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Contact:         Jenilee Umali

385 N. Muller St.

Anaheim, CA 92801-5455

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Date:              April 29, 2020

 

North Orange County ROP Announces Partnership with University Lab Partners

ORANGE COUNTY, CA: North Orange County Regional Occupational Program is partnering with local non-profit University Lab Partners to bring biotechnology educational opportunities to Orange County. The biotechnology field is rapidly growing and The Beall Family Foundation, in collaboration with UCI Beall Applied Innovation, opened University Lab Partners, the first non-profit wet lab incubator in Orange County’s tech hub, Irvine, CA. The open innovation platform of the University Lab Partners facility enables lifescience and medtech entrepreneurs to access unique research capabilities and a network of technical, business, and talent resources at an economical cost.

“Incubators are economic drivers by creating jobs so we not only have to create high paying jobs, but develop qualified candidates to fill them. We want the workforce in Orange County to be able to live and work in Orange County,” said Karin Koch, Ecosystem Director at University Lab Partners. "Bringing more students in the field of biotechnology and medical technology, which provides sustainable living wage jobs, is an important part of our mission.”

University Lab Partners provided North Orange County ROP’s Biotechnology Pathway students at Oxford Academy the opportunity to be the first group of high school students to tour and use the equipment at the facility, spending a day learning how biotech companies are conceived, piloted, protected, and pitched. The grand opening of the facility was celebrated on February 27 where Superintendent Dr. Giamarino spoke to attendees about the value of educational partnerships with industry.

"By connecting our most precious commodity, our students, to businesses who will invest in them, this partnership benefits us all,” said Dr. Giamarino. “We want our students to remain in Orange County and be a part of our growth and sustainability.”

About North Orange County ROP

North Orange County Regional Occupational Program has been preparing students for college and careers since 1971. In collaboration with five school districts, local colleges and universities, as well as community business and workforce development, ROP provides accredited and articulated career technical education (CTE) courses which lead to post-secondary education and employment. ROP engages students with rigorous and relevant instruction via industry-experienced instructors and work-based learning at nearly 500 businesses throughout Orange County. ROP career pathway programs serve over 13,000 students annually at 30 different school sites. North Orange County ROP is an equal opportunity educator/employer. For more information, visit www.nocrop.org.

About University Lab Partners

University Lab Partners is a premier, non-profit, wet lab / medtech incubator located in UCI Research Park. ULP is a professionally-managed and equipped wet lab facility along with the benefits of peer-to-peer interactions among a biomedical focused entrepreneurial community. ULP offers exceptional value to entrepreneurs looking to launch and grow their business in the biomedical industry with no IP or equity claims. ULP empowers the next generation of biotech innovators through real-world training opportunities that enhance and align current training approaches to skill sets valued by industry. ULP is a project of The Beall Family Foundation. For more information, please visit www.universitylabpartners.org.

 

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Celebration of Success Award Ceremony

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On May 15, North Orange County ROP and the Career Education Foundation honored students at the 46th Annual Celebration of Success Award Ceremony. Instructors and Career Guidance Specialists nominated students who demonstrated outstanding achievement in their ROP classes. These students completed an online application and a select number of finalists were interviewed by industry partners, award sponsors, and support staff. Out of the 16,000 students that NOCROP serves, 34 exceptional students were chosen to be honored at the intimate ceremony. The winners were given a total of $23,000 through the Career Education Foundation and each received Certificates of Recognition from the following legislators that serve North Orange County ROP schools: Senators Ling Ling Chang, John Moorlach, and Tom Umberg; and Assemblymembers Phillip Chen, Steven Choi, Tom Daly, Tyler Diep, and Sharon Quirk-Silva.


