SJSU Career Center Connects Employers to Tax Incentives, Creating Jobs

SJSU is located within the San Jose Enterprise Zone.

Media Contact: Daniel Newell408-924-6028

SAN JOSE, Calif., — The San Jose State University Career Center connects Bay Area employers to tax credits, financial reimbursements, and wage subsidies for hiring SJSU students and alumni. SJSU is located in the government identified “Enterprise Zone” in the heart of Silicon Valley.

This means that businesses located in the Enterprise Zones of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland can claim up to 50 percent of wages paid to students they employ who live on campus or in pre-designated areas. The SJSU Career Center has identified more than 1,700 businesses that already hire through SJSU and qualify for this credit.

If a company in the zone chooses to employ a student or graduate who does not live on campus or in the pre-designated areas, businesses can claim a tax credit if the candidate earned less than $9,000 the 90 days prior to the job offer.

The savings don’t end there. The SJSU Career Center has collaborated with its community and government partners to provide even more savings to employers who hire Spartans. Work2Future, NOVA, and the Department of Rehabilitation are equipped to provide employers with financial incentives, even if the business does not reside in the enterprise zones or hire SJSU students/alumni.

Businesses are to contact the representatives below for details. These three programs identified by the SJSU Career Center save businesses money.

SJSU Enterprise Zone
(write off up to 50 percent of a new employee’s annual salary)
Contacts :
San Jose Businesses: John Lang at or 408-535-8178
San Francisco Businesses: Natosha Safo at (415) 554-6130
Oakland Businesses: Susana Villarreal at or (510) 238-7794

SJSU Work Ability Referral Program
(tax credits and training reimbursement)
Contact :
Judy Salinas: or (408) 277-9032

On the Job Training
(50 percent – 90 percent wage reimbursement during training period)
Work2Future, serving southern Santa Clara County, Dhez Woodworth, (877) 880-1222 or
NOVA, serving northern Santa Clara County, (408) 730-7232 or

Hire Spartans, your Competitive Edge for Silicon Valley’s top talent and global market. Register with the SJSU Career Center now. 

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,500 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

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