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Trade Schools

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We believe trade schools are an overlooked yet an outstanding opportunity for young adults. The unemployment rate for 17-25 year olds hovers around 15%. Meanwhile, there are at least 70,000 unfilled jobs in Michigan, most of which are for skilled trades. Trade schools can fill the gap, teaching students the knowledge and skills to be career-ready as well as help them build self-sustainable lives. The support and career exposure students receive in trade schools can help ensure long-term success. Trade schools also connect students to in-demand jobs and businesses to a pool of career-ready talent. We have a chance to help underprivileged young adults take advantage of these opportunities and it is our mission to do so.


With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. Nearly a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.

As southeast Michigan’s premier hospitality school, OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute has been preparing aspiring chefs for careers in the food and beverage industry for decades. Culinary Arts, the largest of the Institute’s programs, provides extensive classroom and hands-on experience with award-winning chefs and staff. CSI students receive extensive instruction in kitchen labs cooking and baking. The school offers specialized training in wine and spirits and in ice carving, featuring seven-time ice carving national championship teams. In addition, students organize top-notch events such as the annual Wassail Feast and run the Ridgewood Café and Reflections Restaurant on the Orchard Ridge Campus. The school’s alumni include successful and highly decorated entrepreneurs and executive and pastry chefs at some of the country’s most prestigious clubs and dining establishments. To learn more, visit us at https://oaklandcc.edu/Culinary.


A trained workforce is essential for manufacturing growth in Northern Michigan. Employers regionally and nationally have specifically identified the need for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tool operators and programs.

North Central Michigan College has developed credit and workforce training programs that are being delivered in a self-contained mobile manufacturing training lab, the Fab Lab.  This 41-foot trailer contains 12 state-of-the-art computers and design programs, a lathe and turning station by Haas, Surf Cam and Solid Works software and a 3D printer.  The mobile unit is deployed to area high schools to offer credit-based courses and to manufacturing sites to offer convenient training to area employers.

The success of the program led to another area partnership with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians to build a stationary CNC lab on the Petoskey campus.

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