Executive Office

Welcome to Tri-Cities ROP!

Established in 1974 under a Joint Powers Agreement between El Rancho Unified and Whittier Union High School Districts, Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program (“Tri-Cities ROP”) offers students a rigorous and relevant career technical education that prepares them for both college AND careers. We are dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives and future successes of our students by offering a wide variety of meaningful, relevant course choices that lead to employment, industry certification, or post-secondary education.

Why take an ROP Course?
In the past, it was widely believed that ROP classes were taken by students who: (1) didn’t want to go to college; or (2) needed elective credits and an ROP class simply happened to fit into their schedules. The thought back then was ROP was not for college-bound students. Today, nothing could be further from the truth! There are many reasons why all students, college-bound or not, should most definitely include an ROP class on their transcript!

First and foremost, Tri-Cities ROP believes in its students. We know every student has the potential for success and we do whatever it takes to guide our students on the path of their choosing so that they reach their educational and career goals and attain their own individual definition of success. How? First, we make sure we place the right students in the right class. This makes it much more likely the students will attend class regularly, work hard, and be dedicated to learning.

What makes an ROP Classroom Different?
Step inside one of our ROP classrooms and you step into the future. Our classrooms are furnished with modern equipment and state-of-the-are technology that either meets or exceeds industry standards. The learning environment encourages both independent study and student collaboration.

Our course offerings are based upon current and future local labor market demands and are part of sequenced pathways that lead to certification, post-secondary education, or direct employment. Many of our classes include an internship component, giving students the unique learning experience of real-world, hands-on training.

Our teachers. Our ROP classes are taught by state credentialed teachers who are industry experts with many years of professional experience and meaningful business connections. They are passionate about what they do and they share that passion with our students. They are professional, motivational, and inspirational leaders on a mission to see students succeed in college, in careers, in life.

Tri-Cities ROP is governed by a Board of Education with representatives from our parent districts, El Rancho Unified and Whittier Union High School Districts. We are proud to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (“WASC”).

We look forward to serving you on your pathway to success!


Meet Our Team

Dr. John Smith


Mia Burrola

Executive Assistant