Career Technical Education FAQs


What is ROP/Career Technical Education (CTE)?

  • The Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and Career Technical Education Department (CTE) provide tuition free career preparation courses for high school students.
  • Classes give students a great opportunity to explore possible careers, begin training in a particular field, help students build essential skills leading to initial employment and/or advanced postsecondary education upon high school completion.
  • Students do not generally get paid while training in ROP; however, a few ROP courses provide the option of (CVE) Cooperative Vocational Education to eligible students after reaching a certain level of skill proficiency. 
  • Students receive high school credits and may even earn community college credits in selected classes while attending ROP/CTE courses.

Who can take ROP/CTE classes?

  • ROP/CTE courses are open to any high school student.
  • ROP/CTE classes are open to all students without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, ancestry, or religion.

When and where are classes offered?

  • Classes are offered during the school year and some may be available during summer school.
  • Classes are located throughout the Sacramento City Unified School District high schools.

How can I register for classes?

  • High school students should contact their high school counselor.

What is the cost?

  • ROP/CTE classes are tuition-free for high school students.

Why take ROP/CTE classes?

  • Experience classes that may assist in choosing college majors and enhance your college admission applications.
  • Many of the skills you learn in your ROP/CTE class are transferable to real-life applications and careers.
  • Gain confidence, satisfaction and motivation to pursue your career goals while taking these classes.
  • Students learn the most when they combine strong academic content with studies in a career and technical related field. Students do better in academic performance, attendance, graduation rates and are more likely to further their education to pursue their goals.
  • The vast majority of employers say employees who participated in school-sponsored work-based learning opportunities in high school had better attitudes and higher productivity levels than employees who missed those experiences.
  • High school students earn high school credits and can earn community college credits for some classes while gaining new knowledge and skills.

SCUSD ROP/CTE classes are open to all high school students. No person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 (ed. Code).