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Student Success Story

Submitted By: Kern County ROP

Real World Skills

Student Background

While attending Mojave High School, Robbie Reekes heard about an ROP class called "Virtual Enterprise" from his friends.

Program Description

He decided to enroll in the class and became the web designer for their virtual company. He used the skills he learned from a college web design class to design the website from scratch. Even though it was a virtual company, he was able to put his newly learned skills and creativity to work. His ROP instructor encouraged him to job shadow the school district's computer technician, which he did. Robbie then asked if he could work for the Mojave USD as summer help, and because of the job shadowing experience, he was hired during the summer. He learned valuable people skills and how to "sell himself" from the class. His teacher taught him that people are what matters.

Outcomes

Robbie is currently working on his bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering at UC Merced. His college professor indicated he wanted to hire some interns. Robbie arranged to meet with the professor about his interest in the internship. The professor was impressed and hired Robbie. Robbie had learned how crucial it was to take the extra step to meet face-to-face and market himself. He attributes his job shadowing experience and his ROP class with giving him the hands-on training and employability skills he needed to make it in the real world.

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