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Chancellor's Message

From Patrick Schmitt, Chancellor
West Valley-Mission Community College District

It's an exciting time to be the Chancellor of the West Valley-Mission Community College District. There is motion and momentum everywhere I look.  Mission College in Santa Clara and West Valley College in Saratoga are bustling with students rushing from class to class. Our committed faculty and staff are fully engaged in the business of education.  I am proud to be part of it all.

There are many reasons to choose the West Valley-Mission Community College District to fulfill your higher education goals.  Whether you plan to earn an associate’s degree or certificate, transfer to a university, upgrade your job skills, or simply take a class for personal enrichment, our colleges have classes and programs that will fit your needs and help you succeed. 

Because a well-rounded education is not earned solely in the classroom, we also offer a broad range of other activities:  sports, theater, music, speakers, forums, clubs, and organizations, just to list a few.  Our colleges are committed to providing each student with a rewarding and fulfilling educational experience. 

We are also committed to providing our students with outstanding surroundings in which to learn.  Thanks to the Measure H bond approved by voters in 2004 and the Measure C bond approved in 2012, exceptional new facilities are being planned and constructed, and existing buildings and classrooms are being renovated.  Parking is convenient and plentiful.  Wireless internet is available on each campus. 

Pursuing your goals by starting or returning to college is an exciting experience, but it can also be somewhat daunting.  We offer a wide range of student support services to help you succeed, including financial aid, counseling, tutoring, job placement assistance, and assistance for students with disabilities.  Our faculty and staff pride themselves on the student-friendly atmosphere at our colleges. 

Finances are always a very important consideration in choosing a college.  It makes good financial sense to complete your freshman and sophomore coursework at the West Valley-Mission Community College District.  Not only will you save money, you will be taught by outstanding faculty, receive personalized attention from your instructors, benefit from smaller class-sizes, and earn fully-transferable credits.  These educational and fiscal advantages also apply to technical and career courses offered at Mission and West Valley College.

No matter what your educational goals are, I hope you will consider everything the West Valley-Mission Community College District has to offer.  We look forward to welcoming you and helping you achieve your dreams!

Patrick Schmitt, Chancellor
West Valley-Mission Community College District