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Community Partners


Our community partners include:

Center for Employment Training (CET) is a private non-profit organization. Their mission is to fight poverty and dependence on public aid by making a variety of skill-training programs available to adults of all ages, backgrounds, and educational levels. CET wants to help people become self-sufficient by offering them supportive services and by finding them a job that will pay enough to fulfill their basic human needs.

CET was founded in 1967, when there was heightened political and social activism across the nation. A group of citizens, who are now the founding fathers of CET, wanted to organize and establish a job-training center for the working poor and low-income people in East San Jose.

As time went on, CET gained a national reputation for exceptional outcomes. Compared to other training programs, CET had higher job placement rates, higher earnings, and higher retention rates. Due to this success, in 1990, President George H.W. Bush awarded CET funds to replicate its program model in other states. CET currently has seventeen centers nationwide; each center offers a variety of skills that students can enroll in. CET's program model has succeeded in other countries as well. Currently there are international CET centers in Chile and Belize.

The CET headquarters in downtown San Jose offers more skills than any other center. There are a total of nine distinct programs. The Industrial Relations office in San Jose is known nationwide for its excellent work in job placement for their students. They do everything from putting on job fairs, working on resumes and cover letters, and constantly creating relationships with local businesses.

See CET's Facebook page for more information.

The City of San José – Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo is committed to revitalizing the

Downtown, bringing BART to San Jose, securing expansions of leading tech

companies, boosting funding for affordable housing, achieving important pension and

fiscal reforms, preserving San Jose’s hillsides and open spaces from development, and

finding jobs for hundreds of at-risk teens. Upon his election, Sam Liccardo began

serving as the 65th Mayor of San José in January of 2015. 

See Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo's Facebook page for more information.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School works with underserved low-income urban populations of color. Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School (CRSJJHS) average family income is less than $34,000 per year.  On average Cristo Rey students are one to two years behind academically, but by the time the students graduate, 100% are accepted into college.  Approximately 50% of the costs of this college prep education are covered through the Work Study program and the jobs the students have. The combination of an excellent academic program and the opportunity to work in a professional environment provides the skills and training these students need to graduate and becoming successful members of our communities.

Cristo Rey San Jose Work Study, Inc. (CRSJWS) is a sister corporation to CRSJJHS and runs a Work Study program for the students of the High School.  Every student at CRSJJHS works one day per week and goes to school four days per week.  The program started in Chicago in 1996 and has spread to 28 schools across the country, having recently been featured on CBS This Morning, marking the 10th anniversary of the 60 Minute segment on the Cristo Rey organization. 

See Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's Facebook page for more information.


The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) cultivates philanthropy and inspires Hispanic children and families to achieve personal greatness. HFSV engages leadership and bridges resources to invest in a thriving Hispanic community. Resources are directed toward educational excellence, leadership development, research, and convening and engaging the Hispanic community to improve the quality of life for Latinos and the Silicon Valley region.

See The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley's Facebook page for more information.

The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits has become known for its effectiveness in representing the needs and concerns of its member agencies and the clients that they serve. They work to ensure government funding is not cut for critical services and are a watchdog and advocate for ensuring health services are properly funded and provided by the nonprofit sector. They provide information on legislative trends and actions at both the county and state level through e-mail bulletins and communication on critical issues related to the state or county budget.

See The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits' Facebook page for more information.




The SCU Thriving Neighbors Initiative, housed in the Ignatian Center, actively promote strategic ties between Santa Clara University and the Greater Washington Community of San Jose in order to advance prosperity and education of both SCU students and neighborhood students as whole persons in whole communities.

See Thriving Neighbors Initiative's Facebook page for more information.


Office of Economic Development, City of San Jose is committed to driving a vital and competitive economy that increases prosperity and quality of life for San Jose residents and businesses.  Their mission is to catalyze job creation, private investement, revenue generation, and talent attraction and development.  One of their core services is business development, where they help complanies locate, expand and thrive in San Jose. See Office of Economic Development, City of San Jose's Facebook page for more information.