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ROCP Program Summary


Purpose

Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCP) have been an integral part of California’s educational system for over 35 years. California’s 74 ROCPs provide high school and adult students with valuable career technical education so students can (1) enter the workforce with skills and competencies to be successful in life, (2) pursue advanced training in higher educational institutions, and/or (3) upgrade existing skills and knowledge. In addition to the specific skills and comprehensive career education offered, ROCPs also offer employment survival skills in many aspects of the 15 industry sectors, placement assistance, counseling and guidance services and other critical support services to students. ROCPs in California also collaborate with other public and private agencies and associations to develop and offer important instructional classes and programs for students. Examples of these programs include the following:  Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Care Aide, Automotive Youth Educational System, Apprenticeship Related and Supplemental Instruction, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), and the SkillsUSA Youth Organization. ROCPs offer education/training in the following industry sectors:  Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts, Media and Entertainment; Building Trades and Construction; Education, Child Development and Family Services; Energy and Utilities; Engineering and Design; Fashion and Interior Design; Finance and Business; Health Science and Medical Technology; Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation; Information Technology; Manufacturing and Product Development; Marketing, Sales and Service; Public Services; and Transportation.     

Program/Services

Career and Workforce Innovations (CWI) Unit staff members provide technical assistance and support for the operation of ROCPs in California. Staff members certify instructional programs to insure Education Code compliance and provides critical technical assistance to the ROCP superintendents, directors, business managers, coordinators, and teachers. Staff members also work with the California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (CAROCP) to advise, recommend, and implement improvements in state and local operations.

The services provided by California’s ROCPs are the following:

Outcomes

Students receive training at a variety of venues from regular classrooms to actual business and industry facilities such as automotive dealerships and hospitals. In most ROCPs, courses are offered throughout the regular school day, the late afternoon, evenings, and in some cases during summer session. ROCPs provide high quality programs which contribute to students’ academic and career educational achievement and the future economic development of the State.  Students gain a unique “edge” in the workforce by obtaining ROCP training. ROCPs provide certificates of completion and industry-based certification for successful completers. ROCP courses provide the motivation to students to be successful in school, thus reducing the dropout rate and helping to close the achievement gap.

Funding

Funding for ROCPs are generated by actual student hours of attendance in class in excess of the minimum state mandated time. The Budget Act appropriates approximately $450 million annually from the state General Fund to support operation of ROCPs in California. ROCPs are state funded, however they may access federal funding under certain circumstances, and are unique to California.

Students Served

Approximately 470,000 students are served each year in ROCPs in California. Approximately 80 percent are high school students and 20 percent are adults. Enrollment varies from small numbers in rural northern California to thousands in large urban areas. 

Results

ROCPs are a major resource for career development and workforce preparation of California’s youth and adults and a necessary part of addressing the shortage of a highly qualified, skilled, and diverse workforce for the future of the state.

There are key benefits to business and industry, the educational community, and parents and students collaborating with ROCPs:

Benefits to business and industry include:

Benefits to the educational community include:

Benefits to labor apprenticeships include:

Contact Information

Regional Occupational Centers and Programs are administered by:

Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Clay Mitchell
Education Programs Consultant
Southern and Central Regions
916-445-5568
cmitchel@cde.ca.gov

Michelle Oliveira
Education Programs Consultant
Northern, Southern, and Coastal Regions
916-319-0675
moliveira@cde.ca.gov

Questions:   Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office | 916-322-5050
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