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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:

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Student & Personnel Services: Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

On the Big Screen to a Full House:
Reel Fresh Showcases ROP Student Films

Reel Fresh Group Photo

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Video Production students screened their work at the Rio Theater as part of the Santa Cruz Film Festival. The student show, Reel Fresh, has been a part of the film festival for the past five years. The short films shown this year were the products of students enrolled in the ROP Video Production classes at Santa Cruz, San Lorenzo Valley, Harbor, and Aptos High Schools. Reel Fresh Slash ScreenThis year's films showcased the students' skills in advanced techniques and emerging technologies including the use of drone footage, underwater cinematography and computer animation. The screening included music videos, documentaries, animations, action films and short form experimental narratives. Santa Cruz High student Diego Diaz-Lundquist said, "It's a dream come true—it's definitely the best thing at school. It's why I wake up every day."

While the ROP Video Production class teaches students the technical aspects of film production, story development remains a crucial part of the curriculum as well. Students enrolled in these classes receive an excellent foundation for pursuing a career in video production. Instruction includes scriptwriting, camera composition, sound recording, editing, motion graphics, and animation. While producing videos, students learn valuable workplace skills including teamwork, time management, and problem solving. "I took ROP Photography last year, which was a gateway to ROP Video Production," said Nick Brenkwitz, senior at Harbor High School, "They really go hand in hand. I utilize a lot of the stuff I learned in photography in video and I like it a lot."

Creating meaningful video is a valuable component of global visual communications skills and ROP is dedicated to equipping students with the skills to compete in the current marketplace. This was well stated by student Anna Morris who summed it up, "Before I took this class, I did not know what I wanted to do with my life, I came out of the class knowing that I want to direct short films... so that's pretty awesome!"

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"Colors" a San Lorenzo Valley High School ROP student film featuring Rosocope animation edited in After Effects

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"Radioactive" an Aptos High School ROP student music video

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"Dreams" an Aptos High School ROP student experimental narrative

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"Drought" a San Lorenzo Valley High School ROP student PSA addressing the current drought in California

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"Whistle While You Work It" an Aptos High School ROP student music video

Photos and video screenshots courtesy of Jim Howes, Karen Lemon and Jenny Angelacos

To find out more about ROP Video Production classes visit our website at: Regional Occupational Program.

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