Oakland Technical Early College First Cohort Starts At OCC

Students find tech skills while still in high school

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC) and OCC are proud to announce their newest partnership: Oakland Technical Early College (OTEC). Its focus is on preparing students for high demand technical and professional careers where post-secondary education is required.oakland-tech-infomart

Oakland County has several Early College programs, including two at Oakland Community College. However, these opportunities are limited to select districts in the county. Through OSTC, all Oakland County school districts have access to early college programming. With the addition of OTEC, there is now a viable college option for K-12 districts county-wide.

“This opportunity provides a seamless transition from high school to community college and high demand career opportunities in Southeast Michigan,” said Deborah Bayer, Interim Dean of Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies. “We are currently reviewing additional programs to be added to the lineup for fall 2017.”

oakland-tech-infomart-2This fall, the first cohort of OTEC students started on their pathways to high-wage, high-skill career opportunities. Programs included Mechatronics, Machining, Welding, Collision Auto Repair, Firefighter Technology and Emergency Medical Services. These programs allow students to receive a certificate or degree prepared to join the workforce where, according to the Workforce Intelligence Network, there is more demand in Southeast Michigan for skilled-trade related positions than anywhere else in the country.

For more information please visit the Oakland Technical Early College program at www.OSTConline.com.

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Make Connections, Get Hired at Next Week’s Job Fair!


Come dressed for success and ready for hire next Friday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oakland Community College‘s Royal Oak Campus.

OCC’s annual event, “The Work Zone Job Fair,” features:

  • Introductions to nearly 50 hiring companies for entry-level and mid-level career opportunities
  • On site interviews for jobs starting now
  • Open doors for future opportunities
  • Positions available in business, engineering, robotics, retail, transportation, hospitality, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and more!
  • Work-study programs offered for qualified students

The event is open to students, alumni and community members. Click here for a list of participating employers.

Pre-registration is highly recommended – walk-ins will be accepted. Copies of updated resumes are encouraged!

For more information on OCC’s Placement Services click here or contact us at (248) 232-4143.

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OCC Offers Help to Displaced ITT Students



Oakland Community College is inviting former ITT Technical Institute students to a “one stop” workshop designed especially for them,  Monday, September 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the College’s Auburn Hills campus at 2900 Featherstone Road, Building F, Room G-240.

“We designed this event to help ITT students get their education and career back on track after the closing of ITT campuses nationwide,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “The real tragedy with the closing of ITT is for those students who were left stranded in their academic path to success. We wanted to provide a one-stop workshop to help them understand what their options are to completing their educational and career goals.”

The two-hour event will offer both guidance as well as opportunity to meet with representatives from counseling, admissions, financial aid and various academic programs. While most of OCC’s fall classes have already started, OCC is waiving the fall application deadline for ITT students so they can take advantage of courses starting later this month instead of waiting until winter semester.

The event is free, however, advance registration is recommended. For more information visit www.OCC4ITT.Eventbrite.com or call (248) 341-2230. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo I.D., unofficial transcripts and tax records to start the financial aid process.

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Bring Your High Tech Recycling to OCC Highland Lakes Campus, October 1 Keep Waste Out of Landfills

Oakland Community College’s Sustainability Committee and High Tech Recycling invite the community to bring their electronic waste to a recycling event at the College’s Highland Lakes campus on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The campus is located at 7350 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford.

10-1The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, printers, copiers, cell phones, office phones, microwaves, chargers, TVs (no tube TVs), cable boxes, lithium ion and car batteries, hard drives, industrial equipment, personal electronics, radios, computer monitors, audio equipment, routers, circuit boards, cables, wires, cords and home appliances.

The following materials will not be accepted: tube TVs, bio-hazard material, radioactive material, VHS tapes, CDs, Freon-containing devices, alkaline batteries, leaking batteries, any non-electronics and hazardous waste (such as paint or oil).

Over the past four years, OCC has collected over 60,000 pounds of approved waste from community residents, students, staff and faculty and safely transport to approved waste and recycling facilities making it easy for community members to keep waste out of landfills.

For more information, contact Keith Pawlovich at krpawlov@oaklandcc.edu or (248) 942-3243.

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OCC Culinary Student Takes Bronze in National Championship

This summer’s Olympic medal winners are elite, but not alone, earning bragging rights as our hometown champions with an appetite for winning.

Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute proudly produced its own medalist at the national SkillsUSA culinary arts competition this summer. Budding chef and OCC student Rebecca Deslippe captured a Bronze medal beating out 30+ champion-level contenders – all state-wide victors in their own right.

Deslippe qualified to compete at the national competition by earning a perfect score at the Michigan SkillsUSA state championship earlier this spring.

The national 2016 SkillsUSA Championships drew more than 6,000 students from across the country to compete in 100 skill and leadership contests representing 130 occupational areas. The event was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center and at a nearby hotel, occupying space equivalent to more than 19 football fields.

For Deslippe, the full-day competition encompassed both food preparation and presentation and demonstrated knowledge and skills through the production of a four-course menu. Students were rated on their organization, knife skills, cooking techniques, creative presentation, sanitation food safety techniques, and quality and flavor of their prepared items.

This year’s competition proved to be exceptionally challenging with the purchase of a sub-par base ingredient. “Our greatest challenge was preparing table-side guacamole with rock-hard unripe avocados! We tried a Facebook trick of wrapping them in tinfoil and baking but it didn’t work. We ended up getting a potato peeler and working our skills to get the fruit to release from its seed,” she shared. “It’s nothing any of us would serve in a restaurant but we had to get on with the show and keep moving.”

Recognized for her culinary leadership, Deslippe was the only student medalist invited to also judge the national high school competition the following day. Oakland Community College is host to the local high school competitions each year and Deslippe says she is excited to give back locally with her experience from the national competition.

She credits her success to the personal attention and commitment of OCC’s Culinary Art Institute instructors, Chefs Athena Bolger, Darlene Levinson and Susan Baier who “helped me by  coming into school after the semester was over for no other reason than to help and practice with me. They are always there to listen and help us get through. This is their lives.”

For more information on OCC’s culinary program visit their website at oaklandcc.edu/culinary.

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