City College of San Francisco
City College of San Francisco (CCSF), a comprehensive community college, serves the diverse adult population of the City and County of San Francisco, California and the greater Bay Area. The College provides credit and noncredit instruction towards the goals of transfer to baccalaureate institutions, occupational skills training, English as a Second Language (ESL), and other adult education programs. CCSF serves approximately 85,000 credit and noncredit students annually at 7 centers and more than 100 additional community instructional sites around the City. City College is staffed by approximately 1800 faculty, 800 classified staff, and approximately 42 administrators, and has a total annual budget of more than $190 million. The students of City College of San Francisco are a highly diverse population, and a reflection of the diverse cultures, values, orientations, and ethnicities of the great "City by the Bay" and the surrounding region.
Board members, faculty, students' staff, and key community leaders are working collaboratively to ensure CCSF meets accreditation standards and improve fiscal security. Voters of the great "City by the Bay" voted overwhelmingly for a property tax initiative that will provide additional funds ($14 million) annually between 2013 and 2021.
City College of San Francisco partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Mayor's Office to collectively receive $3 million from the Gates Foundation to establish the Bridge to Success initiative, which will double the number of low-income students attending and graduating from college by the age of 26 in the next 10 years. CCSF is a key partner in the City of San Francisco's grant award of $7.9 million from the Commerce Department for expanding access to and the adoption of broadband services throughout the city. Over $2.5 million in U.S. Department of Education grants support three different projects, focusing on enhancing students' writing skills, development of leadership skills among Asian American and Pacific Islander students, and health-related career pathways that promote social justice in partnership with San Francisco State University. Continuing its leading role in training technicians for stem cell research, CCSF received approximately a $750,000 grant from NSF for developing a high school stem cell workforce pipeline.
The citizens of San Francisco have approved local bond measures to improve, renovate, expand, and develop buildings and facilities for the San Francisco Community College District. With bond funding and matching state funds, the new Mission Campus opened in 2007; the John Adams Campus was renovated; the Health and Wellness Center, Child Care Center, Student Health Center, and the Multi Use Building were completed on the Ocean Campus; the new Chinatown/North Beach Campus opened in Fall 2012; and the Performing Arts Center expects to break ground in 2014.
A new organizational structure has recently been implemented to ensure a more stable leadership among administration, faculty, staff and Board. For over 75 years, the San Francisco CCD has aimed to simultaneously provide students with an education and meet the needs of the community. The district has long been recognized for its ability to prepare students for the future by offering college and university transfer, continuing, career and technical education programs and services. Through a revised participatory governance structure, all constituent groups have an opportunity and a voice to participate in college governance. Strategic planning, data-driven decision-making processes, and student success continue to be at the forefront.
The District is poised to address the challenges of change and prepared to operate in a collegial manner that supports participatory governance, ensure institutional relevancy and stability aimed at supporting staff excellence, student access, success, and completion to meet the needs of the 21 century and beyond.
San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, ranking 35th out of the 100 most visited cities worldwide. A cosmopolitan city of 805,235 people, it is located on the hilly tip of a peninsula in Northern California, bound by the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Francisco Bay to the north and east, and Silicon Valley to the south. San Francisco's mild climate encourages outdoor activities throughout the year.
A region of 7.5 million people, San Francisco is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 30 international financial institutions, seven Fortune 500 companies, and a large support infrastructure of professional services - including law, public relations, architecture, and design - San Francisco was designated in 2010 as an Alpha World City. The city became an epicenter of the Dot-Com bubble of the 1990s, and the subsequent Web 2.0 boom of the late 2000s. It has also positioned itself as a biotechnology and biomedical hub and research center. The Mission Bay neighborhood fosters a budding industry and serves as headquarters of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the public agency funding stem cell research programs statewide.
San Francisco has a long history of tolerance and diversity. It has also a broad range of cultural facilities, including resident professional companies of opera, ballet, theater, music, and sports. The City is also home to numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the
de Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, the California Academy of Science, the Museum of African American Diaspora, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.