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 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.”
This 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.