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Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Contact Info

Mark Hodges
Mark Hodges
Senior Director,
Regional Occupational Program

Jim Howes
Jim Howes
Assistant Director,
Regional Occupational Program
(831) 254-0695

Michele Cuartilon
Department Office Coordinator,
Regional Occupational Program

Main phone #: (831) 466-5760
Fax: (831) 466-5769

Visit the Regional Occupational Programs web site:

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Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Articles About ROP

Scotts Valley ROP Students Win Chance to Record in Traveling 'Lennon Bus'
Construction Crunch: Workforce Shortage Weighs on Industry and Homeowners
Santa Cruz Alternative High School Students Build Pies from Earth Up
ROP Medical Technology and Health Careers Students Share with the Community
An Educational Journey by Debbie Reynon
The Immigration Project: We Are Pajaro Valley
ROP Wows CAP Students with Real-Life Career Activities
What It Means To Be "World Ready"
ROP Students Gain Real Life Experience at Graniterock Quarry in Aromas
ROP Students Assist in Porter Memorial Public Library Improvements
Santa Cruz ROP Biotechnology Course Charting New, 'Real World' Course
ROP Floral Design Program Students Visit Residents of La Posada
Students from Soquel High School ROP Participate in 2015 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge
Harbor High ROP Expo Brings Tailored Career Advice To Students
ROP Bicycle Technology Students Benefit from Ongoing Partnership with The Bicycle Trip
Donna Marie Stahl, ROP Educator of the Year Nominee
SCCOE ROP in U.S. News & World Report: Bicycle Technology Programs Gain Speed in High Schools
ROP, The Donor Network West and Jim Collopy: A High School Campaign
ROP Step Up Classes for Middle School Students: A Big Hit!
ROP Video Production Promotes Water Saving
2015 ROP Digital Media and Digital Photography Student Work from Santa Cruz High School
ROP and Cycle Forward: Bicycles for the Homeless
Santa Cruz County ROP Program gets Funding from School Districts
Debbie Reynon, Volunteer of the Year for CADAT
ROP Student Wins PVUSD Climate Change Presentation Competition
Karen Lemon, PVUSD Educator of the Month
Museum of Discovery Event Features ROP Student Designer, Max Bowman
ROP Medical Program Students Tour County Coroner's Office: Local Detectives Take Time to Share their Work with Students
ROP Medical Technologies Students Spend Morning at Dominican Oaks Assisted Living
ROP Students Honored by the Soquel Water District
ROP Expo in Santa Cruz Showcases Student Skills, Talents

Previous ROP Articles

ROP logoThe Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Santa Cruz County. Our mission statement is 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. ROP is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited program. This year we will serve over 3,400 students in 135 classes in 44 different subjects at 23 different sites. As a department of the County Office of Education, ROP provides tuition free programming to all interested high school students 15 years of age and older.

The ROP staff is made up of 4 Support Staff, 8 Counselors, 68 Teachers and 2 Administrators. In addition to excellent Career and Technical Education programming, we offer a Work Based Learning program for our students and a Designated Subjects Credential program for our teachers.

ROP is committed to providing unique opportunities for students to become college and career ready. One of the ways we do this is to offer 17 UC a-g courses in all of the high school districts in Santa Cruz County. These courses will help students complete the minimum requirements to be admitted to a California State University or a University of California. Another way ROP helps students prepare for post-secondary opportunities is that we offer 14 courses that are articulated with local community colleges. Students in these courses can earn college credit while they are in high school. Some of our courses also offer an industry recognized certificate upon completion which will help in making a student instantly employable.

ROP also offers fee based programs for adults. We offer very successful Dental Assisting and Medical Assisting programs. 60-70% of the students in these programs are employed at the time of graduation. Other adult programs include ServSafe, Smog Certification and we have provided scholarships for qualified students in our Cosmetology program.

ROP is dedicated to providing a learning environment where students become college and career ready.

Find out more by visiting ROP's web site.

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