by Kyle Nguyen, Staff Writer
Before going off to winter break, Barons are encouraged to register for the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) class of their choice for the spring semester.
“What ROP classes do essentially is provide students with a broader range of elective classes that they can take which will count towards their graduation credits,” said Marvene Sanders, one of Fountain Valley High School’s (FVHS) career specialists.
According to Sanders, the most popular ROP classes are those in the medical field which fill up quickly and are more difficult to get into, prompting students to register early. Medical Nursing and Certified Nursing Assistance are just some of many popular programs that are offered.
“Let’s say you were planning to go into computer programming after high school. You should make sure that you’re taking our Website Development class and Computer Programming class to show colleges that you were pursuing this field even before you entered college,” said Sanders. Among many others, Website Development and Computer Programming also happen to be classes that are offered on FVHS’s campus that fit into our bell schedule.
For many students, including Vivian Le (’18), ROP classes are a way to pursue interests that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to do otherwise. With an interest in the field of physical therapy and its related disciplines, Le took a Sports Medicine class over the summer at the Coastline ROP Center in Costa Mesa. Not only did she get credits towards graduation, Le was able to get CPR certified as well as earn around 50 official hours of physical therapy volunteering at no cost.
“Looking back, the ROP course provided refreshing and eye-opening experiences that I couldn’t have gained from another class. I definitely recommend that students explore ROP courses in their fields of interest,” said Le.
For students who are interested in registering for an ROP class for the spring, please visit any one of the counselors in the Career Center or visit www.coastlinerop.net as Coastline ROP will be doing registrations Jan. 9.