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Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

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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)

ROP Medical Program Students Tour County Coroner's Office: Local Detectives Take Time to Share their Work with Students

ROP Medical Technologies class at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Coroner's Office

In March, the ROP Medical Technologies class visited the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Coroner's Office. Detectives Nick Baldridge and Mike Pruger presented various aspects of forensic medicine, enabling the students to realize connections between their ROP class and their high school science and mathematics studies. Detective Baldridge volunteered his off-duty time to give the students a tour of the facility and to help them learn about careers in the forensic sciences. High school students were from Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, San Lorenzo Valley, Soquel and Harbor High Schools. The students were able to witness the integration of the medical, law enforcement and technology career fields in a state-of-the-art facility. Especially important was when Detective Baldridge spoke about the impact on victim's families during a criminal investigation. He conveyed to the students the importance of learning and practicing empathy and compassion in healthcare and related professions.

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