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Makati Chiropractic supports San Mateo County Office of Education, CTE Students


On October 14, 2014, Dr. Ronald Mitchell generously donated his valuable time from his busy schedule to speak to the Medical Assisting students.  He gave a brief anatomy lesson on how the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems work in conjunction with each other.  It was very enlightening to hear about causes of pain and various modalities of treatments.  Additionally, he emphasized how important it is to listen to patients and show compassion for their injuries and pain.  He mentioned that he wanted his patients to feel as though their visit at his office would be the best part of their day!  Therefore, the students need to be truly interested in helping their patients.  It was exciting to hear our future medical assistants answering questions that Dr. Mitchell posed and also to understand the clinical terms he was using.


The Business Manager of Makati Chiropractic, Dr. Willie Britt, followed Dr. Mitchell’s presentation with a motivational speech of his own.  Dr. Britt challenged the students to evaluate their motives for being in the class.  He emphasized how being a healthcare worker takes empathy and commitment.  Students were encouraged to surround themselves with people that would support their goals and devote the time it takes to learn about the field.  He confirmed that they were in a good program at the SMCOE/CTE and commended them for their goals.  He inspired them to think about the next step in their lives after completing the program.

At the end of the day, students felt inspired and are looking forward to their administrative internships.  CTE appreciates valuable leaders like Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Britt for donating their time to assist future professionals in their pursuit of excellence.

CPR Training

San Mateo County Office of Education/ Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares our students for employment requirements following graduation.

The Bay Region CPR instructors conducted CPR training at our SMCOE/CTE Center in Burlingame. 

All CTE courses at our Center require students to complete CPR training in order to be prepared for employment in their field.  Each course experiences one day of training with Bay Region CPR so that each student receives individualized attention in correct techniques and understanding of the process.

Anthony Dennis took the lead in thoroughly explaining Adult and Infant CPR, AED and the Abdominal Thrust procedure.  Dr. Ronald Mitchell was also present with Anthony, working closely with the students in small groups.  Our adult learners were very engaged in the training, understanding why and when to begin CPR and how to do so safely.  Each student had to successfully demonstrate each of the steps in the process.  Additionally, they each had an opportunity to demonstrate, under supervision, how to use the AED.

It was a rigorous educational and practical application experience; their hard work paid off when all students passed the exam and are now employment ready with BLS Adult and Infant certification.

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Dorothy Ramirez, Hospital Unit Coordinator Instructor, is currently working her 37th year @ UCSF Medical Center/Mount Zion Hospital as a Hospital Unit Service Coordinator (HUSC III), and has been teaching for SMCOE/CTE for about 25 years now.

Tori Black, Child Development Associate Instructor, has been a Director for various Child Development Centers for 12 years.  She has a B.A. in Child Development and a Minor in Psychology as well as a Site Supervisor Permit and her Education, Child Development and Family Services CTE Credential.

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Korean Delegates visit SMCOE's - Career Technical Education Center in Burlingame

On February 18, 2014 a contingent of 30 Korean Principals visited the Career Technical Education Center in Burlingame with the intention of gaining ideas to implement in their own school programs.  SMCOE/CTE has successfully been in operation since 1967 and was chosen to be used as a model program by the principals.

Korean schools tend to concentrate on academics and would like to include technical skills in order for students to be fully prepared for careers whether they attend college or not.  CTE focuses on health careers and gives students rigorous, relevant and up to date training that prepares them for the world of work, including longevity.

Adele Berg, CTE Administrator, gave the principals a tour of the classrooms.  The principals enjoyed exchanges between the students and staff.  They found how supportive the Instructors were with the students and how the classes involve extensive soft skills training that help students not only become better employees but improve their lives.  The principals were impressed with the fact that most classes include National Certification.  The day ended with a question and answer with Ms. Berg and we hope they benefitted from that interchange.

It was a wonderful day and CTE embraced their motto “Hope for Students and Satisfaction for Business!”

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Certified Insurance Billing and Coding - ICD-10-CM Seminar

The implementation of the ICD-10-CM is scheduled for October 2014 for all Medical Offices and Billing and Coding contractors.  The fall semester students had the opportunity to attend two trainings with the AAPC Palo Alto chapter where they were introduced to the new changes by way of ICD-10-CM.  As a result, our students earned Continuing Education Units for each Saturday that they attended the training.

