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What is CTE/ROP?

high school CTE bannerThe Contra Costa County CTE/ROP provides engaging learning opportunities for high school students eager to acquire career training and technical skills essential for business and industry employment. The CTE/ROP serves students 16 years and older, and has classes available at all comprehensive high schools within Contra Costa County and in Albany, Berkeley, and Piedmont.

Classes meet high school graduation requirements and most meet UC/CSU a-g requirements. Industry trained teachers, California Department of Education (CDE) approved curricula, and high tech equipment provide a challenging, rigorous learning environment, in preparation for both college and career.

Classes are open to juniors and seniors, and any high school student 16 years or older.

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Course Listing

Click on one of the headings below to view course offerings for each career industry sector.

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Agricultural and Natural Resources

Veterinary Science
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician
Coursework includes anatomy and physiology of domestic animals, nutrition, diseases and disease prevention. It builds upon the student's foundational knowledge of biology and includes in-depth science labs. The study of anatomy and physiology of animals is related to clinical cases seen within a veterinary practice. There may be after-school opportunities for internships with local veterinarians.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Arts, Media, and Entertainment

Art & Animation
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Multi-Media Artists and Animators
  • Graphic Designers
This comprehensive program introduces students to animation through theory and hands-on training in art fundamentals, drawing, cartooning, and animation basics. It also includes an introduction to computer graphics imaging. Students will study art theory, composition, color, spatial concepts, rendering and animation, using creativity and imagination to convey ideas and tell a story. Integrated throughout the course are career technical education standards which include basic academic skills, communication, career planning, technology, problem solving, safety, responsibility, ethics, teamwork, and technical knowledge.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Elective
Commercial Art
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Commercial Designer
  • Craft Artist
  • Fine Artist
  • Graphic Designer
In Commercial Art, students learn commercial applications of art as applied to a variety of visual media, with emphasis on 2D art. The course fosters applied creativity and builds skills in the visual arts area. Students gain hands-on experience in art using a variety of media and incorporating design elements and principles. Commercial Art offers a broad range of opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in creative fields ranging from architecture and advertising to illustration.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Computer Graphic Arts
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Layout Artist
This class will enable students to achieve an understanding and appreciation of artistic expression and use this knowledge to enhance visual communication. Students will explore drawing techniques and tools used in computer art and digital graphics. The historical, social and cultural uses of art are explored and analyzed. Students create original art projects using contemporary techniques in computer graphics. Students keep design journals, critique their work and the work of others, and maintain portfolios of their artwork and writing.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (DVC)
Creative Writing
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Copywriter
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Freelance Writer
This class offers experiences in reading, writing, and publishing, so that students perceive themselves as writers who can be published. Students read extensively in short fiction and poetry, developing their critical reading skills. They write frequently and participate in response groups. Students create their own magazine or author a Website to publish their work. In addition, students participate in a public poetry reading and have the opportunity to submit their work to a contest or publication outside the school community.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Digital Recording Studio
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Sound Engineering Technician
Students learn the process of recording from live performance to CD. Students wanting to train as recording engineers receive hands-on training in the studio, gaining a working knowledge of the computer equipment recording soft ware. Students wanting to train as studio musicians learn important aspects of becoming a studio musician, and do a minimum of seven live performances per year to help prepare for their recording experience. Students gain experience in recording, mixing down, and burning CD music projects by working with analog and digital mixing technology.
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (LMC)
Game Art Design
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Art Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist & Animator
  • Video Game Designer
This project-based class focuses on the artistic components of computer game design and the technical skills prerequisite to the field. Students explore the creative aspects of game design, its history and place in society, social issues, its potential as both a creative and communications medium, and career opportunities. Students learn both artistic and technical skills, applying professional approaches to digital imaging, 3D modeling, model texturing, game animation, color, and lighting. Basic drawing and sketching will be included as the students progress though the design process. Elements of design and principles of animation will be included, along with storyboarding, story and character development, game genres and basic programming. Students will explore applications of interactive educational games utilized in areas such as medicine, education, aviation, military, sports simulations and health care.
UC approved courseUC approved course: pending approval
Journalism/Advanced Journalism/Newspaper Production/Publications
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Editor
  • News Writer
  • Reporter
  • Sports Writer
