The Mission Center
City College of San Francisco’s Mission Center 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 Center 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, career advancement, and lifelong learning. At the Mission Center, you can design the life you have always imagined.
Of the over 8,000 students enrolled at the Mission Center, 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, career advancement, and life-long learning.
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 Center 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 Center helps 500 students complete their high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) test, increasing their earning capacity and opening pathways for future education.
Older Adults: The Older Adults Program 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 Center 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 Center is a full-service center with its own onsite admissions, assessment, financial aid, tutoring, mentoring, and academic and career counseling staff—all of these core services will foster greater opportunity for everyone.