Oakland Technical Early College FAQs

What is Oakland Technical Early College?

Oakland Technical Early College is an intensive state-of-the-art program offering 11th and 12th grade students an early start in their career and post-secondary training.  Oakland Schools Technical Campuses have partnered with Oakland Community College (OCC) to bring Early College opportunities to our technical programs and all eligible students within Oakland County. In 11th and 12th grades, students continue to take high school requirements, their OSTC program, and college courses that are aligned with their Early College program. Students attend OCC full time during an added 13th year completing an associate's degree one year early and will also receive their high diploma.

What are the benefits of this program?

Some of the benefits of enrolling are the following:

  • Get a head start on your post-secondary training FREE!
  • Opportunity to finish an Associate Degree, Certificate Training Program and gain college credit during high school.
  • Gain a competitive advantage in technical fields with training that employers are seeking.
  • Your degree is focused on the technical program of study in which you are interested.
  • Advanced education can lead to more opportunities for high skill, high demand, and high wage earning careers.

What does this program cost?

There is no cost related to college tuition, books, or lab fees for students participating!

Where will my classes be held? 

Classes will be held at your local Oakland Schools Technical Campus and Oakland Community College.  OCC has five campuses spread throughout Oakland County.  OCC course location is dependent upon the program.

What will my class schedule look like?

There is no typical schedule and requirements vary by program.  A generic year-by-year layout and program of study requirements are available here.

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

Depending on the program and course availability, you may have to attend evening and/or summer classes in order to stay on schedule to earn up to an associate's degree by the 13th year.  Please see the sample student calendar for more information.

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.

What happens if I do not pass a class?

It is extremely important to stay up to speed in this intensive curriculum program.  If you feel that you are falling behind in one of your classes, please do not hesitate to contact your teacher and/or counselor to best determine your course of action. 

What happens if I drop the program?

Once you are enrolled into Early College, dropping from the program is highly discouraged.  You will be placed into a cohort that will alter your program of study/classwork to allow you to finish with high school diploma and up to an Associate's degree in 3 years within the start of the program. 

What is required of me to participate in this program?

To participate in Oakland Technical Early College, you must be a good standing student and on track to graduate with your current class.  In addition, you must have access to transportation to classes that may potentially be held at OCC-Auburn Hills.  Finally, you must complete placement testing at OCC which will place in you in the appropriate college classes.

How do I sign up?

As a student, you must first determine your career goals and confirm that this program is the "right fit" for you.  Next, you must fill out the Oakland Technical Early College application and OSTC request for consideration.  It is recommended you attend the OSTC Showcase, OSTC Career Night as well as our Early College Informational meeting that will be in January to learn more about our programs.  Applications will be available at the Early College Informational meetings.

Is there a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) that I am required to keep?

It is recommended to keep a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in your college and OSTC classes.  However, it is required that you adhere to academic standards set forth by the respective institution offering the class.

Is transportation provided?

Students will have access to transportation by the local district's school bus to the Oakland Schools Technical Campus.  However, students will have to provide their own transportation to classes that are held at Oakland Community College.

Will my credits transfer to another college or university?

Oakland Technical Early College Associate Degrees are applied in nature and prepare students to enter into high wage, high demand, high skill career areas.  However, Oakland Community College participates in the MACRAO Transfer Agreement process. In order to determine if your credits will transfer to another college or university, please visit www.macrao.org. Oakland Community College also has articulation agreements with many universities. OCC's Post-Secondary Agreements and Transfer Guide can provide additional information. If you have questions about a specific university, it is recommended that you contact their admissions office or view the transfer student process on their website.

Will extra-curricular activities be available to Oakland Schools Technical Early College students?

Students interested in participating in extra-curricular activities (athletics, clubs, etc.) will the opportunity to do so their home district, as permitted by their schedule.  Students may also be permitted to participate in some extra-curricular activities at OSTC and at OCC.