Students expand their English/Language Arts skills through creating and publishing the school newspaper and posting stories on the school Website. Students are required to write assignments for the newspaper plus additional pieces for other class projects and their journals. They practice varied forms of journalistic and creative writing including news, features, and sports stories as well as reviews and editorials. Local newspapers and other writings by professional journalists are used to examine and analyze style and syntax. Students also explore the history of journalism and its role in American society.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Multimedia
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist
This course is structured to promote students' analytical thinking and concept development skills. Students will expand their awareness of the multi faceted nature of communication and design and will incorporate the knowledge into presentations and written work that display understanding and appreciation of the intricacies of human awareness and how presentation and design affect understanding. These learning experiences will develop general competencies in problem-solving, communication skills, and management of ti me and resources, as well as the ability to research and evaluate aesthetic design. In addition, students will learn basic skills for combining text, video graphics, animation, and sound to create multi media.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Advanced Communications Media
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Communications
  • Film Editor
  • Video Editor
  • Media Worker
Advanced Media Communications is a college preparatory interdisciplinary approach to multi media communications, which builds on student proficiency in journalistic writing, photography, video, and design concepts. This class integrates research and writing techniques with artistic creation and expression. Students achieve an advanced understanding and appreciation of technology used as a tool in artistic expression, and they continue to strengthen their analytical reading and expository writing skills as well as their critical thinking skills in this cross-disciplinary approach.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Music Theory AP
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Music Arranger and Orchestrator
  • Music Director and Composer
  • Musician
This class is designed to give students the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of music theory and history, in addition to learning to apply computer technology to the music making process. Class projects involve computer notation, composition, ear training, music theory, and field trips to local studios. Students are encouraged to write their own musical compositions for performance by school ensembles.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Photography / Advanced Photography / Advanced Digital Photography
Career Readiness Class Description
  • News Photographer
  • Photographic Technician
  • Professional Photographer
  • Scientific Photographer
Photography, as a nonverbal language, allows students to increase their visual perception and provides a medium for creative expression. Students work with the elements of art and principles of design. They discuss, analyze, and synthesize those principles, applying them to create their own works of art in the medium of photography, reflecting craftsmanship and technical skill. They communicate to others through their photography and discuss the role and purpose of the art being produced, while also studying the context and culture of works from the past. Instruction can include studio and field techniques, photojournalism, fashion photography, commercial, portrait, scientific, nature, wildlife and sports photography.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Play Productions
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Set Designer
This class offers the advanced theatre student the opportunity to gain additional experience in dramatic arts through acting, technical theatre, and exploration of theatre within a historical and cultural context. Students engage in character study analysis and creative development of stage personalities. The class participates in all aspects of producing a play, including scene design and construction, costume design, sound and lighting design, make-up, properties acquisition, and publicity. Students work as an ensemble to produce and perform in major school productions and participate in local theatre competitions.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Broadcast Journalism
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Announcer
  • Disc Jockey
  • Production Assistant
  • Promotions Assistant
While operating a successful student-run radio station, students perform as broadcast personalities, create aircheck-demonstration tapes, and produce promotional, contributor, and public service announcements in well-equipped studios. Classroom instruction covers FCC rules, terminology, operating procedures, tape and compact disc systems, research methods for music and audience, advertising and promotion, broadcast finance, basic automation systems, and digital and analog editing and production.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Video Broadcasting Production (Advanced)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Camera Operator
  • Production Assistant
  • Video Editor
This is an advanced video production class in which students build upon previously acquired skills and work together to create a news and entertainment magazine for TV. The class structure mimics the workplace environment of a broadcasting studio by creating jobs in which students specialize to produce the show. Students fulfill all roles of a broadcasting studio, including production manager, lead story editor, audio engineer, special effects and graphic designer, acquisition manager, tape logger, promotion and commercial developer, producer, writer, correspondent, camera operator, and editor.
Video Production/Art of Video
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Audio Operator
  • Camera Operator
  • Videotape Editor
  • Video Operator
Students compare the media of film, television and video, including aesthetics, cultural aspects and history. Students develop skills to produce their own videos, and take an in-depth look at the nature of video communication, exploring aspects of pre-production and post-production, script writing, camera-work, lighting and sound. Students utilize skills in directing and editing to produce a variety of projects, including school newscasts, documentaries, and video productions.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Web Design / Digital Arts / Design for Web
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Web Developer
  • Webmaster
  • Web Page Designer
This class will focus on Web page planning, basic design, layout, and construction (effective and ineffective) setup and maintenance of a Website, HTML, XHTML, JavaScript, PHP, and various Web page and image creation tools.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (LMC)

