50 years ago, Great Oaks Career Campuses (including Diamond Oaks, Laurel Oaks, Live Oaks and Scarlet Oaks) was created to offer career training opportunities and save communities money. Today, their programs and technology are rapidly expanding so Great Oaks can enrich the lives of more people.
Great Oaks and other career-technical schools offer the chance for individuals to learn with both their hands and minds — and programs aren’t limited to one age range. There are opportunities for adults and high school students. “We all learn in different ways and have different goals,” says Jon Weidlich, Director of Community Relations. “Some students would prefer hands-on or experiential learning instead of sitting at a desk.” Weidlich says people often come to Great Oaks as a way to jump start their future. Many students have a specific career path in mind, and they can focus on the goals that will lead them in that direction.
But just because the programs are hands-on, doesn’t mean they’re easy. High school students who graduate from Great Oaks have earned the same professional credentials or licenses that others in their field have.
The Great Oaks programs continue to grow; in the past ten years, the satellite programs have gone from less than 5,000 students to over 16,000. These programs provide a teaching staff, curriculum, materials and equipment at neighborhood high schools rather than Great Oaks Campuses. This way, students can study in fields like marketing, engineering, or teaching without leaving their high school grounds.
There has also been an increased demand for construction-related jobs in the community, and Great Oaks adult programs are rapidly responding. Programs for heavy equipment operations, welding and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) are increasing along with those construction-related careers. With access to equipment and industry experts, Great Oaks has the resources to educate both high school students and adults in a variety of those industry-related fields.
In the upcoming years, Weidlich says Great Oaks will continue to be on the cutting edge of careers in the job market. “We have over 1,400 business partners in the region to help us see what’s coming in the future so that we can have programs ready to teach students when the need arises,” he says.
No matter the age, circumstance or career goals, Great Oaks has opportunities for anyone interested in bettering their future. For more information on Great Oaks high school programs or to get in touch with a campus representative, visit https://hs.greatoaks.com/careerprograms/ . For adult classes and programs, visit https://adults.greatoaks.com/.