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Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Contact Info

Mark Hodges
Senior Director,
Regional Occupational Program

Jim Howes
Assistant Director,
Regional Occupational Program

Michelle Cuartilon
Department Office Coordinator,
Regional Occupational Program

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

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Student & Personnel Services: Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

What It Means To Be "World Ready"

ROP students work to create video

To improve the knowledge and skill development of high school students in Career Technical Education (CTE) and Core Academic subjects, The Santa Cruz Regional Occupational Program (ROP) utilized Community Foundation of Santa Cruz grant funding to create a Career Technical Education and Core Academic Integration Program. This is the second year that the Community Foundation has supported students learning in context. As a result of this unique learning experience, students will work on collaborative projects, learn from experts in the local industry, travel to local businesses to experience first-hand what they are learning in the classroom and finally, begin to prepare for all post-secondary learning opportunities. Both CTE and Core Academic teaching partners in the integration pilot project will work collaboratively to lesson plan, create projects, organize activities with the business community, create assessments and develop work based learning opportunities for the students. This contextual learning approach will enable students to learn by doing and will allow them to develop relationships with potential employers in the community.

ROP students work to create video

The ROP integration project this year was conducted at Harbor High School. We chose to integrate the ROP Video Production course with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. The instructors, Larkin Wilson (ROP Video Production) and Judith Mayer (AVID) collaborated on three projects. One of the projects was the World Ready (Kinetic Typography) designed to define the school’s theme "World Ready." Larkin says, "Being World Ready is something that is talked about a lot at Harbor High School. So the AVID and ROP Video Production classes got together to collaborate on a kinetic typography piece that uses the alphabet to explore what we think World Ready really means to us. This includes the skills we might need, our hope for the future and even the fear on failure we might encounter along the way."

ROP students work to create video

The AVID class and ROP Video Production students collaborated on everything from word choice to what those words would look like, how they might behave/move on the screen and what colors would be most appropriate for each word.

ROP students work to create video

Music by Ludovco Einaudi "Walk" (Phaeleh Remix) sound cloud.

This project was made possible by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.

Additional Links to resources on the benefits of Career Technical Education and Core Academic Integration:

Santa Cruz County Office of Education  |  400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  |  831.466.5600  |  Fax: 831.466.5607
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