Building and Construction Trades

Construction Technology
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Carpenter
  • Drywall Worker
  • Painter
  • Roofer
Students will have hands-on opportunities to learn all phases of basic residential construction, including carpentry, drawing and reading blueprints, drywall, and flooring, painting, plumbing, and roofing, tile setting and welding. During the course, students will learn about construction safety, rough framing, foundations, and other trade theory. Students will make practical application of their classroom studies at a field site construction project.
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (DVC)

Business and Finance

Computerized Accounting
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
Students will develop skills in keyboarding and ten-key by touch. In this course students will learn to work with general journals, general ledgers, worksheets, financial statements, checking accounts, bank statements, automated accounting systems, special journals, subsidiary ledgers, and payroll systems, and develop a thorough understanding of the accounting cycle.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (DVC)
Introduction to Business Economics
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Management Trainee (any industry)
  • Bank Teller
  • Retail Sales Clerk
Introduction to Business Economics is an overview of the economic principals of free enterprise in a democratic society. The focus of the course is on how individuals and societies make choices among alternative uses of scarce resources and how business reacts and interacts in this decision process. Major topics include fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, macroeconomics, global economics and international business, as well as basic business management and entrepreneurial concepts. Through the study of economic topics, students will develop critical thinking skills which integrate language arts and mathematical skills. This competency-based course prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of business. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, workplace safety, technology, and employment literacy.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Education, Child Development, and Family Services

Careers with Children
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Child Care Attendant
  • Day Care Center Aide
  • Nursery School Aide
Students work with preschool children on campus and participate in internships in local preschools and/or elementary schools as preschool teacher aides. Training includes stages of child development, parent-child relationships, nutrition, age appropriate activities, health and safety issues, types of child care facilities and licensing.
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (LMC)
Careers in Teaching
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of career opportunities in the field of teaching and other school site educational professions. Active class participation is enhanced by field work at school sites under the guidance of a mentor teacher. All students are required to observe and/ or participate in a variety of settings and classrooms at the elementary and middle school levels.
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (DVC)
Community College Articulated Course**Community College Articulated Course (LMC)
Developmental Psychology of Children
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Child Care Attendant
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
This course covers the developmental stages of children from conception through adolescence. It offers both a theoretical and applied foundation to components of psychology, including cognitive development, biosocial development and psychosocial development. Students study and write about the developmental theories of major psychologists. To gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical content, students have an opportunity for research, clinical observation, and application through an internship or practicum in a preschool or elementary school setting, integrating research and practice.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Energy, Environment, and Utilities

Environmental Science / AP Environmental Science
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Engineer Technician
This class provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. The class includes a strong laboratory and field investigation component. Experiences both in the laboratory and in the field provide students with opportunities to test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom.
UC approved courseUC approved course: d-Laboratory Science

