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The CTE/ROP Quality Career Training Newsletter is published biannually in the spring and fall. View a PDF version by clicking on the issue of your choice. If your browser is not configured to view PDFs, you can download the link and open it using Adobe Reader

Fall 2014 newsletterFall 2015

Featured Articles:

  • AP Computer Science Class Gets Mentoring Help
  • ROP Sports Medicine Class Continues to Shine in Competition
  • Hercules Students Win Microsoft Social Innovation Award
  • Former AP Computer Science Student Nabs Internship
  • ROP Class Embarks on Video Collaboration
  • Antioch Schools Education Foundation Honors ROP Teacher
  • ROP Teacher named CCCOE Teacher of the Year Representative
  • Tom Torlakson Visits ROP Classes

View the Fall 2015 Newsletter pdf

Fall 2014 newsletterSpring 2015

Featured Articles:

  • ROP Success Stories
  • ROP Honors Students of Excellence
  • Students Attend the Bay Delta Science Conference
  • John Swett Students Continue to Innovate for a Good Cause
  • Freedom High School Students in Film Festival
  • Marchus Students Learn Customer Service Skills
  • Alhambra High School Classes Compete at Skills USA Competition

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Fall 2014 newsletterFall 2014

Featured Articles:

Automotive Students Take First Place at Ford/ AAA Auto Skills Competition
Sanveer Garcha and Alfredo Gutierrez, students from Brian Wheeler's Advanced Automotive Technology class at Alhambra High School took first place for California in the state auto skills competition held at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in May. read more »

Consortium Earns Large Grant from CDE
The California Department of Education (CDE) announced in May the grant recipients of their $250 million Career Pathways Trust program. Serving as the lead fiscal agency for the Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) was notified that they would receive $8,000,000 in grant funds requested. read more »

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Fall 2014 newsletterSpring 2014

Featured Articles:

Getting Creative for Shriners Hospital
John Swett High School ROP Instructor Tony Tammer and his CAD students manufactured and donated a prosthetic limb vise to Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento last December. read more »

ROP Teacher Named Contra Costa County “Teacher of the Year” 2013-2014
Congratulations to Cindy Egan for being named one of two Contra Costa Teachers of the Year for 2013- 2014, as well as being a state semifinalist in the Teacher of the Year competition. read more »

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Spring 2013 newsletterFall 2013

Director's Welcome: Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful break.

Our summer was a very busy one, preparing for the new school year. In early August we held our New ROP Teacher Orientation to welcome new teachers into ROP and familiarize them with our staff and our processes. Please join in me in welcoming the following new teachers to the Contra Costa County ROP:

  • Ana Bertero, Fire Science, Berkeley
  • Peter Bloomsburgh, Computer Programming, Berkeley
  • Katie Caffrey, Sports Medicine, Alhambra
  • Tahitia Dean, Journey for Justice, De Anza
  • Toral Desai, Sports Medicine, Clayton Valley
  • Al Douex, Sports Medicine, College Park
  • Susannah Faria, Introduction to Law, Dougherty Valley
  • Leo Groner, AP Computer Programming, Dougherty Valley
  • Ted Grover, Art of Video Production, El Cerrito
  • Gina Hansen, Digital Arts/Designs for the Web, De Anza
  • Kathy Huang, Biotechnology, Dougherty Valley
  • Mary Kadri, Journey for Justice, Richmond
  • Raymond Kuntz, AP Environmental Science, Deer Valley
  • Mark Layne, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Chevron
  • Janeal Lee, Play Production, Pinole Valley
  • Jim Lindsay, Information Systems Design & Management, El Cerrito
  • Anh Nguyen, AP Computer Programming, California
  • Danielle Parreira, Publications, Pinole Valley
  • Linda Pon, Sports Medicine, Dougherty Valley
  • David Rosenbaum, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Mt. Diablo
  • Lourdes Sampayo, Culinary Arts, Hercules
  • Eliot Schain, Creative Writing, Alhambra
  • William “Doc” Wilson, AP Environmental Science, Pinole Valley

As you can see, there are lots of changes, but we are all confident that this will be a great year in which we provide students with the most challenging, engaging, and relevant Career Technical Education possible!

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Spring 2013 newsletterSpring 2013

Director's Welcome: As the 2012-2013 school year begins to wind down, it gives all of us great pride to see the students whose lives have been profoundly impacted by the CTE/ROP classes they've taken. In this issue, we highlight some of those students, students who were nominated by their instructors as being Students of Excellence and who were selected by a panel of our industry advisors as winners. Their accomplishments remind us of the critical importance of the programs we offer.

Also featured in this newsletter are some of the exciting activities planned for students by ROP teachers across the county, innovating and challenging lessons that reinforce student learning.

Finally, we are happy to recognize two of our many outstanding teachers who are being recognized this year as Teachers of the Year. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to Chevron Corporation and John Muir Health for their generous donations, which allow us to give each of our Students of Excellence a well-deserved scholarship.

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Fall 2013 newsletterFall 2012

Director's Welcome: Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year! I am looking forward to another outstanding year for our ROP students. As some of you know, we held our first New ROP Teacher Orientation this summer. The orientation was a way for us to welcome new teachers into ROP and familiarize them with our staff and our processes. Please join me in welcoming the following new teachers to the Contra Costa County ROP:

  • Leah Baskerville, AP Environmental Science, Monte Vista
  • J.D. Cogmon, Digital Arts and Desktop Publishing, Pinole Valley
  • Cheryl Costello, AP Environmental Science, Monte Vista
  • Mirko Danilovic, AP Computer Science, Dougherty Valley
  • Cindy Gershen, Commercial Food Service, Nutrition and Wellness, Mt. Diablo
  • Marianne Griffin, Careers in Teaching, Alhambra
  • Kate Haber, Biotechnology, Berkeley

View the Fall 2012 Newsletter pdf

Spring 2012 newsletterSpring 2012

Director's Welcome: Looking through this issue of the ROP newsletter, we are all reminded of the significant impact that ROP teachers and courses have on students' lives. The students and teachers featured on these pages know the importance of learning, growing, and making a difference in their classrooms, schools and communities. They make us proud and remind us of the importance of the work we do.

Please join me in congratulating the 38 students (out of more than 11,000 served by the Contra Costa County ROP) who won ROP Students of Excellence awards this year.

A huge thank you to our business partners, Chevron, John Muir Health and Walnut Creek Honda, who are once again this year sponsoring our student scholarships. Chevron sponsored the majority of the awards, John Muir Health sponsored the health awards, and Walnut Creek Honda sponsored the auto awards. Their support of our programs and our students is invaluable.

View the Spring 2012 Newsletter pdf


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