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Joining the Regional Occupational Program was the right choice

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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 am

My name is Mayra Gomez. I am delighted to announce that I am a Sacramento State alumni. I graduated in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in child development and a minor in counseling.

While some students usually have a difficult time figuring out their career path, choosing the perfect career was not difficult for me. I made the right decision of joining the Regional Occupational Program (also known as ROP) as a high school student while attending Lodi High School.

ROP is a program that is geared toward giving students the opportunity to explore different careers and it provides hands-on training designed to help students gain valuable real-world experience. Therefore, ROP is a great program that has a lot to offer and high school student should take advantage of it.

For me, while in ROP I decided to take the Career with Children class that was being offered. I took the same class for both my junior and senior years of high school. Throughout my two years, I was assigned to work at different institutional centers, one of which was at the Joe Serna preschool. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. But most importantly, I realized that I enjoyed working with children very much. Hence, after graduating from Lodi High I decided to continue my education and pursue a degree in child development to one day teach preschool.

I am sure that if I had not taken ROP it would have probably taken me longer to figure out what career path to choose. ROP definitely made it easier for me because of the hands-on experience, the skills learned and the many people that I met. Additionally, because of the college credits earned; which looked great on my resume. Lastly, ROP helped me in being better prepared for college. Therefore, I encourage all high school students to join the ROP program and take advantage of this great opportunity to explore the multiple career options offered.

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