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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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Student & Personnel Services: Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Articles About The ROP

ROP Graphic Design Student Wins "Join the Movement" Art Contest
ROP Provides Career Technical Courses to Middle School Students at the Cabrillo Advancement Program
ROP Instructor Helps SLVHS Become First School to Host a SchoolGrown LEAF Greenhouse
Watsonville High Plants Seeds for Agricultural Careers
Two ROP Success Stories
Soquel ROP Students Train Puppies for Future as Guide Dogs
Opportunity to Learn Through Helping: County's ROP program visits Second Harvest Food Bank
Urban Mentes: Photographs to Think About
ROP Green Careers Students Experience Latest Marine Science Technology and Career Opportunities
On the Big Screen to a Full House: Reel Fresh Showcases ROP Student Films
Cabrillo's College and Career Night Wraps Up County Awareness Week
Aptos Nonprofit Links Students with Professionals
How Educators are Working to Save Career Courses
Middle School Step-Up Classes Highlight State-of-the-Art ROP Technology Labs on High School Campuses
Empathy Project (YouTube Video)
Got Career?
ROP Video Production at Harbor High School Collaborates with Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 to Present: El Día E
ROP Video Production at Harbor High Creates Pharrell-Inspired Dance Video
Photoflex Donation to ROP Assists Photo, Video Students
Ice Cream, Technology Entrepreneurs See Partnerships as Growth Strategy
Building Much More Than Bicycles
ROP Photo Class at Renaissance High Participates in Public Art Show
SCCOE Regional Occupational Program Enjoys Continued Success
Local Companies Bolster ROP Tech Education in Santa Cruz County
Music Director In South Bay Offers Advice On A Career In Education
Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and Alternative Education Partner with Local Businesses, Community Organizations and Non-Profits to Expand Opportunities for Students
ROP Teacher at Aptos High School Awarded Educator of the Year
SLV High students learn fish-farming skills in ROP Aquaculture class
ROP Video Students Screen Films at Santa Cruz Film Festival
ROP is thankful for supporters like Leonard Herzenberg
Seed-to-Table—Your Future Is Our Business (YFIOB) 13th Annual Luncheon—Showcases the Skills and Talents of Local ROP High School Students
Hands-On Green Careers Class Connects Students with Pros in the Field
Middle School Students Get a Step-Up to High School by Participating in ROP Summer Classes
Middle School Students: sign up for some fun summer classes with ROP!
Read about the Renaissance High School ROP Photography Classes - Our Reality
ROP Students Go Behind the Scenes with the Santa Cruz Warriors’ Organization
AEDASAP: Health Organizations Team Up to Keep Santa Cruz Athletes Safe
Santa Cruz County ROP Pilots First “Step-Up Classes” for Middle School Students
Find out more about Your Future is Our Business.
The Santa Cruz County CTE Collaborative has launched a new web site with lots of great resources about Career Technical Education.
Read about ROP's Santa Cruz High School Auto Shop receiving an award for 10 years of participation in the City of Santa Cruz Clean Ocean Business program.
Find out about ROP's 2010 Summer Criminal Evidence Class.
Read about ROP at the Santa Cruz County Fair.
Watch a movie and find out more about ROP and the Cabrillo Summer Career Academy, and Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP).
Watch a slideshow about the Middle School Career Exploration at 2009 College and Career Night.

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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