Press Release…For Immediate Release
Metropolitan Education District Contact: Jason Sholl 760 Hillsdale Ave Public Information Officer San Jose, CA 95136 (408) 723-4245 February 1, 2017 firstname.lastname@example.org
Students and faculty at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®. This year’s tagline is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!
CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE prepares students to be college-and career-ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. A special activity scheduled for the public includes a February 11 SkillsUSA Regional Leadership and Skills Competition with nearly 450 students and a February 15 Campus Tour (RSVP Link).
This year marks 100 years of CTE and the centennial of SVCTE which began as San Jose Technical High School in 1917. SVCTE is the largest CTE Center in Northern California and will celebrate its 100-year history on March 10, 2017.
Metropolitan Education District (MetroED) Superintendent Alyssa Lynch highlighted, “this school year, we invested in students’ lives with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees as well as future leaders. With the addition of a high school Cybersecurity course, students train to enter careers protecting Silicon Valley technology companies.”
High school and adult students completing other programs enter local careers from Auto Services, Electrical Maintenance, Dental Assisting, HVAC, and Law Enforcement, to name a few. SVCTE helps high school students from six school districts in Santa Clara County get a jumpstart on their careers. Silicon Valley Adult Education also offers academic and evening CTE programs at MetroED.
On January 18, 2017, the Governing Board of the Metropolitan Education District passed Resolution #06-01-18-17 proclaiming the month of February 2017 as Career and Technical Education Month. The Board saluted the administration, teachers, and students of the Metropolitan Education District and honors their efforts and accomplishments.
History of CTE
The federal role in CTE began 100 years ago with the Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act of 1917. This legislation marked the first federal investment in secondary vocational education, providing funding to the states for agriculture, homemaking, and trade and industrial education. Many federal acts over the years continued their growing support and funding for vocational education. In 2006, the term “vocational education” was retired in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, introducing programs of study as a unifying concept and $1.3 billion in annual funding. In 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to reauthorize the Perkins Act, but the Senate stalled negotiations.
Today, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.
For more information about SVCTE and our events, visit www.svcte.org or call (408) 723-6400.
MetroED provides career technical education and adult education programs to over 2,600 students in Santa Clara County. MetroED’s programs include Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center (SVCTE), formerly known as Central County Occupational Center (CCOC), and Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE), formerly known as the Metropolitan Adult Education Program (MAEP).