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What's Good in Education, May 12, 2011

Posted: May 14, 2011 2:24 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2011 2:24 p.m.

ROP Students Gain Valuable Insight at Workshop

The Hart District ROP Student Conference "Marketing YOU for Success" Workshop was held April 22 and April 29 at the Activities Center.

Students from the ROP program were invited to earn class hours and walk away from this two-day event having learned skills about how to market themselves for their future.

Presenters over the two days included Ted Rafalovich, Businessman; Jim Mulholland, Businessman and Educator; Alan Lewis, Principal, Stonecutter Group; Janis Fiock, Career Advisor; Wendy Saunders, Executive Director of Operations; East, West, and West Valley Y's; Grace Lee, Author, Speaker, Trainer; Karen Hudson, Hollywood Film and Television Costumer; Jim Hoffman, Business Operations Mgr, JPL/NASA; TEACH Team, College of the Canyons Future Educators, Mitch Krayton, The Magic of CCV Speaker, Coach, Author, Consultant; Dan Williams, Founder, DESTINY Leadership Foundation.

Student Sonia Sanchez, a senior at Golden Valley High School and CEO of Acoustic Cakes and Apparel, her virtual company, which is part of the Virtual Enterprise ROP class, has attended both the fall and spring workshops. She says that this opportunity has taught her so much about herself. "These workshops have taught me how to better prepare myself for the business world," Sanchez said. "It is a great opportunity for students to gain this experience."

The Hart District ROP is a public education service that provides practical on-the-job training and career guidance to students in the Santa Clarita Valley who are in 11th and 12th grade.

*Would like to thank my good friend and colleague Wendy Saunders for providing our Hart District ROP students with her workshop on Emotional Intelligence.

Business / Technology Pathway Created for High School Students

Business teachers from West Ranch High School, Saugus High School, ROP and College of the Canyons have been working to create a District-wide Business and Computer Technology Pathway for students pursuing careers in Business and Technology.

The teacher team has been led by an advisory panel of business members: Ken Wiseman, CEO AMS Fulfillment; Alan Lewis, Principal, Stonecutter Group; and Bruce Fortine, Trustee, COC Board, all who provided valuable input, direction, and feedback. The outcome of the meetings include plans for new and revised courses, new software, and possible articulation agreements so students can receive college credit for high school work.

The Team plans to roll out the Business/Technology Pathway District-wide in the fall of 2011. The Business/Technology Pathway gives students new options and direction to be better prepare for entry-level jobs and for pursuing further education in career choices of Business, Technology and related fields.

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