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Classified Senate

Mission Statement and Values

The San José City College Classified Senate works in conjunction with the California Community Colleges Classified Senate to represent classified professionals in matters relating to participatory governance. The Classified Senate works closely with Faculty and Administration to promote Student Success in accordance to the college's mission and strategic goals.


executive officers 2022-24

President: Yesenia Ramirez

Vice-President:  Claudia Amador

Secretary: Joell Serrano

Treasurer: Fatima Casas

Recorder: Joell Serrano

Past Presidents: Andrea Lopez, Julinda LeDee

Contact the SJCC Classified Senate at:  


Second Wednesday of the month

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

César E. Chávez Library, L-114

important documents

Agendas and Minutes
Classified Hiring Prioritization


Classified Spotlight


The Senate has accomplished the following:

  • Shared Governance Representation:
    The Classified Senate is the appointing body for SJCC College  and District-wide Committees.  If you are a Chair or are looking to develop a workgroup, please contact the Senate's President.  
  • Commencement:  
    As of 2018, The Classified is included in the Commencement procession along with Faculty, Managers, Valedictorian, and Board members.
    Classified Senate has a seat on stage along with other constituency groups (CSEA, 363, AFT6157, ASG, etc.).  
  • Catalog:
    As of 2019/2020, SJCC Classified degrees are recognized under the college catalog in the same manner as Management and Faculty

  • Classified Professional vs. Staff:
    Passed a resolution to ensure when individuals referred to Classified they address them as Classified Professionals or Classified rather than "Staff."

  • Training opportunities:  
    Training opportunities have been offered throughout the year.  June 2019, the College held the first professional development day tailored for Classified.  This is an adopted yearly practice that occurs in the Summer.  

Starting Fall 2019, the College approved for Classified Professionals to be released from regular duties once per month for two hours to participate in training opportunities.

  • Attend a Meeting! Meetings are open to all district employees, unless noted for a closed session. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, 2-3:30 PM in L-114.

  • Suggested ideas! Help the Senate better serve you by suggesting future training/workshops!

  • Volunteer! There are many different events and fundraisers that the Classified Senate runs throughout the year. See our upcoming events to participate/volunteer!

  • Donate:  See the link below for a monthly donation or a one time donation. Your contributions will support our SJCC Classified with personal growth activities (workshops, educational costs, etc.). You can also submit a voluntary payroll deduction.


sjcc awards

2023 Distinguished Classified Professional of the Year

Donntay Moore-Thomas

Claudia Amador


Longevity Awards

5 years

Michael Castro

Matthew Cochran

Luis Medeiros

Taylor Montiel

Vanet Murawsky

Juan Palafox

Thodd Rhyness

Monique Rodarte

Andrew Villalobos


10 years

Maria Beronilla

Stacy Messenger

15 years

Jessica Canales

20 years

Cres Nolasco

25 Years

Angelica Bitocan

Sophia Partida

Tuyet Tran

30 years

Carol Vasquez

35 Years

Joe Lugo

40 Years

Michelle Heemskerk