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July 13, 2010 > CSI national championship award for Eden Area ROP

CSI national championship award for Eden Area ROP

Submitted By John Taylor
Photos By John Taylor

Eden Area ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Advanced Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Class represented the State of California in the National CSI Competition held in Kansas City June 21-June 25. The event was the 46th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 20,000 outstanding career and technical education students (state contest winners) competed in 91 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, CSI, Law Enforcement, carpentry, precision machining, auto repair, medical assisting, and culinary arts. In a second part of the competition, leadership contestants demonstrated skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

CSI teams are comprised of three team members. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations. Written and oral test competencies are set and organized by industry. Competitions were open to the public and free of charge.

Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Castro Valley placed third in the nation, standing on the championship platform to receive the distinguished Bronze Medal. This was the largest conference in the history of SkillsUSA/VICA, a competition including 40,000 people - students, teachers, and business partners - in the week-long event. The conference's success and sponsorship included active participation from Lowes, which donated $11 million. Other sponsors were Sears, Stanley Tools, Snap On Tools, Georgia Pacific, Bosch, and Lynn Peavey Company.

Eden Area ROP serves the Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo School Districts. The Advanced Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Class also won the State Department of Education's Model Practices Award for 2007-2010. John Taylor was selected as the Eden Area ROP and Alameda County "Teacher of Year" for the 2009-2010 school year.

"We take the mandate of workplace readiness seriously and prepare our students for realistic career paths. We present real life activities and relevant curriculum to meet all of the challenging careers and industry," says Taylor.

Hayward Unified School District
Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
Advanced Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
26316 Hesperian Boulevards, Hayward
(510) 293-2900

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