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Lena Tran, Ed.D., MBA Interim Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Innovation
Since arriving at San José City College, I continue to be impressed by several very positive characteristics of the college. We serve thousands of students interested in improving their lives through enrollment in general education transfer and career technology programs.
The college employs many dedicated faculty and staff willing to walk the extra mile for students. The school has a cohesive student services culture to serve students from all backgrounds.
The college unabashedly celebrates its students’ diversity making for a positive and inclusive environment.
In a short time, I met many students enrolled in CTE programs and got to see and feel firsthand the challenges they face. Students are forced to juggle multiple jobs while attending college and face many personal and financial challenges.
College often becomes a safe haven. Hearing their stories, my heart was saddened, and I was deeply concerned about their futures. The lesson I learned from these students is that they are strong people with the will, intelligence, hope, and perseverance to meet their challenges and advance toward a happier more fulfilled life.
It strikes me that what students are searching for is acceptance, belonging, and a sense of being a contributing member of society. And it is programs like CTE that give them a chance to attain real equity. It is exciting to know a student can enroll in any CTE program, including construction, medical assisting, cosmetology, computer networking through open enrollment, having no previous knowledge or experience in these fields and within one year complete a program and get a job.
The college is providing an incredibly valuable service by giving our students a chance to close the gap and achieve economic mobility, offers students a first, second, or even third chance in life and it is empowering them with hope and a fresh sense of possibilities. I am proud to come to work each day because SJCC is truly living the spirit of equity, social justice, and equal opportunity for all.
San José City College Career and Technical Programs are known for preparing students with the necessary skills to compete in the fast-moving regional labor market.
In addition to certificate and degree programs in workforce development, these programs serve students seeking personal growth through education and training. The Career and Technical Education programs are designed to prepare recent high school graduates and returning adults seeking specific skills to improve their workforce opportunities.
Students in the career technology programs benefit from professional guidance and counseling services designed to get them on the right track from the start of their educational program.
Financial assistance is available through the Board of Governors enrollment fee waiver and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Industry-based scholarships and workforce development grant programs provide students with services above and beyond instructional programs to assist successful program completion.
There are many dedicated faculty and staff to help students achieve their educational and career goals. Students often enroll at SJCC, and specifically in Career Technical Education programs, because other training or educational institutions let them down.
SJCC is well equipped to meet nontraditional students’ unique needs for surmounting language barriers and overcoming the negative images that we drilled into them in prior educational experiences. These supplementary programs give students hope and help them remediate their learning skills to become more successful and self-assured students.
CTE Programs serve a slightly higher percentage of female (59.5%) than male (49.8%) students. The largest student group is under 20 years of age (65.8%), and the next largest group is 20-24 years of age (59.7%). The largest student ethnic group is Asian (66.1%).
In 2015-2016, the Business and Workforce Division certificates accounted for 520 of 1,022 certificates awarded by the college. In 2016-2017, CTE Division accounted for 534 of 1,165 certificates awarded by the school. Or about 50 percent of the college certificates are awarded by the Business and Workforce Division annually.
According to the Chancellors Office Score Card Report, there is evidence that completing some community college CTE courses may result in increased wages in the labor market. Associate degree and certificate completers may experience a higher wage growth than non-completers, yet both groups enjoy positive wage growth from enrolling in community college CTE course and programs.
Thirty-four percent of students completing some CTE courses experienced wage growth. Those students completing Emergency Medical Services courses increased their income by 93 percent.
At SJCC, we recognize that our students come to us with many unique interests, backgrounds, talents, motivations, and goals – beyond the standard quantifiable categories of age, race, gender, and educational status (full-time, part-time, transfer, degree completers, career changers). In recognition of these differences, the Business and Workforce Division offers a personalized CTE curriculum that may include internships, work experiences, and service learning.
We are exploring strategies for offering individualized educational pathways that may be accelerated, guided, optimized, or competency-based.
We understand that there can never be a single universal student profile; thus our goal is to identify the distinct needs and aspirations of our students and devise ways to help each student have a successful experience at SJCC.
During my 15 years in higher education, I don’t believe I’ve attended a meeting where someone didn’t express an interest in forming partnerships. We want to do our utmost to help our students; but too often, partnerships are hindered by a lack of resources or time constraints. For these reasons, Business and Workforce have established a policy of not forming simple partnerships, but only strategic partnerships.
As an important strategic partner, NextFlex is helping us raise interest in advanced manufacturing among young people, starting in high school. The Flexfactor program has enabled us to scale from eight students to over 2,000 (projected) by the end of spring semester 2018.
FlexFactor is a month-long, project-based program designed to engage high school students with next-generation technologies and introduce them to educational and career pathways that will lead to employment in the high-tech sector. Students work in small teams while learning to identify problems, conceptualize hardware devices to address them, and identify target markets and business models for the products.
