“Encantada de conocerte”

Nice to meet you.

It’s easy for me to introduce myself, I thoroughly enjoy meeting others. There can be anticipation, anxiety, and sometimes skepticism, but when you look for the positivity in every person, I find you’re never disappointed.

Before I go further I must explain to you my background, as I have made a career in higher education for almost a decade now, what I have found in admissions is the greatest opportunities to meet some of the most diverse and interesting people.

Now, think of my delight when I was offered an opportunity with San Jose City College to serve a new community! Thousands of new acquaintances to make, and a community rich with culture, wisdom, and talent. Needless to say I was eager to begin.

First, let’s talk about the opportunity for the “Milpitas community”, and the expanding educational pathways being pioneered by “San Jose City College and the Milpitas District”.

(K through College?)

Until now, I’ve been talking about my personal interest in “Meeting Milpitas” because it’s my calling to help students start their educational career paths. That’s also where SJECCD Milpitas Extension starts - - combining with partners as a one-stop-shop for all levels of education. In conjunction with the Milpitas District, San Jose City College and the City of Milpitas, Escuela Parkway, Milpitas, California, is the only place in the nation to have K through College all located on the same street!

How do San Jose City College and the Milpitas District combine to help the community? Well, K-12 education is something great, but combining with SJCC for an early college going atmosphere is excellent. Here are some examples of our efforts:

  • Dual and Concurrent Enrollment classes (for high school students)

  • Programming, Business, and various CTE classes (for Adult Education)

  • CSU and UC transferrable classes (for degree seekers)

  • Free workshops, boot camps, and guest speakers (for kids and parents)

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Why? Because the rapid pace in which education is evolving! Think of all the innovation that is happening here in the Silicon Valley and the training required to perform here. Milpitas Extension has been mandated to carry out innovative education, offering classes that aid the community in staying competitive in our evolving economy.

An opportunity to pioneer and provide accessibility for the community guides our every decision. Innovative education. It’s niche. Milpitas Extension doesn’t encompass every nuance and program offered at the Main campus - - we focus on innovation in education for the broader community and how to provide that to our children; early and often. Offering educational innovation and access to it, has really guided our activities. By practicing these principals we have been met with a very warm welcome and resounding engagement from the community; we know we are on the right track.

We here at the Milpitas Extension are honored to serve the Milpitas community. I’m glad to have made your acquaintance now, and I hope to see you on campus soon.

Te veo pronto,

Michael Castro