University description (as per official university website)
History of San Josť / Evergreen Community College District
Located in the northeastern Santa Clara Valley, the San Josť/Evergreen Community College District encompasses more than 300 square miles, including part of the city of San Josť and all of the city of Milpitas. The District includes the areas served by Milpitas and San Josť Unified School Districts, together with the Eastside Union High School District. The District is comprised of two colleges, Evergreen Valley College (EVC), established in 1975, and San Josť City College (SJCC), which is the oldest community college in Santa Clara County, established in 1921.
Known at first as San Josť Junior College, SJCC was located in downtown San Jose, and was overseen by San Jose State College until 1953. That year it was moved to the present Moorpark Avenue location and managed directly by the San Josť Unified School District. The collegeís name was changed in 1958 to San Josť City College.
A faculty-led effort resulted in a special election that established the independent San Josť Junior College District in 1963. After a Citizensí Advisory Committee study, the Districtís second campus, Evergreen Valley College, was opened on a 155-acre site near the eastern foothills in 1975 with an enrollment of 3,000 students. Eleven years later, in 1986, the District was renamed the San Josť/Evergreen Community College District.
The Criminal Justice Training Center moved from San Josť City College to a new building adjacent to the District Offices on the EVC campus in January 1988; this became the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, a Joint Powers Agency, in July 1995.
The Institute for Business Performance began operation as the contract education division of the San Josť/Evergreen Community College District in 1988 and now occupies the first floor of the new five-story Technology Center at the corner of Bascom and Moorpark Avenues, adjacent to SJCC.
In 1998 the voters of the San Josť/Evergreen Community College District passed a bond initiative to secure funding for building and remodeling facilities on both campuses. This was followed by the passing of a G.O. bond in 2004. These bonds, coupled with state funds and private donations, have revitalized the infrastructure of both campuses. Among other amenities, District students can now enjoy new, state-of-the art libraries with learning resource labs and technology centers, an innovative and dramatic student services building at SJCC, a new biology and nursing building at EVC, refurbished athletic fields, and modern student centers with bookstores, dining areas, and spaces for meeting and studying. One of the oldest colleges in the California community college system, SJCC is virtually being rebuilt and is becoming one of the most modern facilities in the system.
San Josť/Evergreen Community College District currently serves approximately 20,000 students each semester.