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  Making PowerSkills Your Own


This webinar is designed to teach two of the most important Power Skills: communication and collaboration. Participants will develop a working vocabulary of both communication and collaboration skills. By applying these new concepts they will become aware of how to personalize this for their own practice. Participants will synthesize various communication strategies including PBL, building knowledge and confidence in their own ability to effectively communicate and collaborate. The outcomes will be lesson ideas offered to teach how to design curriculum to embed and integrate communication and collaboration skills into their courses.


CTE Vision

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides an innovative approach to education, is academically challenging and aligned with real workforce needs.  CTE develops future ready students with the skills to compete for good jobs and pursue economic mobility.

- Together Everyone Achieves More -


Steering Committee Meeting - October 4, 2017


The October CTE Steering Committee meeting was filled to capacity with over 80 attendees from Industry and Education.  Some of the topics shared were:  The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Teacher Externships, Skills Education, The Financial Literacy Initiative, The Gig Economy and Addressing the Teacher Shortage to name a few.  Below are the power point presentations and the resources for all to share and use.  The common theme of the convening was the current accelerated rate of change occurring in all aspects of life.  This information can help inform our educational leaders as they go forward, ensuring all of our students can create and access their college and career goals

4th Industry Revolution, Kris Stadelman, NOVA

Educators Externship, Shari Liss, Ignited
A New Industry, Christian Pellecchia, Slatter Construction
Skills Education, Ryan Zervakos, LinkedIn
CTE 2.0, Alan Sarver, SUHSD
Report Out, Vera Jacobson-Lundeberg, SMCOE
Get Focused, Stay Focused, Sharon Turner, Foothill College
The Linked Learning Advantage

The CTE Steering Committee Convening March 22, 2017


Our semi-annual CTE Steering Committee Meeting was a success.  The  speaker series  included reports from The Employment Development Department with specific labor market analysis for San Mateo County, The CTE Teacher Pipeline Project addressing the teacher shortage, Biomedical Manufacturing Industry’s Local Workforce Trends, What ICT industries are requesting in their new hires from Hired.com,  The Power of Entrepreneurialism, “B Corps” --Industries that are focused on inclusion/giving back and lastly the current status of CTE at San Mateo County Office of Education.  Time was allotted for table talk where industry and education networked to create collaborative work efforts. 

Speaker Series Presentations

CTE Steering Committee Meeting - March 22, 2017

CTE Steering Committee Meeting - March 22, 2017

Table Talk - Industry and Educators - March 22, 2017

CTE Representatives share their district's CTE work


A Day at

“To help celebrate CTE Awareness month we worked with Ignited (see description below) and invited our CTE teachers within the county to a day at Google.  There the CTE teachers learned about the world of Google and how better to prepare our students for the IT Industry.

Ignited's (formerly IISME's) mission is to connect business leaders and researchers with educators to transform teaching in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We work to foster a community of research, industry, and education professionals who want to ensure that all members of our society are equipped to benefit from and contribute to the innovations in science and technology that shape our nation.


Ignited's flagship Summer Fellowship Program provides teachers with hands on experiences in host companies and universities, with support translate those experiences into exciting and relevant classroom learning. Ignited Teacher Fellows have inspired millions of students to actively participate in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. In addition, Ignited provides shorter term programs for educators to connect with research and industry leaders, including one-day, one-week, and co-learning models.”

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“Flipping The College Decision” by Get Focused...Stay Focused! Vimeo


Success in the New Economy

According to Dr. Kevin Fleming his six step model to help students become more “career intelligent” include the following:

  1.  Self-Exploration.  Students should ask themselves, “What do I love to do? As well as “What am I good at doing?”
  2. Career Exploration.  Students should explore “What can I get paid to do?” and “What occupations/industries are a high priority and are emerging?”
  3. Verify your career goal alignment with your personality and skills.
  4. Set a tentative career goal.
  5. Education and Training Research.  Investigate and verify the multiple paths to your initial goa (work experience, job shadowing, interviews, apprenticeships)
  6. Establish an educational plan. 

Please also watch his 9 minute video “Success in the New Economy”--interesting new perspectives to ponder.






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Vera Jacobson-Lundeberg, Ed.D.


(650) 802-5605

Dr. Jacobson-Lundeberg is passionate about aligning student Career and Technical Education needs with the needs of industry within San Mateo County’s K-14 education system.  She obtained a doctorate with a focus on empowering students using 21st Century Skills. She has published her research findings in the International Vocational and Education (IVETA) Journal and California Association of Professors of Educational Administration (CAEPA), “Pedagogical Implementation of 21st Century Skills.  She has created workshops for teachers, given talks at local, state, national and international conferences, lobbied at both state and federal levels, was the fellow for California’s CTE Professional organization and participated in the year-long Leadership for Development Institute (LDI) creating a new CTE delivery design for California’s K-12 Educational system.

What is CTE? 
It is an education system that combines rigorous academic classes with industry specific knowledge and skills to prepare students both for direct entry into industry sectors and postsecondary education.







Schools adapt curricula to include soft skills
Community colleges and technical schools nationwide are incorporating lessons that foster communication, critical thinking, time management and other skills into programs.  Supporters say such soft skills can prepare students for various industries.