Our Promise:

Remove barriers and create pathways for student success.

Today, of every 100 students graduating high school:

students will graduate from high school

students will enroll in college

students will earn a college degree or certificate within 6 years

For too long, the opportunities afforded

by college degree or certificate have seemed

out of reach for many in our community.

During the announcement, San José-Evergreen Community College District Chancellor Debbie Budd said, “For too long, the opportunities afforded by a college degree or certificate have seemed out of reach for many in our community. We are proud to work with the Mayor’s Office in leading the way to break down barriers to student success and college access. By ensuring that more local students are prepared for, enroll in, and graduate from college, we will diversify the Silicon Valley workforce and ensure our local economy has the skilled workers needed for 21st-century jobs.”

The San José Promise is built upon three core elements: College Readiness Programs, College Promise Scholarships, and College Pathways Partnerships. In conjunction with the launch, San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College announced a significant expansion of College Promise scholarships that, when leveraged with other sources of financial aid, will ensure up to two years of free community college for approximately 500 qualifying students this school year alone. The College Promise scholarships will be focused on low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented students.

The San José Promise is built upon three core elements:

01. College Readiness Programs

1. Community College dual enrollment courses to provide high school students with free, on-site, community college courses
2. College readiness support, including assistance with college and financial aid applications

02. College Promise Scholarships

Scholarships that provide up to two consecutive years of full-time college funding with an enrollment focus on low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented students, including undocumented (AB 540) youth

03. College Pathways Partnerships

Partnerships with service providers and corporate and philanthropic partners that support college and career pathways for San José’s youth

A national initiative

The development and implementation of the San José Promise, which is part of a national initiative, is primarily – but not entirely – funded by an initial two-year grant from the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program, which awarded SJECCD with $1.5 million in funds. SJECCD was one of just 72 districts/institutions out of 114 community colleges to be awarded.

College remains a daunting financial challenge for thousands of San José families, leaving far too many of our kids unprepared to compete in an increasingly challenging global economy and relegated to a future of financial struggle. The San José Promise reflects our city’s collective commitment to ensuring that every single San José high school student has the opportunity to continue their education and pursue a future with unlimited opportunity.

Sam LiccardoMayor of San José