The District was
formed as a joint-powers agreement between the Maricopa Unified and Taft
Union High School Districts. The District has been providing
vocational opportunities for youth and adults on the West Side of Kern
County since 1969. In support of high school goals, West Side ROP
(WSROP) provides rigorous instructional activities aimed at empowering
students with well-rounded vocational education experiences that will
promote graduation from high school and preparation for the world of
work. Currently, the District has over 350 adult and youth students
enrolled in nine (9) programs that include:
Vocational opportunities provided by the District are aimed at providing students with entry-level job skills. WSROP teachers also provide activities that enhance student reading and language skills, thus further supporting efforts of participating high schools.
Courses are developed following California Department of Education (CDE) guidelines and regulations. Using input from Program Advisory Committee members (local business partners), the District focuses on the improvement of the various vocational programs offered by identifying current local needs, employment trends and various labor market needs. Labor market information at the State and Federal levels is also considered when developing or modifying course opportunities on regular basis.
Both academic and career-vocational staff members and counselors are aware of career training opportunities available in the community, (i.e. community colleges, trade schools, etc.) and provide advertisement to students. Counselors work with prospective students to provide support and assessment of employment potential, thus further enhancing the likelihood of student success.
After learning a variety of competencies and Career Preparation Standards, students are permitted to gain valuable hands on work experience. Community classroom opportunities are available to students enrolled in WSROP classes. The specialized activities are designed to be actual hands-on experiences that allow students to work with members of the local business community. In the community classroom setting, students word one to two (1-2) hors per day, for (4) days per week in local West Side businesses. One (1) day per week the students reflect upon experiences with their WSROP teacher. Students are placed in community classrooms based upon teacher recommendation and determination of job-readiness. While the student is enrolled in Community Classroom activities, supervision and evaluation is provided by the teacher and a representative of the Community Classroom site.
Applied Office Skills Students are trained in a variety of business office operations. Students use desktop computers to learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Internet. Students receive instruction on filing, telephone reception skills and learn important job seeking strategies. The course may be taken for college credit at Taft College when certain course requirements are met. Applied Office Skills lab is offered daily at the WSROP campus. Applied Office Skills class is offered both during the regular daily schedule and in the evening.Prerequisite(s): Eleventh grade or higher, or 16 years of age or older. Credits: 5 per section, with a maximum of 10 for enrollment in two periods.
Automotive Technology Students are trained in basic theories and principles of automotive engine operations through hands on training and computer assisted learning. Students work directly on the maintenance and repair of engines and other automotive systems. The course includes instruction on engine overhaul, complete tune up procedures, transmission servicing, lubrication, air conditioning servicing, and minor body and fender repair. It is recommended that high school students make arrangements to have a vehicle available to work on throughout the course.
Careers In Education This course provides students with knowledge of career opportunities in the field o teaching and other school site professions. Career preparation standards, which include basic academic, safety, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving sills are integrated throughout the course. Active class participation is enhanced by fieldwork at school sites. All students are required to observe and/or participate in a variety of settings and classrooms at the primary, intermediate, middle or junior high and secondary levels.
Commercial Photography Students are trained n the art of photography as well as the methods of photo processing and employment skills. Instructional emphasis is in the black and white medium with introductory work in color. Students have a variety of opportunities to use digital graphic equipment and other new technology. Photo composition, film developing and camera functions are studied in a variety of settings so that the student builds a sound foundation for entry level employment.
Credits: 5 per section, with a maximum of 10 for enrollment in two periods. Commercial Printing Students are trained in the skills necessary to obtain employment in today’s print industry. Students develop occupational sills in the areas of graphic design, typesetting, process and spot color separations, printing press operations, bindery work, shop maintenance and shop management. Students learn to use computers, printers, image setters, scanners and other technology commonly used in today’s print industry. Commercial Print class is offered both during the regular daily schedule and in the evening.
Construction Trades Students are introduced to the principles of house-building and general construction as well as to the terminology, tools, equipment and small machinery that is used in today’s construction trade. Students participate in a variety of actual construction jobs. Safety issues are addressed and practiced.
