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Documentary on Career Technical Education Airs on PBS, Features Silicon Valley CTE Students & Teachers

August 15, 2017 by Jason Sholl 0 comments


San Jose, CA: High school students in Career Technical Education (CTE) centers gain the skills and knowledge that are necessary to fill the rising skills gap in the United States. Many economists, business owners, and labor leaders have raised alarms about jobs that are available and those with the skills needed to fill them. Local filmmaker Bob Gliner produced a documentary titled “Job Centered Learning” that will soon air nationwide on PBS stations and features students and teachers at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE). The film takes a critical look at the wide range of CTE options some high schools in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area are offering, engaging their students in life changing classroom experiences. “Job Centered Learning” airs on:

  • KQED Life: 7 p.m. on August 17; 1 a.m. on August 18 (Channel 54.3 or XFINITY 189)
  • KCSM: 9 p.m. on August 20 (Channel 43.1)
  • KRCB: 8 p.m. on August 24
  • KQED Plus: 10 a.m. on September Sep 15 (Channel 10 or XFINITY 710)
  • KCSM: 9 p.m. on September 17 (Channel 17 or XFINITY 717)

Seven SVCTE students from the 2016-2017 school year share their experiences in the film. They include Sabrah Boldon (Ocean Grove Charter School), Daniel Moreno (Snell Community School), Brian Guillen (Wilson High School), Jovanie Parra (Del Mar High School), Nathanael Nakash (Del Mar High School), Ashlyn Simpson (Los Gatos High School), and Camille Vo (Leigh High School). The documentary also features interviews from Metropolitan Education District Superintendent Alyssa Lynch and four SVCTE teachers, including HVAC teacher Jim Falcone, Metals Technology teacher Cassidy Cannizzaro, Cybersecurity teacher Jim Burnham, and Truck Mechanics teacher Michael Cortese.

“Our high school students are highly motivated and gain professional skills in their Career Technical Education courses,” said Sara Crowder, Lead Administrator at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education. “Students improve their grade point averages, attendance, and earn certifications that prepare them for lifelong careers and success in college.” 

“I think my documentary contradicts the notion that traditional high school teaching techniques are the only viable way to learn traditional subject matter and find viable careers,” said veteran documentary filmmaker Bob Gliner (, a former Sociology Professor at San Jose State University. “In fact, evidence suggests the opposite – that career technical education classes lead to higher high school retention, better grades and graduation rates, because it makes curriculum come alive for students, engaging them in often life-changing classroom and career-forming educational experiences.” 

San Francisco Bay Area schools featured in the film include Silicon Valley Career Technical Education in San Jose, Independence High School in San Jose, Eden Area ROP in Hayward, Harbor and San Lorenzo Valley High Schools in Santa Cruz County, and Vintage High School, in Napa. The documentary trailer is available on YouTube. The film can be purchased on DVD directly from the filmmaker’s website or streamed on Vimeo on Demand.

Bob Gliner is an award winning documentary producer with more than 40 programs to his credit. His programs have appeared on PBS stations throughout the United States and have also been shown to classes in a wide variety of university and public school settings, as well as by nonprofit organizations. His primary focus is social problems and social change - both inside the United States and throughout the world. He has shot programs in Russia, Macedonia, Vietnam, India, Tanzania, Israel, Ecuador, and Cuba.

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:

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Jason Sholl

Public Information Officer
Metropolitan Education District
Phone: (408) 723-4245