Director's Message

  •  Agriculture and Natural Resources    Arts, Media, and Entertainment    Building and Construction Trades    Business and Finance    Education, Child Development, and Family Services     Engineering and Architecture    Health Science and Medical Technology    Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation    Information and Communication Technologies    Manufacturing and Product Development    Marketing Sales and Service    Public Services    Transportation

    Dear Salinas Parents, Students, Teachers and Community Members:

    I would like to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. This year will be a unique and exciting learning experience for all of us. 

    High-quality CTE is perhaps most unique for its applied, contextual nature. Programs must have at their core instructional strategies that engage students and support attainment of relevant knowledge and skills within a student-centered learning environment. Developing students’ hands-on technical skills and fulfilling lab hours has been one of the most critical components of MTROP's success.  CTE instructional leaders alongside CTE teachers have been working together to continue creating high-quality CTE opportunities for our students. This includes the identification of essential standards for students to master and the facilitation of meaningful project-based learning activities and student skills demonstrations, among others.

    Mission Trails ROP/CTE has invested in expanding offerings for all students. To expand soft skills development and career exploration, we have partnered with Xello. Our students also have access to a global community of practice featuring online industry tours and guest speakers via Nepris and Virtual Job Shadowing. To expand work-based learning opportunities we are partnering with Earn and Learn. In addition, we continue to increase the number of students who have earned industry-recognized certifications. In the 21-22 school year, we had well over 3000 certifications awarded to students!

    MTROP teachers continue to establish positive relationships with students by building classroom climates that acknowledge students' social-emotional needs and provide personalized instruction. Mission Trails ROP/CTE is looking forward to continuing to provide great learning opportunities for all of our students in the year ahead.

    There are approximately 6000 students enrolled in MTROP CTE Pathways. We offer CTE courses in 13 Industry Sectors: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts, Media and Entertainment, Building and Construction Trades, Business and Finance, Education, Child Development and Family Services, Engineering and Architecture, Health Science and Medical Technology, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Information and Communication Technologies, Manufacturing and Product Development, Marketing, Sales and Service, Public Services, and Transportation. Our courses meet A-G eligibility for the University of California and courses are aligned with CTE content standards encompassing technical and academic skills.

    Our district has seven California Partnership Academies: the Engineering Academy and Health Academy at Alisal High School, the Digital Media Academy and International Sustainability Academy at Everett Alvarez High School, the Health Academy at North Salinas High School, The Green Construction Academy and FAST Academy at Salinas High School.

    I invite you to browse our website, the district course catalog, visit the Career Center at your school site, and to schedule an appointment with your Career Counselor to explore careers and post secondary options for your child(ren).

    On behalf of CTE teachers and staff, we look forward to a great year working in collaboration and harmony to continue inspiring and preparing our next generation.

    Warm regards,

    Ivonne Glenn, Ph.D.