I would like to welcome everyone to the 2022-23 school year and extend a special welcome to all our new students and their families. The opening of the new school year was very smooth.
On August 9, we had over 1250 SVCTE students and 400 SVAE students return to our campus. As I visited classrooms, students were energetic, engaged, and eager to participate in hands-on, life-changing activities.
I am thrilled to announce that we have a new principal at Silicon Valley CTE: Jeff Arnett. Jeff is a seasoned administrator with significant strengths in working with students and parents. We also have a new assistant principal at Silicon Valley Adult Education: Lars Guntvedt. Lars brings several years of teaching adult education students.
In this newsletter, you will find information about our high school and adult education programs, Teacher of the Year, 2022 Summer Career Exploration program, recognition of staff, and information on our upcoming events!
Stay safe and well,
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Funds Development of New Classes
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a one-time grant to MetroED to establish two new Career Technical Education (CTE) programs — one to support the growing demand for health care workers in Santa Clara County and another to address the growing demand for service in the electric vehicle market.
With this County support, MetroED will develop a new nursing science program focused on preparing students to work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health, and other patient care facilities. MetroED will also move forward with the conversion of an existing traditional automotive services program into one focused on electric vehicles – a program designed to prepare future automotive technicians to work on both types of vehicles. Pictured above are County Supervisor Joe Simitian and MetroED Governing Board Clerk Chris Norwood. Click here to read more.
Students In Action
In Automotive Services
Our students are already learning how to test batteries in the first weeks of school. Griffin Gierke from Del Mar High School in the Campbell Union High School District and Lizet Ayala from Apollo High School in the East Side Union High School Districtis pictured.
In Dental Assisting
SVCTE students are learning how to floss, brush teeth and how dental equipment is being used. Giovanni Ferrell from Los Gatos High School in the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District is pictured.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
SVAE students are already diving into their ESL advanced classes. Classes assist students in language acquisition by developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. We strive to make each person successful in a global society. Click here to learn more.
MetroED News and Highlights
MetroED 2022 Teacher of the Year
Bill Collins is MetroED’s 2022 Teacher of the Year. Bill’s devotion and passion for student achievement are evident as he works with his students individually to create a plan for their success. He has been teaching High School Diploma courses since 2019; he also gives his time to teach during the summer.
Bill will be honored at the 2022 Santa Clara County Teacher Recognition Celebration on Monday, October 24.
Leland High School Student Brings Home Second Place Medal
Congratulations to SVCTE Dental Assisting and Leland High School student Bella Johnson from San Jose Unified School District on winningthe silver medal in Dental Assisting at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kentucky, June 20-24.
The Dental Assisting portion of the competition consisted of both a hands-on and written exam. The testing stations included taking impressions, identifying dental tools, x-rays, and chairside assistance. She displayed a wide range of dental terminology and knowledge for the written exam.
Three SVCTE Teachers Participate in Ignite Program
Meta hosted Helena Polanco and Jon Furtado, and Johnny Paul Vera was at Silicon Valley Bank. The primary goal of this professional growth program is to gain insight into research labs and corporate workplaces and used to be the experience to create a meaningful curriculum for our students. Teachers can experience first-hand the practical applications of the subjects taught, infusing the curriculum with real-world connections to further engage students in 21st Century employability skills and careers. The fellowship provides them with new and exciting ideas to better prepare our students for college and career readiness. Fantastic work, team!
CTE Summer Exploration Success
Over 85 9th-12th graders explored and learned about career technical education opportunities this past June! Students rotated through four fun and interactive STEAM topics while "learning by doing."
Jim Burnham, SVCTE Mechatronics Engineering Instructor, was honored at the Next Flex Innovation Days symposium on August 2. Tom Pyke, a representative of Congressman Ro Khanna, presented Jim with a certificate of "Special Congressional Recognition" for his work in promoting and evangelizing the Next Flex "FlexFactor" program.
FlexFactor is an outreach, recruitment, and STEM education program designed to familiarize K-12 students with advanced manufacturing technology, entrepreneurship, and the education and career pathways that can lead to a STEM career. The program was designed to showcase the promise of these careers and help students to develop the critical thinking, creative reasoning, and problem-solving skills needed for future success.
JEDI Partnership Breakfast at MetroED
On June 7 and August 18, Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Lighthouse Initiative, in collaboration with MetroED, hosted a breakfast at SVCTE. The Business & Education JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Partnership Breakfast included a tour of the SVCTE facilities and an opportunity to learn how businesses and employers may best engage in creating sustainable talent pathways for all students. Click here to view more photos.
SVAE Summer School
Students attended 4-weeks of summer class programming in June. Classes included ESL Careers in Early Childhood Education Classes is a collaboration between West Valley Community College and SVAE. It offers ESL students a career pathway to quickly enter the workforce. Students earned a permit upon completion of the classes. These classes were free if students were enrolled in both West Valley Community College and SVAE High School Equivalency Class.
Meet Our New Leaders
Jeff is an experienced school administrator passionate about students having alternative options such as CTE. Jeff has a Bachelor’s in International Affairs and a Master’s in Education.
SVAE Coordinator/Assistant Principal
Lars comes to us with experience as an adult education instructor (ESL, Spanish HiSET). He’s fully bilingual in English/Spanish and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Communication.
Pat Werneck de Freitas
SVCTE Counseling Program Coordinator
Pat comes to us with experience as a counselor/academic advisor. She's fully multi-lingual in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master's in Education.