by BENTOI LOI
Classes being offered to high school students by the Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) Regional Occupational Program (ROP) have begun.
This educational program prepares pupils to join the work force, as well as attend two or four-year trade or technical schools. Students receive hands-on experience in skills necessary for jobs, which include communication, teamwork and leadership.
When taking a class in ROP, students gain new skills and practice their work ethic, such as respect, organization and honesty. Students will also learn team-building, prepare for advanced training, work in a simulated or actual work setting and explore new careers.
“The program is designed to train students in entry level skills. We offer a variety of classes to students,” said Grace Ulloa, career technical education coordinator.
Some classes being offered are Electronic Tech, Engineering Tech, Financial Services 1 & 2 and Professional Dance.
“We’re learning about the safety rules, and then we’re going to learn about how to make circuits and wiring,” said Jacob Medina, an ROP student enrolled in Electronic Tech.
The classes are for students who are at least 16 years old in grades eleven or twelve, who need training or wish to earn five to 10 extra elective credits in the first semester. Priority is given to MUSD seniors and juniors.
In order to pass the class, students need a minimum grade of “D” and must attend 90 percent of scheduled class hours. Failure to meet requirements lead to reduced credit or no credit. Scheduled hours for classes can be during the school day, after school or on the weekend, depending on the class, and are held on campus or at another high school in MUSD.
The ROP courses are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and may be canceled due to low enrollment and program needs. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from classes. To register or seek more information, students may visit the Career Center, Room B-7.