Today's Students, Tomorrow's Workforce
November 1, 2016   Issue: 3
  Student Spotlight

Zac Hall served in the US Army as an infantry member from 2007-2013. He joined the Engineering Technology Program after hearing about the opportunity to intern at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. “The opportunity is incredible” Zac says, “I know this internship has helped me in so many ways. I definitely know that the lab is a place I could see myself working.”


During the summer Zac interned at the Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) and assisted in maintenance and troubleshooting of vacuum systems in order to support the project. “I learned so much during the internship. I feel like it really prepared me to enter this field of work.” Zac is expected to graduate in spring 2017 with an A. S. in Engineering Technology. After he graduates he would like to pursue full-time employment at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. 

Partner Highlights

TeenForce, in partnership with Silicon Valley Career Pathways (SVCP) and Silicon Valley Children’s Fund offered an incredible STEM and Work Readiness program for high school foster youth. Hack the Hood links a small business owner who needs a website with an experienced foster youth in order to collaborate, design and build the small businesses website.


The internship gives youth a critical insight and experience with the private sector. In addition, obtain valuable mentoring from well-educated caring professionals. One business owner based in San Jose said, “The Hack the Hood program works wonders for both parties involved (youth & business owners) alike. Businesses get a young opinion and look to their website while youth get an entrepreneurial experience into the possibility of owning a business.” This summer seven youth participated in Hack the Hood. 

Launching STEM Core and AMP
On August 25th, Growth Sector in partnership with SVCP held a joint orientation session for students in the Evergreen Valley College STEM CORE and San Jose City College Accelerated Math Pathways (AMP) program.


The orientation was a chance for students to get to know each other and start developing team unity. Student tested their engineering skills when they were split into teams of six with an objective of building a freestanding tower using spaghetti, string, tape, and a marshmallow. The winning structure stood 23 inches high!

  EVC STEM Core Demographics
  • 16 students enrolled
  • 8 Women
  • 12 first generation College Students
  • 12 eligible for the board of Governor’s Fee Wavier
  • 87.5% identify as members of underrepresented ethnic groups

  SJCC AMP Demographics:
  • 16 students enrolled
  • 1 Military Veteran 
  • 4 Women
  • 9 First generation College students
  • 12 eligible for the Board of Governor’s Fee Wavier
  • 50% identify as members of underrepresented ethnic group

San Jose City College Laser Tech Boot Camp 

  On Friday July 29th San Jose City College, in partnership (SVCP), graduated 20 students from a weeklong boot camp focusing on laser technology and applied STEM Careers. During the week students visited Stanford University’s physics lab and Bay Area laser tech companies. Students also received presentations from industry professionals and learned about possible career paths in laser tech and the variety of applications that lasers have from surgical to entertainment.

During the graduation ceremony, guest speaker Dr. Derrick Peterman of Ophir, a laser tech company in Silicon Valley, gave a brief speech to the students and the audience about lasers and the science behind them.  Dr. Peterman’s presentation gave parents a glimpse of what the students had experienced during the one-week program. Shana Nguyen, a junior at Independence High School stated, “My favorite part of the program was going to Spectra-Physics and Stanford Physics lab because they made me realize that there are many things that can be improved and discovered.”

San Jose City College Laser Tech Boot Camp 

Stride Center, in partnership with SVCP are providing young adults the opportunity and exposure to careers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) through the Proving Access program. It is a comprehensive career development program that includes in-depth technical training, industry valued certifications, professional skills development, and work-life skills development.


Stride center is able to provide paid work experience while the students are still in the program, which helps them build their confidence, get exposure to professional environments, practice what they are learning, and build their resumes. 30 of the 35 students in the two cohorts are currently working for Proactive at LinkedIn and Intuit. Upon Completion of the program participants are able go and become ICT professionals.

The Map Your Academy goes to Yahoo!

SVCP in partnership with, Evergreen Valley College and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, offered the Map Your Future (MYF) Computerized Individual Instruction Academy to 30 students. All were first generation college students and earned 3 college units upon completion.  

As a culminating event, academy students visited Yahoo and met 16 high tech executives, which motivated and educated students to pursue careers in high tech. 

Interns at the Santa Clara Valley Water District 

Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) in partnership with SVCP offered 48 internships to both college and high school students this summer.  Ten of the students granted internships were from high schools in our service area. Throughout the summer students received hands on experience and realistic exposure to careers at this public agency. Interns were assigned a mentor, who guided and supported the student providing them with goals and objectives. All students participated in safety training, professional networking events and received coaching on resume writing and interviewing.

