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At the Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC), we encourage you to explore your interests while trying new things. We help you find develop your talents, delve into your passions and get prepared for college, trade school or your career.

Our teachers are industry experts, having worked in their fields for many years before transitioning to the classroom. Wouldn't it be great to learn visual imaging from a former advertising executive or culinary arts from a former chef and restauranteur? Unsure if you'd like to become a nurse, EMT or doctor? Our health sciences teachers will share their life experiences with you and help guide you toward the perfect fit for you.

As an OSTC student, you will spend half the day at our campus and half at your home school, meaning you can still participate in sports, theater, band, clubs, and other school activities. As an added bonus, OSTC has several student leadership opportunities in which you can serve alongside classmates from other high schools.

At OSTC, we help you explore your direction, experience amazing opportunities and prepare you to excel in the real world. Contact us for more information today!

Students who are exposed to career and technical education are empowered to discover their passion and direction sooner, so they can make the most of their education.

Those who plan for, and have opportunities to experience a career before deciding to pursue it, often feel more confident about the choices they make.  

One of the most of the valuable, yet overlooked benefits career focused education gives to students is the opportunity to explore and change their minds, without costing thousands of dollars. 

In today’s economy, a career is not just a job.

A career provides a family-sustaining wage and pathways to advancement and requires postsecondary training or education. Being ready for a career means that a person possesses 21st-century skills:

  • communication 
  • critical thinking
  • collaboration 
  • creativity

These skills will increase students' marketability and employability.

Each of the Oakland Schools Technical Campuses have a dedicated career counselor to help students plan for the future.

Contact your campus for more information.

Career Exploration

Students who are exposed to career and technical education are empowered to discover their passion and direction sooner, so they can make the most of their education.

Students who plan for, and have opportunities to experience a career before deciding to pursue it often feel more confident about the choices they make. One of the most of the valuable, yet overlooked benefits career focused education gives to students is the ability to save thousands of dollars on the cost of a college education.

Being college-ready means being prepared for any post-secondary education or training experience, including study at two- and four-year institutions leading to certificates, licenses, apprenticeship, associate degrees and/or bachelor's degrees.

Being ready for college means that a high school graduate has acquired the reading, writing and mathematical knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial coursework.

The Oakland Schools Technical Campuses provide several career and educational scholarship opportunities for our students. Explore the information and contact your career counselor with any questions.

Oakland Schools Education Foundation's Scholarships for Success

Scholarships awards range between $500 and $7,500, and apply to the following school year.  Awards are based on interest and participation in career technical education, academic achievement and career goals. Students who are awarded a scholarship are honored in February of each year at an award breakfast held at Oakland Schools.  

Learn more and apply

Oakland Community College Chancellor's Scholarship

The Oakland Community College Chancellor's Scholarship is awarded to one senior enrolled at each Oakland Schools Technical Campus.

The award is for $3,500 ($1,750 for the fall semester and $1,750 for the winter semester), is non-renewable, and is good only for the first academic year following the student's high school graduation.

Learn more and apply

SET SEG SKILLED TRADE SCHOLARSHIP

The SET SEG Foundation believes in supporting Michigan public school students in the pursuit of enrichment opportunities that advance learning and create opportunities. With the shortage of skilled trade workers in Michigan, we want to help revitalize these career paths and support students in their professional pursuits by giving 20 scholarships each in the amount of $500.

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Lakes Area Rotary Charitable Scholarship

Lakes Area Rotary was established in Walled Lake in 1946 and has been a leading promoter of education and scholarship in the Lakes Area ever since.  Lakes Area Rotary considers skilled professions essential to our economy and society. We have established this scholarship in the amount of $1000 for graduating Seniors currently enrolled in a program at Oakland Schools Technological Campus - SW 

Please read the application for more details on applying.

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Michigan Career Placement Association Scholarship 

The Michigan Career Placement Association (MCPA) works to improve career preparation for students by providing services to professionals involved in the placement of students into work-based learning experiences. MCPA has established a scholarship to recognize and reward an outstanding senior who has made extraordinary efforts and realized success in his/her work-based learning placement. The student may use the scholarship for tuition, fees, books, or career-related supplies.

Learn More and Apply

OSTC provides many exciting for students to become involved in campus life. 

American Welding Society (AWS)
The AWS recognizes that students are the future of the welding industry. That is why they invite students who would like to expand their welding knowledge and take a more active role in their careers to get more involved with welding. Active participation in an AWS Student Chapter provides the knowledge, experience and networking needed for a successful career in the welding industry. Meet other welding students and professionals at Chapter meetings, local AWS Section meetings and the FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show.

Business Professional of America (BPA)
The BPA is a national career and technical student organization that seeks to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills. BPA serves students who are enrolled in business education. 

DECA
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

FIRST Robotics Competition
First Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Teams of students raise funds, design a brand, hone teamwork skills and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

HOSA
HOSA develops leadership and technical skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition. HOSA seeks to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality healthcare by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students. 

Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES)
MITES students and teachers demonstrate that industry and technology are alive and well in the state of Michigan. MITES works to bridge industry's need for qualified, skilled workers and hard-working, career-minded students who fulfill that need.

Micro-Electric Vehicle Competition
Teams design and build a miniature electric vehicle powered by one, AA dry cell battery. Vehicles compete by racing up inclines while pulling weighted trailers.

National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization believes in the future of agriculture and seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth, career success and education. FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. 

National Technical Honor Society
The National Technical Honor Society is America's highest award of excellence for career and technical education. Students are nominated in January and February by their career technical education instructors based on achievement and leadership skills. 

Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association (OCCRA)
OCCRA is a local association formed to increase the number of students involved in competitive robotics. This is a full contact robotics competition, where students control 120-pound robogladiators that are student-designed and built. 

ProStart
ProStart gives students the exciting opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs. ProStart also provides opportunities to earn college credit and make money while students are still in high school. 

SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps students excel by providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation's classrooms.

VEX Robotics
The VEX Robotics Competition challenges teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more. 

Student Support Services provides career counseling and accommodation services to students.  We help you develop a personal plan of success by supporting you with educational planning, career exploration, college admissions and personal and social issues.  

Counselor

  • Supports students through the enrollment process
  • Provides career counseling
  • Provides support with placement, articulated credit, and financing for future education

Student Support Specialist

  • Develops and facilitates behavioral planning
  • Provides information and referrals to parents and students for appropriate community agencies and resources

School-to-Career Coordinator

  • Connects students to internships, apprenticeships, and work-based learning opportunities
  • Assists students in developing professional portfolios, interviewing skills, and career ready habits

Special Populations Consultant

  • Supports students and instructors in implementing accommodation supports as outlined in Individualized Education Plans and Section 504 Plans
  • Represents OSTC at Individualized Education Planning Meetings, supporting students a Career Focused Education liaison

Visit your campus Student Support office for more information.