By Walnut Valley Unified
The Walnut Valley Unified School District presented the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupation Program and Technical Center with an Award of Special Recognition during the December Board Meeting.
“We’re very fortunate to work very closely with the East San Gabriel Valley ROP. Our students and community benefit a great deal from this partnership,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.
ROP recently won two worldwide awards: Global Best in North America for 2014 and Overall Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Program.
This summer, Board Member Helen Hall flew to Brussels, Belgium to attend the awards ceremony with ROP Superintendent Dr. Laurel Adler.
“We’re very grateful for the time and energy Helen spends representing us,” said Board President Cindy Ruiz.
They met people from the other countries that were nominated including Africa, India, Finland, Scotland, Germany, South Africa, and Canada.
“We all spent several days exchanging information from our very different programs. And we didn’t know who would win until the awards night,” Hall said.
Deputy Superintendent Kim Case and Chief Financial Officer Josephine Quach were on hand to accept the award during the WVUSD Board Meeting.
“Thank you for your passion for all students and the programs that you create,” Hall said.
“The key is to keeping kids in school. ROP has a 13th Year Program for students who are not sure when they finish high school. They can go to ROP, take classes, get focused, and really move in the right track. It’s an amazing program and I’m glad our students benefit from this,” she stated. Hall also serves as a Board Member for the ESGVROP.
The highlight of the Brussels trip was meeting a young lady from NASA who worked on the Orion spacecraft, Hall explained.
“She offered our District the opportunity to send eight students and a teacher to NASA for a week. And they will pay for the trip to encourage more students into the space program.”
And WVUSD is very excited to participate!