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Santa Barbara County ROP/CTE Regional Occupational Program
Career Technical Education for High School Students

ROP/CTE Student Success Stories

This past summer two alumni of John Dent’s ROP-CTE Video Production class at Dos Pueblos created and ran a dynamic video production camp. Young aspiring producers and directors ages 7 to 13 spent an active and fun week discovering just how powerful video has become in the world of social media.  Praise for the Camp was directed to the ROP-CTE camp leaders, but the alumni are very clear that much credit lies with Dent’s ROP-CTE program, popularly known as DP News.
According to ROP-CTE grads Susan Schiferl and Brian Lovelace, Dent’s Video Production program was key in gaining valuable professional skills. Lovelace, currently a Film Production Senior at Cal State Northridge, states that choosing his major was no accident.  “It is a dream that started with John Dent’s ROP-CTE Video Production class at Dos Pueblos High School.” Despite a rigorous high school schedule, he was drawn to spend endless hours learning fascinating video effects and enhancing the DP News show.  It paid off:  Lovelace and fellow student Michael Le produced an innovative award-winning promotional clip for Josten’s Yearbook Company. The “brainstorming and
100 hours of shooting and editing” were recognized with a $5000 paycheck.  “That was the power of ROP-CTE at Dos Pueblos High School.  We learned life skills that could be used in the real world to make money, even without a formal degree from any university.”  Lovelace has now set his sights on a future in Hollywood.
Schiferl, newly graduated from Marist College with her digital media degree, also praises the value of her “fantastic ROP-CTE program”.  She was lead anchor and producer of DP News.  “The program was a platform for me to display my passion for digital creation and leadership”.  Schiferl felt very prepared both for college and career, a direct result of the industry standard equipment and software used in ROP-CTE.  Following studies abroad in Italy, Schiferl is now an elementary school art teacher and freelance designer.  Her ROP-CTE experience has come full circle in her plans to design a junior high digital arts media program.
While John Dent’s current ROP-CTE students continue producing the stellar DP News, the welcome mat will remain for Lovelace, Schiferl, and any ROP alumni seeking to share their cutting edge professional skills with future directors in a rewarding summer camp.

SYHS ROP Restaurant students assist Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau

The 2013-14 school year is just getting started and the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School ROP Restaurant Occupations class is already getting busy.  Under the direction of instructor, Jimmy Palacios, students had the opportunity to prepare dessert for the recent Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau Celebrate Harvest event held at the historic Rancho Alamo in Los Alamos. The chocolate supplies and 500 beautiful long-stemmed strawberries were provided to the class by Farm Bureau members.  Following instruction from Mr. Palacios, the restaurant students were set to work washing the berries, dipping them in chocolate and preparing them for presentation. It was a fun way to begin the year as the class has completed their food safety course and are preparing to become involved in all aspects of the food service industry.  Mr. Palacios’ classes prepare all the meals served on the high school campus, prepare lunches for two Valley elementary schools, cater meetings and events on campus, and most students work in food service related training sites in the community to earn additional credit and gain valuable hands-on experience.

The Regional Occupational Program / Career Technical Education is a program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.  Students who complete a ROP/CTE course will be well prepared for a career or to pursue advanced educational training.

An additional benefit to collaborating on a project of this kind gives students an opportunity to get involved and provide valuable assistance to other important programs in their local community. The Celebrate Harvest event benefits the GAATE Foundation, which strives to promote and increase awareness, understanding and appreciation for agriculture in the Santa Barbara County, and Blue Jacket Bonanza, a program dedicated to change FFA students’ lives one corduroy jacket at a time. By doing so, they are supporting their future Collegiate Farm Bureau members, Young Farmers & Ranchers, community leaders, as well as, the future leaders of our states and nation.

Lindsay Sleigh is enrolled in the ROP/CTE Baking and Pastry Class held at Lompoc High School. On February 23, 2013, she competed at the FHA/HERO Region 5 qualifying competition held in Concord, California. Lindsay’s all white wedding cake entry was covered in fondant accented with gum paste flowers and butter cream pearls. At the competition Lindsay qualified to compete at the State Competition to be held in April.

Dons Net Cafe's Maddie Mender to Ride Alongside Jane Goodall

Net Cafe has been chosen to have one student on the Jane Goodall float at this year's Rose Parade. Ms. Goodall, world renowned primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist, will be the parade's grand marshal. One high school student, one junior high, and one elementary student will accompany her on the float. Santa Barbara High's Maddie Mender has been chosen to serve as the high school representative. Teacher Lee Knodel added, "Maddie and Jesus Terazzas were recently picked to be on Jane Goodall's National Youth Council, a huge honor in itself."

