April 2023 CTE Newsletter



April 27, 2023

CTE Newsletter Vol. 9 Issue 7

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Superintendent's Message



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. 


Of course, these state-of-the-art programs and events can only sustain themselves with the support of people like you! Find out how you can make a positive impact today.

Alyssa Lynch


SVCTE 17th Annual Car Show

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.


Download the Car Show flyer (PDF)


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.

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Students In Action

Eleven SVCTE Students Place in SkillsUSA State Competition; Two Advance to Nationals


Forty-three Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) students participated in the SkillsUSA State Competition that was held in Ontario, CA from April 13 to 16 after advancing during the Regional Leadership and Skills Competition held in March. They were among 3,000 students from across California who showcased their technical skills, joining various competitive events from the following programs: Auto Body Refinishing, Culinary, Dental Assisting, Mechatronics Engineering, Medical Assisting, and Metals Technology.

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.


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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. 


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SVCTE Student Earns Second Place in County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Viral Video Contest


The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department recently announced Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) Film and Video Production student Quang Tang from Piedmont High School in East Side Union High School District as the second place winner for their 2023 Viral Video Contest, in which high school students from across the county created original videos to educate their peers about safer sexual behavior, healthy relationships, and stigma about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Watch his video now.


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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 two Dental Assisting students participating in internships this semester: 

Joanna Le (Teacher: Gina Fleming), Evergreen High School in East Side Union High School District.


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 Santizo (Teacher: Suzie Dault), Prospect High School in Campbell Union High School District.


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.”

SVCTE Student Attends NorCal Girls Fire Camp


Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) has ignited a love of fire science for student Lorena Pena, a student at Overfelt High School in East Side Union High School District. Lorena is currently enrolled in the SVCTE Fire Science/First Responder program where she receives training with actual firefighting tools and equipment, along with classroom instruction.


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. 


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In Construction Technology


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.


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SVAE Students Write Seasonal Poems


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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MetroED News

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. 


Congratulations to SVCTE Culinary student Caleb Barefield from Santa Teresa High School in East Side Union High School District for receiving this recognition. 


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.

For more information about ACSA

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. 


There were many school and educational representatives present, including José Magaña and Brian Wheatley from San Jose Unified School District; Leslie Felipe, Lisa Falsetti, Dustin Cooley, Mariela Ho, Jamie Evare, and Amber Woodward from Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District; Aine O'Donovan, Linda Goytia, Elisabeth Halliday, and James Kim from Campbell Union High School District; Rick Rafey from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation; and more!


Don't miss out on our next community tour from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on May 19. Sign up today at www.metroed.net/campustours.


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MetroED Foundation

Attending SVCTE’s Car Show on May 12? So is the MetroED Foundation and we invite you to stop by our booth! Learn how you can support and get involved with the Foundation and school.


Friendly reminder that the MetroED Foundation has moved its Golf Fundraiser to Fall 2023! We are still looking for sponsors for the event. Click here for more details!


Lastly, a few of our board members participated in Board Match Night by Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and we enjoyed meeting everyone who came by our booth! If anyone is interested in joining our board, check out these opportunities!

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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.


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MetroED Governing Board Updates

MetroED Governing Board Meeting


To see past meeting minutes and agendas, please visit our Gamut online page. You can also view upcoming MetroED Governing Board meeting agendas and Governing Board Policies.


Next meeting: Wed., May 10, at 3:30 p.m. | In-person and via Zoom, SVCTE Auditorium, Room 201

Upcoming Dates

May 12


May 12


May 19


May 25


May 26

SVCTE 17th Annual Car Show


SVCTE Fashion Pop-Up


SVCTE Awards


SVAE Graduation


SVCTE Film Festival

2022-23 School Year Instructional Calendar

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