High Schools

FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS

As a guidance counselor, yDSC_3987our goal is to help students find a school that offers the best match. We’d like to help you get to know Orleans Technical College. We are a non-profit, post-secondary school that has been offering opportunities for career success since 1974. We welcome you to explore us as an option for students to further their education in the following ways:

Schedule a Tour: We are happy to host you and a group of your students to experience our campus. Meet our Admissions team, tour our state-of-the-art facility, and visit our hands-on skills training classrooms to see our students in action.

Arrange an Information Session: A member of our Admissions team can come to your school to talk to classes about career training in the fields we offer, or to participate in your College/Career Fair event. We can also do a remote, virtual presentation with a class via GoToMeeting.

Request Materials: Need printed copies of our school catalog, flyers, and fact sheets about our training programs? You may also join our e-mail mailing list to receive updates about Open House and Financial Aid events for your students and their families.

Career Exploration Program: We are now contracting with high schools to provide their students with a 16-week after-school program where they learn basic skills in building trades.

Refer a Student: Do have a student in mind who would make an ideal candidate for Orleans’ career training programs? Fill out our Referral Form, and we will contact the student with more information.

Please provide your information in the form below to let us know if you are interested in arranging for a tour of Orleans or information session, to request materials, or to learn more about our Career Exploration Program.


FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

OTC GraduatesIt’s not too early to begin your after-graduation plans! Orleans Technical College provides opportunities for graduating seniors to take the next step in their educational journeys. Orleans offers career/technical training in the following areas:

  • Building Trades: incoming students can choose from one of five training programs, earn a career diploma in that trade, gain technical skills in our well-equipped shops, and learn from instructors who’ve worked in the trades; full-time programs take 6 months to complete, while part-time, evening programs take 13 months to complete
  • Court Reporting: incoming students can earn an Associate Degree in Specialized Business after completing hands-on coursework in court reporting and the related field of broadcast captioning, as well as an internship that provides real-life exposure and practice in these in-demand professions
  • Human Services: incoming students benefit from a multi-disciplinary curriculum–including classroom instruction, field trips, guest speakers from the field, and an internship–and can earn a career diploma after 6 months, which will prepare them for job positions, such as Social Worker Assistant or Support Coordinator, within social assistance, community and government agencies

Why Choose a Technical School?

While community colleges and 4-year colleges offer a well-rounded education in a variety of majors, recent high school grads can choose to gain hands-on, practical training in a particular field at a career/technical school like Orleans Technical College. At Orleans, our students gain “real-world” skills that employers are looking for so that once an individual is hired, little on-the-job training is necessary. Our short-term training programs make it possible to enter the workforce quickly and start building on your career at a young age.

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Rolling Admissions

An Orleans Admissions Representative is happy to speak to you before you graduate from high school to discuss enrollment procedures and upcoming class start dates. You are invited to tour and learn more about our school on “Senior Saturdays” from 10am – 12pm. Or, to make an admissions appointment, call 215-728-4700 or fill out our Schedule Admissions Appointment online form.

Financial Assistance

We believe that tuition costs should not prevent qualified and interested individuals from enrolling in our programs. All enrolled applicants are invited to meet one-on-one with a member of our Student Financial Services Department to help determine what types and amounts of financial aid may be available to you. See our Events Calendar for upcoming Financial Aid seminars that we are hosting so that you and your family can learn about the FAFSA, grants, loans, and more.

Job Search Assistance

Employment assistance is an important facet of Orleans’ training programs. Students are taught how to enter the labor market, along with methods for developing specific job leads and accessing unadvertised positions with employers who have hiring relationships with the school. See our list of current job titles secured by our recent graduates.

High School Scholarship Award

Orleans Technical College offers a half-tuition scholarship to a qualified high school senior who shows promise and is interested in our Associate in Specialized Business degree program in Court Reporting. Get scholarship information and application here.

Credit Transfer

Orleans Technical College has an articulation agreement with the University of Phoenix to accept credits from graduates of our training programs in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating; Building Maintenance; Residential & Commercial Electricity; Plumbing & Heating; Carpentry; and Court Reporting.

Orleans’ Human Services program currently has articulation agreements with Community College of Philadelphia and Springfield University.