Death of a Program:
It is with great sadness that I must announce the end of the Central County Regional Occupational Program Animation program that I created over the last 6 years. Here are my reasons:
The administrator would not support growth. As far as she was concerned it was a one-man show unless I could hold on to more than 60 students per class period in 2 classrooms for over 3 months without any help. The time it would take her to run the paperwork would make it more like 5 months, or impossible. Vital infrastructure was promised but never delivered. After a few years (literally) I got tired of asking. I refused to dilute the content of the class in order to make it an easy grade. Maybe high school students do bring in more money then adults but I'm a teach not a babysitter. The on going conflict with the Orange Unified School Board of Education didn't help. Orange ROP teachers have been working without a contract since 1997. In that time our benefits have been slashed to the bone and our out of pocket health care cost have sky rocketed. (When the Orange Unified Teachers settled we were not included in the contract so we are still working for what amounts to a cut in pay.) Last but not least, the administrator started to get a bit vindictive in her use of power. Taking the labor conflict as an attack on her, she has turned it in to a personal crusade against the offending employees. The teacher's morale has been completely destroyed, students have been hurt to get at teachers, I just don't want to be part of this game anymore. It is no longer fun. Sorry folks! It is sad because the program could have been great if administration would have only given a little support.
I will be teaching 3 sections of "History of Animation" at Brooks College this summer and am talking to 2 other schools about a stop motion class for Fall 2001. To all of my past students I am here if you need me. Just an e-mail away. Return to Angi-Animation
There are a lot of Computer Animation programs around but not many that teach traditional animation.
Rowland AnimationHere is a computer animation class that is low or no price but still a good solid program.
2000 S. Otterbein Ave.
Rowland Hights, CA 91748
Traditional Board Animation, Some Clay Animation,
a bit weak on storytelling and computer animation
but over all a good program
North Orange County Regional Occupational Program
Fullerton High School
SoftImage (Adults & High School)