Dr. Irene Fujii was appointed as the Superintendent of Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (ROP) July of 2006. Eden Area ROP (EAROP) is a joint partnership with Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo Unified School Districts. The ROP has delivered quality, rigorous and challenging career technical education (CTE) since 1973. Under her leadership Eden Area ROP became a high performing career-technical program known for creative educational programs, including blended learning and credit recovery programs. For five years Dr. Fujii served in several leadership positions supporting the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, including serving as one of the Board of Directors. Fujii also served in several leadership roles for the California Association of Regional Occupational Programs (CAROCP). As the organization’s president, she motivated the organization through and during one of California’s worst economic struggles.
Being critically aware that rising demands exist for students to have higher levels of academic preparation, to be able to apply knowledge in totally new and different situations, to be more technologically literate and to be better prepared to enter a challenging workforce after graduation from high school or college, Dr. Fujii has created a variety of programs to help students succeed. This was evident in her work as one of the founding partners of the Hayward Promise Neighborhood Grant. Inspired by the successful model of the Harlem Children’s Zone, the grant helps communities focus on the child from the cradle to college to career.
Focusing on the ROP vision Dr. Fujii has been a leader building an educational system that is based upon rigorous and relevant academic standards by the integration of academic learning and career exploration; this promotes lifelong education and success for students. The ROP represents more rigorous learning; it emphasizes the development of academic knowledge and skills in a challenging course of student.
Dr. Fujii has been dedicated to promoting career technical education to high school students within our local community for twenty-eight years. Passionate about making sure students have quality teachers in the classroom Dr. Fujii began teaching credentialing courses for U.C. Berkeley.
Superintendent Fujii earned a master degree in Educational Leadership from Cal State Hayward and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Fischler School of Education and Human Services, NOVA Southeastern University, Florida, in 2003; her Dissertation focused on at risk students struggle in our current educational system: “A Second Chance for Struggling Students.”