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Work Experience

Zorko Jezina, Work Experience Coordinator 

(805) 306- 4875 x2884                    zorko.jezina@simivalleyusd.org

Kathy Phillips, Work Experience Office Assistant

(805) 306-4875 x2885                     katherine.phillips@simivalleyusd.org 





  • Type Work Permits required for all working minors.
  • Work Experience Education (WEE)
  • Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
  • Fire Cadet Program
  • Veterinary Cadet Program




According to California law, students under 18 years old need a work permit.  To be eligible for a work permit, students must earn a 2.00 GPA or higher on the most recent quarter/semester report card, come to school at least 90% of the time, and have no more than 6 periods of truancy.


Eligible students obtain work permit applications at the front desk in the Main Office or in the Work Experience Office (Rm 7-16).  The student, parent and the employer must complete the application, and then it is submiited to the Work Experience Office for typing.  (During the summer, work permits are typed in the Main Office).  Work permits are renewed every September.




This program gives working students an opportunity to earn elective credits toward the practical arts graduation requirement.  Students must be in 11th or 12th grade, earn a minimum of 2.00 GPA on the semester report card, attend school regularly, and work at an eligible job.  (Click here to see requirements of an eligible job).  To earn credit, students must attend one class each week where they learn practical work related and financial skills only offered in this program.  They must work a specified number of hours and stay working the entire semester.  Come to the Work Experience Office for more details and to register for the program.




This program offers a variety of vocational classes designed to prepare students with the job skills necessary for most entry-level occupations within the course selected.  Community based internships in local businesses and industry sites are offered in many classes.  Students earn 10 elective credits each semester toward the practical arts graduation requirement.  (Click here to see list of ROP classes).  Come to the Work Experience Office for more details and to register for the program.




This program exposes eligible high school seniors to a career in the fire service.  Each Fire Cadet is assigned to a fire station and placed under the direct supervision of a Fire Captain and crew.  The Fire Cadets will ride along on the fire apparatus on which they are assigned and respond as observers to various types of emergencies, including fires, traffic collisions, medical aids and public services.  Cadets must be able to spend at least 10 hours per week at the Fire Station and they earn 10 elective credits toward the practical arts graduation requirement.  The VCFD controls the application and selection of Cadets each semester.  (Click here  to see requirements of the program).  Come to the Work Experience Office for more details on the application process.




This one-semester program introduces high school seniors to various aspects of a Veterinary Technician career, helping them to define and clarify the technical and educational qualifications for career demands.  Students are supervised in veterinary clinic as they rotate through various job duties.  Students must be able to spend at least 5 hours per week at the clinic and they earn 5 elective credits toward the practical arts graduation requirement.  Eligible students must find a Veterinarian at a local clinic who will sponsor them in this program, then apply in the Work Experience Office.  (Click here  to see requirements of the program).  Come to the Work Experience Office for more details.