Today's Students, Tomorrow's Workforce
August 17, 2016  Issue: 2
Workforce Institute Highlights
Welcome Dr.Watson

The Silicon Valley Career Pathways (SVCP) team is excited to welcome the Workforce Institute’s new Executive Director, Dr. William Watson.  A distinguished community leader and prominent education visionary, Dr. Watson’s career encompasses 16 years of innovative educational leadership in implementing career and college pathways to economically disadvantaged populations. Among his achievements, he directed Skyline College’s Sparkpoint program, meant to help individuals and families achieve financial self-sufficiency in the Bay Area.

Students who utilized the program were more likely to continue with their college education than the general population – ultimately leading to a more diverse workforce. 

Dr. Waton’s leadership also led to a partnership with the biotechnology company, Genentech, to create a customized curriculum and serve dislocated workers. The partnership earned the “Building an Industry Driven Workforce Investment System” national award by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Dr. Watson’s work with the community has led to recognition by countless educational institutions and media publications. We look forward to Dr. Watson’s leadership as we embark on creating pathways into STEM education and careers. 
Student Highlights

EVC & SJCC Students Land NASA Ames Summer Internship

The SVCP team congratulates U.S. Navy & U.S Marine veterans currently attending EVC & SJCC on securing summer internship opportunities at NASA Ames. Adam Brown, navy veteran and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major at EVC, will be investigating strategies on building a robust economy in space. Sean Marsh, also a Navy veteran and Electrical Engineering major at EVC, will be supporting the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Test division. Marine veteran and current Engineering major at SJCC, Edwin Thomas, will be working machine specialized components and parts for the NASA space program.

Partner Highlights
Map your Future Academy - Evergreen Valley College  

The Map Your Future Academy (MYF) delivered in partnership with Evergreen Valley College (EVC), Silicon Valley Career Pathways, Eastside Union High School District, and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley - Family College Success Center kicked off June 13th and will run through July 28th.

Participating students are taking four Computerized Individual Instruction (CII) courses and one counseling course delivered by EVC faculty.  During the program, students are gaining knowledge of a variety of digital skills including: typing, work processing, composing emails, and presentation skills.

Nicolas Oduma, a MYF participating student said, “My experience with the Map Your Future Academy has been going really well right now. I feel like I’ve been making a lot of progress in my public speaking, it’s helped me become a better presenter, and learn more about computers.”

Other students participating expressed the program will help them with future projects and life in general. At the end of the course students will receive 3 college credits.

Cultivating the Next Generation of Heroes

On Thursday and Friday, May 5th & 6th, the SVCP team offered participating California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) grant project partners a professional development training for Facilitator Certification based on the book “Follow Your Inner Heroes to the Work you Love” by Carolyn Kalil, MA.

All participants got the opportunity to learn from the author a new method that will assist in increasing high school and community college student access and success by providing tools to explore career pathways that match students’ personality strengths and interests. 

This training has equipped faculty and staff working directly with students with tools to help ensure students define educational and career goals within a timely manner. In alignment with CCPT grants, the objective of this training was to develop our team to help students identify a career pathway early, allowing for smooth transitions from high school into higher education.

Service Men and Women Honored at Veterans Engineering Technology Graduation
On May 4th, 2016 Las Postias College, as a member of the Silicon Valley Engineering Tech Pathways (SVETP) consortium, honored eight student-veterans graduating from their inaugural Veterans Engineering Technology Program.

The celebration brought together local politicians, college administrators, teachers and Lab employees who played instrumental roles in getting the program off the ground. Congressman, Eric Swalwell, congratulated the group on their achievements and encouraged them to continue pursuing their goals while using their successes to lift up other veterans who are transitioning back into civilian life.

This SVETP academic program was created in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Las Positas College, Alameda County Workforce Investment Board and Growth Sector.

It offered summer internships at the Lab to veteran students as well as training in advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, lasers and national security-related projects. “These veterans did phenomenal jobs during their internships. Many will be working at the Lab, and we are honored to welcome them into our family.” – Randy Pico, LLNL’s Engineering Directorate’s Senior Superintendent. The cohort officially graduated May 27.

San Jose City College Laser Tech Boot Camp 

San Jose City College will be hosting the STEM Summer Bridge Program, which is a one-week program open to high school students or any student interested in pursuing a STEM career.
Students who participate will take part in touring local tech companies in Silicon Valley, panel anel presentations, hands-on learning experiences, and receive one college credit. The program will take place on July 25-29 from 8:30am-12:30pm.

Students must fill out an online survey, attend an orientation and submit the registration forms in order to participate.

For additional information contact:
Maricela Martinez
Phone: 408-288-3798

CCPT– Grantee Network Institute Spring 2016 – San Diego

On May 11th through May 13th the California Department of Education hosted the CCPT, Spring 2016 Grantee Network Institute in beautiful San Diego. The event was co-sponsored by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the California Workforce Development Board in partnership with Jobs for the Future and Napa County Office of Education.

The goal of the institute was to provide CCPT grantees from both round one and two opportunities to learn from each other, share best practices, network and discover future opportunities for program improvement and collaboration. A few of the breakout sessions attended by SVCP team members included: “Building Successful Pipelines from Middle School to Community College and Beyond”, “Creating Creative Career Pathways Between K-12, College, and Industry” and “Data Collection and Reporting Strategies – East Bay Career Pathways”.

Beth McCormick, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory represented the SVCP team on an employer panel, which focused on discovering employer’s experience partnering with CCPT Consortia and their experiences providing work based learning activities to students. In addition to Beth, the SVCP team who attended the two-day event included:
  • Carol Coen, Vice-Chancellor of Workforce, Economic, and Resource Development, Workforce Institute
  • Alexandra Duran, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, Workforce Institute
  • Megan Crossfield, Program Coordinator, Workforce Institute
  • David Palter, Workforce Development Associate, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Gabe Hanzel-Sello, Program Manager, Growth Sector
  • Lori Riehl, Coordinator of Pathways to Postsecondary Success, Fremont Union HSD
  • Sara Crowder, Assistant Principal, MetroED Silicon Valley Career Technical Education

Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center Success Story

Three new classes were implemented at SVCTE, which ran successfully throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. Students that participated in those courses graduated on May 13, 2016 and have taken the next steps in their career.
  • 32 Students completed the Sports Medicine and Kinesiology program
  • 22 Students completed the Mobile App & Coding course
  • 12 Students completed the Pharmacy Tech program
Of those:
  • 31 are going to community college
  • 31 earned an industry certificate
  • 32 participated in work based learning

The Digital Age of Piracy

On Friday, June 16, MetroED in partnership with Silicon Valley Career Pathways, held an expert panel for the Cyber Pirates STEAM academy. The panelist included employees from prominent Silicon Valley tech companies such as Cisco and Symantec.

The panelist spoke about how they entered their careers, in their case it was through a series of networking opportunities with recruiters and a desire for a challenging job experience that led them to their careers. Furthermore, the panelist emphasized the importance of attaining a university degree as the best way to achieve a secure and stable job opportunity after college.  

The panelist pointed out that a career in Cybersecurity pays up to 25% more than other IT professions. Advice was given to the students on the importance of striking the right balance between technical skills and communication skills. Panelist Reema Prasad from Cisco recalled that her experience as a physics and history major caught the attention of recruiters and eventually led to a job offer with Cisco. The academy students asked the panelist a series of questions about the importance of becoming an efficient employee and the ethics of hacking, which sparked a dialogue on the virtues of being a white hat hacker – someone who is hired to test security vulnerabilities - versus being a black hat hacker – someone who illegally hacks computer systems. 

The Cyber Pirates Summer STEAM boot camp encourages students to pursue STEAM education and careers, specifically careers in cyber security, which is expecting to have 200,000 jobs available by the year 2020.


Big Reveal - New Logos 

Suzie Clark, Workforce Institute SVCP Project Supervisor, holds a Bachelor’s degree from CSU Chico in Information and Communication Studies/Computer Science and a Masters in Management from Thomas Edison State University. Her previous experience as an EWD Renewable Energy Director at Shasta College, Project Specialist, and owner of her own consultation firm, are a great addition to the SVCP team.

Claudia Barbosa, SVCP Counselor, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Counseling from Northridge University and a Master’s degree from San Jose State University. Her experience as an advisor and counselor has led her to work with disadvantaged youth. One of her greatest accomplishments was being part of Project R.O.A.R. at Yerba Buena High School, wherein she provided support to students facing hardships. 

Kathleen Melendez, SVCP Adjunct Counselor, is the first in her family to attend college and holds Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Master’s from San Jose State University in Counselor Education. Prior to joining SVCP, she was the Alumni Success Counselor at Downtown College Prep in San Jose. Kathleen is very passionate about supporting first-generation, low-income students in creating equitable pathways to a quality education.  

Mark Taberna, SVCP Adjunct Counselor, is a San Jose State University Alum, a US Navy Veteran, a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and holds Masters in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Mark is passionate about helping and guiding individuals in reaching their fullest potential.

Upcoming Dates
  • August 3, 3:00pm-4:30 pm – SVCP in Person Meeting at Workforce Institute
  • August 30, 10am-11:30 am- SVCP Conference Call
  • September 27, 10 am-11:30 am- SVCP Conference Call
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