Photo by DIANA DIAZ
by NICOLE KWAN
Regional Occupational Program (ROP), a free job skills program, will offer summer classes to students 16 years old by the time of completion of the class at Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) locations.
Students can register before June 20 at the Career Center/ROP in Room B-7 which will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Staff members will be available to give further information about classes, offer directions and answer questions.
Students may choose from these classes: Financial Services, Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor Occupations, Professional Dance and Cooperative Vocational Education (CVE). Students may choose an unlimited number of classes. Lifeguard and swimming instructor occupations require students to pass a swim test and cooperative career technical education courses necessitate students to have a paid job and work permit.
“We’re confident students will be interested. Every year we have a good turnout; ROP gives students 21st century and soft skills [inner strength and interpersonal effectiveness] to do things like communicate, dress for interviews or community service. It’s like an extension of school by supporting students’ learning experience. Colleges and employers like to see these classes listed on their resume,” said Grace Ulloa, career technical education coordinator.
The ROP classes provide hands-on-training, lectures and field trips. Students can train in an actual work setting and learn job skills. After completing 85 percent of class hours with a passing grade, students will earn five high school elective credits. Students enrolled in CVE will also be granted a full- time work permit.
“Even though I’m 18 and don’t need to take the class, I stay because I enjoy it and am constantly learning. Ms. Ung (CVE teacher) clarifies how to develop relationships with the employer, count work hours with time sheets, keep track of how much I get paid and do resumes,” said Daniel Montenegro, junior.
Upperclassmen will be given first priority, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment or program needs. Meetings with the teacher or dropping the class will be necessary if a student misses class without an excuse. In addition, students must arrange their own transportation to and from class.