Cosmetology The Cosmetology Program prepares students to pass the California Board of Cosmetology Examination required for licensing of professional beauticians in the state. The program requires students to satisfactorily complete 1600 hours of training prior to taking the examination. Major topics include hair cutting and styling, hair coloring, wet and thermal hairdressing, permanent waving, chemical straightening, bleaching, and a variety of other procedures. WSROP students train at Lyle’s Beauty College in Bakersfield. Only high school seniors and adults may enroll in the program. High school seniors must have approval from their school counselor for a morning schedule. High School seniors are expected to train at least 18 hours per week, including Saturdays. Students must arrange transportation to and from cosmetology.Prerequisite(s): Senior, Schedule allowing for afternoon Cosmetology class, Dependable transportation.
Fashion Merchandising The Fashion Merchandising course provides students with an opportunity to study various elements involved in the design, manufacturing, advertising, marketing, and sale of fashion apparel and accessories. The course also includes fashion show production and modeling as an optional part of the program. In addition, this course includes instruction in sales skills, cash register operation, retail sales accounting, techniques for applying for a job, and basics of display. Mathematics is integrated throughout the program through class instruction and practical retail sales application.Prerequisite(s): Senior, Schedule allowing for afternoon Cosmetology class, Dependable transportation.
Credits: 5 per section, with a maximum of 10 for enrollment in two periods. Food Services Preparation Students are trained in job skills that enable them to succeed in a variety of entry-level position in the industry. The course includes instruction and training in safety and sanitation and a variety of food service jobs. Students learn job skills by operating an actual food service facility. Employability skills are also incorporated into the course. Food Service is a two-period block class offered at the Maricopa site.Prerequisite(s): Eleventh grade or higher, or 16 years of age or older. Credits: 10 for enrollment in two periods.
Retail Merchandising Students learn the function and use of marketing principles as applied to real world situations. The program prepares students with the skills and knowledge for employment in retail sales. Instruction includes sales skills, cash register operation, accounting procedures, advertising techniques and employment skills. Students apply knowledge through the operation of a high school student store.Prerequisite(s): Eleventh grade or higher, or 16 years of age or older. Credits: 5.
Video Production Students are prepared to enter the video production industry as production assistants with emphasis in pre-production and post-production techniques. Instruction includes script writing, production planning, editing, use of video cameras, lighting, sound recorders, title generators, and duplicating equipment. Internship or Community Classroom activities are arranged with the instructor.Prerequisite(s): Eleventh grade or higher, or 16 years of age or older. Credits: 5.
Virtual Enterprise This is a virtual business that is set up and run by students to enhance preparation for working in a real business environment. The stude4nts determine the nature of their business, its products and services, management and structure, plus learn the daily operations of a business under the guidance of a consultant. The support of real business partners is available. Emphasis is placed on using current business software packages and Internet for business transactions. Students have the ability to network with the Virtual Business network throughout the state.Prerequisite(s): Eleventh grade or higher, or 16 years of age or older. Credits: 5.
I. Upon successful completion of their individualized vocational activities, each participant will: 1) understand how personal skill development (including positive attitude, honesty, self-confidence, time management, and other positive traits affect employability. 2) Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate workplace policies and procedures, 3) define business ethics and explain the importance of ethical standards and social responsibilities in the workplace. 4) Discuss importance of the following personal skills in the workplace, positive attitude, self-confidence, integrity/honesty, perseverance, self-discipline and sociability. 5) Define personal hygiene and identify acceptable business attire. 6) Prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. 7) Discuss the importance of lifelong learning.
II. Understand principles of effective interpersonal skills, group dynamics, conflict resolution, and negotiation. 1) Identify and discuss the key concepts of group dynamics. 2) Discuss and demonstrate the dynamics of conflict resolution and negotiation. 3) Work cooperatively, share responsibilities, accept supervision and assume leadership roles. 4) Demonstrate cooperative working relationships and proper etiquette across gender and cultural groups. 5) Discuss laws that apply to sexual harassment and discuss tactics for handling harassment situations.