Congratulations to the following students:

   
Cameron Adams
Mary E. Moore Family Foundation Inspirational Award
Cypress High School
Justine Jugo
ROP Career Pathway Award - Engineering Design
Sunny Hills High School
Mariana Barrientos
Dewey Family Memorial Award
Katella High School
Kameron Kohlwey
Altrusa International of Anaheim - High School Award
Los Alamitos High School
Hunter Behrendt
ROP Career Pathway Award - Patient Care & ROP Student of the Year - Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Esperanza High School
Tino Magana
Anaheim Police Association Award
Anaheim High School
Brynn Campos
Dewey Family Memorial Award
Oxford Academy
Dilsi Patel
ROP Career Pathway Award - Child Development
Cypress High School
Alejandra Casillas
Altrusa International of Anaheim - Carmen Lizarraga Award
Western High School
Devi Patel
ROP Career Pathway Award - Biotechnology & ROP Student of the Year - Anaheim Union High School District
Oxford Academy
Abraham Chung
ROP Career Pathway Award - Engineering Design & ROP Student of the Year - Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Sunny Hills High School
Cristian Ramos
Altrusa International of Anaheim - High School Award
Buena Park High School
Allison Coreas
Mary E. Moore Family Foundation Inspirational Award
Esperanza High School
Brian Reniero
Poynter Scholarship & Success Starts Here Award
Rio Contiguo High School
Jessica Costescu
Ray Gerace Memorial Award
Western High School
Erica Riray
Dewey Family Memorial Award
Cypress High School
Danielle Craine-Ayala
Altrusa International of Anaheim - Dolores Suter-Crupnick Award
Esperanza High School
Geronimo Salgado
Success Starts Here Award
Rio Contiguo High School
Sydney Danielson
ROP Career Pathway Award - Design, Visual & Media Arts: Graphic Design & ROP Student of the Year - Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Esperanza High School
Kaylee Serb
ROP Career Pathway Award - Emergency Response & ROP Student of the Year - Los Alamitos Unified School District
Los Alamitos High School
Emily Davis
The ROP Career Pathway Award - Family & Human Services
Fullerton Union High School
Shaan Sheth
Ray Gerace Memorial Award
Sunny Hills High School
Jocelyn De La Torre
Dewey Family Memorial Award
Esperanza High School
Nicole Stark
Ray Gerace Memorial Award
Brea Olinda High School
Gloria Flores
Altrusa International of Anaheim - Dolores Suter-Crupnick Award
Katella High School
Kacie Stonestreet
ROP Career Pathway Award - Performing Arts: Dance/Choreography
Western High School
Theresa Flores Moreno
ROP Career Pathway Award - Education
Magnolia High School
Isabella Svensson
Altrusa International of Anaheim - Carmen Lizarraga Award
Esperanza High School
Ryan Gallant
Anaheim Police Association Award
Cypress High School
Brian Truong
Anaheim Police Association Award & ROP Career Pathway Award - Public Safety
Cypress High School
Jake Gutierrez
Altrusa International of Anaheim - High School Award
Buena Park High Schoool
Hannah Veloso
Mary E. Moore Family Foundation Inspirational Award
Esperanza High School
Jennifer Hernandez
Mary E. Moore Family Foundation Inspirational Award, ROP Career Pathway Award - Patient Care, ROP Student of the Year - Brea Olinda Unified School District
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Madelyn Wilson
ROP Career Pathway Award - Patient Care
Cypress High School

 

Thank you to our generous donors, ROP staff, business partners, and volunteers who make this event possible every year!


Board of Trustees

Meg Cutuli, President
Los Alamitos Unified School District

Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Vice President/Clerk
Anaheim Union High School District

Marilyn Buchi, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Karin Freeman, Member
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Al Jabbar, Member
Anaheim Union High School District

Gail Lyons, Member
Brea Olinda Unified School District

Andrew Montoya, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

 

Civic Learning Award of Excellence

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Congratulations to Cypress High School for receiving the Civic Learning Award of Excellence! California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye presented the award to staff and students on April 2. Students in our Legal Practices Pathway also showcased their latest work to Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, including mock trials, soapbox speeches, and debates. 


HOSA: Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference

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More than 300 Biotechnology and Patient Care Pathway students attended the annual HOSA: Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference in Sacramento on March 28 - 31. Students from Cypress, Esperanza, Katella, Magnolia, Savanna, Sonora, and Sunny Hills High Schools, Oxford Academy (junior high and high school students), high school students at Trident Education Center, and our adult programs participated in healthcare-related competitions that included Existing Medical Innovation, Extemporaneous Health Poster, Medical Math, and many more. Students were also recognized for their community service hours. Winners who qualify will head off to Orlando, Florida for the HOSA International Leadership Conference in June.


