Category OS Connection

OSTC-NW mentor a cut above the rest

Leon Fisher did what most Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC) seniors do when they graduate:  he got a job in the industry he studied as a student. For Fisher, a graduate of OSTC-Northwest’s (NW) Culinary program, this meant becoming a line cook at Clarkston Union, one of downtown Clarkston’s most bustling, popular restaurants, which has […]

You go, girl(s)! OSTC-Southwest female machining students all place in top three at state competition

Hear the word “machining” and the verb likely conjures up an image of a man hunched over a lathe or mill shaping a piece of metal as sparks fly. But modern-day machining has changed. Not only in how the workpieces are manufactured, but also by way of who exactly is doing the creating. Early this […]

OS math and English consultants speak the same language

Math is more than just numbers and symbols – it is a language all on its own. This can sometimes cause complications when educators are trying to teach English-learning students the subject. However, two of our Oakland Schools’ consultants have successfully found a way help teachers bridge that gap. Suzanne Toohey, English as a Second […]

Harvard U has its eye on Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast student

Stories of students at all four Oakland Schools Technical Campuses excelling are not uncommon. Still, when news spread that Dakota Passage, a student at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast (OSTC-NE) was recently accepted to Harvard University, those who knew him best couldn’t help but swell with pride. “It’s very exciting to have a student accepted […]

OSTC-SE gives new Medical Assisting program a shot

In Oakland County, nearly 100,000 workers are employed in the health care and life science industries. Employment in these industries has grown eight percent since 2009. Two of the country’s largest health systems and four of Michigan’s largest health systems are located here. So when Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast (OSTC-SE) Dean Amy Gole was […]

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast presented with prestigious state CTE award

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 […]

Shurtape scholarship a measure of OSTC student’s success in trade

Many local students attend Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC) not just because they have an interest in a skilled trade, but because of the opportunities OSTC provides them. Mikayla Specci’s recent success is a testament to that experience. A 17-year-old senior at Troy Athens High School, Specci is a student in the Construction cluster at […]

CFE expands focus to k-12 career readiness

Oakland Schools is known throughout the state as the intermediate school district many model themselves after. But in order to remain a leader, Oakland Schools’ administration must constantly evaluate the services and guidance we offer to districts to ensure the most current educational trends and teachings are demonstrated locally. About two years ago, administrators decided […]

Oakland Schools helps ensure successful integration of technology in to classroom

To say technology is a core aspect of how students learn today in the classroom is an understatement. Gone are the days of ditto sheets, chalkboards and overhead projectors. IPads, Smartboards and cell phone apps are now the common methods teachers use to educate students. At Oakland Schools, there is a group of seven individuals […]

Employee Focus: Mary Beth VanBuskirk (OSTC-NW)

VanBuskirk  is 2018 Michigan Career Placement Association Honoree of the Year Award winner Much of the work done here at Oakland Schools focuses on students in PK-12th grade. But what happens to students when they leave high school? That’s where someone like Mary Beth VanBuskirk comes in. VanBuskirk is a school to career coordinator at […]