ROP grads prepare for bright futures


Another 60-plus diligent students are set to graduate next week from the award-winning Regional Occupational Program(ROP), but there’s little time for these grads to suffer from senioritis.

In the last two weeks, the grads have been honing their job interviewing skills during mock interview sessions with volunteer employees at the Chevron Richmond Refinery. In addition to being interviewed, they observe other students interviewing for further perspective and practice.

It has been the culmination of an intensive 9-week-long program that for decades has provided local residents with skills in high-paying careers in industrial facilities. Funded by Chevron Richmond in partnership with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, the ROP program includes two education tracks: the Process Plant Operator (PPO) program and Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (IMM) program.

Classes are held in the afternoons and evenings at the Chevron Hensley Campus in Richmond.

The PPO course prepares students for entry level jobs operating refinery equipment, such as heating, lubrication and refining systems. The IMM program prepares students for entry level maintenance/mechanic jobs, such as welder/pipefitter, electrician and machinist.

In both programs, students learn technical skills such as mechanics, mathematics and chemistry, along with communication and analytical skills, safety practices and how to work independently and as part of a team.

For those interested in learning more or signing up, go here or call the ROP course hotline at (925) 942-3368.