California's Regional Occupational Program plays an important role in training people to enter the world of work.
REGIONAL OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAMS (ROP)
in ORANGE COUNTY
The Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides high-quality career preparation classes and services to prepare youth (16 years
of age and older) and adults for successful careers in response to the needs of the local labor market. People of all economic
backgrounds are welcome to enroll in the tuition-free program. Students include anyone preparing to enter or re-enter the job
market, changing careers, or seeking career advancement. Work-bound and college-bound students are encouraged to enroll. Statewide
each year, ROP provides high-quality hands-on career preparation to more than 500,000 high school students (16 years and older)
and adults. Of those 55,000 are trained in Orange County. There are 72 Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCP) statewide,
four of which are in Orange County, they include:
Central County ROP
North Orange County ROP
For more than 30 years, ROP has been an integral part of the public school system, working closely with school districts, the
Orange County Department of Education, the business sector, and the community.
ROP offers classes in more than 100 different occupational areas that are taught by industry-experienced credentialed teachers.
Business leaders review curriculum to ensure training meets the needs of the local labor market. All ROP classes address work
ethic, applied academics, and job seeking strategies, in addition to career specific competencies. Classes are held at ROP
Centers, on high school campuses, and at industry sites.
ROP services include, yet are not limited to:
Within a year after training, approximately 85% of the ROP students secure employment or pursue additional education. As such,
the California Department of Education states that "ROP is the most cost effective delivery system for career preparation in
- Courses in a variety of occupations
- Daytime, evening, and Saturday classes (open-entry/open-exit available at some sites)
- Unpaid/paid On-the-Job Internships
- High School and College Credits for some courses
- Programs for Special Populations
- Career Centers
- Career Guidance
- Certificate of Completion documenting competencies
- Student Scholarships and Recognition Activities
- Job Placement Assistance
ROP, whose slogan is, "Success Starts Here," is committed to providing people the skills necessary for successful employment.
ROP is also committed to providing business and industry immediate access to a productive pool of skilled employees.