III. Understand the importance of good academic skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the workplace. 1) Recognize the importance of good reading, writing and math skills and implement a plan for self-improvement as needed. 2) Apply estimation, measurement and calculation skills to business applications, including the following: whole number math, decimals and fractions, counting and monetary functions, and use of tables. 3) Read, write, and give directions. 4) Exhibit critical thinking and logical reasoning skills. 5) Recognize problem situations: identify, locate and organize needed information or data; and propose, evaluate, and select from alternate solutions.
IV. Understand principles of effective communication. 1) Read and implement written instructions, technical manuals, written communication and reference books. 2) Present a positive image through verbal and nonverbal communication using appropriate methods. 3) Demonstrate active listening through oral and written feedback.
V. Understand occupational safety issues, including avoidance of physical hazards. 1) Discuss and implement good safety practices. 2) Understanding and reporting of physical hazards in the work environment. 3) Safe operation of equipment. 4) Proper handling of hazardous materials as appropriate for the career pathway being learned. 5) Apply sound ergonomic principles in organizing one’s workspace.
VI. Understand career pathways and strategies for obtaining employment. 1) Explore career opportunities and projected trends, investigate required education, training and experience and develop an individual plan. 2) Identify steps for setting goals and writing personal goals and objectives. 3) Examine aptitudes related to career options, and relate personal characteristics and interests to educational and occupational opportunities. 4) Develop job acquisition documents (portfolio) including job application, resume, appropriate cover and follow-up correspondence, plus identify and demonstrate effective interviewing techniques.
VII. Understand and adapt to changing technology. 1) Understand the importance of lifelong learning in adapting to changing technology.
VIII. Essential Employability Skills. The instruction of general workplace and essential employability skills creates a common thread throughout the project. The general workplace skills include: personal development, ethics, attendance, grooming, and self-management skills; lifelong learning and industry linked academic skills; communication, listening, speaking, writing, problem-solving, and team building skills; information and technology skills; resource identification and management skills; employment literacy, job search/career development skills; safety, diversity, and public relations skills; technical reading and writing skills; and entrepreneurial skills.
IX. The essential employability skills are defined as follows:
Accountability for Actions: Accepts assignments and responsibility for carrying out the assignments, including the results achieved. Appearance: Dresses appropriately for the position and maintains personal hygiene.
Appropriate Behavior: Demonstrates accepted social and work behaviors, manners, and conversation skills. Helps others, both in the performance of the job, and in teaching others. Exercises the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Attitudes: Employers desire a good attitude that means: being courteous and cooperative, being willing to learn, having a pleasant personality, and being flexible undertaking what it takes to get the job done. Common Sense: Demonstrates the capacity of making sound and prudent decisions. Continual Learning. Seeks out opportunities to gain new knowledge or to learn new skills. Uses self-regulated learning (teach themselves) Cooperation: Works cooperatively with others; contributes to the group with ideas, effort and suggestions. Conscientiousness: Acts with regard to what is considered right or proper for the circumstances. Demeanor: Carries one’s self with an air of confidence and purpose. Dependability: Can be relied upon to show up for work and to work after showing up. Effort: Demonstrates a capacity for doing work through exertion. The total work done to achieve a particular end in a timely manner. Flexibility: Readily adapts to new, different, or changing job conditions. Goal Setting Ability: Demonstrates internal motivation by striving for successful performance in the workplace without prompting. Possessing a pattern of preparation, mental attitude, and methodology that applies to work situations. Integrity/Honesty: Given a choice, the individual will choose an ethical course of action. They can be trusted. Judgment: Uses specific situations and dispositions to reach a conclusion and then acts in an appropriate manner. Motivation: Possesses a desire to achieve goals and objectives without external prompts such as money, threats or coercion. Punctuality: Shows up for work on time, all the time. Respect: Recognizes position in the employment hierarchy. Works and communicates with co-workers, supervisors, and clients/customers in an appropriate manner. Responsibility: Exerts a high level of effort and perseverance toward goal attainment. Work Habits: Demonstrates a work ethic appropriate to the culture of the workplace with respect to attendance, punctuality, enthusiasm, neatness and perseverance.