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Career & Technical Education
Career Technical Education (CTE) is a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. Typical CTE programs are California partnership Academies (CPA) and Regional Occupational Programs (ROP).
The state of California has identified 15 Industry Sectors. Each sector contains multiple career pathways in which to develop Programs of Study. In collaboration with Sacramento region's colleges and business San Juan Unified School District has determined the above sectors and careers can best serve the students, industry and the Sacramento community. Please click on industry sectors above for additional information on specific courses available to San Juan Unified School District students.
What is a California Partnership Academies (CPA)?
The CPA model is a three-year program (grades ten-twelve) structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships.
The California Partnership Academies per California Education Code Section 54690-54697 (Outside Source), represent a high school reform movement that is focused on smaller learning communities with a career theme. Academy components include rigorous academics and career technical education, with a career focus, a committed team of teachers, and active business and post-secondary partnerships.
What is the Regional Occupational Program (ROP)?
ROP provides job training for your future employment. ROP is a joint effort between local businesses and school districts. For high school students, a typical day would include 4 traditional schedule classes or 2 block schedule classes on campus and three hours of training at your ROP class, training or job site. ROP is open to all regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, age, gender or disability.
Who can take ROP?
High school juniors and seniors throughout the San Juan Unified School District and Sacramento County may attend. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis with seniors having priority over juniors regardless of race, sex, color, ancestry, religion, marital or parental status, gender or disability. Adults may enroll on a space available basis only regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, age, gender or disability.
What kind of credit do I earn?
As an ROP student, you earn 7.5, 10, 15 or 20 elective credits (depending on the class and hours) just as you would if you were taking three traditional schedule or two block schedule classes on campus. Many classes are articulated with local colleges, which means you can earn high school credits and college credits simultaneously.
Where are the classes held?
The ROP classes are held at various high schools throughout SJUSD and Sacramento County. After an initial training phase, you will be placed at a community training site (i.e., a local business) in a paid or internship position.
Does ROP have record of success?
Yes! There are former ROP students in our community who are teachers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, bakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, engineers, computer techs, mechanics, law enforcement officers, vet techs etc.
Every year, for four years, the graduates are surveyed so that ROP is updated on their employment and educational status. To date, nearly all persons responding to a telephone survey have indicated they felt their training in the various ROP programs was good to excellent. Almost nine out of ten people also stated that their ROP training served as an influencing factor in their present work or educational pursuits.
The unemployment rate of ROP graduates has consistently been less than half of the rate of the general population for the same age group.
Will ROP help me get a job?
ROP instructors and ROP career technicians work together to provide job placement assistance. When you complete an ROP class, you receive a job skills certificate. This can be used, along with the resume you have developed, to apply for jobs.
What if I already have a job?
You can still sign up for an ROP class that is related to your employment. You will earn 7.5, 10, 15 or 20 elective credits for working a minimum of 15 hours during the school week and attending required class times. Through ROP you are also eligible for an extended work permit.
How do I sign up for this exciting program?
Your ROP career technician has information and applications for enrollment. Click here for current course schedules.