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Making the Grade in Greater Silicon Valley
October 22, 2013
Education is essential to Greater Silicon Valley’s formula for smart growth. Through innovative academic and workforce training programs, residents of all ages have the opportunity to develop critical skills of a successful future. A skilled and educated workforce, in turn, leads to job growth, community development, and economic sustainability. In San Joaquin County, political leaders, educators, and enterprise are focused on the direct relationship between education and full participation in a competitive global economy.
The 21st century century classroom is engaging students with innovative curricula that connect kids to real-world applications. In San Joaquin County, STEM programs are providing students with fun and relevant learning in science, technology, engineering, and math. “San Joaquin County school are preparing students for future opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We have classes and pathways in the areas of media production, robotics, biotechnology, space and engineering, forensic science, agriculture and so much more. We truly are building a workforce for the future,” says Mick Founts, San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools. The Office of Education’s DaVinci Center for Innovative Learning in Stockton is a premier example of academic possibilities and student achievement.
Greater Silicon Valley offers public and private school for students pursuing specialized training and higher education. San Joaquin Delta College offers technical certificate and associate degree programs at its main campus in Stockton and college centers in Manteca and Mountain House. California State University, Stanislaus -- Stockton Center offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as credential programs. The Stockton satellite campus tailors many of its programs to working adults. University of the Pacific (UOP) is a private university in Stockton that gainfully prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation. UOP offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 18 graduate programs. UOP is highly recognized for its competitive programs in engineering, computer science, and health sciences.
Greater Silicon Valley has made a considerable investment in public and private job training programs. Recruitment, screening, assessment, and training assistance and funds are available through a number of agencies and programs to meet the needs of diverse employers. The network of human resources support in the County includes the Employment Training Panel, San Joaquin County WorkNET, Employment Development Department, Regional Occupation Program, and CalWORKS.