The Michigan Department of Education recently recognized Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast (OSTC-NE) in Pontiac for its exemplary Engineering and Emerging Technologies (EET) cluster with a 2019 Career and College Readiness Initiative Excellence in Practice Award.
“To have the EET program at Northeast honored by the Michigan Department of Education as one of the best Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the state is amazing,” said Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson. “Our goal at Oakland Schools is to provide as many opportunities for students as possible and this accolade demonstrates we are doing just that.”
“This state recognition provides a validation of what is happening here and all of those great opportunities we are providing to students,” added Paul Galbenski, dean of OSTC-NE. “Coming to one of our OSTC campuses is a force multiplier, not a limiter.”
In order to garner the 2019 Excellence in Practice Award, a CTE program must demonstrate outstanding outcomes, produce measurable results for students and meet the challenges of high-academic rigor. This award recognizes outstanding practices, programs or services that demonstrate exemplary support of career/college planning for students, promotion of high academic expectations and linking secondary CTE courses to prepare for postsecondary education and careers.
In Oakland Schools’ EET cluster, students learn engineering, robotics, mechatronics, machining and welding. Over 100 students who attend OSTC-NE are part of the EET cluster.