The Regional Occupational Center (ROC) is the premier career education provider for the Kern High School District (KHSD). Students from any KHSD school are eligible to attend one of the many career-focused programs that are offered at the center for half of their school day during their junior and senior year. Adults and non-KHSD high school students are also eligible to attend.
In August of 2019, we opened new facilities at the ROC to expand the number of opportunities available to students on the campus. Additionally, during the Spring of 2020 construction will be finished on an additional career education campus called CTEC, or the Career Technical Educational Center. CTEC is located in Southwest Bakersfield next to Independence High School and will follow the same model as ROC. Students attend the centers for 3 hours of their school day during either the morning session (7:30-10:30), afternoon session (11:45-2:45), or our new evening session (5:30-8:30 Tuesday-Thursday only).
Taking a program at one of the centers is a great opportunity for a wide variety of students. Students who have a good idea of what career they want to go into can get a head start on that career path by taking a program that aligns with their career choice. This will allow them to dive deeper into the career and learn from an instructor who has worked in the industry. Students who are unsure of what career they want to pursue will also benefit by getting a chance to do some career exploration in a program and find out if that career is right for them. All students will have an opportunity to develop foundational career readiness skills that will benefit them, regardless of what career they decide to pursue.
All programs at ROC and CTEC are of the highest quality. The curriculum is aligned to industry standards and to local postsecondary education programs. All courses are UC and CSU approved and meet the a-g standards. In addition to earning high school credit, many of the programs also offer college credit as well. Students will have the chance to earn a variety of industry certifications and interact with business partners through work-based learning activities such as guest speakers, industry tours, job shadowing, internships, etc.
As the Principal of the ROC and CTEC, I can guarantee you that no matter what program you decide to take, you will be provided with many opportunities that will get you off to a good start as you begin your career path. All of the staff at the centers are committed to helping students achieve career and college success. Take the next step towards your future success and consider applying for a program at ROC or CTEC today.