2019 Dog House Competition

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Residential and Commercial Construction Pathway students at Brea Olinda High School participated in the annual Dog House Competition. The dog houses were on display during lunch while students and staff voted for their favorites. The following students received awards:
Most Creative - #4 Airplane Dog House, Kyle Sia
Best Craftsmanship - #5 Ambulance Dog House; Landon Jacobs, Josiah Jepsen, Dustin Clark
Most Realistic - #6 7-Eleven Dog House; Emma Wilder, Riley Cooper, Jake Farley
Best Overall - #7 Northgate Market Dog House; Justen Rawlins, Jesus Contreras

Association of California School Administrators Every Student Succeeding Breakfast

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Patient Care Pathway student Kayla Breshears, senior at Magnolia High School, was honored with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Every Student Succeeding Award on March 8. Each year, ACSA recognizes students for overcoming the odds and achieving success. Congratulations, Kayla!


Sparking Joy Future Educator Pathway Summit

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On March 18, 2019, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District hosted its first “Sparking Joy Future Educator Pathway Summit” for students enrolled in the Education Pathway at Esperanza and Valencia High Schools. The goal of the summit was to match the professional learning opportunities that PYLUSD teachers receive in benefit of students. Thank you PYLUSD for your partnership and support of career technical education!


Dancing With The Staff

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Performing Arts Pathway students at Western High School held their annual Dancing With the Staff competition on March 22. The event was Broadway themed and each competing staff member danced to a musical number alongside two students. Patient Care Pathway Instructor Carolann Baldridge was one of nine competing teachers. The show also included past student performances, many of which have won awards, and group performances with Performing Arts Pathway Instructor Maile Leonard.


America's Got Talent

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Production and Managerial Arts Pathway students at Buena Park High School attended a taping of NBC's America's Got Talent in Los Angeles on March 14. Students had the chance to see a behind-the-scenes look at the TV show and play the role of studio audience members.


Placentia Yorba Linda Art Association Juried Art Competition

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Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway students at El Camino Real High School participated in the Placentia Yorba Linda Art Association Juried Art Competition. Their work was on display in Schools First Federal Credit Union in Placentia from March 13 - 27. The following students received awards:

Honorable Mention - Christian Mendez

3rd Place - Jostin Hernandez

2nd Place - Dez Gonzalez

1st Place - Kassy Gonzalez entitled "Back to the Beginning" (Pictured below)


Design/Build Competition

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Residential and Commercial Construction Pathway students at Anaheim, Brea Olinda, Savanna, Valencia, and Western High School participated in the annual Design/Build Competition. Each team was given a two-day project that mimics the real-world pressures of inspections and deadlines while enforcing the values of safety, teamwork, and craftsmanship. Officials from national construction companies inspected the floor plans and structure designs. Brea Olinda High School placed 2nd out of 12 teams.


Yorba Days Community Faire and Car Show

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The annual Yorba Days Community Faire and Car Show was on April 6 at the Yorba Linda Community Center. The event included local vendors, resources available to residents, and a classic car show. Education and Patient Care Pathway students at Esperanza High School provided demonstrations, while Food Service and Hospitality Pathway students at Yorba Linda High School sold cookies and treats made during class. The logo featured on t-shirts made for the event was created by Jessa Laboissonniere; a Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway student at El Dorado High School. Instructor Valerie Easton also received a surprise visit from Cody Haney, a past NOCROP Patient Care Pathway student. He currently works for the Orange County Fire Department. Thank you Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce for your support of career technical education!


Board of Trustees

Meg Cutuli, President
Los Alamitos Unified School District

Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Vice President/Clerk
Anaheim Union High School District

Marilyn Buchi, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Karin Freeman, Member
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Al Jabbar, Member
Anaheim Union High School District

Gail Lyons, Member
Brea Olinda Unified School District

Andrew Montoya, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Western Association of Schools and Colleges Visit

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On April 28 - May 1, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visiting committee toured North Orange County ROP schools. The visit is part of a multi-year process that ensures that North Orange County ROP provides the following to our students:

• Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable education program  — a trustworthy institution for student learning

• Validates the integrity of the ROP’s program and transcripts

• Facilitates transfer of credits — critical for college/university acceptance worldwide

• Fosters the ongoing improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning

• Provides valuable insight from fellow educators visiting the school

Thank you to the students, instructors, staff, and our stakeholders that helped us make sure our WASC visit was a success!

