Thursday, December 16, 2010

Meet the New and Familiar Members of the COE’s Board of Education

Left to right, new Board Trustees Richard Asadoorian, Cynthia Ruehlig, and Ellen Elster, along with Superintendent of Schools, Joseph A. Ovick, Ed.D.

At the last Contra Costa County Board of Education meeting (December 8), the exciting evening featured the installation and introduction of the three newest Board of Education trustees, as well as the county’s returning superintendent of schools. The newly elected trustees will join the two sitting members, Pamela Mirabella (Area 1) and Daniel Gomes (Area 3). In addition, Joseph A. Ovick, Ed.D., was also sworn in to begin his fifth term as the county’s superintendent of schools.

Along with Dr. Ovick, most of the attendees recognized another familiar face, Ellen Elster, who has participated in many Board meetings over the years. Elster worked at the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) for 34 years, retiring last year as deputy superintendent of schools. During her tenure with the CCCOE, she also served as a special education teacher, ROP program manager, ROP director, and associate superintendent of Student Programs and Services.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in social studies, and a Master's Degree in school administration. Elster will be representing Area 2, which includes: Clyde, Crockett, Hercules, Martinez, Pacheco, Port Costa, Rodeo, and parts of Bay Point, Concord, Kensington, Lafayette, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Richmond.

Richard Asadoorian is another education veteran joining the Board, he is a former teacher, counselor, activities director and principal for schools grades K-12. In addition, he has served on two school board finance committees. Asadoorian has resided and worked in Arizona, Oregon, and Fresno, where he served as principal of Fresno Continuation High School. He has also donated many hours of his time as a counselor with several volunteer organizations. Asadoorian holds a Master’s Degree in education theory. His Area 4 covers Blackhawk, Clayton, Danville, Diablo, San Ramon, and parts of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Concord, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek.

Completing the new group of trustees is Cynthia Ruehlig, who currently works as a clerk for Contra Costa County’s Children & Family Services. Ruehlig’s additional community service also includes serving as the webmaster for St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, chief steward for American Federation of State County Municipal Employees-Local 2700, a member of the CCC Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Council, and an administrator for the Antioch Music Foundation. She possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Her Area 5 includes: Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley, and parts of Antioch, Bay Point, and Pittsburg.

The five-member Contra Costa County Board of Education establishes educational policies for the programs administered by the County Office of Education. These programs include special education, career technical education, and court and community schools.

Along with Dr. Ovick and the newest board members’ installation proceedings, the board elected their upcoming year’s officers:

Pamela Mirabella, president

Cynthia Ruehlig, vice president
Richard Asadoorian, clerk

Friday, December 3, 2010

32 Year Partnership Between Chevron and ROP Proves Successful

ROP Instructor, Butter Simms with ROP graduate Stacey Reynolds.

Process Plant Operator course changes the life and future of student Stacey Reynolds.

In the latest issue of Chevron Richmond Today, CCCOE ROP graduate Stacey Reynolds shares how the Refinery/Process Plant Operator class she took 14 years ago changed the course of her life. Read the full story here.

The Refinery/Process Plant Operator course teaches mechanical skills for boilermaker, pipefitter, machinist, and welder, as well as other skills needed to pass employment tests for industries. Prerequisites: Pass basic math/reading test, valid California Driver’s License, instructor interview. To see a full listing of courses offered by the CCCOE ROP Program, click here.

For the past 32 years, Chevron has funded and provided instructors and other resources for the Process Plant Operator course taught in Richmond. You may access the Chevron quarterly news magazine Chevron Richmond Today, here.

Contra Costa County Transition Task Force Presents Transitioning Into A Social World

Tuesday, January 4, 2010
7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Parents & Professionals

Come ready to network and be inspired! This year's keynote speaker will provide us with innovative approaches to social success and practical information we can use! The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and enrollment in 4 breakout sessions in a wide variety of courses covering these main topics:

  • Education
  • Disability Rights
  • Employment
  • Living Options
  • Benefits
  • Mental Health
  • Relationships
  • Parent Supports
  • Resource Room

During the conference lunch, visit the Resource Room located in the Trophy Room to gather information about resources in our community.

For full details about the workshops along with a registration form, click here for the pdf.

Sponsored by the Contra Costa County Transition Task Force, and

  • Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Contra Costa SELPA
  • Contra Costa Developmental Disability Council
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Regional Center of the East Bay
  • San Ramon Valley USD/SELPA
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District