News Release

September 18, 2013

Media invited to tour innovative career-education classes

Santa Barbara County media representatives are invited to join a tour at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, of two innovative career-education classes at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School that are operated by the Regional Occupational Program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

The Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) class taught by Chip Fenenga is the only high school program in the world using a state-of-the-art laser scanner as part of an international campaign to “digitally preserve” important historical and cultural structures before they are lost to age, fire, flood, or other disaster.

Students in Jennifer Croll’s sports medicine and kinesiology class will demonstrate what they have learned through classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory experience in kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, CPR, and first aid.

California Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara will be joined on the tour by leaders of the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District and the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

In partnership with six school districts from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, ROP/CTE (Regional Occupational Program/Career Technical Education) enrolls approximately 3,800 high school juniors and seniors each year in career technical education classes that help them to advance to colleges and universities in a career field or to enter the work force. Students earn academic credit toward high school graduation, and more than 80 percent of ROP classes offer dual credit with local community colleges. Some classes are also approved to meet University of California entrance requirements.

“ROP classes provide excellent academic instruction and training in skills that are invaluable for students, whether they plan to enroll in a university or go directly into a career after high school,” said Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone. “In addition, these classes open students’ eyes to college and career possibilities that they would not have considered otherwise.”

To see examples of community projects done by EAST students, search YouTube using cfenenga as the key word.

For more information on ROP/CTE in Santa Barbara County, including lists of classes offered in each school district, photos, videos and student testimonials, go to the SBCEO program’s website, rop.sbceo.org.

To reserve a place on the tour, contact ROP Program Manager Jeri Wynn or ROP Director Tony Bauer at rop@sbceo.org or 937-8427.