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Benjamin Grainger

Sr Admin Assistant

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(408) 947-5351

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Monday-Thursday: 11 AM - 5 PM

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Mon - Wed: 2:30 PM - 4 PM

Appointments and drop ins available.

Please call to schedule an appointment.


The Counseling Department is committed to providing quality, comprehensive academic, career, and personal counseling services in a supportive environment to assist students in achieving their educational and vocational goals and empowering them to make informed choices and decisions.

Not sure where to start or how to reach your academic or career goals? Need help developing your educational plan? Just need to talk to someone to? The SJCC Counseling Department is here to help!  Meeting with a counselor is one of the most important things you can do during your college career at San Jose City College.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling Department is to provide comprehensive counseling services in a safe, supportive, environment to guide, motivate and empower students to achieve their educational, vocational, and personal goals.

Academic Counseling

These services are critical to your academic success. We are here to assist you with academic-related matters and issues. 

It is important that you make an appointment to see a counselor during your first semester to discuss your educational and career objectives, and to develop a customized educational plan.  In addition, meet with a counselor at least once a semester to make sure you are on the right track in achieving your educational and career goals. 

Academic Counseling Services:

  • Assist you with academic related matters and issues. 

  • Help you to clarify your educational objectives and develop an educational plan, specific to your education goals. 

  • Help you to understand the requirements of certificate programs, associate degrees, general education, majors, and transfer as well as the College's policies and procedures.  

  • Provide transcript evaluation and class selection.

  • Provide academic probation/dismissal counseling for those students who are struggling academically and need to strategize ways to improve their academic performance and standing.

  • Assist with graduation and financial petitions and other academic/registration related forms.   

  • Additional transfer information and resources can be found in the Career/Transfer Center.

Career Counseling

Some students enter college knowing exactly what major and career they want to pursue. Others are facing challenges such as changing occupations or jobs. But most students come to college not knowing what they want to pursue in life, let alone what major to enter or how to pick a major. It's okay. We're here to help.

We are here to assist with career exploration and development and to help you clarify your major and career goals. Choosing a major and career is a very important decision that affects your educational planning and determines the classes you take.  It's vital that you get started with your major and career exploration early. Below are some resources to help you get started with your career exploration.

Personal Counseling

Sometimes personal issues or concerns can affect your academic performance or success. If you are experiencing this, we can listen and direct you to the appropriate resources.  Personal matters discussed with a counselor are held in strict confidence. Talking to a counselor may be the best way to get you back on track to academic success. 

It is not uncommon for students to encounter personal issues while in college. Stress, depression, loss and grief, substance abuse, anger, eating disorders, anxiety and relationship problems can interfere with your ability to do your best academically.

We are experienced to help you to mitigate and deal effectively with personal issues and concerns that are affecting your academic success and performance. When appropriate, you may be referred to other professional services on campus such as Student Health Services or in the community. 

Having good mental health increases the likelihood of doing well academically — just like good physical health is essential for peak athletic performance. When you encounter these personal issues, it is important to seek healthy solutions.

The links below are a place to start:

Student Health Services

Campus Blues

American Psychological Association

Click here for additional referral agency list.

Click here for additional resources.

Talking with a counselor or one of the highly trained professionals in the Health Services may be the thing to get you back on track to academic success, as well as a more fulfilling life. Be assured that regardless of whether you meet with a counselor or someone in the Health Services, your issues will be held in complete confidence.

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