by SHARON PHU
Regional Occupation Program (ROP) is offering free, vocational classes for students during the spring semester.
Sign-ups have been taking place in Room B-7. Enrollment is on a “first come, first serve” basis. Many classes are either already full or have registration periods that have already passed.
“Our enrollment period is around two weeks long. Usually by that time, we’re done with registration,” said Grace Ulloa, career technical education coordinator.
However, students can still register to join Business Office Technology 1 & 2, Computer Web Design, Financial Services 1 & 2, Professional Dance, Protective Services Occupations, Recreation Occupations 1 & 2, Retail Sales Marketing & Merchandising 1 & 2 or School Security and Security Officer Occupations.
Classes conclude June 18, though some classes may end earlier. Seniors and juniors have priority, and adults are admitted on a space-available basis.
“Sometimes students repeat a class because they like it, but we try to give students who haven’t taken the class a chance,” said Ulloa.
Students who take an ROP class will receive marketable job skills training and hands-on experience.
According to Javier Ortiz, ROP senior office assistant, certain classes have off-campus internships during which students are able to complete their 10 credits. Internship locations vary depending on the class.
Enrolled students can also earn five or 10 elective credits toward graduation as well as a certificate of completion through the Los Angeles County Office of Education.