Skills, DECA, BPA, HOSA
OSTC's Campus Life for students includes not only the hands-on Career Technical Education courses, field trips, industry speakers and work-based learning, but also student organizations that assist students in building on workplace skills learned in the classroom. These organizations create competitive environments for students within their technical field so they may demonstrate learned workplace skills for awards and scholarships.
One of the organizations we work with is SkillsUSA, whose mission is to partner students, teachers and industry to ensure that America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA offers students opportunities to practice the skills they have learned (personal, workplace and technical skills). This also gives students an opportunity to meet with other students from area schools, business and industry partners who are passionate about their industry and to show-off their skills in a competitive environment. Our students compete in Graphic Communications, Culinary Arts (including Commercial Baking, Restaurant Service and Team Banquet), CNC Milling, Automotive Service – Brakes, Robotics and Automation, Welding (overall, Arc, Tig and Mig), and Power Equipment Technology.
We had three programs compete in SkillsUSA competitions in February 2018 in Welding, Energy/Electrical Technologies, and Automotive. Our students won $6,000 in scholarships. In April, we have students from many programs who will be traveling to Grand Rapids for the next SkillsUSA Competition. Stay tuned for our results.
Business Professionals of America (BPA) is a national career and technical organization that seeks to contribute to preparing students for the workforce by offering competitions in leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. In the January competition we had two students compete in the regional competition. One of our students took 2nd place in Computer Security and 1st place in PC Repair & Troubleshooting; and the other took 3rd place in Computer Network Technology. They moved to the State Competition to compete in PC Servicing & Troubleshooting and Computer Security, and both did well.
Our Entrepreneurship/Adv. Marketing course took students to compete in DECA, which is an organization to assist young entrepreneurs and leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. After the regional competition, four students went on to compete at the State level.
HOSA is a health care competition to assist students with skills in leadership and technical skills. 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." Three of our Health Science students competed this year in the March 2018 competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In our Culinary Arts/Hospitality program, our students learn the art of cooking and managing restaurants as they compete in the ProStart competition. This organization also allows students to earn college credit and make money while in high school. Three of our students competed this year in March 2018 at the Lansing competition.