May was a race to the finish line. It was full of festivities and accomplishments during the final days of the 2022-2023 school year for the Metropolitan Education District. There was so much to celebrate and nothing excites me more than seeing all our students’ work highlighted, showcased, and rewarded during these end-of-year events.
At the end of May, more than 100 Silicon Valley Career Technical Education students were honored at the SVCTE Awards Ceremony for going above and beyond in their career technical education courses, many receiving scholarships for their dedication. Additionally, Silicon Valley Adult Education celebrated 30 students during its graduation. For many, this is something that has taken them years to achieve as life’s journey has taken a different path to achieve that accomplishment.
Student work was also on display throughout the month, through SVAE’s International Day, SVCTE’s Fashion Pop-Up, and SVCTE’s Film Festival. This is my 10th year of superintendency, but that doesn’t make the accomplishments any less amazing.
The year wrapped up with two successful WASC accreditations; SkillsUSA students qualifying for the SkillsUSA National Conference; strong partnerships with TESLA, Subaru and Work2Future; tours of SVCTE classrooms for over 100 community members; over 100 students attending our SVCTE Extended Learning after school program; 200 students enrolling in SVCTE Summer CTE Exploration programs; raising over $12,000 at the McTaggart Car Show; MetroED hosting the Santa Clara County School Boards Association Hoffman Awards; the Culinary Arts program hosting dinner for parents; hosting students, teachers and administrators from the New Taipei City delegation; and 1,600 students registering for SVCTE programs for fall 2023.
I want to thank you for your ongoing support of our students throughout the school year. If you want to get involved, here are some ways you can support MetroED in the coming months and 2023-2024 academic year.
Our monthly newsletter will return in August. Silicon Valley CTE and Silicon Valley Adult Education classes begin Thursday, August 10th. Until then, wishing you a fun, relaxing, and joyous summer!
Students In Action
SVAE Honors 2023 Graduates
Silicon Valley Adult Education held its graduation on May 25 for 18 High School Diploma graduates and 13 High School Equivalency completers. We are proud of their hard work and dedication. Senator Dave Cortese bestowed a certificate of congratulations to the graduating class. Guest speaker and Governing Board Vice President Chris Norwood encouraged the audience by saying, "You are carrying on a very rich tradition by continuing your education. It's never too late, don't give up!" Three High School Diploma graduates were awarded scholarships for their post-secondary education, and seven earned Academic Distinction with a GPA or equivalent of 3.6 or higher.
SVCTE Awards Ceremony Honors More Than 100 Students
On April 19, Silicon Valley Career Technical Education celebrated its 54th Annual Awards Ceremony. More than 100 students who received outstanding marks in their career technical education courses were recognized. The awards were given in tools, equipment, and/or cash to assist them in entering their vocations or continuing their education. Award recognition came from many partnering organizations.
The support from our community is the key component in enabling SVCTE’s program to present these awards to our students. We thank the following sponsoring businesses for their continuing support:
City of San Jose
Ford Motor Company
Los Altos Sunset Rotary Club
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Subaru of Stevens Creek
We congratulate our student awardees as they are meeting their futures head on!
Students Soaking Up Career Technical Education During Summer Exploration Program
School may be out for summer but SVCTE is still bustling with activity. Nearly 200 students have been busy soaking up career technical education knowledge through the Summer Exploration Program, running June 5 through 29. They have been exploring the following elective classes:
Silicon Valley Adult Education took a tour around the world as students and staff showcased their rich cultural diversity during SVAE International Day on May 3. The event showcased the beauty of our differences and the melting pot of America and Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley Career Technical Education’s Film and Video Production program brought their work to the big screen during the seventh annual Film Festival on May 26 in the campus auditorium. They quite literally walked the red carpet along with their families, friends, teachers, school staff, and community guests before showcasing the work they have created throughout the year, writing scripts, shooting and editing video, and so much more. At SVCTE, we are proud to provide rigorous, real-world academics and skills development to our students.
