Merced County Office of Education

About ROP

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Career and Technical Education
Merced County ROP

Merced County Career and Technical Education/ROP is a workplace learning program that has been in continuous operation since 1973. ROP students learn to work through practical experience. After basic classroom instruction, many students are placed at work sites throughout the community and are taught occupational skills by professionals in the field.


Career and Technical Education/Merced County ROP delivers innovative educational programs to high school and adult students in preparation for 21st century careers, higher education, and life-long learning.

Program Goals

  • Develop academic, technical and interpersonal skills
  • Secure employment
  • Upgrade skills
  • Enter advanced career-technical training
  • Pursue college related courses

Standards for Career Ready Practice 

Upon completion of Career and Technical Education/Merced County ROP courses our students will be able to:
  • Apply appropriate technical skills and academic knowledge
  • Communicate clearly, effectively, and with reason
  • Develop an education and career plan aligned with personal goals
  • Apply technology to enhance productivity
  • Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Practice personal health and understand financial literacy
  • Act as a responsible citizen in the workplace and the community
  • Model integrity, ethical leadership, and effective management
  • Work productively in teams while integrating cultural and global competence
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation
  • Employ valid and reliable research strategies
  • Understand the environmental, social, and economic impacts of decisions 

Leadership Development

All CTE/ROP courses strive to assist students to become future leaders. Leadership training and opportunities are available to all students and include:

California Affiliate Student Organizations:

  • DECA - prepares merging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management
  • FFA - premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education
  • FBLA  - bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and
                career development programs
  • FCCLA - The California Affiliate of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) focuses on developing career and leadership skills for members to be successful in home, community and work life
  • HOSA - Future Health Professionals whose two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people
  • Skills-USA - preparing students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations