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Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6307
Santa Barbara County ROP/CTE Regional Occupational Program
Career Technical Education for High School Students
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ROP Advisory Committees 
        & Business Partners    

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Advisory Committees & Business Partners

Partnership is an educational tool that is integral to the success of ROP. Business partners can enhance ROP/CTE courses in a variety of ways including donations of time, expertise, equipment and monetary contributions.

Business involvement brings real world knowledge and skills into the classroom and exposes students to experiences and insights they would not otherwise receive.  In return, business partners help shape the future of their industry by contributing to the education and skill sets of students who one day will become members of the workforce.

How can your business help us to prepare students to become future employees?

  • By Participating as an Advisory Board Member

Advisory Board Participation – Industry representatives have the opportunity to sit on specific industry advisory boards, allowing them to work directly with teachers in the development of new curriculum designed to meet current industry needs.  In addition, advisory boards can provide critiques of existing courses, examining how well they fit with real world industry requirements.  

  • By Becoming a Mentor to a Class

Mentorships – Partner employees can also offer one-on-one time with students for a more in-depth look at a given industry or specific job focus.  This may be accomplished by email, class visits or what ever fits your needs.

  • By Speaking in a Classroom Setting

Speaking Opportunities – Industry speakers are invited to talk with students about their own experiences in their field of choice, as well as the current and anticipated workforce needs within their specific industry.

  • By providing the opportunity for students and/or teachers to participate in a job shadow.

Job Shadowing – Students can tour a company's facilities, or shadow an employee in industry.

  • By Becoming an ROP/CTE Internship Site

Internships - The best way for students to understand how an industry works and what is actually required in a specific job is to have the opportunity to perform an internship.  Business partners provide opportunities for students to spend time, paid or unpaid, in real world business environments, allowing students to get hands-on experience in their field of interest.

For more information on how to get involved with ROP/CTE as a business partner, please contact us at (805) 937-8427

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