Students were recognized for their hard work and participation at SCVWD’s board meeting. SJECCD Chancellor Dr. Debbie Budd and MetroED Superintendent Alyssa Lynch shared inspiring words and congratulated all the students on a very successful summer. Both SJECCD and MetroED hope to continue growing this amazing partnership in order to serve even more students in the following years.

Map Your Future at SVCTE

Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) hosted their annual Back to School Night. Hundreds of students along with their parents attended the open house. During the event MYF was represented through an outreach table, providing students and parents information about the amazing services that are offered at the center.

The goal of MYF is to be represented at all partnering community colleges, high school and middle schools at college and career fairs. MYF is in the process of bringing on board a program representative to support the MYF team as they build an inclusive network of counselors, coordinators, mentors and student ambassadors so MYF services can be provided on “wheels” at partnering institutions. Ensuring all students are receiving the opportunity to take advantage of these amazing and innovative services and pathway programs. 


Growth Sector and SVCP are providing STEM Core programs at each of our nine partner community colleges. STEM Core is a cohort based, contextualized and accelerated model that provides students with intensive academic and social support. Below are some highlights from a few of our partner community colleges:

West Valley College
19 students are currently enrolled in the STEM Core program for fall 2016 and are taking ENGR 20 and MATH 106. Students participated in an orientation and a Healthy Start Workshop to ensure they are successful during their first semester. Lastly, on September 26 and 27 guess speaker Steve Samuel from US Tech Ed provided a dynamic presentation on the use of AutoCAD.

Las Positas College
Students from their 3rd cohort visited Livermore’s own innovation hub, The Switch, for a field trip exposing students to a unique and exciting tech start-up incubator in the Tri-Valley. Students were able to meet individuals working on their own startup companies as well as explore Robot Garden, a community maker space located at The Switch. Students learned about the start-up culture, the exciting projects local folks are working on and ways that they can get involved in the future.

Evergreen Valley and San Jose City College
32 students are enrolled in either EVC’s STEM Core program or SJCC’s Accelerated Math Program (AMP). So far during the first semester students have reported positive feedback including, the benefit of the Student Support Specialist and cohort design of the program. Both cohorts participated in time management and self-care workshops in order to ensure students have the skills and knowledge to be successful during these next two rigorous semesters. Some other events for EVC STEM Core and SJCC AMP students are:
  • October 5: Self-taught software engineer, Aaron Alpar, gave a presentation on Autodidactism at SJCC
  • October 7: Manufacturing Day at Jabil in San Jose, CA
  • October 21: San Jose State University Tour & Engineering Panel

SVCP New Members

Diane Rock, SVCP Data Accountability Analyst, earned her degree in Child Development from De Anza College. Diane previously worked as Staff Analyst assigned to the Santa Clara Valley Water District by the Johnson Service Group, where she worked to compile reports and review files. Diane’s analyst and contract negotiation language skills are a great asset to the SVCP team. We are proud to have Diane on our team. 

Jennifer Johnson, SVCP Assistant Director, Grant Projects and Resource Development for the MetroED Consortium has worked as a Program Coordinator and Policy Specialist for FIRST 5 Santa Clara County where she was an integral member of the initial grant writing team. She convened and led an extensive network of academic and community service providers to ensure program delivery and compliance. Her focus was on creating holistic, wrap-around services for families with young children and improving academic pathways for student success.  We are proud to have Jennifer on the SVCP team.

Oscar Garcia, SVCP Business Engagement Manager, previously served as the President and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce where he worked to foster relationships between the business community and the city of Mountain View. Oscar also had his own T.V. show on KMVT15 titled, Silicon Valley Business Show which focused on highlighting the innovation taking place in Silicon Valley. We are proud to welcome Oscar to the SVCP team. 

Big Reveal – Social Media 

SVCP is excited to announce that we have launched our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Stay up-to-date on the latest stories and events.

Upcoming Dates
  • November 1, 3:00pm-4:30 pm – SVCP in Person Meeting at Workforce Institute 
  • November 3, 8:30am-10:00 am- CCPT Partner Breakfast at MetroED Room 810
  • December 6, 3 pm-4:30 pm- SVCP Consortium Holiday Celebration
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