's campus.

SJCC's campus is located in West San Jose, in the neighborhood of Fruitdale. It is bound by Bascom Ave to the west, Leigh Ave to the east, and Moorpark Ave to the north.

Notable buildings on campus include César E. Chávez Library, the Science Complex, the Student Center, Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center, and the Technology Center, among others.

César E. Chávez Library[edit]

The new library opened in June 2003. It was named after Californian civil rights activist César E. Chávez. The library is state-of-the-art with wireless Internet access and data ports throughout the building.

The library also has an electronic research lab consisting of thirty personal computers, an electronic whiteboard and a variety of learning software.

The library collection consists of approximately 63,000 books and 200 periodical subscriptions. In addition, the library’s databases make thousands of periodical articles available to students both on and off-campus.

Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center[edit]

The Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center was opened in 2012. It is named after longtime local arts booster and community organizer Carmen Castellano.[3][4]

The center includes a fine arts gallery and a theatre/performance space, alongside classrooms for relevant departments.


Multi-Disciplinary Building.
Cosmetology Department.
SJCC Science Complex.

San Jose City College is home to Jagsports. Over the past seven decades Jaguar athletes have gone on to become Olympic champions and world record holders. City College promotes athletic excellence through world-class coaching and facilities. A $1.7 million capital improvements plan includes a new weight and fitness training complex which is open now to all students, and contains only the most modern weight and cardiovascular equipment.

During the 1970s, SJCC was a major training hub for Olympic track and field athletes. Under the supervision of coach Bert Bonanno, Bruce Jenner trained eight hours per day at the track before he won the 1976 Olympic decathlon. Alumni Millard Hampton and Andre Phillips both won Olympic gold medals, with coaching assistance from alumni Bobby Pointer. The throwing facilities, in particular, were home to gold medalist Mac Wilkins, Al Feuerbach and John Powell. All three became world record holders, Wilkins and Feuerbach setting their records at San Jose City College. Following Jenner's victory in Montreal, Bonanno created the Bruce Jenner Invitational, one of the top domestic meets for top-level athletes. It was an annual televised stop, equivalent with today's Prefontaine Classic. He also used Hampton and Phillips' names to create a local high school invitational.

In 1984 and 1987, the San Jose City College track was host to the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In February 2018, men's basketball head coach Percy Carr became the all-time winningest black head coach in college basketball history.[5]

Notable people[edit]

SJCC - San José City College 1704.jpg



  • Marie E. Johnson-Calloway, mixed-media artist[6]
  • John Shrader, Professor of Journalism, has an extensive background in television and radio sports anchoring and sports reporting. For more than 15 years, John was a sports anchor/sports reporter/talk show host for KNBR Radio in San Francisco. He was a television sports anchor in San Jose for ten years, first at KNTV-TV and then KICU-TV. He also was the San Jose Sharks intermission host and rink-side reporter for the 2006-07 season on FSN Bay Area.


  1. ^ "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart". Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: San Jose City College
  3. ^ Mercury News - Remembering Carmen Castellano and Her Impact on the Arts in San Jose
  4. ^ ABC7 News - SJ City College arts center named after Carmen Castellano
  5. ^ "San Jose CC's Carr reaches 900-win milestone". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  6. ^ Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5.

External links[edit]