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March 5, 2008 > Ready to work

Ready to work

Mission Valley Regional Occupation Program will hold an open house March 13 at its new state-of-the-art facility in Fremont.

Students spend years of study preparing for a future occupation. A variety of schools, public and private, are busy training people to fill the constantly changing universe of jobs and professions. As society demands more extensive technological preparation for careers, this process has become more complex and daunting for those unsure of their skills and inclination. Among the training facilities focused on this challenge is Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP). Integrated with local public schools, MVROP instruction under the guidance of Director of Educational Services Rick Herrmann, offers high school students and adults specialized classes that relate to specific jobs and careers.

Recently, the talent and practical application of MVROP was demonstrated by a culinary arts class presentation of a Chinese New Year luncheon at Bridgepoint High School. Instructor Chef Mari Moschetti watched students Stephanie Agustin, Holly Caldwell, Alyssa Douglas, Stephanie Fillion, Jean Garcia, Kayla Grandstaff, Amy Jennings, Tiffany Lathrop, Ashley Martinez, Maida Rosales, Mechellay Talton and Kenneth Ton prepare and serve distinguished guests representing the Newark Unified School District. While students behind the scenes were busy in the kitchen, guests were served in a relaxed and professional manner expected by diners in a well-run restaurant.

All MVROP instructors are well qualified, holding a California Teaching Credential and extensive experience in their field of instruction. Culinary arts courses, for example, are geared toward California Restaurant Association and American Culinary Federation accreditations preparing students for entry and mid-level positions in the restaurant baking and food service industry. A series of classes cover a wide variety of culinary skills and even include a separate class to explore and practice the expertise necessary for event planning and catering.

This year, over 400 students attend MVROP classes in basic and specialty food preparation, presentation and kitchen management are taught at American, Mission San Jose and James Logan High Schools. Some culinary arts students move on to post-secondary training. For example, of the students enrolled at Bridgepoint, seven have applied to continue pursuit of a career in the culinary arts at PCI in Santa Clara.

Regional Occupation Programs are available throughout the state, but each area has the ability to individualize offerings depending on career trends and interest. MVROP currently provides over 75 courses in 13 career fields including Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts, Media and Entertainment, Building Trades and Construction Technology, Business and Finance, Education, Child Development and Family Services, Engineering and Design Technology, Fashion and Interior Design, Health Science and medical Technology, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Information Technology, Marketing, Sales and Service, Public Services and Transportation Technology.

The hands-on, practical aspect of MVROP classes is attractive to students and for many, represents an exciting opportunity to expand their knowledge of career options. Senior high school students integrate MVROP classes with their school day either on campus or at the new, state-of-the-art facility in Fremont. Charlotte Grabill of MVROP notes, "I could elaborate on this subject, but you need only visit a classroom or two and you'll see why students like their ROP classes!"

For those who are interested in learning more about MVROP, class offerings and eligibility, an open house will be held on Thursday, March 13 at the new ROP Center and Kennedy Technology Center in Fremont. Instructors will be available to talk about their programs and answer questions. Information is always available at the high school career centers, by calling MVROP at (510) 656-0533 or visiting

MVROP Open House
Thursday, March 13
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
ROP Center
5019 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 656-0533

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