Members of the Dons Net Cafe had the opportunity to meet Ms. Goodall in September. The Jane Goodall Institute, the global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things, gave the Santa Barbara High Dons Net Café the chance of a lifetime:  an invitationt to have dinner with Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Student program leaders Jesus Terrazas and Hector Avila, along with Roots and Shoots group leader, teacher Lee Ann Knodel (Mrs. B.), attended the event on September 28, at the La Jolla Farms Estate.

The Dons Net Café's (DNC) students work hard, and are persistent, in “doin’ some good in the world.” DNC students have diligently worked with Roots and Shoots, a global youth conservation program. Roots and Shoots has reached its global goal: having all Roots and Shoots members complete one million community service hours.

The Dons Net Cafe (DNC) is a student-run social entrepreneurial business, offered through the Santa Barbara County Education Office Regional Occupational Program. The DNC represents a 20-year commitment to inspire students to create positive social and environmental change through ethical commerce and service-learning. DNC represents these activities through its participation in Virtual Enterprise, VITA, Roots and Shoots, and Service Learning. 

The Dons Net Café's mission is to educate and empower both youth and community to create change that is both beneficial to society and to the environment while running a profitable social entrepreneurial business.


Dos Pueblos ROP/CTE Video Production Class

Enjoy the senior lip dub for class of 2013. Filmed, planned, produced and edited by
ROP/CTE Tv/Video production.

Please share it with everyone you know on all social media.
Dos Pueblos Media Students Collect Awards at National Journalism Conference and Competition in November

Dos Pueblos High School teacher John Dent reports, " This weekend, over 4,500 students from across the country converged in San Antonio, Texas for a national journalism conference and competition. The Dos Pueblos Media Pathway sent 10 students and two advisers representing broadcast, news, and yearbook journalism, and they came away big winners. Dos Pueblos' 2012 yearbook earned 8th place in the 'Best of Show' category, the first time a book on the central coast has earned this honor. Individually, over 1,750 students competed.


Santa Barbara County ROP/CTE Intro to Education Class toured UCSB
Education Facility

The students were really inspired by the tour of the campus and guest speakers.  The guest speakers on the tour included Tine Sloane, Tim Dewar, Sarah Jacobs, Linda Adler-Kassner, Sue Johnson, and Katie Blackwell. We are so fortunate to have one of the best teaching programs in the world here in Santa Barbara County.

Stephanie Lopez, Clerical Support at SBCEO. 2010 graduate of
ROP/CTE Computer Accounting, VITA, and Dons Net Cafe.


Jesus began working in Accounting Dept. at United Way in October 2012.
Jesus was the youngest SBHS ROP/CTE VITA Coordinator in our 19 year
VITA history and is on National Youth Council for Roots & Shoots.
Jesus is in line for CEO of DNC next year.


StaRS Academy ROP/CTE Students to Receive Recognition in Washington D.C.

The following StaRS Academy ROP/CTE students were selected by the National Science Foundation
(NSF) and the National Advancement of Technology in Education (ATE) to be honored in Washington
D.C. in October: Lucio Trevino, Maria Chavez, Ryan Valencia, Richard Perez-Penaloza, and Oscar
Dorado. Todd Wold and Mike Johnson, Lompoc High School teachers, will chaperone these five students.


September 2012 ROP/CTE Students of the Month
Anthony Villalovos, Jacquelyn Calderon, and Andrew Carrasco-Gomez



A delegation of Santa Barbarians went to LA in October to meet with officials and to join CycLAvia. A surreal sight of no cars on LA streets.


2012 Santa Ynez Valley High School graduate, Russ Fenenga, has been busy this summer. Using his experience/skills in ROP/CTE Computer Technology & Repair, ROP EAST, some online classes, math and english, Russ has built an iPhone app for the high school.  It was just approved by Apple and is on their website.  The idea is that students and parents can now literally have the high school in their pocket.   This is only the 2nd high school app in California.  Russ is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Chip Fenenga, both teachers in the Santa Ynez Valley.



ROP/CTE Dos Pueblos High School Robotics Win 2012 FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional Championship and the 2012 FIRST Robotics Central Valley Regional Championship
The ROP/CTE Virtual Enterprise Class from Santa Barbara High School are participating in the Santa Barbara Earth Day Event again this year. They will performing on the main stage and volunteering for both days of the event.

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