Team Profile: Arden

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by Arden Ambrocio, Danny Negrete, & Megan Crossfield

This week we’ll be talking with our new MYF Program specialist Arden Ambrocio. Arden is responsible for conducting outreach to middle and high school students, coordinating events, supporting students, and conducting workshops.

Background:

I graduated from UC Davis in 2016 with a B.S. in Human Development and B. A. in Psychology. During my undergraduate, I became a teaching assistant for a summer enrichment program at UC Berkeley which is where I fell in love with working in education. I worked with first-generation low-income high school students from all over the Bay Area. As a first-generation student myself, I wanted to share my knowledge of navigating the college application process and provide Higher Ed resources to students who faced educational barriers within their communities.

I am currently a graduate student at San Jose State University earning my Masters in Counselor Education. As a graduate student I have been able to serve students from elementary school to college and have enjoyed being a resource to students from various backgrounds. I love working in this field and I am excited to grow as a leader and advocate for higher education.

Describe your typical day at SVCP:

Collaboration is key in any workspace that involves making a difference for student’s academic and/or career development success. Most of the projects I have been working on so far at SVCP is outreaching to various community colleges in order to help coordinate campus tours for our SVCTE students, as well as gathering research on how MYF can become a great resource for the high schools that we serve. I am also excited for the outreach opportunities and events we will be having this spring.  

Are you an Android or iOS user?

iOS, definitely! I have a Macbook so I must have an iPhone as well.

What are you listening to/reading/ watching these days?

I am a Netflix and Hulu addict so I’ve been catching up on a number of shows lately, but the ones that I am obsessed with currently are: The Good Doctor, This is Us, and The Good Place.

I listen to a variety of music genres from Soul to Hip Hop but the artists that I have been currently listening to on repeat are: Marc E. Bassy, Johnnyswim, and Us the Duo.

What’s the best thing about working at SVCP?

Although I just started in this new position, the best thing about being part of SVCP is the opportunity to be part of an initiative that will bridge opportunity gaps for many students in this region. The Silicon Valley is an ever changing and growing opportunity market and I am excited to be a part of the creation of pathways for students.

What do you like to do when you’re not working on workforce development (or education)?

When I am not working or in-school (where I spend almost all my time!), I sing in the choir at my local church! I also love going to various food and/or boba places.

Thank you, Arden! We are glad to have you on our team.

Top 3 Reasons to Give StudentLingo as a Gift

by Daniel Negrete and Megan Crossfield

The holiday season is here, and all of us at Silicon Valley Career Pathways would like to offer StudentLingo to our consortium partner educators as a gift for you to use in next year’s classes. In this blog, we’ll explore three reasons why StudentLingo is an amazing gift you can pass on to your students in the upcoming year.

1.      StudentLingo doesn’t only enhance learning strategies, rather it takes the best from education and professional development to provide students with workshops they can use to become well-rounded individuals. Workshop topics include reducing test anxiety, discovering your learning style, writing effective resumes and cover letters, and much more.

2.      StudentLingo can be incorporated to enhance classes, orientations, student services and act as a motivator. Our on-site counselor incorporated StudentLingo in her class lectures as part of her curriculum. Teachers within our consortium have used it as extra credit opportunities for their students. Feedback from the students has been positive as it has given them the opportunity to study new learning techniques.

3.      Most importantly, it’s free to our consortium partners.

We hope this list helps clarify any doubts you may have on about resource. If you would like more information on StudentLingo please visit our website svcareerpathways.org/free-online-tools/ to learn more.

Happy Holidays!

Silicon Valley Career Pathways at the Young Women's Leadership Summit

Students and their mentors working together a build the bridge.

Students and their mentors working together a build the bridge.

On December 1st, 2017, Silicon Valley Career Pathways (SVCP) traveled to Juniper Networks’ Aspiration Dome to support our partner, Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s (SVLG) Young Women’s Leadership Summit. The event consisted of speakers from the United States Government, Juniper Networks, and Intuitive surgical.  More than 100 middle school students participated in the event, many from SVCP partner institutions.

The speakers at the event talked about their inspiration for entering into a STEM career and about their role in their organizations. Later, students participated in a Q&A session with the presenters, and participated in a STEM activity to create a bridge of puzzle pieces while working together.

Members of FRC Team 581 speaking with the students.

Members of FRC Team 581 speaking with the students.

