February 2024 CTE Newsletter



February 15, 2024

CTE Newsletter Vol. 10 Issue 5

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Superintendent's Message



This month, Metropolitan Education District (MetroED) is embarking on a journey of celebration and appreciation for Career and Technical Education (CTE). February marks the nationwide recognition of CTE Month—a time to honor CTE's invaluable contributions to our students, programs, and communities. Our stellar teachers bring years of industry experience with them to create courses that are rich with practical applications and real-life experiences.


MetroED knows the critical role that CTE plays in preparing students for success in both their academic and professional lives. The data below conveys a powerful message: 

Through hands-on learning experiences, industry-aligned curriculum, and meaningful partnerships with local businesses, our programs empower students to explore their passions, develop valuable skills, and pursue promising careers.


CTE delivers rigorous, relevant information and enriches academics, forging students into job and career-ready powerhouses with a well-rounded foundation.


See what we are doing to this month celebrate below. 


MetroED is building a brighter future for our students and our community.


Be well,

Alyssa Lynch


Students In Action

CTE Month


MetroED is highlighting Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month with an insider's view of our classrooms. Follow this virtual journey with interactive demonstrations here and on social media. We are using the hashtag #HandsInCTE2024.


So far we have covered: 

  • Construction Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical Vehicles/Auto Services
  • Forensic Science
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Sports Medicine & Kinesiology

Superintendent Lynch Announces Retirement

After 11 years leading MetroED, and more than three decades in public education, specifically Career Technical Education, Superintendent Alyssa Lynch has announced plans to retire at the end of the school year. Lynch came to MetroED in 2013 after working for the Santa Clara County Office of Education for nine years and Mission Valley ROP for 11 years. 


“Choosing to retire was difficult,” Lynch said, adding she is grateful to have had the chance to be a superintendent. Read more


Early Childhood Education 


SVAE’s Early Childhood Education course, a partnership with West Valley College, celebrated its class completers. There were inspirational student speeches and congratulatory praises by SVAE Director Maliheh Vafai and West Valley College representatives before certificates were awarded to acknowledge the students' hard work.

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English as a Second Language


Marion Clark's English as a Second Language class dove into the extraordinary legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Check out the incredible timeline they crafted, topped off with a themed background by one of her talented students, Anderlyn!


Electrical Vehicles/Automotive Services 


Tune in to the 26:43 minute mark to watch a presentation by teacher Tom Nemeth, who shared valuable information about his program’s curriculum, industry partnerships, and more. Former Auto Services student Mohammad Rustam Sadiqi joined Mr. Nemeth, talking about his journey with the program, which led him to reinvent his career working for a DGDG Hyundai dealership.

Mechatronics Engineering 


Mechatronics Engineering students have been working on their Rube Goldberg project, a kinetic machine sequence that is built in teams, with teacher Jim Burnham. It includes coding on the Arduino microcontroller, sensors, servos, and motors.

Students have to "sense" something in the world with electronic sensors, like distance, temperature, magnetic, motion, etc. This sensor input is detected by their C++ code running in an Arduino, and then the code tells a motor or servo to move. In between is Duct tape, Dominos, string, hot wheel cars, ping pong balls, marbles, and all kinds of other kinetic chaos. Videos here

News and Highlights

Governor's Office Representatives Visit MetroED


Representatives from the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom visited MetroED. Antonio Isais, NorCal Regional Coordinator of External Affairs, and Marjon Saulon, Northern California Deputy Regional Director of External Affairs, toured SVCTE on January 9 before the Governor's Career Education Executive Order webinar to learn more about CTE centers. They also visited MetroED's tiny home as part of the Governor's initiative on tiny homes.

SVCTE Wellness Fair


SVCTE turned into a vibrant health and wellness hub for students! More than 20 vendors, including Kaiser Permanente, CalFresh, Palmer Chiropractic Clinics (pictured), Bay Area Medical Academy, Bill Wilson Center and more, shared resources with students. SVCTE students from medical, veterinary, and fire science programs displayed their talents and knowledge by providing pet therapy and checking heart rates. Photos

City of San Jose Building Trades Industry Panel


The City of San Jose’s Workforce Learning and Development Team collaborated with SVCTE to host a Building Trades Industry Panel, where staff experts from their Environmental Services, Department of Transportation, and Public Works shared insights about the diverse career opportunities available in local government. From inspectors and engineers to electricians and plumbers, students learned about the skills, education, and training needed to succeed in these trades, all while making a difference in the community. More photos

February is Black History Month 


MetroED proudly commemorates Black History Month. This month gives us the meaningful opportunity to honor the many achievements of African Americans and recognize their prominent role in history. American Historian Carter G. Woodson created Black History Month, which has inspired schools and communities across the nation to organize local celebrations, create black history clubs and host performances and lectures.

Join Our Team

Positions are Available at MetroED!


We are currently seeking applicants that would be an excellent fit for our team. The district pays full health benefits to eligible employees and their dependents, including dental, life, and an employee assistance program. You can click below to learn more.


MetroED Current Openings

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MetroED Governing Board Updates

MetroED Governing Board Meeting


To see past meeting minutes and agendas, please visit our Gamut online page. You can also view upcoming MetroED Governing Board meeting agendas and Governing Board Policies.


Next meeting: March 13, at 5:30 p.m. | In-person, SVCTE Auditorium, Room 201 and via Zoom.

Upcoming Dates

February |

Feb. 19-23 | Winter Break - No classes

Feb. 19 | President’s Day (Legal holiday)

Feb. 23 | President’s Day (Local holiday)

March 29 | Cesar Chavez Day (Observed)

2023-24 School Year Instructional Calendar

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