Mission Valley ROP continues to serve our three districts with high quality Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework as we start planning for the 2017-2018 school year. The winter months give us the chance to focus on displaying to students, counseling staff and administrative teams, and the community our invaluable programming. With courses in nine industry sectors, we are able to offer rigorous and relevant coursework under the umbrella of college and career preparation that is both interesting and unique.
Our mission is to “prepare students for employment and college through industry standard tools, training, and experience.” We continue to support our mission by finding ways to update and invest in programming and uplifting student experiences. We are making progress on Culinary Arts classroom upgrades, and will to continue through these improvements over the next two years. MVROP also is continuing with our plan to break ground on a new spray booth facility at the ROP Center Campus for the Auto Body Painting and Refinishing program. We look forward to finishing the 2016 - 2017 school year on a positive note and to continue expanding and refining CTE program opportunities in 2018.
Currently, we are entering into the second of three years of funding from the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant. This grant has given us one-time funds to upgrade and invest in programming at school sites as well as the ROP Center Campus. With these funds, we are able to make changes that will last far beyond the end of the grant period in 2018.
It is a proven fact that CTE has never been more important for students’ long-term success than it is today. Schools everywhere are searching for rigorous and relevant ways to connect UC “a-g” Coursework with tangible skill application for students. This summer MVROP worked very hard to update and articulate our CTE program curriculum to align with coursework available at the many regional community colleges. We now have 38 course articulations with post-secondary schools. Students completing coursework at Mission Valley ROP are eligible to be recognized by their community college for work already completed because of our efforts to align ourselves with those industry sector courses. For those who are interested in only UC “a-g” credited coursework, we have dozens of “a-g” courses listed on our school website, in addition to the list of community college articulated courses.
MVROP also continues to focus on exposing students to available post-secondary CTE opportunities in the Tri-Cities. Our partnership with the Tri-Cities One Stop Career Center located at Ohlone’s Newark Campus remains active as students are shown how beginning CTE training in high school can seamlessly lead to Ohlone College certifications, AA degrees, and local industry opportunities. The Tri-City area is home to a robust economy with a large demand for a technically trained workforce.
The key to our success lies in our talented and dedicated teachers! They are the ones doing the majority of the work in any school and we are no different. They are a group of industry-trained professionals second to none.
We look forward to continuing with our 40+ years of service to the community and our three member districts: Fremont, Newark, and New Haven Unified School Districts.
Superintendent, Mission Valley ROP