It is amazing how much we can accomplish when we work together.
This sentiment applies to a unique and exciting collaborative between the Milpitas Unified School District and the San Jose Evergreen Community College District. Working in partnership, we are in the process of designing and delivering a 21st Century Education Center. Our goal is to expand educational opportunities throughout our shared school communities.
With the addition of this remarkable educational facility and the many services that it will provide to the students in Milpitas, we are investing in a 21st century work force and local businesses by offering high quality technical training and vocational instruction. And, we are providing college level courses to our high school students who will be able to choose from a wide range of college courses and graduate with college credit, which can help reduce their higher education costs.
Planning Stage – All Questions To Be Considered
While the 21st Education Center will raise the bar on our educational offerings, it will also raise many questions. Still in the planning stages, the 21st Education Center must be implemented with careful consideration of questions from students, staff, parents and the community. At this time, we are considering the following: parking and traffic; the process for determining the best course offerings to serve the wide range of students throughout Milpitas; the steps to thoughtfully inform the neighbors about construction; and a method for ensuring that the reduction of the playing field will not compromise students' access to sports and recreation.
These are just some of the questions we are asking on behalf of the community. We want to share with you our vision for the 21st Century Education Center, and we want to hear your questions and ideas. Please join us at an informational town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 16th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Thomas Russell Middle School (1500 Escuela Parkway).
Milpitas is a community that believes in the importance of strong education. Parent, resident, and business support is the reason for our success, and we are grateful. I hope that you will join Rita Cepeda, Ed. D., Chancellor of the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, and me at this meeting.
Our goal is to expand educational opportunities throughout Milpitas. Our hope is that all stakeholders will come together to celebrate this wonderful opportunity to invest in our students, and our future.