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Automotive technology students work on a car at Lindhurst High School.
ROP students continue to learn career skills during pandemic
February 1, 2021
The Sutter County Superintendent of Schools’ Tri-County ROP Programs have continued to provide education and services for schools and communities during a school year impacted by the coronavirus.
These highlights took place before the county’s Dec. 4 stay-at-home order was issued.
Automotive technology
Instructor Aaron Boyd and his students at Lindhurst High School have been working virtually and in small groups of five. They have completely revamped their classroom to include new paint and a smart board.
Students have learned how to complete a full brake job, how to change oil and do a complete safety inspection on a vehicle. They have started restoring a “project truck” including new belts, hoses, water pumps, full tune up and lowered suspension.
Culinary highlights
Instructors Chef Roy Hansen and Chef Steve Alvarado helped cater the grand opening of the new multipurpose building at Williams Elementary School, serving Chef Steve’s famous vampire tacos to parents and students.
At the Williams Parent Night, parents and students were given the opportunity to learn about the Advanced Culinary Arts Program and tour the Culinary Trailer. During the drive-through Trunk or Treat at Williams Elementary School, Chef Roy helped cater the event by serving over 300 hots dogs to students and their families.
ROP partnered with Feather River Academy to provide a full “cook at home” Thanksgiving meal to over 50 students and their families. The meal included a turkey, potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy and a pumpkin pie.
Advanced manufacturing
Instructor Scott Stephens and his students at East Nicolaus High School and Live Oak High School have been learning the basics of manufacturing. Students have learned how to use both a manual lathe and a manual milling machine. Learning the machines manually first helps the students transition to the Computer Numerical Controls (CNC machine) quickly since they have a knowledge and understanding of how the equipment works. The students are using 360/Autodesk and Titians of CNC Machine which is a program that is used across the nation to help young workers/craftsmen learn how to use Computer Oriented and Computer Drafting Machines. Students have also been learning how to G-Code, which is how the computer talks to the machinery to create a 2D object into a 3D object.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Instructor Kristen Nasca has been leading high school CNA ROP students in learning the medical terminology and anatomy physiology of the musculoskeletal system to go along with learning how to care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders and post-op. They have been learning all about the different parts of the nursing therapy team as well as their role in this team as a CNA. Students have done well overcoming the struggles of distance learning. Earlier in the month, they were working on a HASPI lab for the muscular system that they really enjoyed. It gave them a hands-on feeling, even though they were completing it from home. They also focused on clinical skills, such as transfers with a gait belt and ambulating a patient with assistive devices and hip precautions. They will be recording themselves and uploading video submissions for credit.
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