As the event came to a close, female members San Jose High School’s First Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 581 spoke about their experiences in robotics. Members of Team 581 encouraged students to take part in their robotics club, even if they know nothing about the topic. Robotics not only allowed members of Team 581 to participate in an extracurricular activity but it also inspired them to pursue a career in STEM. Team 581 then gave a live demonstration of their robot’s t-shirt launching capabilities. Some students walked away with a new shirt.

SVLG’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit is a representation of the public and private sector working together to break down the barriers and stigmas associated with STEM. It’s an effort to encourage young women to pursue a career in STEM and be as successful as their male colleagues.  We’re proud to be partners with SVLG and to have attended in this event.

5 Coding Websites to Learn to Code

by Daniel Negrete & Megan Crossfield

Millions of lines of code run everything from schools, hospitals, banks, cars, and phones. As we move forward in the 21st century coding will become an indispensable skill and the people who know how to code will become assets for the organizations they work for. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) is expected to experience a growth rate of 13 percent between 2016 and 2026.

In this blog, you will find a list of the top resources you can use to learn how to code and get your foot in the door.

1.    Freecodecamp.com is a free website and community dedicated to teaching people how to code. Students learn to code by taking part in a series of challenges and build projects as they go through the curriculum. Along the way, students will earn verified certificates. Free Code Camp also has blogs posted on Medium, a YouTube Channel, a podcast, and a robust forum and subreddit where students can get help or feedback.

2.    Codecademy.com is a website where you can take lessons in HTML, CSS, Python, Javascript, Ruby and many others languages. Some of the lessons are free but you can upgrade to Codecademy pro for $19.99 a month if you want additional features or pay $199 for their Intensive programs.

3.    There’s a pretty good chance you may have come across them on YouTube with their video featuring celebrities and tech CEOs. Code.org is a free website aimed at teaching students k-12 how to code. A notable feature of the site is its one-hour tutorials called “Hour of Code” in which students learn to code using Star Wars, Minecraft, and Frozen themed activities.

4. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)  brings together world-class experts to provide free online training that helps you build your skills and advance your career. The site offers starting points in mobile and web development, game development, network and cloud engineering, database development, and general resources for students interested in computer science careers.

5.  Created by the makers of Firefox, Mozilla Developers Network is a learning platform for web technologies. The site hosts a variety of documents, tutorials, and references to get you started on creating web projects.

If you’re just starting and you’re daunted by the overwhelming amount of resources, we hope this list provides some clear insight. These resources are not meant to replace your current education but rather act as a supplement to it. We also encourage you to visit the Career Pathways page on Map-Your-Future.org to learn more about which of our partner colleges can get you started on a career in ICT.

Map Your Future Career Pathways Day

From left to right: Staci Lyons, Jose Lazares, Vicki Jeska, David Lemos, Marice Uy, and Georgianna Sassano.

From left to right: Staci Lyons, Jose Lazares, Vicki Jeska, David Lemos, Marice Uy, and Georgianna Sassano.

by Daniel Negrete & Megan Crossfield

November 7, 2017 was an exciting day for over 100 Calaveras Hills High School and Milpitas Adult Education students. Participants attended a Map Your Future Career Pathways Day, an event meant to expose students to careers in high-wage, high-growth, and high-need career fields. Presenters included, David Lemos from SamTrans, Vicki Jeska from Pharmacyclics, Jose Lazares from Intapp, Georgianna Sassano from Applied Materials, and Marice Uy from Tesla. Each presenter highlighted one of Silicon Valley Career Pathways’ five industry sectors.

David Lemos answering a student's question.

David Lemos answering a student's question.

Moderated by Staci Lyons of Invent Your Future, the panelist kicked off the event with a discussion about their workforce experience, the importance of education, and the skill set companies look for in candidates. Students then asked panelist questions about getting their professional career started and showed an interest in applying for internships with Bay Area companies.

Following the panel discussion, students broke off into groups for a series of sessions with individual panelist. As a finale, students shared how the Career Pathways Day provided them with insight on becoming successful in Silicon Valley, as well as, network with prominent professionals.

Georgianna Sassano talking with students.

Georgianna Sassano talking with students.

We would like to thank the Milpitas Unified School District for hosting the Career Pathways Day at their campus, Invent your Future, and the participants for taking part in the event. Silicon Valley Career Pathways, San Jose City College, and Metropolitan Education District are proud sponsors of the Map Your Future Career Pathways Day