One hundred years after students first roamed the grounds of San Jose Technical High School, former students, staff, and business partners will gather to celebrate the school’s centennial. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education, 760 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose. Free general admission tickets are available at http://svcte100.eventbrite.com/. Student scholarship donations are also accepted.
“We are extremely proud to host a 100-year anniversary celebration of providing Career Technical Education training to our community,” said Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent of Metropolitan Education District. “Our event showcases the history of cutting-edge, high-quality programs that continue to prepare students for college and careers in today’s competitive global economy.”
The event includes an address by Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, along with John Boncher, President/CEO of Cupertino Electric, Inc. The program will acknowledge Governing Board Members, Superintendents, alumni attendees, and feature the experiences of past students. After the event, there will be refreshments and campus tours throughout the 26 classrooms on campus. There will also be a display of historical artifacts, yearbooks, photos, and opportunities to hear alumni stories.
Our high school has a rich history in San Jose, California. It is known locally as: San Jose Technical High School (1917-1968), San Jose Regional Vocational Center (1968-1983), Central County Occupational Center, CCOC (1983-2014), and Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (2014-today).
San Jose Technical High School began on the grounds of today’s San Jose High School (275 N 24th St, San Jose). The school only accepted male students and offered classes in Woodworking/Pattern Making, Mechanical Drawing, Machine Shop, Shop Mathematics, and Vocational English. In the 1920s, it added Auto Mechanics, Vulcanizing, History, Sheet Metal, Printing, Plumbing, and Electrical classes. In 1952, the school relocated to the site of today’s San Jose City College (2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose). By 1958, local high schools began busing sophomores, juniors, and seniors to spend half their day at the Technical High School and half the day at their home high schools, a concept that is utilized today.
In 1968, the school moved to its current site (760 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose), became co-ed, and was renamed San Jose Regional Vocational Center. The school added Health Occupations classes and only accepted junior and senior high school students. In 1976, the campus expanded with three new buildings to add Business, Office, and Computer classes.
The school was renamed Central County Occupational Center (CCOC) in 1983 and a Joint Powers Agreement between six school districts allowed the agency to serve students from 34 high schools. The districts include Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, Milpitas Unified School District, San Jose Unified School District, and Santa Clara Unified School District.
In 2014, the school was renamed Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE). In recent years, the school expanded its programs to include Pharmacy Technician, Cybersecurity, Mechatronics Engineering, and Sports Medicine & Kinesiology. It continues to serve 26 courses to over 40 high schools in Santa Clara County.
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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