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Design / Advanced Architectural Design / CAD
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Drafter, Architectural
  • Drafter, Assistant
  • Drafter, Civil
  • Drafter, Structural
Students express themselves visually and are able to showcase their creativity. Instruction is given in the following areas: elements of design, architectural history, sketching, and computer design. The course gives the students confidence in organizing and utilizing ideas in new and useful creations, and reinforces concepts and ideas learned in mathematics, art, and social science. Students are guided through a series of projects using computer-aided design (CAD) soft ware.
UC approved courseUC approved course: f-Visual and Performing Arts
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (DVC)
Civil Engineering & Architecture (PLTW)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Architect
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineer Technician
This course provides an overview of civil engineering and architecture, emphasizing how they are related and interdependent. The curriculum covers topics such as the roles civil engineers and architects play, project planning, site planning, building design, project documentation and presentation. Project-based learning activities employ state of the art CAD and stress analysis software, surveying instruments, soil testing equipment and applied computation formulas to structural engineering principles to allow students to gain a solid understanding of the skill bank required of Civil Engineers and Architects.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Digital Electronics
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Electronics Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineer
Digital Electronics TM is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. In contrast to analog electronics, where information is represented by a continuously varying voltage, digital signals are represented by two discreet voltages or logic levels. This distinction allows for greater signal speed and storage capabilities and has revolutionized the world electronics. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, etc.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Electrical Engineering
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Technician
  • Instrumentation Technician
This course emphasizes the study of electricity, magnetism and electronics in both theory and application, including application of various disciplines of mathematics. The course is designed to give the student an understanding of AC-DC network analysis, discrete, analog, and digital electronics, and electromagnetic wave propagation. The lab element of the course emphasizes the construction of examples presented in lecture as well as proper use of standard test equipment. Students broaden their study of electromagnetism and electronics beyond traditional high school physics. This course teaches the concepts of physics from the perspective of electricity/electronics and students are encouraged to enroll concurrently in both courses.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Engineering Design & Development (PLTW)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
Engineering Design & Development is a capstone engineering research course in which students work in teams to research, design, and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Product development, life cycle and design process are used by the teams, and students are guided by a community mentor. Teams write progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Introduction to Engineering
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
This course is designed to provide students who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering early exposure to engineering and its links to science. As engineering is interdisciplinary, this course embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Topics include a survey of current and past engineering achievements, professions in engineering, methods of analyzing and solving problems in engineering, an overview of how engineering relates to the environment, and engineering design and development. This is a projects-based course, where students will develop their critical thinking skills by designing and performing experiments that simulate real world engineering experiences.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Principles of Engineering (PLTW)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
This Project Lead the Way survey course of engineering exposes students to major concepts they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems and develop problem-solving skills as they apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, documenting their work and communication solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes helps students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem-solving process.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Principles of Engineering
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
Students are introduced to different types of engineering (mechanical, civil, electrical, computer and chemical) as well as the underlying mathematics and scientific concepts associated with these disciplines. Using the design team as a model, students work in small groups to research, design, and construct engineering projects. Students will deepen their understanding of science by building on their knowledge of physics and mathematics and by conducting investigative research.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Fashion and Interior Design

Cosmetology / Esthetician / Manicuring
Career Readiness Class Description Enrollment
  • Hair stylist
  • Esthetician
  • Manicurist

This competency-based course prepares students for entry-level positions in the cosmetology and beauty industry by preparing them to successfully pass the California State Board licensing exam for cosmetologists.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 years of age.

Course Hours:

  • Cosmetology 1600 hours
  • Esthetician 600 hours
  • Manicurist 400 hours

To enroll call:

