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Mission Valley ROP


Mission Valley ROP provides career technical education for students in Fremont, Newark, and New Haven Unified School Districts.  MVROP is actively building sustainability themes into traditional career technical education classes to meet the future needs of a range of industries including Auto Technology, Construction Trades, Solar Installation, Culinary Arts, and Sustainable Agriculture. The Culinary Arts program is part of a Green Ventures academy focusing on sustainable agriculture and the Construction Technology program is part of the Building Green--Building Smart academy focusing on solar energy.

Elijah Taylor- EarthTeam Student of the Month


Republished from EarthTeam 

Elijah Taylor is a senior at Mission Valley ROP in Fremont, CA and is our October Student of the Month. Elijah caught our eye in the Spring of 2013 when he volunteered for the bin monitor position during a waste audit in Janay Shepherd's class. This position is one of the more technical jobs during a waste audit as this person has to be confidante helping students figure out where to put various items found in the trash and help them sort them into the proper bin. This person has to have knowledge of what items are made of and where they belong in the waste stream, but also help other students make their own discoveries and learn about waste materials too. Elijah was the man for the job in the Spring and this month when given the chance to volunteer for a second waste audit he was the first to stand up and volunteer again.

It's no surprise Elijah is the one standing up to volunteer for a job during a waste audit. Students in his class work on professional development and job skills including getting a part time job in their nearby community and Elijah, for the past 2 years has been working with the custodial staff on campus at Mission Valley ROP. He describes his job as, "I work with the janitors at Mission Valley ROP and I clean the lunchrooms, I make sure all the campus is clean outside, empty out all the trashcans, make sure no one puts stuff in the wrong place—put it where it's supposed to be—clean the hallways. Then we actually spot mop and stuff like that—so basically keeping the campus clean". He is the resident student expert in waste systems on campus and he's helping students as well as custodial staff to keep the campus clean. When asked about the work he does on campus Elijah responds, "It's a job to me. In the future I want to build my own business by doing this kind of stuff". We here at EarthTeam are proud of your work both in the classroom and around campus. Thanks for taking care of business and helping your campus community reduce their environmental impact at the same time.

Janay Shepherd- EarthTeam Teacher of the Month


Republished from EarthTeam Janay ShepherdJanay Shepherd

Hello everyone, my name Janay Shepherd. I wear many hats as a teacher for Mission Valley ROP. I teach Careers In education, Money Management Computer Applications and Marketing Special Needs Education. I also help with community service learning hours and am the SLWRP coordinator.

I have been teaching high school 8 years now. I was a early childhood professional before teaching high school. I believe that it is everyones responsibly to not only take care of people but take care of the world around us. One of my personal motto's is to leave things better than how you found them!

Congratulations to Janay Shepherd- EarthTeam's January 2013 Teacher of the Month!

MVROP Construction Math Training for Teachers


MVROP and Kennedy High School are partners in a California Partnership Academy called Build Green - Build Smart; under a $400,000 Department of Education SBX11, Clean Tech grant. MVROP is pursuing an integrated curriculum of Mathematics and Construction Technology.

Math teachers and Construction Technology teachers will team teach Geometry in Construction, a program that has proven to improve student performance, reduce dropout rates, and improve gender equity. This integrated course has UC "c" Math credit pending.

The announcement below describes an upcoming Geometry in Construction workshop that MVROP is hosting for teachers on August 20-24. This workshop is an important professional development event, and is the only workshop of it's kind on the West Coast in 2012. Click the image below to enlarge:

Geometry In Construction WorkshopGeometry In Construction Workshop

MVROP Hosts Electric Vehicle Hearing


On Friday, May 18 2012, Mission Valley ROP hosted California State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett's Select Committee on Green Jobs, Solar, Wind and Clean Technology's informational hearing for electric vehicle deployment and infrastructure.

Electric Vehicle Car Show at MVROPElectric Vehicle Car Show at MVROP

The meeting included an informal electric vehicle "car show" with cars from a range of manufacturers- including a classic VW converted to electric power by its enterprising owner.

A wide range of consumer groups, auto manufacturers, electric utilities, charging station operators, trade associations, and electric vehicle owners advised the senator on the challenges and opportunities to expand electric vehicle deployment in California-the nation's leader in electric and hybrid vehicle adoption.

Panelist praised California's efforts to pass legislation and provide incentives that encourage the electric vehicle industry, but cited many challenges in building infrastructure such as charging stations. Future building codes could be adopted clarifying the placement of charging stations in the new construction of single family homes, apartment buildings and businesses. Electrical codes and training may need to be updated to accommodate the next generation of high voltage direct current fast charging stations. And utilities may need to improve transformer infrastructure and promote pricing structures to encourage consumers to charge their vehicles during off-peak hours.

Mission Valley ROP superintendent Pete Murchison noted that schools will play an important role in training the next generation of green collar workers and that expanding access and adoption of electric vehicles means changes not only to auto technology programs, but to construction, electrical and building trades classes as well.

State Senator Corbett explained that strong education programs are the key to keeping innovation strong as a driver of California's economy.

Panelists included:

Mission Valley ROP is revamping its Auto Technology program and plans to open a new Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Training Program in the near future. More information below (click the image to enlarge):

MVROP Transportation PlanMVROP Transportation Plan

Green Technology Fair


Students built a solar roof to power the eventStudents built a solar roof to power the eventOn May 5th, 2011, Mission Valley ROP hosted a Green Technology Open House. The event featured presentations and demonstrations from teachers and students in ROP courses that are "going green." 

Students from a construction trades class built a demonstration roof, complete with solar panels. Electricity generated from the solar panels provided energy for the event's PA system. Sustainable agriculture students taught lessons on composting and seed planting, while students in culinary arts used solar cookers to heat food and make sun tea using herbs grown in the school garden at neighboring Kennedy High School.

BioTech students showcased their work studying bio-fuel fuel production using algae and other organisms, while a group of students nearby hosted a recycling competition game.

Increasingly, traditional industries are becoming more interested in sustainability and Mission Valley ROP's hope is to prepare students to be competitive and innovative in their future work. The event was designed to raise awareness about green careers in traditional industries and to recruit new students to the ROP program.