OTC Career Center (High School Students)

Career Center (Serving High School Students)

Enrollment at OTC through the Career Center is an excellent way for eligible high school students to get a jumpstart on their college education, engage in career exploration, prepare for a community college or four-year university, and develop skills needed in today's global economy and workforce. Specialized programs of study are available to high school juniors and seniors. Students are instructed by many of the area's top career and technical educators. Students use state-of-the-art equipment and experience hands-on skills learning.

Why Choose OTC Career Center?

  • "Jumpstart" your college education by earning college credit while in high school.
  • It is estimated that over 85 percent of jobs require training or education past high school.
  • Tuition and transportation provided by the student's high school.
  • Whether a student plans to pursue a certificate, two or four year degree, or perhaps enter the world of work after completion of high school, the Career Center can help students develop skills.
  • Each year the Director of the Career Center awards OTC scholarships to outstanding seniors representing each of the career and technical education programs.

OTC High School Programs:  417-447-6997

Email:  highschool@otc.edu

What Parents, Students, and Educators Have to Say About OTC Career Center

"I can't tell you enough how excited I am to have our students be apart or at least try to be a part of your programs. Most of my students come from a low social-economic background and this opportunity gives them encouragement and vision for what they are capable of doing with their lives. It also challenges them to rise up another notch to be on a college campus. Thank you for all that you do and how you give me personal attention."  ~ Local High School Principal

"This is an amazing opportunity for my daughters to try out different career choices and be challenged to get started on their future at no cost."  ~ OTC Career Center Parent

"I think it is a good idea because I can get prepared for the field I am interested in before I graduate from high school."  ~ Daysprings Student, Applying for Fall 2012

"I appreciate it, and I have learned a lot from you ladies. You have been an invaluable professional resource to me, and I am thankful you are in my life pathway!" Local High School Partner
 
"Through the OTC Career Center my son was able to gain valuable training through hands-on learning while still in high school.  This training continues to serve him well today as he begins exploring career options.  My son is considering returning to OTC for advanced training, and I feel that is directly related to the positive experience he had as an OTC Career Center student.   I appreciate the genuine interest the OTC Career Center faculty and staff showed in my son's success at OTC, his high school, and in his future."  ~ OTC Career Center Parent 

"We are huge supporters of OTC and would love to see more of our students take advantage of the many opportunities available there.  Thanks again for all you and the faculty at OTC do for our school and community."  ~ Area School Superintendent

"I am excited about this opportunity for our students to earn college credit and try out different career paths. These programs inspire vision and motivation in our students for preparing for their future."  ~ Local School Principal

"Thank you so much for this information and for the consistent cooperation between OTC and CHS!" ~ Local High School Asst. Principal

"It is exciting to share with students and parents what the OTC Career Center has to offer!  There are many program options for students to choose from, led by a dedicated team of instructors eager to share their experience and expertise.  The Career Center is a win-win opportunity for high school students to receive career training and get a jump start on their college credits as well.   Students enrolled in the Career Center are engaged and enthusiastic about learning.  You can sense their excitement!"  ~ Local High School Counselor

Career Center Video

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OTC Career Center Important Links

High School Admissions and Assessment

It is recommended that students determine their interests, skills and abilities before selecting a program of study at OTC. OTC's High School Admissions and Assessment offers free career testing and counseling that helps prospective high school students explore program options. Students are better prepared to make program choices based upon interests and individual strengths and weaknesses. Career testing and counseling is done during OTC Career Center's Career Exploration Days.  To attend a Career Exploration Day, see your high school counselor.

OTC Career Center: General Information, Program Guide, Application, and Calendar

High School Admissions and Assessment

Career Center Student Support Services

Career Center Contact Information

Susan Blakey
Assistant Director of High School Programs
417-447-8123

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