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Workability & Regional Occupational Program


The WorkAbility job board is maintained on a daily basis, providing all students access to local businesses that are currently hiring in the area.  All students who are seeking job search assistance can come to the WorkAbility Office and meet with Mrs. Sonke during break or lunch.

WorkAbility is a California school and community program designed to benefit students, employers and the community by promoting career awareness, preparation and exploration for our transition aged students while in high school.  WorkAbility helps students develop positive interpersonal skills and marketable job skills.  Newport Harbor students grades 9-12 with an active IEP are eligible for WorkAbility services.  Some of the services WorkAbility may offer are:  Career interest, work styles and abilities assessments, career exploration activities such as guest speakers or field trips, work experience, job placement assistance, job readiness skills, application assistance, mock interview and business and community partnerships.  WorkAbility assists teachers with the transition goal of the students and works with the student primarily during their basic skills class.


What is ROP?

  • ROP stands for Regional Occupational Program
  • ROP = CTE (Career Technical Education)
  • ROP is a partner with NMUSD to provide career and technical education courses
  • Combines classroom instruction with hands-on learning from credentialed experts in their field/industries
  • Offers free classes in diverse high-growth industries including health care, manufacturing technologies, or digital media arts, among others

Why Take ROP Classes?

  • FREE for High School Students
  • Hands on, experiential learning
  • Earn grades and credits toward high school graduation
  • Enroll in classes that satisfy a-g requirements for UC and CSU
  • Gain experience for employment
  • Internships (Must be 16 years of age)
  • Try & Explore Careers
  • Classes are taught by professionals in their field
  • Stand out on college applications
  • Many ROP courses can receive credit at a local community college (Articulation)


4-year College-Bound:

  • Over half of Coastline ROP’s classes meet UC/CSU admission requirements

Community College-Bound:

  • ROP classes align with corresponding California College programs. Students can earn advanced placement and/or credit
  • Of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 14 require an associate's degree or less.

Seeking Industry Certifications:

  • ROP classes prepare students for certification exams

Seeking Job Experience:

  • ROP's network of business partners provides work-based learning experiences including internships

When & Where are Classes Offered?


  • During & After School
  • Specific times depend on the class and can be found in the ROP Course Catalog
  • Class start/end dates generally follow NHHS calendar


  • NHHS Campus
  • High schools near NHHS
  • ROP's Presidio Campus in Costa Mesa

Classes offered Near NHHS:

  • Administration of Justice (Fall Semester)
  • Animal Health Care Internship (year-long class)
  • Auto Tech Internship (year-long class)
  • Baking & Pastry Fundamentals
  • Careers with Children Internship
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Internship
    • (Pre-Req: Med Careers & Health Systems)
  • Construction Technology Pre Apprenticeship
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Assistant Front Office
  • Dental Assistant Back Office
    • (Pre-Req: Dental Assistant Front Office)
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
    • (Must take EMR first, seniors only, year-long)
  • Fire Science
  • Medical Nursing Careers Internship
    • (Pre-Req: Med Careers & Health Systems)
  • Medical Careers & Health Systems (year-long class)
  • Pharmacy Technician Internship (year-Long, Seniors Only)
  • Retail Sales & Merchandising Internship


How Do You Register?

  • Talk to your ROP career specialist, Ms. Zuniga to find the best class options for you!
  • Explore ROP's Website
    • Browse available classes and the course catalog
    • Sign up for classes online at during your grade registration window

Registration Reminders!!

  • If you register before your assigned date, your registration will be deleted.
  • Incomplete registration will also be deleted
  • For Year-Long Classes you can only sign up at the end of the spring or beginning of Fall semesters!
  • You can register for open classes up to the second week after classes start!

Info Needed for Registration

  • Email address you check most often
    • NMUSD Students: DO NOT use your student email
  • Date of Birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Student Cell Phone Number
  • Language First Learned
  • School Currently Attending
  • Graduation Year
  • Student ID# from Home High School
  • School Counselor Name
  • Special Programs you are in
  • Parent/Guardian Name
  • Parent/ Guardian Email Address
  • Parent/Guardian Phone Number

Register for Fall 2021 Classes Here

Register for Spring 2022 Classes Here

Contact Us
  • Workability - (Jennifer Sonke) Students are given job search assistance, learn current job market information, and receive job coaching to find employment while still in high school.
  • ROPPam Zuniga

    ROP College & Career Specialist
    NHHS Phone: 949-515-6309
    Monday-Friday 7:15-3:45
    Follow us on Instagram @nhhsrop
    Students can look at the Coastline ROP Website 

Workability Business and Community Partners

ACE Hardware
Back Bay Veterinary Hospital
The Backyard
Boys and Girls Club
Dogma Portraits
Eagle Rider/OC Mortocycles
Element Skateboards
Girls Inc.
Irvine Ranch Market
Jamba Juice
OC Market Place
Smart & Final
Surfside Sports
TJ Maxx
Vital Link
Youth Employment Services

If you have a job posting you would like to have added to our job board- please feel free to call me or email me your information and I will gladly post it!!

(please note that we will not post job leads to a residence)