The MetroED Foundation

Helping MetroED Prepare Students for College, and Careers in the Global Workforce

aka The Metropolitan Education District Foundation   |   SAN JOSE, CA   |


The MetroED Foundation's MISSION is to advocate for and bring awareness to the Metropolitan Education District’s (MetroED) Career Technical Education college and vocational career programs. We unite financial and community resources to help students achieve success in skilled occupations highly demanded in the competitive, automating, global workforce. Our VISION is to support and grow MetroED’s career technical education career pathways as the models to meet the challenges of the global workforce, close the digital divide, promote educational equity, and offer life-changing career opportunities to high school and adult learners.

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Mr. Peter Vrabel

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Formerly known as

Metropolitan Education District Foundation



NTEE code info

Vocational Technical (B30)

Employment Training (J22)

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Before the COVID19-induced shutdown of the American economy, there were over 7,400,000 open jobs in the U.S, which many Americans did not have the skills to fill. The shutdown continues to show that skilled essential workers are in high demand. The lack of qualified talent creates a drag on the American economy as companies scramble to find the talent they need. Growing under-employed, homeless, prison, and substance-addicted populations, during the best economy the U.S. had in decades, are symptoms of an educational system that fails to prepare students for high wage/high skill/high demand occupations. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has repeatedly underlined for Congress the need to make America competitive through skills-based training. The MetroED Foundation supports the Metropolitan Education District ( in preparing students, through Career Technical Education (CTE)/STEAM pathways, to compete in the competitive, global economy.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Silicon Valley Career Technical Education

The Metropolitan Education District's (MetroED) Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center serves students from six Silicon Valley high school districts. Students attend their home high schools for half a day and attend SVCTE for the other half in a traditional vocational school format. This, however, is far from the vocational school of previous generations. STEAM concepts, aligning with University of California A-G standards coupled with technical and soft/employability skills, and certifications, propel our students into post-secondary education, training, or directly into the workforce. 68% of our students go on to college in focused fields of study such as medical, technology, and other essential worker occupations. The trades and automotive programs combine cutting edge technology with hands-on experience. The goal is to prepare students for high wage/high demand occupations, career-ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The MetroED Foundation is growing to help support MetroED's Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE) program, which helps adult learners re-skill and prepare for jobs in the Silicon Valley workforce.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

The Metropolitan Education District's (MetroED), Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE) offers classes for free or at a very low cost to adults motivated to fundamentally prepare to enter the workforce or re-skill to be more competitive in it. With roots tracing back to 1890, we are one of the oldest and best-known adult education programs in California. We provide a supportive learning environment that prepares students to achieve their fullest potential by empowering them with the demanded skills to succeed in a local and global economy.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since 1993, the MetroED Foundation has supported the Metropolitan Education District (MetroED) through local fundraising. MetroED’s Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) offers courses for high school and adult students incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) concepts in 23 career fields (17 of which are UC “a-g” approved). Students acquire technical skills, soft/employability skills, plus necessary industry certifications. Other important services and courses are offered to adults (18+) through Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE). MetroED is the largest and most comprehensive of only two regional CTE training campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area. 88% of our students go on to post-secondary college and/or advanced training.

The District is facing a substantial funding shortfall, which will not only make new training programs impossible but may lead to eliminating valuable existing programs that get future essential workers started on a high-demand career path. Its reduced capacity would deal a devastating blow to the region’s future workforce.

MetroED’s SVCTE is in partnership with six high school districts (Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, Milpitas Unified School District, San Jose Unified School District, Santa Clara Unified School District) within the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Each of these school districts is challenged with the current California education funding structure to continue the partnership with MetroED. The current funding shortfall will worsen with the alarming number of students/families moving out of Silicon Valley to escape the high cost of living. Although MetroED continues to grow enrollment, future support from our 6 contributing school districts will be impacted by this trend.

MetroED’s looming funding shortfall is a game-changer for the Foundation.

We aim to increase the support we offer to MetroED by growing the expertise of our board and adding new initiatives in key areas such as fundraising, brand awareness/PR/marketing, and community outreach. Growing and evolving our board will lead to securing support for MetroED from a variety of new sources – financial partnerships (grants, donations, and sponsorships), in-kind donations, public-private partnerships, volunteer mentorship programs, and more. We plan to support not only the current courses but help finance new programs leading to college and high wage/high skill occupations in careers demanded by the technically advancing global economy.

The MetroED Foundation was founded in 1993 with the mission to provide financial and in-kind support to the Metropolitan Education District (MetroED). The Foundation has very successfully managed a donation from a trust that was designated to support the HVAC and Electrical Maintenance programs. Now, we focus on securing donors and sponsors to support the other 21 technical training programs offered by MetroED's Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE), and provide scholarships for adult learners who want to re-skill in MetroED day courses. Our goal is train more financially independent workers for Silicon Valley's talent pipeline.

Board Development:
The MetroED Foundation has evolved and expanded the current board of directors by adding Silicon Valley professionals with the expertise and experience to chair key committees and provide leadership for board development. A primary objective will be to build public/private partnerships and become ambassadors and advocates (locally, regionally and nationally) to raise awareness of the Metropolitan Education District.

