The Contra Costa County, Calif., Office of Education's Regional Occupation Program brings scientists, engineers, mechanics and others into the classroom to inspire and mentor students. "I have to thank my teacher Tom Huffaker for the most exciting and engaging class I've ever taken," student Dina Zangwill said during a recent ceremony honoring students in the program. "It wasn't just the labs and lessons. I couldn't believe what we were doing, working with DNA, bacteria and proteins."

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