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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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Soquel Water District Poster Winner

Four Regional Occupational Program (ROP) students in Marco Lucadano's class at Soquel High School were recognized for their winning poster designs for a public tour of the Soquel Creek Water District for Groundwater Awareness Week on March 22.

Two ROP classes had a presentation about our groundwater resources and water conservation and then submitted poster designs for the open house event. The polished designs were critiqued by the teacher, Soquel Creek Water District staff and Directors and the top 3 poster designs were awarded prizes at the Board meeting on March 3rd in Capitola.


ROP Expo 2015

Jacob Smith knows about bikes, from the headset that holds the bicycle fork and the handle bar in place to the bottom bracket that holds the cranks in place. Smith, 18, is a byproduct the bicycle technology class in the Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program.

On Thursday, Smith and more than 100 other students from the various Regional Occupational Program classes showcased their knowledge and skills during the 2015 Regional Occupational Program Expo at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

The booths, sprawled out across the arena floor and into the hallways, featured displays of engines students work with, computers showcasing graphic projects, small boards of photos from photography students and other presentations. Read the full Story


Builder Helping Build Lives

During the spring semester for the past three years, Dene Bustichi, owner of BCI Builders in Scot ts Valley and Mayor of Scotts Valley, becomes a teacher and mentor for the Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program (ROP). This is a serious commitment for Bustichi because it is a 90-minute class (not counting class preparation), five days (M-F) per week at Santa Cruz High School.

It all started in 2010 when he heard Mark Hodges, Senior Director of the Regional Occupational Program give a presentation about the program and its many benefits in teaching young people practical, marketable skills. Bustichi took the message to heart and began taking the education classes n ecessary prior to becoming a certified ROP teacher. Read More....

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 S choolGrown 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. Fu rther 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 b e opportunity to volunteer and be part of this exciting moment. Additionally, the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) registration will be added t o 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 ci vil 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 pro ject in Portland, Oregon. Construction will begin this month.

Way to go Morgan!




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