FlexFactor has two core elements: industry engagement and college dual enrollment. To learn about device conceptualization and business model development, students engage with industry advisors and experience industry environments firsthand.
The high school students are enrolled in SJCC through a dual-enrollment activity, and receive college credit for completing the program. At the end of the program, the teams pitch their products in a “shark tank” setting to a panel of industry representatives and are subsequently networked into a variety of follow-on work and learning-based activities.
FlexFactor is run by NextFlex®, a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits, and state, local, and federal governments that share the goal of advancing U.S. manufacturing of Flexible Hybrid Electronics. For more information, visit www.nextflex.us, and follow NextFlex on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Microsoft: We are working with Microsoft to build out our Area 2021 program with the guidance of Microsoft’s head of engineering. An Area 2021 council will work with trendsetting Silicon Valley creators to study the technologies that will lead the future, and predict how they will affect our lives and careers. We are expanding our robotics clubs and looking at AI and the present and future features of the Internet of Things. The division faculty are actively soliciting Microsoft’s advice for expanding our curriculum to include data science and cloud computing, to complement our existing coding offerings.
LinkedIn is providing free space for our students to create their personal, professional brands. Our students can connect with 530 million members and search 12 million jobs, connect with SJCC alumni, and meet mentors on LinkedIn’s new Career Advice Hub.
In association with LinkedIn, the popular Lynda.com learning website is empowering our students to gain the skills for the jobs they want. Lynda.com offers 6,000+ courses on effective communication, negotiation, teamwork, management, and much more. Lynda.com is accessible from any mobile device and can be launched from Canvas. LinkedIn and Lynda.com allow our students to create economic opportunities anytime, anywhere.
Our partnerships have brilliantly succeeded because we have made a strong commitment to their execution. We communicate frequently and hold each other responsible for delivering. Our successes have been built on trust, prioritizing our students’ success, and leveraging our partnerships to enhance their career opportunities.
Through workforce development grants, the Business and Workforce Development Division is rolling out two new technology tools to enhance student learning in the classroom
Our CTE partnerships have allowed us to create successful workforce innovation initiatives that start in the classroom. Based on students’ agility with smartphones, laptops, and tablets, we are intent on enhancing the class with active learning experiences. In spring 2018, some CTE faculty will begin to incorporate tablets into the classroom instruction. Tablets are used to accommodate students who need further time to review lectures, and they permit students and faculty to interact simultaneously, encouraging a participative learning atmosphere. Immediate Internet access opens doors to endless resources for research and learning.
Google Jamboard is “a collaborative digital whiteboard built for the modern classroom.” Jamboard allows students to learn and interact wherever they are, using the simple app. Students can submit ideas and comments from a tablet or phone. Jamboard transforms group work with creative drawing tools. All work is saved to Google Drive, allowing the group to pick up where you left off. Jamboard has assistive handwriting features and object and drawing recognition that allow group members to write without fear that others will not be able to read their handwriting. Our goal is to integrate technology in thoughtful ways that enhance the learning experience. By no means are we abandoning traditional lectures, written papers, or testing. We want to leverage the power of technology to support our students and faculty in achieving their goals.
The college was recently approved by the Chancellors Office to offer an Electrician Training Program. Students aspiring to work in the electrical industry must either: (1) be a journeyman electrician, or (2) be enrolled in an apprenticeship, or (3) have an electrical trainee card. The electrical trainee card requires at least 100 hours of approved coursework, and at least 150 hours of coursework per year to keep the license active.
SJCC will start offering a DLSE (Department of Labor Standards Enforcement) approved partial electrician program. Students who take recently approved ETCH classes will be able to complete the educational requirement for full certification. The DLSE has granted SJCC’s electrician program its full general certification. We are currently creating level 1, level 2, and level 3 certifications, and an AS route for the program.
Students enrolled in the program that complete at least 100 hours of coursework can pursue employment as an electrician with the opportunity to join the electrical union as an apprentice (non-union electrical jobs will also be available).
CTE STRONG TEAM
We are committed to providing full support to our faculty, staff, administration and the college at large. Please meet our team.
Dr. Byron Clift D. Breland, SJCC President
Roland Montemayor, Vice President of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs
Jorge Escobar, Vice President of Administrative Services
Dr. Francisco Arce, Interim Dean of Business and Workforce Development
Dr. Lena Tran, Ed.D., MBA Interim Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and
Daniel Garza, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Jessica Canales: Senior Administrative Assistant
Steven Lee: Job Developer
Adele Torres: Program Support
Fareha Barke: Senior Accounting Technician
Maricela Martinez: CTE Counselor
Christine Nguyen: CTE Counselor
Maria Plancarte : CTE Counselor
Lorelyn Ancheta: Program Coordinator (Out of Class)
Dung Vu: (Contractor)
Del Rosario-Fontela Eugenia
Elsea Jr. Arthur