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March 2013
Obama Includes CTE
CTE Enrollment Increases
Cool School
Academy Field-Trip
Middle School CTE
Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Computer Science Professional Development
Funding Opportunities



For information, contact:
Alyssa Lynch
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President Obama includes CTE in State of the Union addressPresident Obama 

In the State of the Union, President Obama spoke of greater career preparation and skills training for high school students, with an emphasis on integrating secondary and post- secondary education. "Let's make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job" said Obama. "Join me in a national commitment to train 2 million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job." The President cited the example of a public CTE high school in Brooklyn. Pathways in Technology Early College High School developed a partnership between New York Public Schools, City University of New York, and IBM. The school has a six-year program that offers an associate degree for students interested in a career in technology. "I'm announcing a new challenge to redesign America's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy."

California data shows huge increase in CTE student enrollment
A review of CTE student enrollment data by DataQuest  reveals the following information. In the 15 CTE industry sectors, CTE gained 151,925 students in 2011-12 when compared to the 2010-11 school year. Thirteen of the 15 industry sectors had increases in student enrollment compared to 2010-11. A summary of CTE increases is as follows:
  • 17.8% CTE student enrollment increase
  • 42.9% of all students (grades 9-12) are  enrolled   in CTE courses
  • 11.1% increase of CTE courses 
  • 5.8% increase of FTE CTE teachers grades 9-12

Bulldog Tech - Real 21st Century Learning

Bulldog Tech is the first middle school tech school in California. It is modeled after New Tech High. The school puts the student at the center of learning and focuses on a culture that empowers, 1:1 technology and project-based learning. You will find team teaching, interdisciplinary projects and students who have the power to fire a student from their own team. Students are making real world decisions. It is a must see school. Contact Randy Hollenkamp, the site director, for a tour rhollenkamp@eesd.org

  Bulldog Tech

Independence High School STEAM program featured as "Cool School" on KPIX  

Students in Leo Johnson's Engineering and Space Academy at Independence High School received a visit from Michelle Griego from CBS 5 KPIX. The story aired on the "cool school" morning show. The Engineering and Space Academy is the combination of the Electronics Academy and the Space Technology Magnet. Video

Independence High School students take field-trip to NBC 11 TV stationIndependence HS FT

Students from the Finance and Banking Academy at Independence high school took a field-trip to NBC 11. Scott Budman, Business and Tech reporter, spoke to students about his career pathway, skills and eduction needed for his career at NBC 11 in San Jose.

Quality CTE programs at Kennedy Middle School in CupertinoKenney MS Culinary Class

While reviewing signature

practices during a distinguished school visit at Kennedy Middle School in February, the team,
also visited the pastry and baking, woodshop and digital photography elective classes. Classes were packed with students working in teams, developing life skills and trying on a future career. Students understand the importance of math in culinary and woodshop as well art in digital photography and culinary!

New CTE Model Curriculum Standards train-the-trainer workshop to be held at SCCOE   

A Train-the-Trainer workshop for the new Model Curriculum Standards will be held Monday April 22 at Santa Clara County Office of Education. The workshop is co-sponsored by California Department of Education and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association CTE Committee. The workshops are being held at:

  • Yolo COE: Aprill 11
  • Santa Clara COE: April 22
  • Fresno COE: April 17
  • Los Angeles COE: May 2
  • San Diego COE: May 6

Curriculum leaders are encouraged to attend in teams to learn about the new standards. Participants will receive a toolkit on a flash-drive that contains four modules to assist in training for the new CTE Pathways, Standards, Career Readiness practices, and Anchor Standards. Register forthe Santa Clara County workshop.  

Exploring Computer Science professional development to be held at Santa Clara COE  

Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is rapidly gaining national acceptance due to its success in attracting females to computing. It has been offered in 24 high schools in LA, 10 in the San Jose Unified, East Side Union and Santa Clara Unified School Districts and all Chicago public high schools. Several schools (including those in San Jose) where ECS is offered are now developing pathways with ECS as the first course and "Computer Science Principles" (CSP) as the second course, with support from NSF and the College Board. The existing CS AP course is the third. CSP is intended to be an AP course, with the first offering of its AP test scheduled for the 2016-17 academic year. Register here to attend the free workshop to teach Exploring Computer Science. If you have questions, contact Dan Lewis, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University dlewis@scu.edu. 

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