The primary purpose in the establishment of California’s ROC/P was to create a vocational education delivery system that would both augment existing vocation high school programs and serve all students, regardless of the geographic location of their residence or their school district of attendance. The concept of regionality was to allow for greater flexibility in program offerings and locations, and to give students the opportunity to select from a larger number of course offerings than could be provided adequately, efficiently and economically by a single district.
Regional occupational centers and programs are designed to offer instructional opportunities to all students over the age of 16.
ROC/Ps serve the needs of the community and the state through industry and educational partnerships that provide students with current, relevant instruction for entry level employment, upgrading or retraining and to prepare for advanced technical training and or educational advancement.
The San Joaquin Valley along with the state and nation has seen significant economic change during the past ten years. Future projections of population growth and business development activity for the Valley indicated a transitioning from a primarily agriculture based economy to an economy more reliant on construction, environmental support, retail, services, transportation, telecommunications and manufacturing.
To address the necessity of a quality workforce that will need higher order skills and technical training the educational community must be responsive to the local, regional and state employment and economic requirements and be flexible in order to adjust to and embrace new career opportunities and emerging technologies.
All students need a solid academic foundation that can be strengthened and enhanced through the application of a work-related curriculum of advanced occupational and technological skills training that fosters learning as being crucial to career success and community involvement.
In all, the TCOVE ROP along with all California ROC/Ps provide the funding augmentation, flexibility, methodologies and curriculum to provide an exemplary career development and workforce approach and are a major resource contributor to the development of a highly skilled and diverse workforce.