Early College

Oakland Technical Early College is a rigorous three-year program offering high school students an early start in post-secondary training to better prepare them for high-skill, high-demand and high-wage careers.

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses have partnered with Oakland Community College to combine early college opportunities with many of our career technical programs. During the 11th and 12th grades, students take high school requirements, an OSTC program and college courses that align with a technical degree. Students attend Oakland Community College full-time during an added 13th year, completing their high school diploma and potentially earning an associate degree.

The cost for college tuition and books are covered for participants in this program. Students and their families are responsible for transportation to Oakland Community College.

Information Nights

Oakland Technical Early College Information Nights will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Tues, Feb. 12, 2019 from 6:30-7:30
  • Tues, March 5, 2019 from 6:30-7:30
  • Thurs, March 7, 2019 from 6:30-7:30
  • Thurs, March 14, 2019 from 6:30-7:30

Early College Information

Fall Enrollment

Process and Timeline

Oakland Technical Early College is holding a short fall enrollment process for current 11th grade students that are currently enrolled in an OSTC program that has an early college program (in the "Programs" tab.) 

October, 2018: Application opens

Students complete the Oakland Technical Early College Fall Enrollment Process Application. Certain Tasks take multiple days to finish. Plan accordingly to complete the process by November 9, 2018. 

October 16, 2018

Oakland Technical Early College Information Night
6:30-7:30 pm
Oakland Schools: 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48307

November 9, 2018

All application task items due including: 

  1. Oakland Technical Early College Application,
  2. HS Counselor Recommendation w/Transcript and OSTC Recommendation 
  3. OCC Online application,
  4. OCC Placement Testing need to be complete and received to determine eligibility

After November 9, 2018

Eligible students will be notified and if not done, will need to complete OCC email set up, an online OCC orientation, and meet with an OCC counselor prior to scheduling a Winter, 2019 course.

December 4, 2018

Mandatory Oakland Technical Early College Workshop from 4-6 pm
Oakland Schools: 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48307

January, 2019

Begin the Oakland Technical Early College program including a course at OCC and early college seminar at OSTC.

Priority Enrollment

Priority Enrollment Criteria

Students applying for admission to the Oakland Technical Early College must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently a 10th grade student in a participating school district.
  • Planning to attend OSTC in 11th grade
  • Completed the OSTC admissions process and have a secured spot for the upcoming school year.
  • Planning to enroll in an OSTC program with an Oakland Technical Early College option.
  • Possess a high school GPA of 2.0, with all 9th and 10th grade Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements completed.
  • Currently on track to complete high school graduation requirements.
Placement Testing
  • Students applying to Oakland Technical Early College must meet the Oakland Community College Placement Requirements.
  • Students will take the Accuplacer Reading and Writeplacer assessments at Oakland Community College.
  • Eligible students need to place into English 1510.
  • Students planning to enroll in Welding, Machining, or Collision need to place into English 1060; students placed into English 1060 may need to take an additional Oakland Community College at a later date to complete associate degree requirements.
  • Prior to 12th grade, students must complete Oakland Community College math placement testing.
Preparing for Placement Testing

Studying for the placement tests will lead to better performance, which will strengthen the opportunity to qualify for Oakland Technical Early College. By obtaining a higher score, there will be more flexibility and choice to meet high school and Oakland Community College requirements. Please review the Preparing for Oakland Community College Placement Testing Guide.

Summer Workshop

Students selected for admission to the Oakland Technical Early College will be required to enroll in and attend Summer Seminar in the summer prior to 11th grade. The seminar is held in mid-August each year.

Transportation

Students will need to find personal transportation to course work provided at Oakland Community College and to OSTC for activities and courses that occur outside the traditional school day.

Programs

OSTC Program Degree OCC Focus Options
Collision Repair Associate of
Technological Science
Collision
Computer Networking
(OSTC-NE, SE, SW only)
Associate in Applied Science Multiple Information Technology options
Computer Programming Associate in Applied Science Multiple Information Technology options

Cyber Security (OSTC-SE only)

Associate in Applied Science Computer Information Systems - Cyber Security
Entrepreneurship and Advanced Marketing Associate in Business Administration Business Administration
Health Science - EMT (OSTC-SW only) Associate in Applied Science Emergency Medical Services or Fire Fighter Technology
Machining Associate in Applied Science Machining
Mechatronics Associate of Technological Science Mechatronics or Robotics Systems Technology
Visual Imaging (OSTC-NW, SE, SW only) Associate in Applied Science Graphic Design
Welding (OSTC-NE, SE, SW only) Associate of Technological Science Welding

 

FAQs

What are the benefits of this program?
  • Students get a head start on post-secondary training and education.
  • Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, industry certifications and college credits during high school.
  • Students gain a competitive advantage in technical fields that employers are seeking.
My admission to OSTC is complete for my 11th grade year, and I have been notified that I have a spot. Am I automatically admitted to the Oakland Technical Early College program?

No. You must be enrolled in an OSTC program that has an early college program option. In order to do so, complete an additional enrollment application to determine your eligibility for the early college program. Please refer to the Admissions tab to review requirements and enrollment process. 

What is the cost for this program?

There is no cost related to college tuition and required course books. Students on track are eligible to pursue the number of credits required to complete a specific associate degree over grades 11, 12 and 13 of the program; most degrees are between 62-65 credits.   

