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Trade Schools

Our Passion


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.


Oakland Community College’s mission is built on meeting community need. Essentially, what talent does Southeast Michigan need to maintain a strong economy and a great quality of life? How do we meet that need with today’s students?

At OCC, this translates into the rebirth of professional trades.  According to the state’s employment website Talent Connect, there are more than 8,300 professional trades job openings across all industries in Michigan, and more than 6,200 are expected to be available each year through 2022.

Today, careers in the professional trades offer high demand, highly skilled, well-paying jobs. OCC’s commitment to filling this talent gap means working with businesses, agencies and our expert faculty to meet the need for skilled employees in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, public safety, culinary, robotics, machining and construction.

We are committed to providing a stellar talent pool, while helping our students reach their educational goals. Join us in this mission—to work alongside us as partners to support a prosperous community!


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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