ROP classes are a great way for students to get a head start on their career while they are still in high school. They give students the opportunity to take classes of particular interest to them that extend outside the sphere of the UHS curriculum. These courses range from animal health care to culinary arts. To get the details on the benefits of these classes, I interviewed Ms. Lisa Cookston (ROP Coordinator) at the College and Career Center.
Sword & Shield: What ROP classes do you offer?
Cookston: We offer a wide variety of over 60 classes. Some of the classes are fun while others are educational.
S&S: Why should UHS students take these classes? In what ways are they beneficial?
Cookston: By taking these classes, students will become more well-rounded. They will also get the chance to participate in internships, hands on training and learn practical skills. The classes will be added to their transcript.
S&S: What is the cost, time and locations of these classes?
Cookston: ROP classes are free until your senior year summer, so it is smart to take advantage of them now. They are offered year round; some are offered during school others while others are held after school hours on our UHS campus and sometimes other school districts. Some of these school districts include; Huntington Beach Union, Irvine Unified and Saddleback Valley Unified.
S&S: Is there any other information you would like the students to know about?
Cookston: ROP classes are only offered to juniors and seniors, but lower classmen are encouraged to come in to the College and Career Center and sign up early because they do fill up fast. For the most part, the age requirement for ROP classes is 16 or older while for some you have to be 18 or older.
ROP classes are a great way to prepare you for the real world, and they give you a chance to test your interest in a field of work. These are not your average high school classes, but rather hands-on, real life experiences. If you are intrigued to know more or to try an ROP class, visit the College and Career Center today!
By Mackenzie Hill