What is required of me to participate in this program?

To participate in Oakland Technical Early College, you must be in good standing at your high school and on track to graduate with your current class.

Am I still required to take the M-STEP and other state-mandated standardized assessments?

Yes, you are still required to complete all of the required Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) components in order to earn your high school diploma.

Where will my classes be held?

Classes will take place at your local Oakland Schools Technical Campus and Oakland Community College (five campuses throughout Oakland County).  

Many general course requirements such as English, math and science are offered at all OCC campuses.

  • Collision, Machining, Welding, Mechatronics, EMT and Robotics courses are primarily offered at the OCC Auburn Hills campus.
  • Computer Information System courses are primarily offered at the OCC Auburn Hills and Orchard Ridge campuses.  
  • Visual Imaging and Graphic Design courses are primarily offered at the OCC Orchard Ridge campus.
  • Business Administration courses are offered throughout all five OCC campuses.
Is transportation provided?

Students will have access to transportation by the local districts’ school buses to and from the Oakland Schools Technical Campus, however, students will have to provide their own transportation to courses held at Oakland Community College.

What will my course schedule look like?

Requirements vary based on the associate degree program students are pursuing and there is no set schedule. Please check with the Early College staff for more information.

Will I have to attend evening and/or summer courses?

All 11th grade students will have at least one evening course at OCC. Depending on course availability, students may be required to take evening courses throughout the program. In order to increase your potential to earn an associate degree by the end of the 13th year or to have future scheduling flexibility, it may be necessary to take a summer course at OCC.

Can I participate in extracurricular activities while enrolled in the Oakland Technical Early College program?

Students may participate in extracurricular activities and athletics at their high school, OSTC and OCC as permitted by their college and high school schedule. Almost all students in the Early College program have night courses at OCC, therefore, participation in certain extracurricular activities and athletics may be limited.

What happens if I do not pass a class?

It is extremely important to keep up with your coursework in order to stay on track with program requirements. If you are falling behind in one of your courses, please contact a program coordinator. Academic support is available at your high school, OSTC and through OCC’s Academic Support Center.

Is there a minimum GPA that I am required to maintain?

You must have a minimum of a 2.0 high school GPA and maintain a least a B average in your OSTC program. Most OCC associate degrees require a 2.0 overall GPA. Failure to meet these minimum requirements may remove you from the program.

More importantly, once you begin OCC coursework, you establish an official college transcript. It is recommended that students maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in college courses, increasing the ability to transfer coursework to future colleges and to better prepare for future career success. Students on track in the program are eligible to pursue the number of credits required to complete a specific associate degree; most degrees are between 62-65 credits.  

What happens if I discontinue the program?

When you enroll in Oakland Technical Early College, you are making a three-year commitment to complete the program. Withdrawing from the program may impact your ability to graduate on time.

Will my credits transfer to another college or university?

Oakland Community College participates in the MACRAO Transfer Agreement. To determine if your credits will transfer to another college or university, please visit MACRAO. OCC also has articulation agreements with many universities; its Post-Secondary Agreements and Transfer Guide can provide additional information. If you have questions about a specific university, contact the admissions office of that institution. You can also visit the websites of any institutions you may consider attending upon completion of the Oakland Technical Early College program to view the transfer student process.

Year By Year Schedules

View a general year by year schedule of the program and program specific course requirements with links to Oakland Community College degree requirements. 

Program plans are subject to change do to course availability, prerequisite completion, and high school/OCC requirements.

Sample Schedule: 11th Grade

½ Day at OSTC, ½ Day at high school and one course each semester in the evening.

​Monday

​Tuesday

​Wednesday

​Thursday

​Friday

​High School
Core Studies
1/2 Day

​​High School
Core Studies
1/2 Day

​​High School
Core Studies
1/2 Day

​​High School
Core Studies
1/2 Day

​​High School
Core Studies
1/2 Day

OSTC
CTE Program
11:15 am-1:50 pm

OSTC
CTE Program
11:15 am-
1:50 pm

OSTC
CTE Program
11:15 am-1:50 pm

OSTC
CTE Program
11:15 am-1:50 pm

OSTC
CTE Program
11:15 am-1:50 pm

OCC
1 Course
example:
6-8:50 pm

Sample Schedule: 12th Grade

Most students only attend home high school if they need to complete core requirements or prefer to continue enrollment in elective courses, such as Symphony Band. High schools set curriculum and may have additional requirements that impact the schedule. 

Many students attend OSTC and usually take three OCC courses each semester.

​Monday

​Tuesday

​Wednesday

​Thursday

​Friday

OSTC
CTE Program
7:45-10:15 am

OSTC
CTE Program
7:45-10:15 am

OSTC
CTE Program
7:45-10:15 am

OSTC
CTE Program
7:45-10:15 am

OSTC
CTE Program
7:45-10:15 am

OCC
Course
example: 
2-5 pm

  OCC
Course
example: 
6-9:45 pm
OCC
Course
example: 
1-3:20 pm

Year 13

Students attend OCC full-time in the final year of the program. Students will take 4-5 courses each semester.

CONTACT US

​Ben Morin
Oakland Schools
Early College Coordinator
Benjamin.Morin@oakland.k12.mi.us
248.209.2584

Jennifer Kluesner
Oakland Schools
Early College Coordinator
Jennifer.Kluesner@oakland.k12.mi.us
248.209.2215

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