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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 Scholars?

The 2017-2018 cohort for the OPC Scholars Program will be recruited from regional high schools to participate in workshops/programs that will take place from October 2017 to June 2018. Deadline for application materials will be Friday, October 13, 2017. The OPC Scholars Program is aiming to accept 60 Scholars into the program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  See application materials below:

Download the Scholars Brochure

Scholars Application 

The downloadable Scholars two part application is available in two formats: Fillable Word documents or Printable PDFs.  Please complete either version.

Word docs - fillable forms:

PDFs - printable forms:

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