‘Students of Excellence’ awards ceremony honors 41 area youths

On Thursday, May 12, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) honored 41 high school students, representing 27 schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, with the Student of Excellence Award for their outstanding achievement in their CTE/ROP (Career Technical Education/Regional Occupational Program) classes. The celebrated students were each presented a certificate of merit and a $250 scholarship award. Scholarship funding was provided by Honda Walnut Creek, John Muir Health, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Walnut Creek Honda, and C&H Sugar.

More than 200 attendees were on hand at the Concord Senior Center. Along with the honored students and their families, the students’ teachers and ROP business-partnership representatives were also on hand. Welcoming remarks were made by Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, County Board of Education President Christine Deane, Assembly Member Jim Frazier, and CCCOE Director of Student Programs Janet Haun.

Superintendent Sakata individually presented the awards and checks to each student on stage, followed by a short speech from each of the awardees. The common themes of the students’ heart-felt speeches were their gratitude for their parents and families, as well as their appreciation for their CTE/ROP courses and teachers. Many of the students said their CTE/ROP courses were the highlight of coming to school, and that the classes made their future career goals much clearer.

The Contra Costa County CTE/ROP serves nearly 12,000 students annually with classes in 34 high schools throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Currently, there are 393 state-of-the-art career development classes in this program. CTE/ROP focuses on career preparation and exploration, hands-on experience, and academic excellence to prepare students for success in college and future careers. CTE/ROP provides students with the newest equipment, rigorous academic standards, and classes in emerging technologies. All of the CTE/ROP classes and programs are directed by and funded through the CCCOE. For more information about CTE/ROP classes, visit www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/stsvcs/rop.html.

The following outstanding students received certificates of merit plus $250 in scholarship awards for the Martinez-based CTE/ROP courses they excelled in during the current school year:

• Elizabeth Doty, Automotive Technology, instructed by Brian Wheeler at Alhambra High School;

• Matt Webb, Construction Technology, instructed by Jay Heeb at Alhambra High School.

Congratulations to these outstanding students.

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