Mission Center Aztec Calendar

City College of San Francisco’s Mission Campus has met the community’s needs since 1971, today offering more than 300 day, evening, and weekend classes each year. It serves as a beacon of opportunity and achievement for all who pass by. 

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.

As a student working to realize educational and professional dreams, you will find your 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 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 Center, you can design the life you have always imagined.

Of the over 7000 students enrolled at the Mission Campus, 68% identify as Hispanic/Latino. Students from a variety of backgrounds seek and receive support through academic, vocational, and service programs that help them on their journey to higher education, employment, and career advancement.


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 more than 80 ESL classes, the Spanish Literacy Program, and citizenship classes six days a week.
  • Transitional Studies: Each year, the Mission Campus helps 500 students complete their high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) test, 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 more than 80 classes at over 40 city locations for people 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.

Dean's Welcome

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and over 7,000 students, we welcome you to the CCSF Mission Center and the proud tradition of equitable educational opportunity we’re committed to providing! City College of San Francisco first offered classes in the Mission in 1971, via various scattered 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 Center has provided educational programs to the local community.  Students can complete credit classes towards various certificate programs, AA/AS degree, AS-T/AA-T and/or transfer to a bachelor's degree program. 

Classes are offered in English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship, Computers, Visual Media Design, Broadcast Electronic Media Arts, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Journalism, Construction Management, and most general education courses. 

The Working Adults Degree Program (WADP) is a cohort-based degree completion program. 

The Transitional Studies Program allows students to earn their high school diploma or equivalency.

The 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.

Finally, a wide variety of classes are offered for older adults through the Older Learning Adults Program (OLAD) program.  

Whether you are looking for one class or an entire program, we hope you will join the Mission Center family.  We look forward to knowing you, learning together and helping you achieve your educational goals.

Interim Dean, Gregoria Nova Cahill