Senator Boxer Visits the Center for Employment Training   

Monday, August 9, 2010  

Senator Boxer visits San Jose's Center for Employment Training (CET)

Dear Friend:

I recently traveled to San Jose to visit the Center for Employment Training (CET), a nationally recognized job-training organization that has given thousands of San Jose residents the marketable skills they need to find jobs and break the cycle of poverty.  I was amazed by the energy and commitment of CET’s students and by the dedication of CET’s staff and instructors.  

To view a photo album of my visit to CET, click here.    

Arriving at CET’s San Jose campus, I was greeted by CET President & CEO Hermelinda Sapien and Board Chair Bob Martinez.  We first toured the Culinary Arts classroom, where we saw a mouth-watering cooking demonstration by one of CET’s chef instructors and visited with students who are learning the skills required for positions in the food service industry.  

We next visited the Green Building Construction Skills classroom, where students are acquiring skills to work as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and in other trades in the growing field of energy-efficient building construction.  

I also had an opportunity to speak with students who are learning the skills required to become Early Childhood Teacher’s Assistants.  As a life-long advocate for early education, I know that teachers, teacher’s assistants, and other educators are the key to our children's success and our nation's economic future.

From its modest beginnings in San Jose in 1967, CET has become a national model with 18 branches across the country.  Along with culinary arts, green construction, and early childhood education, CET offers vocational training in medical administrative support, accounting, and other fields.  With investments from the Economic Recovery Act, CET has also created a job-placement service and has implemented its Green Jobs Initiative.

I was moved and inspired by my visit to CET.  By providing skills training and support services to youth and adults of all educational levels and backgrounds, CET is making a real difference in people’s lives.


Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer