Dean's Welcome

Dean Jorge Bell

 

On behalf of faculty, staff, and over 7000 fellow students, I welcome you to the CCSF Mission Campus, known as the Mission Center.  This Center incorporates all the services necessary to access an Associate of Arts or Science (AA/AS) Degree.

City College first offered classes in the Mission in 1971, in various locations throughout the district.  Under the leadership of Mario Barrios, the Mission Education Task Force was formed, chaired by Community Leader Margaret Cruz.  Her community wisdom and leadership invigorated the struggle for a permanent, full-service campus that would offer equitable educational opportunities to community members.

Recognizing the challenges 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 for 34 years to realize our dream--a permanent home for the Mission Center in the heart of the Mission District, where an equitable education would be available to the community members.  On August 7, 2007, that dream became a reality when members of the community cut the ceremonial ribbon.

The Mission Center has the largest version of the Aztec Calendar in the world.  At 27 feet tall, the beautiful mural was created with approximately 660 hand-painted ceramic tiles.  The Center, with its welcoming internal 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 take classes and earn certificates in English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship, Computer Networking and Information Technology, Visual Media Design, Broadcast Electronic Media Arts, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Journalism, and Construction Management.  The Transitional Studies Program allows students to earn their high school diploma or equivalency.  In addition, students can complete credit classes towards the completion of a certificate, AA/AS degree, or transfer to a bachelor's degree program.  

Most recently, the following programs have been added at the Mission Center:

  • The Metro Transfer Academy at Mission Center is a personalized educational home for students who want to graduate with an Associate's degree, smoothly transition to a university, and become leaders in their communities.  This Academy also has strong ties with the vibrant cultural and community organizations of the Mission District and is committed to deepening these roots.
  • The Puente Program was historically designed to increase the number of Latino students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and become mentors and leaders to future generations.  However, Puente is open to all students.  The Puento Program at City College of San Francisco has been recognized as #1 in California for a 62% UC transfer rate.
  • The Springboard Scholars Program began in Fall 2016.  This workforce development program is designed to prepare each cohort of students with fundamentals of Tech Support and Networking, leading to industry apprenticeships in IT.

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

 

Dean Jorge Bell