Oakland Schools receives more than $200,000 in grant funding for CTE programs

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Photo by Derek Cookson for Oakland Schools.

Oakland Schools has been awarded more than $200,000 in grant funding from the State of Michigan to provide support for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the intermediate school district.

Oakland Schools currently has 2,500 career and technical education students from all over Oakland County at its four Technical Campuses (OSTC). One campus is located in Pontiac, another in Royal Oak, the third in Clarkston and a fourth in Wixom. Any student attending an Oakland County high school, or who is home schooled, is eligible to take classes at one of the campuses, which offer over 18 educational programs in high-demand careers ranging from mechatronics to health care to culinary arts.

According to Jarrad Grandy, executive director of Student Services at Oakland Schools, just over $132,000 will be used to upgrade equipment in areas deemed by the State as the highest five career cluster rankings: Health Sciences; Information Technology; Construction; Science, Technology, Engineering And Math (STEM); and Advanced Manufacturing. The remaining amount, just over $71,000, will be used for equipment upgrades in Oakland Schools’ Engineering and Emerging Technologies – Mechatronics program.

“These are the programs outlined in the grant guidelines the State would like enhanced,” said Grandy. “All of the equipment purchased with these funds will support hands-on, practical training in Oakland County.”

The grant money issued to Oakland Schools is part of a larger investment the State of Michigan is putting into Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. In December, it was announced $12.5 million would be allocated throughout the state to a variety of CTE programs.

Enrollment for the OSTC campuses 2018-2019 school year is now open. Visit www.ostconline.com for more information.

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