Metropolitan Education District

Preparing Students to Thrive in College and Careers

September 2021 CTE Newsletter

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September 15, 2021
CTE Newsletter Vol.8 Issue 1
Superintendent's Message
We are thrilled by how eager SVCTE and SVAE students were for the 2021-2022 school year to begin because our campus ignites a certain spark and passion in each student.
SVCTE opened its doors on August 11 to 1,200 new and returning students, and SVAE opened its doors on August 10 with over 358 students. It is always a pleasure to see the first group of students step onto campus to gain invaluable education, and hands-on, life-changing experiences.
This year, at MetroED, there is no plan for Distance Learning or Independent Study, all students are offered in-person instruction. We are reimagining, rebuilding, and restarting school with restorative practices and equity at the center of what we do. Our goal is to support the whole child and whole employee by making our schools safe emotionally and physically for all students and staff.
In this newsletter, you will find information from our September 8 Governing Board meeting, new staff introductions, upcoming event dates, highlights from the State Assemblymember Alex Lee's tour of our SVCTE campus, an inspiring story from an SVAE student, and MetroED Foundation news.
It's off to an exciting school year!
We invite you to learn more about SVCTE and SVAE:
Be well. 
Alyssa Lynch
SVCTE Welcomes Back Students
Assemblymember Alex Lee Tours SVCTE
On August 20, Assemblymember Alex Lee toured the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) campus with MetroED Governing Board President Linda Goytia, Vice President Albert Gonzalez, Katherine Tseng, Superintendent Alyssa Lynch, and MetroED Foundation members Marc Baker and Carmen Villanueva.  
Lee, a supporter of CTE, knows the importance of assisting students in building foundational skills and gaining hands-on experience. He also understands that developing the basis for high school students’ future in postsecondary education and careers begins with top-rated programs like those at SVCTE. Students enrolled in CTE programs challenge themselves and are learning advanced and highly technical subjects that will help them fill current in-demand jobs.
The tour highlight was seeing students in action in the Electrical, Construction, & HVAC, Veterinarian, Medical Assisting, & Dental Assisting, Video Production, Animation & Fashion Design, Fire Science/First Responder, Law Enforcement, Metals, Truck Mechanics, & Automotive Services, and Auto Body Refinishing & Auto Body Repair programs. 
MetroED Governing Board Updates
Items of interest from the September 8 MetroED Governing Board Meeting:
Visit our Agenda Online page to view upcoming MetroED Board meeting agendas, past meeting minutes, and access our MetroED Board Policies.
Next meeting: Wednesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m.
MetroED Welcomes New Staff
Dorothy Recononse
Chief Business Official
Dorothy has over 25 years of experience in Fiscal Management services in school districts and the county office of education. Dorothy has trained district and site staff, created multiple-year budgets for the Governing Board, led the automation of fiscal and facilities systems. In addition, she has served as the co-chair for Budget Advisory, Bond Oversight, Parcel Tax, and Health and Welfare Committees.
Thomas has 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field. He has experience in all aspects of IT functions. Thomas grew up locally, attended the East Side Union High School district, and enjoys solving problems. He believes in the mission of the training we provide for students and looks forward to giving back to our community by working in the field of education. 
Thomas Kaiser 
Director of Technology Innovation Services
Important Dates
September 27- October 1 | Fall Break (no school)
November 11 | Veteran's Day holiday
November 24-26 | Thanksgiving holiday
MetroED Foundation Board
The MetroED Foundation is excited to announce the launch of their newly designed website!
Connecting and engaging with the foundation and its members is now easier. Since 1993, the Foundation has supported MetroED in its mission to prepare high school and adult learners for success in both college and careers. They hope to not only continue this work but to expand their outreach. The website provides more in-depth information about who they are, what they value, and how to get involved. Visit them at to learn more! 
Join the MetroED Foundation
The MetroED Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports MetroED’s very deserving students, faculty, and staff.
We are actively seeking a new President, a Fundraising Committee Chairperson, and volunteers to actively serve on our PR/Brand Awareness, Recognition, Advocates/Alumni, and Circle of Influence committees. Experience is helpful but not required. Knowledge or work experience in the areas taught at MetroED would be helpful, as would experience working with nonprofits or in the education field. All board members are volunteers with a passion for MetroED’s Career Technical Education programs and workforce development. 
We’ve earned the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency and Membership in the Global Giving, Benevity, and AmazonSmile communities. We are quickly evolving to raise awareness of Career Technical Education at MetroED and unite financial and community resources to provide scholarships to deserving students who would otherwise be unable to attend MetroED. We also plan to re-unite the over 45,000 MetroED alumni and organize their support for our mission.
Learn more about the MetroED Foundation at: If you can help us, contact Jim Stoch at or 408-761-7084.
SVAE Medical Assisting Student Finds Success
Mount Pleasant High School 2011 Alumni Destiny Trevino and Adult Education Medical Assisting Student
When Destiny first began the program in 2019, she worked in a local grocery store but had visions of having a career in the medical field. Destiny recalls the first month of the program being the toughest. She explained that she struggled with balancing life, school, and work, yet she never gave up on making her dreams become a reality. Destiny said, "I have learned to never doubt myself and keep striving because I am doing what I thought I could never do and it all is paying off."
Destiny shared, “the program has given me confidence, skills, and tools for success. I have learned a lot at SVAE from taking vitals, giving injections, and so much more. I have enjoyed learning and found something I really love and am so passionate about it.”
Destiny attributes her success to surrounding herself with people that keep her motivated including her instructor Dr. Nazilla Safari who pushes and supports her and all students to do their very best.
Join Our Team
Positions Available at MetroED!
We are currently seeking applicants that would be a great fit for our team.
Full health benefits are paid by the district for eligible employees and their dependents, including dental and employee assistance program. Visit here to learn more or click below.
Hear from Santa Clara County's Top Education Official
Public schools in Santa Clara County continue to grapple with distance learning, systemic inequities, mask mandates and the presence of law enforcement on campuses. Hear from the county’s Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan and learn what is being done by education officials to tackle these issues facing students, teachers and staff.
Have questions for Dr. Dewan? Send to
COVID-19 Updates
Students with One or More Symptoms Stay Home and Test
Students with one or more symptoms of COVID-19 please stay home, rest, and get tested (regardless of vaccination status).
Get up-to-date information and resources on staying healthy, safe, resilient, and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find COVID testing and vaccine sites, school guidance, and more; visit the COVID-19 page.
View MetroED campus COVID-19 protocols, including quarantining on COVID-19 Parent Resources.
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