Signs-ups open for free ROP career training program

Registration opens for free ROP career training program
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Registration is now open for the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) job training program that prepares local residents for high-paying careers in industrial facilities.

To register for the Fall 2021 Process Plant Operator (PPO) cohort, visit Day and night classes start on Sep. 15. 

For more than 40 years, the ROP, which is funded by the Chevron Richmond Refinery and implemented by the Contra Costa County Office of Education, has launched hundreds of successful careers in the fuels and petrochemicals industries, including many Chevron employees.

Students will 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. They are also provided job interview training.

The PPO course prepares students for entry level jobs operating refinery equipment, such as heating, lubrication and refining systems.

To be eligible, students must be at least age 18, possess a high school diploma or GED, pass a basic math and reading comprehension assessment, and have a valid California driver’s license.

While students are encouraged to consider open positions at the Richmond Refinery, graduates are eligible for industrial jobs at many other companies. Students in the program often form strong bonds with their peers and Chevron trainers, who often track their students’ career progression after they’ve moved on from the program.