Cooking Up Change Competition

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Food Service and Hospitality students at Anaheim and Sonora High Schools participated in the annual Cooking Up Change competition on April 25. Each student team was challenged to create a new lunch menu following a strict set of criteria that includes utilizing ingredients commonly found in a school cafeteria, a budget of $1.50 per serving, all while making it creative, great tasting, and nutritious. North Orange County ROP students received the following awards:
1st Place - Sonora High School
Best Table Display - Anaheim High School (Pictured above)
Prizes for 1st Place included a $1,000 scholarship for each student, cookware, and a tour of the Taco Bell factory kitchen. Congratulations to all!


My Dream Career Photo Challenge

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Production and Managerial Arts Pathway students at Magnolia High School participated in the My Dream Career Photo Challenge held by Vital Link OC. Students were instructed to submit photos of themselves demonstrating their future career choice. North Orange County ROP students received the following awards:
Grand Prize - Jorge Torres Estrada, Architect (Top photo)
3rd Place - Giselle Cruz, Fashion Designer (Bottom photo)
Semi-Finalists: Adrianna Lopez - Mathematician, Raymundo Salvador Rodriguez - Mechanical Engineer, Jason Truong - United States Marine


Anaheim Union High School District Board Meeting

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On May 7, Food Service and Hospitality Pathway students at Gilbert, Savanna, and Western High Schools were honored at the Anaheim Union High School District Board meeting. During the school year, students provide meals for Board Members to purchase before their monthly meetings. Thank you AUHSD for your continued partnership and support of career technical education!


Coyote Film Festival

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Production and Managerial Arts Pathway students at Buena Park High School held the 2nd annual Coyote Film Festival on April 23 at the Krikorian Theatre. Student films from all levels of the career pathway were shown on the big screen while guests enjoyed popcorn and snacks. View a few of the student films below:


Yorba Linda Woman's Club Art Contest

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Production and Managerial Arts Pathway students at Valencia High School participated in the Yorba Linda Woman's Club Art Contest. North Orange County ROP students received the following awards:
2nd Place, $200 - Isaac Zuniga, Division 1 Photography (Top photo)
3rd Place, $75 - Joey Wu, Division 2 Photography (Bottom photo)


Engineering Design and Development Trade Show

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Engineering Design Pathway students at Sunny Hills High School held the annual Engineering Design and Development Trade Show on May 3. Senior students who have completed the career pathway starting from their freshman year showcased their year-long senior project. Each team was challenged to design a product in response to a common problem. Projects included an expandable cup holder for cars, a bottle cap to increase the longevity of carbonation in drinks, and a re-designed classroom desk with an increase in surface/storage space.


OC Register Article

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The Residential and Commercial Construction Pathways at Brea Olinda, Katella, and Valencia High Schools were featured in the OC Register on April 28.


Dental Lesson at ROP Anaheim Preschool

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Students in the Child Development and Patient Care Pathways at Anaheim High School collaborated to provide preschool students with a dental lesson. Under the supervision of Instructor Colleen Hanley, RDA, CDA; Instructor Lisa Clark, and Instructional Assistant Virginia Potestas, the kids learned how to brush and floss their teeth properly. North Orange County ROP operates 5 state-licensed preschools. High school students enrolled in our Child Development Pathway receive hands-on learning experiences in a preschool setting.


WE Dance

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Performing Arts Pathway students at Western High School held their last dance show of the year, WE Dance. The performances were dedicated to raising awareness for causes such as domestic abuse, cancer, suicide prevention, eating disorders, and many more. Students also raised funds for various organizations by selling shirts, bracelets, coloring book pages, flowers, and offered a discount on tickets to the show through a donation of children's books or kitchen appliances.


Tanaka Farms Field Trip

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Education Pathway students at Kennedy High School worked with the special education department to provide a field trip to Tanaka Farms in Irvine. Students raised funds by selling cookies baked by the culinary students during Back-to-School Night. On the field trip, students learned about the process of getting produce from the farm to table.


WE Day

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More than 150 students and their instructors attended WE Day at The Forum in Los Angeles on April 25. Students earned their tickets by integrating service learning/community service into their class curriculum. The televised event included motivational speakers, live performances, and appearances by Chance The Rapper, Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris, and many more. Thank you WE for providing this opportunity to students!