Delta Beauty College Antioch
(925) 413-7848

Paris Beauty College Concord
(925) 413-7848

Health Sciences and Medical Technology

Biotechnology / Biotechnology Accelerated Research / Biological Sciences Lab Research
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Biological Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
Biotechnology instructs students in laboratory techniques and basic scientific concepts in the field of bioscience. Students develop problem-solving skills as they design and conduct their own experiments and develop critical-thinking skills through research and discussion about issues related to advances in biotechnology. Lab topics include DNA, electrophoresis, bacteriological techniques, culturing strains of bacteria, manipulating DNA to achieve transformation of colonies, and determining and making solutions. Instruction covers microscopic techniques such as oil-immersion and staining various types of tissue. Sound laboratory procedures and safety are stressed.
UC approved courseUC approved course: d-Laboratory Science
Health Science Emergency Medicine
Career Readiness Class Description
  • First Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
This competency-based course is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions into the health care industry. This is a preparatory course for the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) program. The course takes students on a fascinating journey beginning with history, future, and components of the emergency system, the well-being of the first responders, legal issues, medical terminology, and abbreviations. The course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the human body. These concepts are solidifying the foundational knowledge for specific medical emergencies.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Hospital Health Services
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Admitting Office Guide
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Pharmacy Clerk
This course prepares students for entry-level positions in the medical field. Instruction covers essential material common to all hospital employees, e.g., history of health care, medical terminology, infection control, safety, anatomy and physiology, body mechanics, ethics and confidentiality, communication, nutrition, aging, death and dying.
Human Body Systems (PLTW)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Biological Technician
  • Medical Scientist
  • Clinical Lab Technician
  • Registered Nurse
This course prepares students for entry-level positions in the Bio-Medical Sciences and training in Human Anatomy and Human Body Systems. Students examine the interaction of body systems and design experiments, and investigate the structures and functions of the human body.
UC approved courseUC approved course: d-Laboratory Science
Medical Interventions (PLTW)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Biological Technician
  • Medical Scientist
  • Clinical Lab Technician
  • Registered Nurse
This course will explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in our DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail.
UC approved courseUC approved course: d-Laboratory Science
Medical Technologies
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Biological Technician
  • Medical Scientist
  • Clinical Lab Technician
  • Registered Nurse
This course is designed to develop health care knowledge, including scientific concepts and theories, and provide in-depth study in the areas of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, principles of infection control, human growth and development, and client care. Students will learn basic vital signs, first aid, and CPR, and will have teaching and mentoring experience with medical professionals in and outside of the classroom. This course will prepare students interested in biology, anatomy and health care technology for the transition to post-secondary studies in Health Science.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Sports Medicine/Advanced Sports Medicine
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Coach
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Physical Therapist Aide
This course is designed to explore human anatomy and physiology, and lays the foundation for further study of these sciences. Students learn how systems of the body function and interact through physical activity, and develop a thorough understanding of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. This knowledge serves as a platform for understanding the physiological response to injury and improving performance.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

Commercial Food Service and Nutrition and Wellness
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Chef and Head Cook
  • Clinical Dietary Technician
  • Dietary Assistant
  • Nutritionist Assistant
This advanced culinary course introduces students to the role which nutrition plays in healthy meal planning preparation in a commercial food service facility. Students are introduced to basic nutrition and taught how to incorporate proper nutrition into their dishes while preserving the nutrients, flavors, textures, and colors. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of recipe writing and interpretation, and the types of menus used in commercial food service. Practical experience is gained in food preparation, menu planning, serving meals, customer relations, nutrition and sanitation.
Culinary Arts / Catering / Baking Careers
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Baker
  • Caterer Helper
  • Chef/Cook
  • Manager, Food Service/Caterer
This program combines classroom training in food preparation and service with hands-on experience in a student-operated cafe, bakery or restaurant. Students are prepared for employment in the restaurant, baking, or catering industries and college programs with a hospitality focus.
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (DVC)
Hotel Careers
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Cleaner, Housekeeping
  • Laundry Worker
  • Grounds Keeper
This course is designed for students with special needs and combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training at local hotels. Students are exposed to hospitality jobs according to aptitude and interest. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, workplace safety, technology, and employment literacy.
International Cuisine
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Baker
  • Cook
  • Chef/Head Cook
  • Manager, Food Service/Caterer
International Cuisine is the advanced course in a comprehensive standards-based culinary arts sequence. This course focuses on understanding the differences and commonalities we have with other cultures around the world. A common denominator in studying world cultures is cuisine. In studying the cuisine of a people or a region, we learn about a country's geography and climate, traditions, taboos and social mores, unique conditions caused by environment on a food supply, pressures on a population to trade, export, import, permit a closed or open society, and cultural values. Students will acquire a greater understanding of their world and the cultural diversity that exists in their own community.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Information and Communication Technologies

