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The OPC Scholars Program
provides supported pathways to careers in high demand technology fields at OCC. 

The OPC Scholars Program

 Are you interested in getting exposure to college during your senior year?

The Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC) Scholars Program is an opportunity for high school seniors with disabilities to learn about college and careers.  Students participate in fun activities with other high school seniors in the Central New York area while learning skills to be successful in college.

What will I get out of being an OPC Scholar?

The OPC Scholars Program focuses on increasing academic readiness, exploring career, providing information about college admissions/financial aid, and developing life skills. Research shows that students who participate in these types of activities are more likely to be successful in college.  

What topics will be covered in the OPC Scholars Program?

 College Preparation

  • College admission process
    • (application, financial aid, advising)
  • Support services available at college
    • College learning strategies

Career Exploration/Planning

  • Self & career exploration
  • Interviewing and job search skills
  • Goal setting for the future

Youth Development & Leadership

  • Discovering yourself as a leader
  • Leading your transition planning
  • Understanding how to apply your strengths and abilities       

Who is eligible for the program?

To be eligible for the OPC Scholars Program, you must:

  • Be a high school senior and on track to earn a high school diploma
  • Have a documented disability
  • Have an interest in attending college after high school
  • Provide one letter of support from school staff
  • Have a good record of school attendance

How can I apply to be an OPC Scholar?

The OPC Scholars program plans for and recruits a new cohort of Scholars at the start of every school year. The program can accommodate up to 60 Scholars each year. Application materials are made available on this website beginning in mid-August and can also be obtained at the beginning of the school year by connecting with your local high school counseling office. Applications are typically due in mid-September, with workshops and programming for accepted students taking place from October through June. Specific dates and deadlines for the current year are described on the front of the application form. After an application is submitted, each applicant will be contacted to complete a brief interview, either at their high school, or by phone. Interviews are completed within two weeks of the application deadline and notification of acceptance into the program is typically made by mid-October. Acceptance into the program is followed by a mandatory family Orientation session held in mid-to-late October each year. Please refer to the program’s eligibility requirements, above, prior to completing an application. 

Download the Scholars Brochure

Scholars Application 

The forms made available below can be completed electronically, on a computer, or other tech device. In order to do that applicants will first need to download and save each form to their device prior to filling it out. Any information added to the forms will not be saved if the applicant does not first save a copy of the form to their device. Once each form is completed, it can be emailed to OPC at [email protected]

OPC Scholars - Student  Application Form

OPC Scholars - Parent Questionnaire

OPC Scholars – Student/Parent Appendix

OPC Scholars – Recommendation Form

IEP Release Form For Scholars

Call the Onondaga pathways to Careers for more information at 315-498-2945 or email [email protected]