There were two instructors who presented the new changes to our students, Susan Carson and Dori Rincon.  Coding changes that were addressed included Neoplasms, The Endocrine System, Blood Diseases and Infectious Diseases.  During the second training, the areas covered included Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopment Disorders; Diseases of the Nervous System; Diseases of the Eye and Adnexa; Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid process; Diseases of the Circulatory System and Respiratory System.

AAPC provided breakfast and lunch on both days and also held a raffle that furnished new ICD-10 books to the lucky winners.


Latest unemployment and industry jobs data

The unemployment rate in San Mateo County was 4.1 percent in September 2014, down from a revised 4.3 percent in August, and below the year-ago estimate of 5.2 percent.  This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.9 percent for California and 5.7 percent for the nation for this September.  San Mateo County registered the second lowest unemployment rate among California's 58 counties as of September 2014.


San Mateo County had an estimated 17,000 unemployed residents as of September 2014.


For the third consecutive month, the seasonally adjusted nonfarm job total in the three-county San Francisco metro area reached a record total, surpassing its prior peak in December 2000.  This September the area had 11,400 more nonfarm jobs after adjusting for seasonal trends than during the peak of the dot-com boom.


The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released jobs and wage data for the largest counties in the county for the first quarter of 2014.  Jobs located in San Mateo County increased by 4.6 percent on a year-over basis, ranking it 13th (in the top 10th) in performance of the 340 largest counties in the nation.  The U.S. posted a job gain of 1.7 percent, and California an addition of 2.8 percent, based on those Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data.  San Mateo County average weekly wages for the first quarter of 2014 increased by 9.6 percent from the same quarter a year earlier, ranking it 3rd highest in percent wage change over the year.  The nation saw wages grow by 3.8 percent over the year, and the state registered a wage increase of 4.5 percent.


  • San Mateo County had about 24,800 businesses in the third quarter of 2013, up close to 3 percent from the 24,100 in the same quarter of 2012.
  • As of 2013, the county had 65 firms with at least 500 workers (eight more than last year).  These very large firms accounted for 23 percent of the county's jobs covered by UI.
  • About 77 percent of businesses in the county employed fewer than 10 employees, but they accounted for only 13 percent of jobs covered by UI.

The California Department of Finance reformatted Census American Community Survey data for 2013 for California, as well as our largest counties and places of 65,000 or more population.  Examples of the social and economic characteristics data include population, median age, race/Hispanic, income, poverty, employment status, health insurance coverage, educational attainment, veterans, disability, and language.  Of the largest counties in the state, the following showed the highest percentage of residents 25 years and older with at least a bachelor's degree: Marin (55.1 percent), San Francisco (53.0 percent), Santa Clara (47.5 percent), San Mateo (46.0 percent), Alameda (42.4 percent), Alameda (42.4 percent), and Contra Costa (39.0 percent).


Go to www.labormarketinfor.edd.ca.gov and click on the lower-left LMI by Subject link to Projections of Employment.  These projections automatically appear for the state in features such as the Occupational Guides and the staffing patterns.

  • Total statewide employment will grow at 1.5 percent annually between 2012 and 2022.
  • All major industry groups except manufacturing are expected to post job gains over the decade.
  • Private educational services, health care, and social assistance will add the most jobs.
  • Professional and business services will gain the next largest number of jobs.
  • Openings due to replacement needs will be significantly more than openings due to job growth.

Biotech organizations released a 12-page Talent Report that covers California Workforce Trends in the Life Science Industry.  In includes results of 119 survey responses from San Francisco Bay Area companies.

  • The overall number of hires is expected to increase in the next two years at the 119  Bay Area firms.
  • Total hires is expected to be largest in R&D in the next two years.
  • Automation and the use of robotics has created a need for lower cost data management and IT skills.
  • About 85 percent of the 16,000 California online job postings required a bachelor's or graduate degree.
  • A qualification gap exists between graduates and the positions for which the industry is hiring.  One of the gaps is basic skills such as report writing and presentation.

Ruth Kavanagh

Research Program Specialist, Employment Development Department

Labor Market Information Division

Posted by: Katia Sturtevant
Published: 10/22/14


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