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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


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)

Got Career?


ROP Got Career class

Over 80 Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) students proudly wore t-shirts with the words "Got Career" inscribed on them. This year marks the seventh year that the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and Cabrillo College have collaborated to bring hands on Career Technical Education (CTE) classwork to students attending the four-day Career Academy. Students were engaged in Medical Technology, Culinary Arts and Sports Occupations, with an additional support class of Career and College Counseling. Co-directed by Elizabeth Dominguez of CAP and Karen Lemon, Middle School Outreach Coordinator for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, students had four fun-filled and educational days to explore career pathways.

"I have played a lot of sports, but I never really understood the science of exercise until Coach Domhoff taught us about it—Now I think I want to study sports medicine in college."

ROP class in Sports Medicine

New this year was the Sports Occupations class, taught by Joel Domhoff, long time coach in Santa Cruz County and ROP Sports Occupations teacher at Aptos High School. He teamed up with Mark Ramsey, Cabrillo Sports Trainer, who delivered a powerful lesson in Sports Medicine where all students got to explore what it would be like to be a trainer and have to tape an injured ankle.

"I never thought I would be able to do that work. Now I am inspired to learn more about the human body and what happens with sports injuries."

Coach Domhoff's lesson started with the three different places on the body that you can check for a pulse. Carotid, brachial and radial pulse—and yes readers, there will be a test later. Students performed an activity and working in pairs discovered the difference between their pulse after activity versus their resting pulse. Coach also taught the students breathing exercises designed to bring their heart rate back to resting after extreme exercise.

ROP student checks heart rate

ROP class learns to use stethoscopes

In Cabrillo's Nursing Lab, the CAP students had the opportunity to use stethoscopes.

"It made me feel like a doctor being able to use real equipment."

Students were able to hear their own heart beats and learned about the automated mannequins, which Cabrillo has in their lab to assist with teaching proper medical practices. Amy Burris, and Lacey Deverick, ROP Medical Instructors at Pajaro Valley High School and Watsonville High School respectively, were joined by Vicky Grisham, Cabrillo Nursing Student, who shared their experiences, hoping to inspire students about careers in the medical fields. Students learned the best way to stabilize someone who might have a broken arm, and ways to care for minor wounds. All students left with a simple first aid kit that they could take home and with enough understanding to be able to show their families how to use all of the materials.

"I am so glad I came this year—my family only has Band-Aids at the house—now I know how to help my family with minor wounds if someone gets hurt."

ROP students

Each year the CAP students receive a lesson in Career and College exploration. Some topics this year included financial aid, the differences between two and four year programs, and how to assess their own skills and talents to make better decisions about what to study. This is especially important to the CAP students, as each one will earn a scholarship to either Cabrillo or another college of their choice if they stay in the CAP program all 6 years from 6th through 12th grade.

ROP culinary class

Last but not least was the Culinary Arts Program. Chef Andrea Mollenauer, owner of Lifestyle Culinary on Front Street and ROP Culinary Arts instructor, led an invigorating conversation about the five senses and how they apply to food preparation.

"I was surprised at how much the students already knew from their school lessons, and I think this gave them an application of being able to use this information."

ROP students show off their dessert creations

Students were asked to use their creativity and teamwork to create professional quality dessert plates using brownies, whipped cream and fresh fruits.

"We actually had two boys come back a second day to try to re-take the class, and this time they brought their own milk." Chef Andrea stated, "I always love to see both boys and girls exploring the Culinary Arts and wanting to study it—it is a wide open field."

ROP student decorates dessert ROP student shows off his dessert

With big smiles we say goodbye to this year's CAP students and as they turn to get onto the busses we can see the backs of their shirts—"I'm choosing my future, are you?" Thanks to such a great ongoing cooperative effort more students are moving successfully towards their futures.

ROP Culinary class

Find out more about Cabrillo Advancement Program.
Find out more about the Regional Occupation Progam.

If you would like information about donating to the CAP Summer Program contact: Karen Lemon.


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