What is an ROP?
Regional Occupational Programs (ROPs) are a unique part of California’s Department of Education. There are more than 30
ROPs across the state, offering courses and programs of study to prepare high school students for college or a career in one of California’s designated high-growth industries.
ROPs address the need to prepare a highly qualified, skilled, and diverse workforce that is ready to meet the needs of 21st century employees through career and technical education courses that involve hands-on learning, classroom lessons, and community-based work experience.
How do ROPs support students?
ROPs provide rigorous and relevant career technical education that prepares students for a wide range of high-skill, high-demand careers. Programs of study include a technical core, work-based learning, leadership skills development, and real-world applications that reinforce academic subjects, preparing students for success in college and in the workforce. More than 94% of California’s high school students will take at least one ROP course.1 Participating in career technical education classes encourages students to stay in school by providing interactive experiences that engage them in hands-on learning, real world experiences, and practical skills development.
How do ROPs support business and industry?
The career and technical education ROPs provide helps close the skills gap in high-growth industries. Middle-skill jobs – jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree – are a significant part of California’s economy, and the state is facing a shortage of nearly 1 million workers in the skilled trades and ‘middle skills’ jobs by 2020 unless more workers become qualified to fill these jobs.2 ROP courses encourage exploration of in-demand careers and prepare students for further training or readying them to enter the workforce with skills needed to succeed.
How do ROPs support economic growth?
In cooperation with our partners, La Puente Valley ROP’s Instructional Services department systematically tracks labor market demands and employment forecasts, maintains the currency of occupational classifications, and ensures that teachers and school site staff members are informed of new developments. Labor market data continuously inform program offerings and curriculum development.
Through partnerships with local businesses and local workforce development agencies, we access consistent and reliable data about the regional economic and labor markets for strategically planning our CTE programs. Working together with business, LPVROP prepares students to be college and career ready with 21st-century skills; offers programs in high-demand, high-wage job sectors; and ensures a strong local and regional economy now and in the future.
How can my business get involved?
La Puente Valley ROP invites businesses in our region to join our network of business partners. Check out these ways to participate:
Assist students in acquiring skills and competencies in real-world settings by becoming a community classroom.
Become a member of the CTE Advisory Committee
Review and validate curricula, and share current and future employment opportunities and industry trends.
Be a resource
Serve as a guest speaker; provide professional development opportunities for ROP instructors; host field trips; participate in career fairs; donate equipment; and sponsor student recognition scholarships.
For questions or to get involved, please contact School to Career Liaison Shelly Laddusaw at 626-810-3300, Ext. 244.
1 Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)
2 Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020. Georgetown University Center on Education & the Workforce. June, 2013