Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

The Coastline Regional Occupational Program prepares students to become gainfully employed in many different career areas. ROP classes can help you get the experience you need to obtain your first job, update your existing skills, and prepare you to qualify for a better job. Many courses include hands-on internships in business and industry. ROP can also be helpful in exploring college majors and career possibilities.

Why take an ROP class?
  • Explore a career that you are interested in
  • Gain valuable workplace skills
  • Do an internship that will provide work experience for your resume
  • Earn elective credit toward graduation requirements
  • Possibly gain employment through an internship experience.

Important Facts
  • Priority is given to high school seniors, juniors, and then sophomores, but adults are eligible to take some ROP career courses too.
  • Grades and credits are given and applied toward high school graduation upon successful completion of an ROP course. Some courses articulate with Community College classes and you may earn college credit and advanced placement.
  • Most ROP classes are one semester in length and meet from one to five days a week and from one to four hours per day.
  • ROP courses are taught at businesses and high schools throughout the Orange County area.
  • There is no tuition for high school students.

You can earn credits for your part-time jobs!
  • Sign up for the Co-op (cooperative) class!
  • Earn 10 credits for the semester
  • Receive credit for work hours each week
  • Students must work a minimum of 9.5 hours per week.
  • Students must be employed in a job appropriate to the co-op career path.
  • Co-op classes include Retail & Service Careers Co-op (Silverado) Careers with Children Co-op (El Toro) and Food Service Co-op (El Toro)
  • Co-op classes are semester-long, so you must enroll at the beginning of the semester

See Mrs. Phillips in the Silverado Media Center to register or call her at 949-586-8800 (press 4 for ROP), or e-mail

Baking and Pastry Fundamentals Class

Baking and Pastry Fundamentals meets at Laguna Hills High School on Thursdays from 3:00-8:00pm. The class, taught by a professional chef, will teach students proper equipment handling, terminology, and baking preparation. Students will make everything from basic breads to fancy mousses and wedding cakes. Got a sweet tooth? Maybe Baking and Pastry is for you!

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine meets at University High School in Irvine on Thursday evenings 5:00-9:00pm. Students in this class will learn basic skills necessary to prevent athletic injury and increase atheletic performance, including body mechanics, treatment and management of athletic injuries, nutritional guidelines for maximizing performance, taping and bracing, and psychological aspects of competition. This class would be good introduction for students interested in a career as a personal trainer, a team trainer, or chiropracter, as well as other health-related fields.

For further information on course offerings and registration, contact Mrs. Ellen Phillips, Silverado/Mira Monte ROP Career Specialist by email @, by phone at (949) 586-8800 ext. 4, or in person in the Silverado Media Center.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Coastline ROP has opened a new state-of-the-art Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) at Trabuco Hills High School. In this class students are trained in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM). These programs involve the manufacturing of metal and non-metal parts using computers and a variety of machine tools to exact dimensions from blue prints, specifications or sketches. For information about registering for this class, see Mrs. Phillips in the Silverado Media Center.

Calling All Future Firefighters!

If you have always dreamed of a career as a firefighter, there are ROP classes that can help you reach that goal. Fire Science 101 is a semester-long course which will introduce students to the various aspects of being a firefighter/paramedic. The course includes a survey of career opportunities in fire service, history of fire protection, fire loss analysis, specific fire protection functions, fire chemistry and physics for the student seriously considering a career in the fire service. Other related ROP classes include Emergency Medical Responder (formerly First Responder) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) which lead to EMT-basic certification, which is required for jobs like lifeguard, firefighter, search and rescue team member, or ski patrol. These classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters.