It has been said that positivity is contagious. If you look at MetroED and our Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) and Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE) programs, you see this ring true in the many celebrations, activities, and acknowledgements that have been happening throughout the school year. Our teachers are allowing our students to truly learn and flourish, and they are walking away with personal and professional growth.
At the last Governing Board meeting, some of these stars were on display with an impressive list of recognitions, where I sang the praises of staff and students alike, with sentiments echoed by board members. We honored our substitutes; HOSA advisor Maggie Kasberger and SkillsUSA advisors Gina Fleming and Cassidy Cannizzaro. We also recognized administrators Lisa Ketchum and Jeff Arnett and Culinary student Caleb Barefield from Santa Teresa High School in East Side Union High School District, who will be honored at tomorrow’s Region 8 Association of California School Administrators awards dinner. Read about some of their work and honors in the articles below.
Additionally, last week we celebrated Adult Education Week and highlighted the dedication of our staff members and the students we serve at SVAE. Adult programs such as ours offer quality programming that makes an impact for the ever-evolving economic and workforce development. Additionally, just the week prior, we were fortunate to have Maliheh Vafai join our stellar team as director of SVAE.
As we round the corner to May, MetroED will continue to establish itself as a gem, no longer so hidden, in Silicon Valley. We offer opportunities like no other, including the SVCTE Car Show on May 12, which is open to the public onsite. Read more in the article below.
We invite all classic car clubs, collectors, and enthusiasts to attend the 17th Annual Custom and Classic Car Show on Friday, May 12 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) car show grew steadily, with over 260 entries in 2022. This year, we hope to have more than 300 vehicle exhibitors. Spectator admission to the car show is free, with limited parking. The event is at the SVCTE campus located at 760 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136.
Exhibitor passes are a $20 tax-deductible donation/fee per car, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle in the SVCTE auto show. Pre-registration is not available. Exhibitors will pay at the gate on the night of the event. At the most recent car show, more than $10,000 profit was made, all of which goes to support SVCTE’s successful SkillsUSA organization. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
Eleven students medaled, with two students winning gold, six students winning silver, and three students winning bronze. Gold medal winners Seojin Lee from Prospect High School in Campbell Union High School District and Alana Lin (pictured right) from Del Mar High School in Campbell Union High School District are eligible to advance to SkillsUSA’s annual National Leadership & Skills Conference this June in Atlanta, GA.
SVCTE Sports Medicine Team Takes Third Out of 115 Teams at Cal-HOSA Competition
Twenty-five Silicon Valley Career Technical Education students competed at the 2023 Cal-HOSA State Leadership event from March 23 to 25 in Sacramento, CA among 4,200 students.
Of the 25 who qualified for the State event, 10 students made it to round two of their events. Of those 10, a team of five Sports Medicine students took home third out of 115 teams in the Anatomage competition.
Dental Assisting Students Gain Real-World Experience
SVCTE educates its students for success in careers and college in a professional, hands-on environment. As part of their academic journey, some students participate in internships in the second semester, gaining valuable real-world experience.
Here is a look at twoDental Assistingstudents participating in internships this semester:
Currently Joanna is interning at two different dental offices in order to obtain her weekly hours and gain more experience. Two days a week she interns for Silicon Dental and two days a week she interns for Gabucan Family Dentistry. Both of her dental offices speak highly of her. Like others, one has already asked if she would like to work for them as a dental assistant after completing her dental course at SVCTE this year. Joanna will be going off to college to become a dentist, and is still weighing her options about where to go.
Carlos interns at Big Smile Dental - Jasna M. Galeb, DDS, where has has learned a lot within a short period of time, including radiology, infection control, dental practice law and ethics, and so much more. “I have been loving the internship!” Carlos said. “I am super grateful for the opportunity to work in the field, and interning has provided me with ample opportunities to learn more about dentistry and the medical field.”
Her passion was burning bright when she participated in the NorCal Girls Fire Camp April 1 and 2, a two-day program designed specifically for female high school students. The camp is staffed exclusively by active duty women firefighters from the Bay Area and across the West Coast. All of the camp topics are designed to inspire young women interested in a career in fire service. In a male-dominant career, the camp is designed to empower women and create a network to support and mentor them.
In Evan Clark’s Construction Technology program at SVCTE, he sets a solid foundation by first teaching them things like drafting and flooring on a small scale dream home. Then they move on to larger projects, which they are shown working on here. They are building a 16 foot by 24 foot house (pictured), constructed in different sections. Students were standing up the walls, attaching areas together, fixing window frames, and making it into the structure, which they should complete by the end of the school year.Mr. Clark plans to have next year’s students disassemble the completed house, and repurpose it for creation the following semester.
English as a Second Language students in Marion Clark’s class have written seasonal poems. We are proud to showcase a submission for Spring.
Spring by Sarah Ruiz
Spring embraces pastel greens, pinks and yellows
It tastes like juicy or crisp, sweet or sour fruits and vegetables
It sounds like a buzz of bees or a hum of hummingbirds in the flowers
It smells like freshly cut grass and wet earth
It looks like life is returning to where it belongs
It makes me feel happy and motivated
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Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
Each year, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) recognizes 19 pre-K to adult students, one from each geographic region, for overcoming the odds and achieving success through the Every Student Succeeding Program.
He will be celebrated at the Region 8 ACSA Awards dinner in April, and in November at the Leadership Summit in Sacramento.
Caleb is being recognized at the April dinner along with two of MetroED’s administrators and business partner:
Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year: Jeff Arnett, SVCTE Principal
Personnel/Human Resources Administrator of the Year: Lisa Ketchum, MetroED Director of Human Relations and Communications
Partners in Education Excellence: work2future, which helps Santa Clara residents get the skills and coaching they need to find a new job, get a promotion, or start a new career. This year, work2future has collaborated with SVCTE to offer paid internships for dental and medical assisting students.
Meet Our New Director of Silicon Valley Adult Education
Maliheh Vafai joins MetroED with nearly 20 years of experience in adult education. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Master of Arts in English. She is a lecturer at San Jose State University and, most recently, was an Adult Ed CTE Coordinator. Previously she was the department chair for Curriculum and Professional Development, an EL Civics Coordinator, and an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor.
April Industry Tour Most Successful One Yet
Last week, Superintendent Alyssa Lynch held her most successful tour yet for this year of Silicon Valley Career Technical Education's unique 26-acre campus and programming, with nearly 30 members in attendance.
We are currently seeking applicants that would be an excellent fit for our team. The district pays full health benefits to eligible employees and their dependents, including dental, vision, and an employee assistance program. You can click below to learn more.