Career Technical Education Pathways (ROP)
Career Technical Education Pathways
Regional Occupation Program (ROP)
What Is ROP?
ROP (Regional Occupational Program) is classroom and on-the-job training in a number of different occupations and futures. Typically, ROP programs are housed in the local high school, but this does not mean that it is only available to only those high school students. ROP is an independent, typically WASC-accredited program that contracts with schools to offer this opportunity to high school students. Our students can and should take advantage of this opportunity. (See the Tri-County Regional Occupational Program for more information.) Different opportunities available include:
- Hospital Health Occupations
- Auto Body Paint/Repair
- Banking/Financial Services
- Animal and Veterinary Services
- Emergency Medical Careers
- Web Page Design
- Sports Medicine Careers
- The list is different depending on your area
How Does It Work?
If a student and/or Independent Study Teacher recognize a specific program that fits well with the student's interests and future aspirations, there are a number of ways of going about signing up for the course, depending on the student's geographic region. Some programs require students to first contact the course instructor to determine availability and appropriateness of the course.
It is rare to have the facilities and wherewithal to train students in equipment-intensive, specialized, and/or professional career opportunities. The state of California has recognized the need for this training and has created programs that link "in-the-field" industry with student. Students earn high school credit, gain hands-on experience.
There is no cost to take an ROP course, except in some cases where students need to purchase equipment. Emergency Medical Careers students, for instance, need to purchase steel-toed boots, a tuberculosis test, malpractice insurance, and pay a CPR fee.
Some ROP's enroll in the spring for the upcoming fall semester, though most will accept students right on into the semester. There is, however, a cut-off point that is usually early in a semester. Tri-Counties ROP does a "pre-enrollment" in the spring, but accepts students at the beginning of the semester (August/September for the fall semester). Basically, if your student knows that they would like to take a course in the fall, they should do the legwork in the summer.