The Association of California School Administrators Region 8 and its board members have announced Alyssa Lynch, the Superintendent of Metropolitan Education District in San Jose, California, as the 2018 Superintendent of the Year. The award recognizes the significant contributions of superintendents across the region.
“We are proud of this regional honor to Alyssa for her visionary approach to career technical education and adult education,” said Teresa Castellanos, the district’s Governing Board President and Board Member of San Jose Unified School District. “Alyssa continues to promote our mission that ensures all of our students thrive in college and career opportunities, paying dividends into our community.”
Alyssa Lynch began serving Metropolitan Education District in 2013 as the Superintendent to over 3,500 high school and adult students. Recently, Alyssa testified in Sacramento before the Assembly Education Select Committee for dedicated, direct, ongoing funding for Career Technical Education through California Assembly Bill 1743. Under her leadership, the district has opened several new cutting-edge programs such as Cybersecurity, Mobile Applications and Computer Coding, and Pharmacy Technician. In October 2017, the district’s high school program, Silicon Valley Career Technical Education, celebrated its 100-year centennial history in San Jose. Keynote speakers included Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, Assembly member Ash Kalra, John Boncher, President/CEO of Cupertino Electric, Inc. and several other local dignitaries.
High school students at the district receive unique internship opportunities that prepare them for a successful career. As Superintendent, Alyssa partnered with Strive San Jose through The Silicon Valley Organization. Through the Strive Internship Program, a regional public-private partnership with the City of San Jose and the Work2future Foundation, over 200 high school students in Silicon Valley were placed into summer internships over 2016 and 2017, including students from Silicon Valley Career Technical Education. Past internship programs also placed students at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, at local dental offices, and automotive service and repair shops.
Adult students at the district have benefited at Silicon Valley Adult Education with entry-level and advanced courses in health, technology, and careers in the trades. The school also offers free academic programs that help secure a high school diploma or equivalency. Additional opportunities have included bridge courses with West Valley College that jumpstart careers for water treatment operators and court reporters.
Alyssa will be recognized on May 11 alongside other Administrators of the Year at the 2018 ACSA Region 8 Leadership Awards. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Corinthian Club in San Jose. Register to attend by May 3 at: https://goo.gl/forms/TSjGMv3wbxy2M6a93
The Association of California School Administrators is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators. ACSA's top priority is advocating for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners. Our mission is to be the driving force of education in California and beyond. ACSA Region 8 consists of Santa Clara County, at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is made up of nearly 400 schools and more than 30 school districts, the largest of which is San Jose Unified School District. In all, it serves about 262,000 students.
About Metropolitan Education District:MetroED provides Career Technical Education and academic programs to over 2,600 high school and adult students in Santa Clara County. From its campus located centrally in San Jose, California, the district operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. Register for a free campus tour or get more information at: www.metroed.net
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