Students looking for a community college with a solid academic and athletic reputation that’s on par with larger four-year universities and colleges should make their way to San Jose City College in California.
Located close to California’s Silicon Valley, the college offers all the benefits of being close to the world’s hub of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. San Jose City College offers about 100 two-year degrees and career certificate programs. The college’s programs are split up into five divisions, applied science, business and service careers, humanities and social science, language arts and math and science.
The most popular majors at San Jose City College are social sciences and liberal arts, liberal arts and humanities, liberal arts and sciences, and health related majors.
Popular career certificate programs include laser technology, construction technology, air conditioning and refrigeration and early childhood education. Career certification programs provide students with a quick credential they can use to polish up their resumes to make them more employable. These programs are particularly sought after by recently displaced workers, who quickly want to learn a more marketable skill.
The college’s Middle College program allows high school juniors and seniors to get a leg up on their college education by beginning to take college courses while still in high school.
The California Construction College is a unique program at San Jose City College. The construction college offers students who ar currently working in the construction industry to earn a bachelor’s degree in construction management. The program partners the college with the National Labor College and industry partners. Its intended purpose is to help people in the construction industry further their careers and stem a potential shortfall in skilled laborers in the construction industry.
The college provides distance learning opportunities, but these programs may not be as fully realized as those at other colleges according to a recent study conducted by the college.
The college has a well-regarded ESL program that helps non-English speaking students master the language while pursuing higher education.
In recent years, the college has opened a new library named for famed labor leader Ceasar Chavez. The library opened its doors in 2003 and features modern learning and research facilities, including lots of Internet access, computers, electronic whiteboards and other equipment. The library’s collection of books numbers around 63,000 and the library has subscriptions to about 200 periodicals.
San Jose City College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools in California and Hawaii, and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas Islands. American schools in other parts of the Pacific Rim may also be accredited by the association.