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Danville Express

Living - January 11, 2008

Of note

Chevron Corp. recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the Contra Costa County Regional Occupational Program, which will be used to create courses in science, technology and engineering at four county high schools.

"Funding Contra Costa County ROP is a viable solution to bolstering high school students' academic skills in science and mathematics, and fostering the creative inquisitive nature of students that can lead to science-related professions," said Joseph A. Ovick, county Superintendent of Schools.

ROP is working with principals to develop new science programs at two new high schools, Dougherty Valley in San Ramon and Heritage in Brentwood, as well as at El Cerrito High School and Walnut Creek's Northgate High. New programs include introduction to engineering, robotics engineering technology, environmental science and analytical forensic science.

The money will also be used to expand the ROP career guidance support to high school career centers.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education runs the ROP, which provides classes to approximately 12,000 students and 10 adult school sites in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. ROP is funded by the state and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For more information, visit www.cocoschools.org/stsvcs/rop.html.

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