Computer Applications / Microsoft Office Certification
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Clerk
  • Secretary
This course provides comprehensive instruction in word processing and other office skills. Learning options include Windows file management and Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and Outlook. Also included are Internet skills. There is a review of general office procedures, business communication and job search preparation. Students learn computerized writing skills for term papers and essays.
Computer Science Principles
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Developer, Applications
  • Software Developer, Systems Software
Computer Science Principles is designed to introduce students to the central ideas of computer science, to instill ideas and practices of computational thinking, and to have students engage in activities that show how computing changes the world. The course is rigorous and rich in computational content, includes computational and critical thinking skills, and engages students in the creative aspects of the field. Through both its content and pedagogy, this course aims to appeal to a broad audience.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Computer Science / Programming / VS Net
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Computer Programmer
Students learn Java, an object-oriented programming language. Instruction includes problem-solving and algorithm development, as well as data structures and design. This course is designed to provide the skills for an entry-level position in computer programming or provide a foundation for further studies in computer science at the college level.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Information Systems Design and Management
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Computer and User Support Specialist
This course prepares students for careers in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and/or Information Systems. Students learn about the architecture of different information systems, and also gain an understanding of network protocols, distributed algorithms, and challenges and solutions related to information systems design and management. Students analyze the ways in which technology is changing both society and economics through case studies of individuals and firms who have reshaped the global economy. Students acquire the ability to evaluate information system performance at various levels of granularity, with emphasis on systems level design and performance, and to use mathematical models to evaluate systems.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Internet Engineering 1 and 2
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Computer and User Support Specialist
Internet Engineering 1 is an interdisciplinary course designed to prepare students for post-secondary success in Information and Communication Technologies ICT) field. The course engages students with studies of: the history and implications of network communication; the protocols which make the Internet possible; how networks provide access to services; and college and career preparation in the ICT field. The course integrates the theory and application of network communications, and exposes students to media that invites them to consider how Internet engineers think, design, and solve problems. Students have several opportunities to produce college-ready writing, collaborate, research, develop study skills, and develop 21st century skills in this course.
Internet Engineering 2 is a follow-up course to Internet Engineering 1. It is designed to prepare students for post-secondary success in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) field. The course engages students with studies of: the network protocols which make the Internet possible; how networks communicate with one another, methods used to increase scalability, reliability, and security in the modern network, and college and career preparation in the ICT field.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Manufacturing and Product Development

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
This course is part of the Project Lead the Way engineering program. It is intended for juniors who have already had an introduction to engineering and prepares a foundation for the capstone course, Engineering Design and Development. This course gives students the opportunity to employ computer programming, robotics, automation, control systems and sensing devices to efficiently produce a product using a 3D model.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Robotics Engineering Technology
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Robotic Machine Operator
  • Robotic Technician
This class is designed to interest students in the field of robotics and motivate them to pursue advanced education in science and engineering. Students will apply the scientific method and build on physics and mathematics concepts by investigative research that requires inquiry, data collection, and analysis. Instruction includes the history and theory of robotic technology, computer control systems, and artificial intelligence. Using the engineering design team concept as a model, students work in small groups to research, design, program, and construct robotic devices used in competition, including NASA's U.S. FIRST or VEX.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Marketing, Sales, and Service

Marketing/Merchandising
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Cashier
  • Retail Sales Person
This competency-based course prepares students for entry-level positions in the retail marketing and merchandising industry. Instruction includes sales techniques, customer relations, cashiering, inventory control, an overview of the retail industry, and marketing economics. Special emphasis is placed on customer service skills.

Public Services

Analytical Forensic Science
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Evidence Technician
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Lab Technician

In this class, emphasis is on understanding the underlying scientific theories of forensic science. The class will build upon students' prior knowledge of biology and chemistry, using chemistry techniques to analyze and identify trace evidence, including DNA. Students will evaluate the constituents of materials by organic, inorganic, and biochemical analysis, and apply their academic and laboratory skills to develop a deeper understanding of science.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective

