Mission Center Aztec Calendar

City College of San Francisco’s Mission Campus has met the needs of the community since 1971, offering day, evening, and weekend classes each year. It serves as a beacon of opportunity, achievement, and hope for all who attend the campus.

At the crossroads of Bartlett, Valencia, and 22nd Streets, the community’s highest values of education, dialog, and diversity infuse four floors of modern classrooms, computer labs, an auditorium, a library, a child care center, full support services, and multi-purpose rooms available to the community.

The Mission Campus was envisioned by the people who live, work, and raise families here. From a central location, the facility serves its unique community of immigrants, traditional students, older adults, working professionals, and high school students with their diverse and complex needs. Through its programs and services, thousands of skilled professionals will enter the local workforce, bringing new skills, educational credentials, and personal leadership essential to our city's future.

Student’s working to realize educational and professional dreams will find a learning home among a family of teachers, peers, counselors, and neighbors. You will study with students from a variety of backgrounds, including 68% who identify as Latinx/Hispanic/Latino. Strong language skills, citizenship, vocational training, or an associate's degree to transfer to a four-year institution are all within your reach. With the highest quality, most affordable, and convenient programs and services, you will find help on your journey to higher education, employment, and career advancement.  At the Mission Campus, you can design the life you have always imagined.

Highlights

  • General Education: Established as Colegio de la Mission in 1974, local residents have access to college-level general education courses which can be used to earn an associate's degree and/or transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Career & Vocational Training: The Mission Campus prepares students for the fields of biotechnology, broadcast electronic media arts, child development, and graphic communications, responding to market demands and the community’s ongoing needs.
  • ESL and Literacy: Students can enroll in ESL classes, the Spanish Literacy Program, and citizenship classes six days a week or via a remote learning format.
  • Transitional Studies: Each year, the Mission Campus helps students complete their high school diploma, increasing their earning capacity and opening pathways for future education.
  • Working Adults Degree Program (WADP): The program allows students who have completed some college work to finish the AA/AS degree and potentially transfer to a 4-year university. The cohort-based program is offered in a schedule convenient for working adults.
  • Older Adults: The Older Adults Program (OLAD) offers classes for students ages 55 and above in the areas of computer training, legal services, health, fitness, fine arts, and the humanities.
  • Partners: Rooted in the community, the campus celebrates long alliances with prominent organizations, such as the Mission Hiring Hall, San Francisco Unified School District, and many direct service providers devoted to the neighborhood’s continued success.
  • Support Services: The Mission Campus is a full-service center with its own onsite admissions, assessment, financial aid, tutoring, disability support services, library, and academic counseling staff. All of these core services will foster greater opportunity for everyone.
  • Puente Program:  A year-long academic and community leadership program is designed to increase the number of Community College students transferring to four-year universities. In order to meet this goal, this national award-winning program emphasizes writing, counseling and mentoring. CCSF has two Puente cohorts and one of these is at the Mission Campus.

Dean's Welcome

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, we welcome you to the CCSF Mission Campus and the proud tradition of equitable educational opportunity we’re committed to providing! City College of San Francisco first offered classes in the Mission district community in 1971 at various locations throughout the district.  The Mission Education Task Force was formed under the leadership of Mr. Mario Barrios and chaired by Mrs. Margaret Cruz, two committed community leaders.  Their knowledge and experience serving the community - and their leadership - invigorated the struggle for a permanent, full-service campus that would offer equitable educational opportunities for our local community.

Recognizing the opportunities inherent in addressing the educational needs of the community, a group of Latino educators organized the "Keepers of the Dream."  This group of community leaders, teachers, and classified staff worked tirelessly over the course of four decades to realize the community’s dream and our current reality -- a permanent home for the Mission Campus in the heart of the Mission District - where an equitable education would be available to the community.   This dream became a reality when, as a community, we cut the ceremonial ribbon and opened the doors to the Mission Campus on August 7, 2007.

One of the first things you’ll notice about our campus is the mural above our front doors. The Mission Campus has the largest version of the Aztec Calendar in the world.  Impressively standing 27 feet tall, the beautiful mural was created with approximately 660 hand-painted ceramic tiles.  Once you enter, our welcoming mural titled "The Future Is Ours" serves as an inspiration of opportunity and achievement for all who pass through its doors.  

For more than 40 years, the Mission Campus has provided educational programs to the local community.  Whether you are looking for one class or an entire program, we hope you will join the Mission Campus family.  We look forward to knowing you, learning together and helping you achieve your educational goals.  We are in the community for the community.

Vinicio J. López, Ed.D.

Dean, CCSF Mission Campus

School of International Education, ESL and Transitional Studies