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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: http://www.rop.santacruz.k12.ca.us

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Student & Personnel Services: Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Regional Occupational Program (ROP)


Articles About ROP

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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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