Her 1 p.m. class that has chosen the Valley Humane Society for its class project also gains expertise in related fields, including pet care, conducting food drives for undernourished pets, even reading programs where the students teach much younger kids how to read to their pets. Andrews says they all enjoy the readings -- dogs, cats, bunnies and especially the children. Her pet-focused class is also well-versed in the social media, as most teenagers are, where they chat about different methods of marketing organizations such as Valley Humane to improve its outreach and fundraising campaigns. Each year, her ROP students seem wiser and more comfortable with Internet resources than the last, which means Andrews spends more of her off-time advancing her own Facebook/Twitter skills.
Her ROP classes vary in interests. One section is focused on sports and entertainment where she teaches them about management and marketing in these two fast-changing fields. Having spent time in Los Angeles in a district that has 22 different ROP programs and a central ROP center, she's had the benefit of industry leaders coming into her classes to help. Her earlier career in fashion merchandising and marketing also helps with contacts and experience in a profession that's always ripe for new ideas, especially those coming from teenagers. She recently took her sports and entertainment marketing class to Los Angeles where they had a chance to see the Staples Center, talk with senior management and work on different marketing scenarios for the Los Angeles Clippers.
As a college preparatory course, Andrews' ROP may not measure up to "Macbeth" or World History, but it's more fun and gives students a look at exciting career opportunities outside the classroom. If they could, even the cats and dogs that the classmates cuddle and walk would give this ROP project a paws-up.
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