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Career and Technical Education

is for all students


San Mateo County Office of Education provides support meeting the CTE needs of all our students.  We work towards aligning students needs with local industry helping support CTE programs within the schools.


2/9/17 - 8 am to 9 am

  Making PowerSkills Your Own


Register Here:  http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS2xGw


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.



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Internships are defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as “a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learning in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.  Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent”.  Therefore, we in the CTE Division of San Mateo County Office of Education developed a paid pilot summer internship program for high school interns.  These teacher recommended students were interviewed from a potential pool of many students.  They were placed at the County Office of Education in the following departments:  The STEM Center, Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Support Services and RAFT (the teacher store).  They worked the month of July and were trained weekly in the area of communication and collaboration. Both the interns and the managers expressed positive outcomes where real world learning and application took place.  As we continue to build this model we are hoping to expand this summer program to school districts as well as businesses for Summer 2017.



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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.




C+C=S: Communication and Collaboration Equals Synergy

Dr. Vera Jacobson-Lundeberg's Presentation


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"This 60 minute workshop is designated to teach two of the most important 21st Century skills: communication and collaboration.  Based on the presenter's own research and practice, participants will learn how to synthesize various communication strategies.  This interactive session teaches how to build knowledge and confidence in their own ability to effectively teach communication and collaboration skills.  The participants will leave with lessons designed to embed communication and collaboration into any curriculum."



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Vera Jacobson-Lundeberg, Ed.D.


(650) 598-2007

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.