Silicon Valley Adult Education Highlights High School Equivalency Student Fernando Ramirez

April 22, 2021 by Amanda Rosas 1 comments

Fernando RamirezSAN JOSE, Calif. — Fernando Ramirez knew he wanted to make his future aspirations come true after reading the book “The Great Expectations.”

Fernando had been pondering the idea of going back to school and finishing his classes for nearly 20 years. As a young man, he enjoyed  going to school, but  Fernando knew his education needed to be put on hold so he could work and help contribute to his family. On his journey of trying to make his way back to completing his education, Fernando continued to be a hard worker and made multiple attempts to go back.

Fernando enrolled in several adult education programs over the years, but ended up dropping out because help he needed was not available. With just a few classes shy of finishing his high school diploma, Fernando was inspired by his cousin to try again in 2020. 

Returning to school during a pandemic was a difficult decision for Fernando. “At first it felt intimidating being on Zoom and not being in the classroom,” Fernando said. His first class at Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE) was with Ms. Arezoo Miller, High School Equivalency Teacher. Fernando said, "Ms. Miller was the first teacher that made me feel like I could accomplish anything."

This spring, Fernando will not only be wearing a cap and gown to receive his high school diploma, but he was chosen to be the student speaker for his graduating class. His next goal is to expand his knowledge in Automotive Services or to take on a new career in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Fernando knows there is nothing too big for him to accomplish and he is very grateful for the opportunity and the support he has received at SVAE.

“I believe what sets apart students, like Fernando, from other students is more than just achieving the highest grades. Students like Fernando are exceptionally resilient and are intellectually curious about learning,” said Arezoo Miller, High School Equivalency Teacher, “Additionally, they totally commit themselves to the task at hand without ever considering the idea of quitting when faced with unforeseen challenges.” 

SVAE’s Adult Basic Education, High School Diploma and English Second Language classes lay the groundwork to meet the basic skills required by employers. Those who already possess these skills can step right into SVAE’s career training programs in fields such as healthcare, automotive repair, and construction.

Silicon Valley Adult Education is located at 760 Hillsdale Avenue in San Jose. The telephone number is 408-723-6450 or visit us on the web at

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: