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Historic Cogswell College Welcomed to the City of San Jose by Mayor Sam Liccardo During Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Cogswell College brings award-winning talent to North San Jose.

San Jose, CA, October 16, 2015 — Cogswell College, an historic digital art, engineering and entrepreneurship school, celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in North San Jose, serving its 600 students and Academy Award-winning alumni, on Wednesday, October 14 during a special ribbon cutting ceremony at the school’s new campus. 

Cogswell College brings award-winning talent to North San Jose.

During the October 14th ceremonies, Dr. Deborah Snyder, President, Cogswell College, welcomed visitors, who then heard from John Duhring, Cogswell’s Director, Strategic Alliances and Alumni Relations. Next up was San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who made a special guest appearance alongside “Cogswell the Dragon.”  Dr. Charles Cook, Cogswell’s Chairman, Board of Trustees, was also on hand to cut the ribbon. (Seen Left to Right in Photo Above: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Dr. Charles Cook, Dr. Deborah Snyder, “Cogswell The Dragon.”) 

Known as a “fiercely collaborative, living laboratory,” Cogswell is the region’s first digital arts college. The new San Jose site is the college’s sixth campus since its founding in San Francisco in 1887.  The school relocated to Cupertino in 1985 and then to Sunnyvale in 1993.

“The location of the campus in North San Jose is excellent,” said Dr. Deborah Snyder, President and Chief Academic Officer of Cogswell College. “It’s is easy to get here, and it provides our students the advantage of connecting to the area’s top tech firms that are right in our backyard.”

“We welcome the students, alumni, and faculty of Cogswell College to San Jose,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo during the ceremony. “Cogswell’s strong tradition of creative technology innovation is an excellent fit for the Capital of Silicon Valley, and we wish the college every success in their new home.”

Cogswell College is adjacent to numerous public transportation options and nearby top tech companies like Cisco, Microchip, Ericsson, Samsung, and Maxim.
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About Cogswell College:

Designed as a “fiercely collaborative, living laboratory,” Cogswell College is a WASC accredited, four-year institution of higher education with a specialized curriculum that fuses digital arts, audio technology, game design, engineering and entrepreneurship. In 2015, Cogswell was cited by Animation Career Review as “One of the Top 50 Private Game Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S.”

Numerous alumni of Cogswell College have secured prominent positions within the entertainment, videogame, technology, computer, animation, and motion graphics industries throughout California and beyond. Several of these alumni have established careers with such high profile companies as Activision, DreamWorks Animation, Disney, Electronic Arts, Pixar, and Microsoft Game Studio. Many other alumni have launched their own creative ventures. Recent Cogswell alumni were members of the Academy Award-winning production teams, which worked on the blockbuster films “Frozen” and “Life of Pi.”

Some of the other well-known consumer projects to which Cogswell alumni have contributed include the feature films “Big Hero 6” and “The Avengers,” and the popular videogames “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” “Halo 4” and “Battlefield Hardline.” Cogswell College’s new location is 191 Baypointe Parkway, San Jose, California, 95134. For more information, please call 800-264-7955 or visit