Press Release

Metropolitan Education District
760 Hillsdale Ave
San Jose, CA 95136
August 22, 2013
Contact: Michelle Alaimo
Communication Specialist
(408) 723-6464

New Team, New Vision: New Director and Evening Principal Named

At last night's Board meeting, MetroED's Governing Board unanimously named Marianne Cartan as Central County Occupational Center's (CCOC) new Director. Cartan replaced John Fox who retired June 30 after eight years with the district. The Board also approved the promotion of Sylvia Evans to Principal, Evening Programs CCOC/Metropolitan Adult Education Program (MAEP). Evans has served as CCOC's Assistant Principal for the past 12 years.

Both Cartan and Evans began in their new leadership roles welcoming students back to school earlier this week. MetroED Superintendent Alyssa Lynch said that both Cartan and Evans bring with them years of leadership experience.

"Marianne's strong background in educational leadership, and experience as both an administrator at a comprehensive high school and Regional Occupational Program, make her the perfect fit for CCOC," MetroED Superintendent Alyssa Lynch, said.

Cartan has more than 34 years of experience in public education and most recently served as the Superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District in Grass Valley.

Cartan has served in a number of roles during her career including as an educational consultant at high school and community college levels. "While in these positions, I truly learned the meaning, the value, and the necessity of career technical education delivered both on school sites and through the ROP's," Cartan said.

Cartan, who grew up in Sunnyvale, is a firm believer in lifelong learning. Cartan is currently enrolled at the University of La Verne to complete the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership. She earned her bachelor's degree from UC Davis, a Master's Degree in Counseling from CSU, Sacramento, and a teaching certificate from UCLA. In addition, Cartan holds an adult teaching credential, pupil personnel services credential, and a professional administrative services credential.

Lynch said that Evans was the ideal candidate for the evening principal position because of her extensive experience with both Career Technical Education (CTE) and adult education.

"At a time when funding is so challenging, it is easy for Sylvia to roll up her sleeves and assist with the grants being utilized in our adult education and CTE programs," Lynch said.

During the past 23 years at CCOC, Evans has served in a number of positions in addition to Assistant Principal, including Computer Instructor, Dean of Students, Career Specialist, and Career Services Center Manager. Over the years, she has also served on short-term projects and positions with MAEP such as interim credentialing program supervisor and assessment coordinator. Evans said that experience with both of MetroED's programs has given her the foundation needed for the Principal, Evening Programs CCOC/MAEP position.

"I am looking forward to this change and the opportunity to work closely with the evening staff and students at both CCOC and MAEP," Evans said.

Evans has won numerous awards at both the local and state level for her leadership skills. Most recently, Evans was named an 2012-13 Outstanding Administrator of the Year for the California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (CAROCP).

CCOC serves high school juniors and seniors from six high school districts: Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, San Jose Unified School District, Milpitas Unified School District, and the Santa Clara Unified School District. Students attend CCOC for half of their high school day and their home high school for the other half of the day.

MetroED is the largest career-oriented organization in Santa Clara County comprised of high school and adult career-technical education, and academic programs, which include Central County Occupational Center (CCOC) and the Metropolitan Adult Education Program (MAEP).

MetroED annually provides more than 11,500 diverse students with the skills to help them be productive, income earning and taxpaying contributors to Silicon Valley.