San Diego County Regional Occupational Program
The San Diego County Regional Occupation Program (ROP) has been offering occupational training programs since 1969. It is the largest County ROP in the state of California serving 45,000 students per year who are at least 16 years of age through adult. Teachers are credentialed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
San Diego County ROP provides leadership for other career preparation initiatives in order to develop a comprehensive School-to-Career system. These include Tech Prep, Carl Perkins, School-to-Career, Post-Secondary Articulation, Career Academies, worksite learning and the development of career paths and career majors.
San Diego ROP has a yearly budget in excess of 34 million dollars. Funds are generated through ADA (one unit of ADA equals 525 hours of attendance).
ROP courses are available to anyone age 16 through adult. Over 265 tuition-free courses are offered per year. ROP college courses taken specifically for college credit may require payment of a tuition fee to a local community college; however, all ROP courses are available as tuition free.
The mission of the San Diego County Regional Occupational Program is to prepare a diverse population, 16 years of age and older, for further education, employment and occupational changes.
- Cooperate with local school districts in the development of higher level technical courses for junior and seniors enrolled in career majors and/or career paths.
- Continue to reduce paperwork and number of meetings.
- Promote statewide awareness of the quality programs and services offered by the San Diego County ROP.
- Seek additional funding for career preparation programs.
San Diego County ROP Website: http://www.sdcoe.net/rop/