Before their graduation, ROP participants receive training in job interviews


This week, the Regional Occupational Program is graduating another class of newly-skilled workers who have opportunities to launch their careers at a number of industrial facilities, including the Chevron Richmond Refinery.

But before throwing their proverbial graduation caps to the sky, the program’s students received free training at the Refinery last week on how to interview for a job — yet another reason the ROP program enjoys a high job placement rate, according to program officials.

At the end of the rigorous five-month-long ROP course, Chevron employees volunteer their time to provide mock interviews for the students. Two students sit at each table so that they can take turns practicing and observing interviewing skills.

Funded by Chevron, the free job readiness program includes two courses: Process Plant Operator (PPO) and Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (IMM). Both courses prepare local residents for various high-paying jobs at refineries.

Registration is currently ongoing for the next class of ROP program students. Those interested have until Jan. 10 to register for both the PPO and IMM programs. The PPO class is offered Mon-Thurs., 1-4pm and 6-9pm. The IMM class is offered Mon.-Thurs., 1-5pm and 6-10pm. Both classes are held at the Chevron Hensley Campus in Richmond.

Also, an ROP Information session will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Chevron Gate 91. The ROP assessments will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Chevron Gate 91.

For more information, read more about the program here.