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The Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides students with the opportunity to acquire academic, career and technical skills and to prepare for life-long learning and success in the changing workplace.



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Dental Assisting Program signups and procedures are now in place for Fall 2015. Click the link above for more information.


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First LEAF gets a home

During the first week of February, the San Lorenzo Valley School Board approved the lease and operating agreement to allow SchoolGrown to place and operate a LEAF greenhouse at San Lorenzo Valley High School, in Felton, CA.

Many people came together to make this happen. There is one person we would like to recognize for helping make SLVHS the first school to host a SchoolGrown LEAF greenhouse. That person is ROP instructor, David Grant. Mr. Grant has developed an aquaculture program that includes: fish breeding, multiple outdoor fish tanks, and has introduced the class to aquaponics. Adding a LEAF greenhouse extends this experience. Students will be able to apply their knowledge in an environment that has an integrated business model. Further preparing them for a successful future.

Over the next couple weeks, the schedule for the build will be announced on a webpage dedicated to LEAF #1. If you live in the area, there will be opportunity to volunteer and be part of this exciting moment. Additionally, the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) registration will be added to the same page.

Learn more at: SchoolGrown


Success with ROP

Morgan Andrews a former student in Doron Brenner's ROP Computer Aided Design class is designing her way to success.. Of the many careers the class explored, Morgan especially enjoyed civil engineering and was accepted into the engineering program at Portland State University.

While she is still in school today, Morgan is already working in her field, recently serving as lead designer of a $590,000 sewer replacement project in Portland, Oregon. Construction will begin this month.

Way to go Morgan!


How Educators are working to save career courses

When Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante was a Santa Cruz High student 35 years ago, he took a criminal justice class from professional law enforcement officials through the county's Regional Occupation Program, and it affirmed his desire to be a cop.

Now he's lending his expertise to the next generation as an ROP instructor, leading a course at Soquel High School called Criminal Justice: Contemporary Perspectives."

You get to experience things you just can't get out of a book, Escalante said, noting the opportunity to share volumes about his decades of work and what he seeks when hiring officers.

Seniors Chris Sellado, who wants to be a police officer and serve on a SWAT team, and Karina Lara, who said the elective challenges her writing skills, are on campus an hour early at 7:25 a.m. with junior George Navarro and other classmates just to take the free course.

It's interesting, I actually pay attention, Navarro said. Read the Full Story



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