The Regional Occupational Center (ROC) is the career training school for the Kern High School District (KHSD). The ROC offers 30 high-quality career training programs in a variety of industry sectors. All programs are founded on partnerships with industry and postsecondary education schools. Program curriculum is designed to both meet the demands of industry and help prepare students for postsecondary education.
Any student who is enrolled at a KHSD school is eligible to attend the ROC during their junior and senior year of high school. Programs are three hours in length and the majority of them last the entire school year. Students attend ROC either during the morning session from 7:30am to 10:30am or during the afternoon session from 11:45am to 2:45pm. Bussing services are provided for students from their home school to ROC and back daily, or students may drive themselves.
Enrolling in a ROC program is a great way for high school students to start focusing in on a career path. The ROC will ensure that students learn both the technical skills and career readiness skills that will help prepare them for college and career. The majority of the ROC programs are A-G approved by the University of California for their academic rigor and many also offer college credit through dual enrollment or articulation. All programs provide students with the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications which will help students become more employable when they start their careers. All programs also offer a variety of work-based learning opportunities such as field trips, guest speakers from industry, and internship opportunities.
I strongly encourage all students to consider attending a program at the ROC while they are in high school, as it is a great way for everyone to get a head start on a career path. Interested students should start talking to their counselor as early as their freshman year. Students are also encouraged to talk to one of the ROC Recruitment & Career Technicians who visit their school site every few weeks throughout the school year. Students apply to attend a ROC program through an online application found on the ROC webpage. The application period lasts from the beginning of November through the beginning of March each year.
Every year we see hundreds of students complete a ROC program and take advantage of the opportunities that are provided to them at ROC. These students go on to do amazing things and are some of the leaders in our community. Consider enrolling in a ROC program so you can be the next student success story.