Career Certification FAQs

When was the start of the program?

  • Development started in 1989-90 school year
  • The first seminar class started in January 1993
  • The first certificates awarded June 1993

How much money has been invested into the program?

To date over $800,000. Financial support has included:

  • Release time for teachers to develop the program
  • Printed materials for curriculum and promotion
  • Seminar courses added to the master schedule
  • Computer equipment
  • Internship program staff and materials

Who are the people involved in the program?

  • District business teachers
  • Students
  • Community business partners
  • District staff

How long has the Career Certification Program been in operation?

since 1992-93
Family and Consumer Sciences:
since 1994-95
Arts and Communications:
since 1995-96
since 1996-97
since 2003-04.

Who is in charge of the program?

  • Rocky Bettar, Director of Adult Education and Career Preparation, is responsible for the vision, development and operation of the programs.
  • Vickie Burch is the School to Career Program Specialist.  

Whose idea was the Business Certificate Program?

  • Rocky Bettar, when he was the Director of Vocational Education for the District.
  • Dr. Anthony Santorufo, Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Schools.

What is the success rate of the Career Certification Program?

The program continues to grow, with six programs now in place. The number of businesses hosting interns is steadily increasing. Many businesses take students year after year and new ones now contact us to become business internship sites. Click here to view the number of certificates presented annually since 1996-97.
How are Internship sites chosen?

Teachers, Internship Committee Members and District Staff recruit businesses through personal contacts and recommendations of others. The Internship Committee members make personal contacts with some businesses by presenting information about the program personally. Now that we have established a reputation for a credible program and quality students, businesses contact us to join the internship program.
Who are the people involved in the Internship Committee?

Committee members are Rowland Unified School District Early Retirees, certificated and classified employees who work roughly 20 days in the District to complete special projects. They have the responsibility to secure the internship sites, interview the students for the site match, complete the follow-up on the students at the sites during the students' non-paid internship period and be the liaison between the business, the teacher and the student.
How are employers informed about the Internship Program?

Employers are informed through articles written about the program, materials distributed at program events, internship coordinator recruitment, and word-of-mouth of participating employers, students and teachers.
How do you advertise the Program?

Articles have been helpful and a program brochure has been developed. To view Career Certification Promotion Plans, please click the appropriate school link:

But the best advertising has been achieved by the students talking to other students and by business seeing first hand the quality of students completing the program.

What do students say about the Program?

  • "I learned a lot. It was a lot of work but well worth it."
  • "I really learned from the class speaking skills, presentations, research papers. It has taught me a lot."
  • "I learned many things and have skills I never knew about myself."
  • "I feel more prepared and confident for college."
  • "The pathway has given me knowledge of business and it has prepared me for the real life world of work."
  • "My goals for myself are higher and I know I can achieve them."
  • "I got a job!!
For the 2013-14 Career Certification Program Exit Survey, please click here.

What awards has the Program received?

  • 2005: Rowland High School was recognized as an Exemplary Career Technical Education Program by the California Department of Education.
  • 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007: California Department of Education, Program of Excellence Award for Family and Consumer Sciences
  • 2002: Named Exemplary and Promising Secondary Career and Technical Education Program by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, and the national Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education
  • 1996-2001: Recognized by the San Gabriel Valley School-to-Career Partnership in the Federal School-to-Work Grant as a Demonstration District
  • 1999: Special Blue Ribbon Distinction Recognition awarded to Rowland High School for its Arts & Communications Pathway Program
  • 1997, 1998: Business Certificate Program recognized as a Business Education Demonstration Site by the California Department of Education
  • 1997: Business Certificate Program received Magna Award from the National School Boards Association Journal
  • 1996: Business Certificate Program received Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association

Where has the Program been presented?

  • 2002: National School Board Association Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • 2001: CALCP/CAROCP* State Conference, Costa Mesa, CA (also 1994 & 1995)
  • 2000: National Institute of Education. Singapore
  • 1999: Workplace Learning Conference, Deerborn, MI
  • 1998: California School Boards Association, San Francisco, CA
  • 1994: Business Education & Marketing State Conference, Palm Springs, CA
  • 1993-1999: Various school districts in California by request

*California Association of Leaders in Career Preparation (CALCP) & California Association of Regional Occupational Programs (CAROCP)
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