Board of Trustees

Meg Cutuli, President
Los Alamitos Unified School District

Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Vice President/Clerk
Anaheim Union High School District

Marilyn Buchi, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Karin Freeman, Member
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Al Jabbar, Member
Anaheim Union High School District

Gail Lyons, Member
Brea Olinda Unified School District

Andrew Montoya, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

 

North Orange County ROP Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations to our 2020 Teacher of the Year, Mr. Reid Petersen! He has taught the Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway at El Camino Real High School in the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District since beginning his career in July of 2010.

In addition to being an exemplary teacher, Reid has served as a Professional Learning Community Lead Teacher, ROP staff development workshop presenter, and CTE Conference workshop presenter. Reid credits his students for making him the teacher he is. He stated, "my students are the best and they are the reason I love my job!"

Reid was honored at our February Board of Trustees meeting.

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Classified and Certificated Employees of the Year

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North Orange County ROP Employees of the Year were also honored at the February Board of Trustees meeting.

(Honored employees from left to right):

Lulu Amador - Career Training for Transition Instructor

Yani Segoro-Nguyen - Executive Assistant I

Jessica Becerra - Student Information Analyst

Melanie Schlager - Design, Visual, and Media Arts & Software and Systems Development Pathways Instructor

Allison Bradley - Senior Human Resources Assistant

Pat Axtell - Residential and Commerical Construction Pathway Instructor

Sean Manning - Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway Instructor

Rachelle Blinoff-Mudd - Biotechnology Pathway Instructor

David Block - Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway Instructor


Proclamations and Government Recognition

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Thank you to Senator Chang; the Cities of Anaheim, Brea, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Placentia, and Yorba Linda; and our partner districts for recognizing February as Career Technical Education Month! Pictured: Mayor Campbell and the Yorba Linda City Council presenting Patient Care Pathway students at Esperanza High School with the proclamation. 


Career Technical Student Organization Showcase

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During the February Board of Trustees meeting, North Orange County ROP held its annual Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Showcase. Nearly 100 students and their instructors/advisors from our five partner districts and adult, fee-based programs represented the following career pathways and organizations:

Biotechnology Pathway at Oxford Academy

Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway at Brea Olinda High School

Education Pathway at Esperanza, Kennedy, Troy, and Valencia High Schools

Engineering Design Pathway at Oxford Academy and Anaheim, Buena Park, and Sunny Hills High Schools

Emergency Response Pathway at Los Alamitos High School

Food Service and Hospitality Pathway at Buena Park and Yorba Linda High Schools

Patient Care Pathway at Cypress, Esperanza, Magnolia, Savanna, Sonora, Sunny Hills High Schools and NOCROP Adult, Fee-Based Programs

Performing Arts Pathway at Western High School

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BOUSD Instagram Takeover

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Brea Olinda Unified School District celebrated Career Technical Education month by giving an opportunity for North Orange County ROP students to do an "Instagram Takeover."

Students in our Patient Care Pathway and Residential and Commercial Construction Pathway took viewers on a tour of their classrooms, provided information on a typical day in the class, and interviewed other students about the skills they've learned.

Thank you BOUSD for your partnership and continued support of CTE!


Fullerton Joint Union High School District Board Meeting

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In celebration of Career Technical Education Month, Fullerton Joint Union High School District recognized the following North Orange County ROP programs and Career Guidance Specialists during their February Board meeting: Family and Human Services Pathway - Fullerton Union High School Food Service and Hospitality Pathway - La Habra and Sonora High Schools Patient Care Pathway - Buena Park High School Production and Managerial Arts Pathway - La Vista/La Sierra High School Career Guidance Specialists Jennifer Beglin - Sunny Hills High School and Dionne Evans - Troy High School Thank you FJUHSD for your support and continued partnership!


Child Development Pathway at Los Alamitos High School

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Take a peek into our Child Development Pathway at Los Alamitos High School.


Board of Trustees

Meg Cutuli, President
Los Alamitos Unified School District

Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Vice President/Clerk
Anaheim Union High School District

Marilyn Buchi, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Karin Freeman, Member
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Al Jabbar, Member
Anaheim Union High School District

Gail Lyons, Member
Brea Olinda Unified School District

Andrew Montoya, Member
Fullerton Joint Union High School District