Community Services Professions
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Child, Family, and School Social Worker
  • Educational and School Counselor
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
Students learn sociological history, theory and methodology, the ethical standards adopted by human services professionals and the language, culture, and key conflicts associated with the field. Students explore the issues surrounding community service professionals and learn essential skills required of human service professionals, such as observation, report writing, accessing resources and analyzing the efficacy of social programs as well as specific case management plans. Students apply what they have learned to their practical experience in the internship setting.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Emergency Medical Technician
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Emergency Medical
  • Technician EMT
After completion of the program, the student will be prepared to take the EMT-Basic exam required for state certification. Topics include CPR, medical terminology, anatomy, advanced life support interface, scene/patient assessment, and communicable diseases. Students learn about a variety of emergency situations including traumatic, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric and environmental emergencies. Includes 10 hours of “ride along” with a Fire Department or ambulance crew.
Fire Science
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Fire Fighter
This competency-based course prepares students for entry-level positions in the fire fighting industry. Instruction includes fire science, use of fire fighting equipment, methods of rescue, emergency procedures, and fire department organization. Students do practice interviews for becoming a firefighter and take a written test, physical ability test and oral exam.
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (LMC)
Introduction to Law
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Support Worker
  • Paralegal and Legal Assistant
This class provides students with a basis for understanding the American political and legal systems, with a focus on legal ideas and the legal process, how the law works and the policies that underlie it. Students learn substantive issues of law, democracy, and human rights through strategies that promote problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative learning, improved communication, and conflict resolution. In addition, students participate in moot court and mock trial by assuming the roles of trial attorneys for both the prosecution and defense. By studying a case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills as well as their oral presentation and teamwork skills. Engaging in analytical reading and writing as well as lively debate help prepare students for further studies at the post-secondary level.
UC approved courseUC approved course: g-Elective
Journey for Justice in America (UCCI)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Lawyer
  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Paralegal and Legal Assistant
  • Correction Officer
Journey for Justice in America (UCCI) is a course designed to provide students with the necessary skills and content knowledge in American Government to pursue a career in the government services and legal sectors. Students will understand the principles on which the United States was founded, the structure of government at the federal, state and local levels, the individual and civil liberties needed to maintain a democratic society, and the way in which order is maintained through law enforcement and the judiciary.
UC approved courseUC approved course: a-History & Social Science
Law Enforcement Careers
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Dispatcher
  • Police Clerk
  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Security Guard
This course introduces students to the field of law enforcement, criminal justice and police science. Students will become familiar with the structure and organization of the criminal justice system in California and gain knowledge of basic police procedures, regulations, responsibilities, and Police Office Standards and Training (POST) standards. Included is a brief overview of law and penal code, laws of arrest, search and seizure guidelines, patrol and investigation procedures, and emergency response, along with field trips to police stations and courtrooms. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness of citizens' rights and responsibilities, the realities of police work and the positive role of law enforcement in the community.

Transportation

Automotive Technology (AYES/NATEF)
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Automobile Accessories Installer
  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Automobile Mechanic Assistant
  • Automotive Engineer

This two-year training program covers four main areas of specialization and takes 650 hours to complete, including class time and internship. Students have hands-on opportunities to study in-depth, and prepare to complete the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) tests in these areas: (1) Brakes, (2) Electrical Systems, (3) Engine Performance, and (4) Suspension and Steering. The curriculum is provided by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES).

Prerequisites: Students must be in the 11th grade to start this two-year program

Automotive Technology / Advanced Automotive Technology
Career Readiness Class Description
  • Automotive Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
The course follows Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) guidelines and includes engine repair, fuel delivery systems, wheel alignment, computer control, air conditioning, electrical systems, brake service and repair, front-end repair, diagnostic equipment, and technical reading and writing.
Community College Articulated Course*Community College Articulated Course (LMC, CCC)

 

How to Enroll?

  • For ROP enrollment on campus, include the ROP course on your scheduling form.
  • For ROP enrollment off campus see your counselor or vice-principal and include the ROP course on your scheduling form. Also, call the ROP Career Guidance Liaison listed below.
School Districts CTE/ROP Career Guidance Liaison Email Phone Number
Albany, Berkeley, Emery, John Swett, Piedmont, West Contra Costa USD 510.231.1442 ext. 27431
Antioch and Liberty Districts,
Delta Beauty School, Prospects
925.427.2404
Acalanes High, Campolindo High, Las Lomas High, Miramonte High, Clayton Valley Charter, Mt. Diablo USD 925.942.3436
Martinez, Pittsburg, and San Ramon Districts, Alhambra High, Marchus, and Paris Beauty College 925.942.3348

 

Page updated on: July 05, 2017

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