Programs and Centers
In the greater San Jose metropolitan area, the retailing industry operates in the shadow of the high tech industry. Nonetheless, the balance of power in channels of distribution has shifted away from consumer goods manufacturers to retailers. Today, the largest company in the world is a retailer. Retail management has become highly data-driven and technology-reliant. Professionalism in the industry has substantially escalated and high-leverage, high-paying career opportunities abound. BARC is designed to apprise students of these opportunities, to provide abundant experiences that complement classroom learning, and, finally, to enhance students' chances of securing challenging and rewarding internships and careers in retailing.
The Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC) was founded in 2008. Its mission is to advance the field of global leadership and disseminate best practices to help organizations, management professionals and SJSU students function more effectively in global work settings.
The Mineta Transportation Institute, located on the San Jose State University campus, was established by Congress as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). MTI focuses on international surface transportation policy issues as related to three primary responsibilities: research, education, and technology transfer. MTI receives policy oversight from an internationally respected board of trustees who represent all of the major transportation modes.
The Mission of the SSME program at SJSU is to:
- Develop and deliver relevant SSME curriculum for our students and stakeholders.
- Foster an intellectually challenging environment and acquire resources to support SSME education and research.
- Pursue mutually beneficial collaborative relationships with industry, academic, and government partners to advance the SSME discipline.
The College of Business at San Jose State University (SJSU) offers an exciting new development, the Silicon Valley Business Stars Program (SVBSP). The Program aims specifically to provide visiting business students, corporate executives, technical professionals, and government officials throughout the world a unique and memorable learning experience about high-tech development and global business management in the Silicon Valley.
The Silicon Valley Center for Business Solutions (SVCBS) is a well-rounded center situated at San Jose State University intended to help small, medium and large sized companies with their business and technical challenges. SVCBS is envisioned as a proactive liaison between the College of Business and businesses in the local community, aligning faculty expertise and interests with industry research needs to find pragmatic solutions to the complex pressing challenges facing Silicon Valley. The SVCBS would develop and support research projects and facilitate the dissemination of publishable results in appropriate outlets including academic, trade and other press. The SVCBS vision is pursuant to the College of Business mission in conducting research that contributes to business theory, practice and education.
The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship promotes effective entrepreneurship through knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, collaborative partnerships and outreach activities.
The SJSU Solar Solar Workforce Project is working to prepare students for careers in solar and other renewable energy jobs in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in California. The project is funded by a Green Innovation Challenge grant from the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and is part of the larger SolarTech Workforce Innovations Collaborative, a collaboration between the solar industry and local educational and nonprofit agencies.
Founded in 2008, the purpose of the Center for Banking and Financial Services (CBFS) is to build a vital partnership between San José State University's College of Business and local financial institutions. In particular, the focus of the center's efforts is to create a link between talented SJSU students and the banking and financial services industry. This is especially important as there may be a discrepancy between the career opportunities in the financial sector and students' understanding of those opportunities. As a result, the partnerships built by the center benefit SJSU, its students and the companies represented on the CBFS Executive Board.
Since 1984, the Tax Executives Institute (TEI) and San Jose State University have sponsored the High Technology Tax Institute in Silicon Valley. The Institute's focus on relevant tax issues for computer companies, as well as pharmaceutical, biotech, communications, and aerospace industries makes it an invaluable, educational tax experience for accountants, attorneys, and corporate representatives who service high technology companies.