EVC Programs Recognized for Advancing Economic Mobility
Evergreen Valley College

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EVC Programs Recognized for Advancing Economic Mobility

(San Jose, Calif.) —Evergreen Valley College (EVC) has been recognized by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for its track record of "advancing students' economic mobility" through Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. The CTE Stars Award was presented to EVC this week based on programs that enable graduates to improve their employment and earnings outcomes. Of 113 community colleges throughout the state, only eight—including EVC—earned the CTE Starts Award.

Specifically, EVC was recognized for its Accounting, Advanced Manufacturing, and Automotive Technology programs. In its award notification, the state Chancellor's Office noted that students who participate in the Accounting certificate and associate degree for transfer programs increase their earnings by an average of 69 percent, students who enroll in the Automotive Technology program increase their earnings by an average of 79 percent, and 80 percent of students who take part in the Advanced Manufacturing program attain the regional living wage.

"This award is very well deserved and reflects the hard work of our students and faculty," said EVC's Dean of Business and Workforce Development Dr. Lena Tran. "The fact that our graduates are seeing such increases in their earnings and are finding living wage jobs at such a high rate indicates that our programs are very well-aligned with the workforce needs of the region."

EVC's Automotive Technology program was also lauded for its industry partnerships, including Honda, Chrysler, Tesla, and a network of Bay Area automotive dealerships, which allows the college to align its curriculum directly with industry needs.

The Advanced Manufacturing program was noted for its partnerships as well, including with NextFlex, an advanced manufacturing innovation institute headquartered in San Jose, and the FlexFactor dual enrollment program that involves high school students in advanced manufacturing.

Dean Tran will present on the programs and what EVC has done to institutionalize their successes at next week's California Community College Association for Occupational Education conference.​


About Evergreen Valley College

Park-like Evergreen Valley College opened in 1975 and is located in southeast San José, near the foot of the Diablo Mountain range at the intersection of Yerba Buena and San Felipe Roads. In 2016, EVC celebrated the grand openings of the Automotive Technology Building, Central Green in the center of campus for better social interaction and connectivity to various buildings, the Math, Science, and Social Science (MS3) Building, Fitness Center, and the Veterans Freedom Center

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