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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?

  • State-funded public education, providing career technical education and guidance to meet identified educational standards and industry needs.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • Part of the Huntington Beach Union, Irvine, Newport-Mesa, Saddleback Valley and Tustin Unified School Districts.
  • Career technical education and sequential learning designed to improve academic skills.
  • A course of study that combines classroom instruction with hands-on learning.
  • Career technical education taught by fully credentialed teachers, experienced in their related industries.

Who can take ROP classes?

  • The program is available to high school students and adults; priority is extended to residents within the region served by Coastline ROP.

Why take an ROP class? ROP students can:

  • Earn grades and credits toward high school graduation.
  • Enroll in classes that satisfy a-g requirement for UC and CSU.
  • Gain experience required for immediate employment.
  • Participate in courses that offer internships if they are at least 16 years of age.
  • Earn certificates of recognition.
  • Experience careers that may assist in choosing college majors and enhance college admission applications.
  • Upgrade skills, change careers, or prepare for re-entry into the workforce.
  • Prepare for post secondary education. When and where are classes offered?
  • Classes are held in businesses and on high school campuses located within the five participating districts, during and after school, and evenings.
  • The school year is divided into two 18-week semesters, fall and spring. Depending on budget constraints, a summer session may be offered. Classes may be one or two semesters in length. See class listings for start dates.

How can you register for courses?

  • High school students register with the ROP career specialist on campus.
  • Students attending alternative high school programs may register with the career specialist or at the Coastline ROP office.
  • Adults may register in person at the Coastline ROP office.

What is the cost?

  • Courses are free to high school students. Registration fees for adults vary, see course descriptions for pricing.
  • Some courses charge a fee for fabricated or other items that will be taken home. Check course descriptions for specific requirements.

Innovate • Educate • Inspire

Coastline ROP is a dynamic educational organization that inspires students to achieve their goals – both in academics and careers. We specialize in career technical education that transforms student aspirations into reality and builds a pipeline of workforce talent for regional businesses. Our programs focus on career technical skills, industry-specific skills, and the necessary personal and professional skills to prepare our students for future academic success and/or a great career. Our business partners benefit by tapping into the talents of our students through internships and other innovative work-based learning opportunities that build industry interest and the next generation of workers.

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.
  • ROPLaura Murphy

    ROP College & Career Specialist
    NHHS Phone (Tue-Fri): 949-515-6309
    Back Bay Phone (Mondays): 949-515-6900 X 2578
    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)