As part of our workforce development program‚Äîstrive san jose‚Äî in partnership with San Jos√© Unified School District, we launched our inaugural Job Shadow Days, partnering with Silicon Valley businesses.

 ‚ÄúIn Silicon Valley, we do things differently,‚Äù said Matt Mahood, President & CEO of The SVO. ‚ÄúOur member businesses are passionate about our local talent and recognize the need to be active participants in their future success. It‚Äôs because of this that we have had such a high participation rate from our member businesses in the strive san jose program since its inception in 2016. Silicon Valley is known for many things but at its core is its talented workforce and the ideas it brings forth.‚Äù

 On Feb. 2 and 3, 100 high school students enrolled in career technical education courses from Gunderson, Lincoln, Leland, Pioneer, San Jose and Willow Glen high schools will head out to six Silicon Valley businesses for an out-of-the-box experience as part of the nationwide Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

 ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre excited to partner with strive san jose to provide our students with opportunities for real world experience in the careers driving the Silicon Valley economy,‚Äù said San Jos√© Unified Superintendent Nancy Albarr√°n. ‚ÄúThis program will open new pathways in preparing them to be the leaders of tomorrow.‚Äù

 Unlike traditional, observation-focused one-on-one job shadow experiences, this inaugural partnership offers these students a chance to get hands-on with what Silicon Valley professionals do in their workplace. Broken up into small groups over two days and six job sites, students will learn about computer science, engineering, multimedia, construction, health science, bio tech and more.

 Participating businesses include Accenture in San Francisco, the Microsoft Store at Valley Fair in Santa Clara, and NextFlex in San Jose.

 ‚ÄúMicrosoft Store is committed to being part of the fabric of the communities in which it operates, from volunteer hours to awarding technology grants to local community organizations,‚Äù said Clyde Valouch, Community Development Specialist at the Microsoft Store at Valley Fair. ‚ÄúMicrosoft Store hosts a range of free programs year-round, like the workshops we have with strive san jose that empower students by providing direct access to technology and hands-on learning.‚Äù

 

About strive san jose

strive san jose, a partnership between The silicon valley organization and the three largest high school districts serving San Jose, addresses the skilled workforce shortage crisis through partnerships with San Jose middle and high schools by utilizing industry expertise on curriculum development and providing career exposure opportunities such as paid internships, job shadowing, mentorships, teacher externships and more.

 

About the silicon valley organization

The silicon valley organization, formerly the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, is the Silicon Valley‚Äôs premier business networking and advocacy organization and represents more than 1,400 businesses and 275,000 employees in the Silicon Valley. It promotes a robust and sustainable regional economy by executing a set of strategic plans through four dedicated lines of business‚Äîcommerce san josesilicon valley IDEA;foundation silicon valley; and PAC silicon valley‚Äîestablished to support business growth while improving the region's quality of life. For more information, visit thesvo.com.

 

About San José Unified

Serving over 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school at 41 school sites from Downtown San José in the north to Almaden Valley in the south, San José Unified School District is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system. For more information, please visit sjusd.org.

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