Brand Awareness:
The MetroED Foundation is registered with GuideStar, Global Giving and Benevity to provide a platform and systems approach to raising awareness of MetroED, our Foundation's mission, and the importance of Career Technical Education - CTE. Additionally, we are now registered with AmazonSmile and are investigating similar retail/corporate donation programs.

Fund Development:
The board has developed a Fund Development committee that will focus on sourcing and securing grants, sponsorships, and donors. The committee will work to create new fundraising events and increase the proceeds of existing events.

Data Management, Metrics, and Reporting:
We have created our own website and tools independent of MetroED. We will create a centralized system and database for customer management, targeted marketing, and regular outreach campaigns. The current list of over 44,000 alumni will be updated and integrated so we can promote MetroED's needs and engage the alumni in volunteer and funding opportunities. We will initiate a PR/marketing campaign and raise awareness of the Foundation's mission and MetroED's high school and adult training/education programs.

Public-Private Partnerships and Brand Awareness
The Board has developed a list of community organizations, including Rotary and Kiwanis chapters, with which they will meet to enlist their aid and expertise in developing and executing the strategies of the Foundation and MetroED.

Since the MetroED Foundation’s founding in 1993 and achieving our 501(c)(3) status in 1998, we have successfully helped the Metropolitan Education District (MetroED) meet its funding needs. For over 15 years, the MetroED Foundation board of directors has successfully managed a donation from a trust of a former student that was designated to support two of our trades programs. We have strictly adhered to the terms of the donation, preserved the value of the original endowment through prudent and conservative investing, and awarded scholarships to hundreds of deserving HVAC and Electrical Maintenance students. We will leverage this experience, and our Board’s expertise, to build our board with other professionals that will help us build public-private partnerships, relationships with Silicon Valley non-profit and service organizations, source and secure grants and funding from a wide range of donors.

MetroED faces a significant funding shortfall that threatens to close the district's two programs - SVCTE for high school students and SVAE for adult learners. As the MetroED Foundation's mission is to support MetroED, the looming funding challenge has sparked the above plans to evolve our Foundation’s capabilities to meet the challenge. Allowing MetroED to close after 104 years is not an option.

Additionally, MetroED has hired two professionals with strong corporate and nonprofit giving experience. Coupled with our existing experience and expertise, they will guide us and help us build our expertise in fundraising, marketing/brand awareness/PR, community outreach, corporate relationships, as well as build in the systems necessary to track our progress.

We are ready to accept the challenge of helping MetroED grow and continue to prepare high school and adult learners for post-secondary training and education that will lead to high wage/high skill/high demand occupations.

Board Development:
• The Board approved plans to evolve the capabilities of the Board, add new directors, pursue new funding streams and enhance existing ones.
• Formalized roles, responsibilities, and job descriptions for current and future board members.
• Developed new initiatives with the appropriate talent in place to execute them.
• Developed and integrated a tracking process to monitor all programs and events.
• Worked with the MetroED superintendent to schedule regular meetings to maximize communication between the Foundation Board and MetroED’s administration, staff, and instructors.

Program and Systems Development:
• Agreement reached with Silicon Valley SCORE on a partnership for extended business/entrepreneur classes for MetroED’s SVCTE and SVAE programs, and student mentorships.
• The MetroED Foundation has created its own web and social media presence and databases independent of MetroED.

MetroED Foundation Awareness and Vetting:
• The MetroED Foundation is registered on Benevity, Global Giving, and attained Gold Seal status on GuideStar.

Online Giving:
• The MetroED Foundation is registered with AmazonSmile. We launched a campaign to inform MetroED's parents, staff, students, partners, and vendors of the AmazonSmile program and how to use their regular purchases to donate to the Foundation.
• Accepted by the GlobalGiving Accelerator to raise funds to support MetroED by helpi them meet future funding needs.

What’s Next:
• Organize and leverage the 44,000+ alumni of MetroED to source donations, and resources for MetroED courses, support for the instructors and work-based learning activities/mentorship for students.
• Gather and organize alumni information into a database for a PR/marketing campaign to alumni and, eventually, the public. Create databases for tracking all input to the Foundation from donations to partnerships.
• GlobalGiving Accelerator Campaign benefits SVCTE’s SkillsUSA effort: (
• Register the MetroED Foundation with other retail/corporate donation programs.
• Continue to set meetings with Silicon Valley Rotary Club chapters, Silicon Valley community organizations, and companies interested in workforce development.

The above will help MetroED avoid its projected funding shortfall. The Foundation can then help MetroED develop new programs, with supporting educational and funding structures, to train students for future high demand/high wage, career pathways essential to Silicon Valley.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Staff and students of the Metropolitan Education District.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The MetroED Foundation has created a new scholarship program to meet the needs of the community and to help fully utilize the resources at MetroED. Since previous funding only supported two programs that have predominantly male students, new funds were allowed to be used only in the 20+ remaining programs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback helped build stronger relationships during the pandemic. Foundation resources are now going to the SVAE (adult) part of MetroED in addition to our long history with the high school (SVCTE) part.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,


The MetroED Foundation

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The MetroED Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Peter Vrabel

MetroED Foundation

Term: 2021 - 2023

Marc Baker

Kira Fields

Santa Clara County

Barrie Mullins


Ami Nomura


Peter Vrabel


Sham Chatterjee


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/03/2022

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.