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Are you College and Career Ready?

ROP classes at Soquel High can help you get ready for your future!

The ROP (Regional Occupational Program) at Soquel High assists you to become College and Career Ready by offering practical hands on classes that build career skills now and for the future. ROP is a countywide program and is open to all high school students fifteen (15) years and older. Classes are year-long. (** Appropriate class for 10th graders. 11th and 12th graders have priority) Sign up on course registration form for on-campus classes.


Animal Science: Students will learn principles of anatomy/physiology of mammals (reproduction, nutrition, respiration, genetics). The class will explore diet, habitat and behavior to create humane, ecologically and economically sustainable animal production systems. Outdoor lab time, community activities and hands-on experiences in the field will be combined with traditional classroom teaching. Will successfully prepare students who plan on majoring in Agricultural Science in college. Meets CSU/UC "G" requirement.

Artistic Welding: Introduction to basic welding skills including (MIG) metal inert gas welding, (TIG) tungsten gas welding, oxyacetylene gas welding and cutting, arc/stick electrode welding. Metal fabrication and design. Hot and cold metal forming, joining, and forging techniques will be explored. Emphasis on safety, operation of shop equipment, machinery and power tools.

Cabinetry**: The design and creation of cabinets, furniture and finish details are special areas of expertise in home and building construction or remodeling. Articulation with Cabrillo - Eligible to petition for CEM 190CB, 3 units, with a Grade of "C" or better, credit by exam.

Criminal Justice: Students learn the various aspects of law enforcement and the law. Could receive Cabrillo credit - Students who complete the course with a grade of C (70%) or better and upon recommendation of the instructor, are eligible to petition for college credit upon enrolling at Cabrillo College, credit by exam. CJ 1 3 units. UC A-G pending.

Graphic Design 1 and 2: Students will explore the techniques and tools used in commercial art. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of design and how its principles are used in print media, illustration, photography and web graphics. The course introduces students to the use and application of Adobe Creative Suite 5; students should have an interest in color theory, typography, art, computer graphics, photography or illustration. Meets CSU/UC “F” requirement. Could receive Cabrillo credit - Eligible to petition for DM 1, 4 units, credit by exam, project portfolio and instructor recommendation. Level 2 coursework will include 2D animation, web design, motion graphics for film, advanced print design and production, product and package design and marketing communication. Required: Satisfactory performance in level 1 and instructor recommendation.

Construction Technology**: Construction Technology is a program involving classroom and work-site competencies in the following areas: basic construction math, project organization, starting the job, foundations and support structures, practices and procedures for standard wood framing, exterior wall and roof coverings, repairing and/or altering old and new structures and new technologies. Articulation with Cabrillo - Eligible to petition for CEM 190CB, 3 units, with a Grade of "C" or better, credit by exam,

Desktop Publishing: This class is designed to give students the opportunity to use graphic design skills and photography to complete projects. Working in a group with assigned jobs, students learn workplace skills, cooperation and management. Students work with computers and digital cameras to create art projects for the real world.

Environmental Horticulture**: Topics studied include landscape ecology, ecosystem restoration & management, sustainable use of natural resources, and urban landscape design and management. Meets UC A-G “G” requirement. Articulation with Cabrillo - With a grade of C or better student is eligible to petition for HORT 162 AZ (2 units) + HORT 100 A (1 unit), credit by exam.

Floral Design**: Students will acquire practical skills and knowledge of flower design as well as design and marketing of floral arrangements.

Play Production: Students in this course will be involved in preparation and performance of a main stage performance in technical theatre, acting, choreography or orchestration. Rehearsals take place after school from 3-5 PM as indicated by the production schedule. Students are responsible for all aspects of the production and performances. Meets CSU/UC "F" requirement.

Sports Related Occupations: A research and survey class on the many careers in the world of sports. Lots of hands-on, guest speakers and field trips to local business sites. Emphasis in Sports Pedagogy: coaching, personal training and teaching careers. Sports Science: kinesiology and exercise physiology. Sports Medicine: physical therapy, athletic training, injury prevention and conditioning + sports management.

Veterinary Science** – Study of common health care of both small and large animals. Participation in the student operated domestic animal grooming shop offers essential safety training for handling animals while also providing skills needed for immediate employment opportunities in the animal care industry. Meets UC A-G “G” requirement.

Other side for Off-Campus Options


(Off- campus ROP classes must fit into the student’s high school schedule. Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus classes. For 11th and 12th graders) See ROP counselor to register!

Aquaculture @ San Lorenzo Valley:A great hands-on applied math and science application of aquaculture. Students will apply math and science to a project-based curriculum with real world applications. The course includes aquatic careers, an overview of the different types of aquaculture, water-quality, monitoring, aquatic ecology, equipment, organism life cycles and culturing techniques, feeds and nutrition and business practice. This course meets UC/CSU A-G requirements for College Prep Elective (G) credit.

Bike Technology and Performance @ Harbor High: Students learn bicycle repair, maintenance and safety. Curriculum includes: build up and repair bicycles, sales and ordering parts, communication, safety laws and the health, environmental and economic benefits of cycling.

Biotechnology @ Harbor High: a one-year scientific laboratory course that introduces students to the field of biotechnology. The course emphasizes the theory, concepts and techniques used in biotech. The course integrates the disciplines of biology and chemistry. Students are also introduced to the many career options available in the field. (UC A-G pending). * NEW COURSE!

Cosmetology – Shoreline School of Cosmetology: Beginning instruction in the field of cosmetology. Seniors only. Must attend a forum, offered the second Friday of each month 3:30 – 4:30PM at the Shoreline School of Cosmetology 1550 41st Ave. Capitola 423-5806. GPA Requirement: 2.0.

Culinary Arts in Scotts Valley: This instructional program prepares students with food production, preparation, and service skills for employment in institutional, commercial, or independently owned food establishments or other food and hospitality industry occupations. Afternoon to early evening class once a week. Could receive Cabrillo credit with a “C” or better and recommendation by the instructor for CAHM 50ABC 3 credits

Engine Repair @ Santa Cruz High School: Must register as a 11th grader for 2-year ASE certification program.This basic course of the automotive technology stresses general diagnosis, engine removal and reinstallation, cylinder head and valve train diagnosis and repair, engine block diagnosis and repair, lubrication and cooling system diagnosis and repair. Early morning class five days a week.

Fire Science @ Central Fire Department: This course is an overview of fire technology and includes information on fire fighting, hazardous materials, fire prevention and the organizations that provide that service. Various certifications will be offered including CPR, First Aid, and Incident Command. Could receive Cabrillo credit Students who complete the course with a grade of C (70%) or better and upon recommendation of the instructor, are eligible to petition for college credit upon enrolling at Cabrillo College, credit by exam. Cabrillo FT1 3 units

First Responder @ Emergency Training Services: Forty-four hours of advanced first aid and CPR for healthcare providers. (Contact ETS at 476-8813) Open to 16 years and older.

Green Careers @ Natural Bridges Green Center, 313 Swift St., Santa Cruz.. This course provides an overview of “Green” careers with a focus on environmental protection, Students will learn job skills in such fields as outdoor education & recreation, solar tech, green construction, resource management, field research and more.

Health Careers: Students will receive an overview of the medical field and administrative skills needed to be successful. Students will explore potential career options in the healthcare field. Medical terminology will be emphasized. (Pre-requisite for Medical Technologies)

Medical Technologies: This course provides an introduction to scientific concepts, theories and skill development in the healthcare setting for high school students planning on going on to college or advanced training in the healthcare field. Meets CSU/UC “G” requirement. (Health Careers preferred pre-requisite)

Organic Ag Production/ Gardening @ Natural Bridges Green Center, 313 Swift St., SC. Students will explore organic gardening and agriculture production techniques, including how to plan what and when to plant, how to care for plants, how/when to harvest, and products you can make from what you have grown.

Sports Medicine @ Harbor High: Students learn the skills necessary to work within the field of Sports Medicine., Athletic Training and health professions caring for physically active individuals. Focus is on functional anatomy.

Video Productions: This course prepares students for entry level work in video productions. The class includes: pre-production planning, writing and script editing, on-camera acting, technical work, critical analysis, post-production editing of projects and their presentation to outside audiences. Meets CSU/UC “F” requirement. Could receive Cabrillo credit - Eligible to petition for DM 134A, 3 units, credit by exam, project portfolio and instructor recommendation.

Contact Sheri Williams, Soquel High ROP Counselor for more information.

Office: Counseling Offive Monday - All Day + Wednesdays noon- 2pm  or call 251-8593 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or check out the ROP website at