Charles Brown has 40 years of experience in administering, developing, and teaching Career Technical Education at the secondary level in California. Mr. Brown is the retired Superintendent of Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (ROP), a joint powers ROP serving Fremont, Newark, and New Haven School Districts. Before serving as Superintendent Mr. Brown was the Director of Educational Services for MVROP. Prior to 1993, Charles Brown served for 13 years as Coastal Region Supervisor for the Career Technical Education Division of the California Department of Education. While at CDE, Charles Brown provided leadership for program development and improvement and monitored state and federal CTE grants and contracts. As a field consultant, Mr. Brown assisted over 60 districts and schools in developing career pathways. He served as state monitor for the Business Education Tech Prep Project with Allan Hancock College and the Business Education Staff Development Projects at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining CDE, Mr. Brown served for 9 years as Teacher/Department Chairperson at Leigh High School, Campbell Union High School District where he implemented a model marketing education program.
As Superintendent of Mission Valley ROP, Charles Brown provided the leadership to:
- Develop Career Pathways on high school campuses providing clear course sequences for students to transition from high school to college and careers.
- Expand ROP course offerings to high school students on all high school campuses in Fremont, Newark, and New Haven Unified School Districts.
- Fund and build a new state of the art 45,000 square foot Career Technical Training Center for high school and adult students in the Tri-Cities.
- Develop rigorous and relevant career technical education courses in industry sectors including biotechnology and life sciences, medical technology, construction technology and solar installation, arts/media and entertainment, fire science, and engineering.
- Collaborate with Community Colleges and Universities to develop articulation agreements with community colleges and receive UC “a-g” credit for ROP courses to assist and encourage high school students to transition to college.
- Develop collaborative partnerships with business, industry, and community representatives to support and strengthen career pathway programs and provide advice, mentoring, and work based learning opportunities for students.