The 2022-23 cohort of Silicon Valley Adult Education student leaders has been a strong voice on campus and worked diligently towards making positive change in the school community. SVAE staff acknowledged the students for their contributions during a celebration on May 15. This year’s student leaders included Candelaria Stephanie Alcantar, Amilpa Ortega, Yudy Andrea Perez, Nina Barabanova, Bianca Cintron, Masis Gozaryan, Jose Jahir Mina, Mahbobeh Kalantar, Kim Kyunglyun, Andrew Lucero, Gulseren Ozturk, Eric Rodriguez, Ty Rosas, and Phoebe Tang.
Silicon Valley Career Technical Education’s Fashion Design and Textile Art students hosted the second annual Fashion Pop-Up Event on May 12. The student-led enterprise event showcased handcrafted merchandise from custom screen-printed apparel and accessories. “This was an exciting opportunity for students to practice and develop their soft skills as up-and-coming future professionals to a live audience,” said teacher Johnny Paul Vera.
Culinary Arts Promotional Video Premieres at Hoffmann Awards
Silicon Valley Career Technical Education’s Culinary Arts programwas busy in the kitchen last month, catering for celebration events and end-of-year activities.
Students served delicious dishes to attendees at the Hoffmann Awards, hosted by the Santa Clara County School Boards Association at SVCTE May 10. At the event, a promotional video about the Culinary Arts program was shown to kick off the festivities. Attendees shared their appreciation for the delicious food, sharing comments to those who were there.
SVCTE Celebrates Efforts of Student Ambassadors
In May, SVCTE celebrated the student ambassadors who volunteered this year to represent/promote campus programs and assist future students and their families through tours, school presentations, and public events.
SVCTE student ambassadors helped tremendously with SVCTE’s outreach efforts this semester. They assisted with 12 shadow days that served 241 prospective students, provided event support for SVCTE special events, and assisted as tour guides and/ or presenters for nine tours of the SVCTE campus. Overall, the ambassadors were active in helping over 2,000 people while representing SVCTE programs. We are so proud of their hard work.
SVCTE Construction Technology teacher Evan Clark and his students made new custom SVCTE games, which were a huge success at the Ambassador Celebration and at Meet Your Teacher Night on May 4.
Tom is the epitome of innovation at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and is dedicated, passionate, and committed to our students' career options. His kind yet assertive demeanor is a great example to students and colleagues, and he has significantly expanded and deepened SVCTE industry partnerships.
Tom will be celebrated this fall at the Santa Clara County Office of Education county-wide celebration alongside other district Teachers of the Year. We are so proud of Tom and all he does to inspire a passion for education beyond the classroom and into the future!
Marita Baker Named 2023 Classified School Employee of the Year
Marita Baker, Assessment Specialist with Silicon Valley Adult Education, was recently named MetroED’s 2023 Classified School Employee of the Year.
At an appreciation luncheon on May 5, MetroED Superintendent Alyssa Lynch gave Marita a certificate and unveiled MetroED's Spotlight Parking thanking Marita for her efforts showing the importance of determination, teamwork, and collaboration.
SVCTE 17th Annual Custom and Classic Car Show May 12
Our amazing culinary students dished out a delicious pasta dinner, raffles prizes included student made items donated by the Construction Technology and Metals Technology classes, CCOCTA and so much more. Del Grande Dealer Group and Tesla were also on-site, and we are thankful for their representation. Additionally, Stevens Creek Subaru provided the car show with a $1,000 sponsorship.
Superintendent Alyssa Lynch Featured in San Jose Chamber of Commerce Video
Superintendent Alyssa Lynch was featured in a recent episode of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Chats.” In it, she talks to CEO Derrick Seaver about how she got started in the world of education and how the landscape has changed over the years, the labor market shortage, how to help our students succeed, and more.
There was a HUGE turnout duringSilicon Valley Career Technical Education’sMeet Your Teacher night! Incoming students for next school year picked up materials in The Hub and then visited their classrooms for a brief presentation by their teacher.
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