Ottawa Technical Learning Centre

Ottawa Technical Learning Centre

Infobox Education in Canada
name=Ottawa Technical Learning Centre

streetaddress=485 Donald Street
postalcode=K1K 1L8
schoolboard=Ottawa Carleton District School Board

The Ottawa Technical Learning Centre is an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board high school in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It specializes in teaching students trades. It is located at 485 Donald Street, just east of the Vanier neighbourhood of Ottawa. Until 2001, it was known as McArthur High School.

The school opened in 1973 and was one of several vocational schools operated by the Ottawa Board of Education. In the 1990s, attendance was steadily declining, falling from a high of 800 students in 1980 to about 390 in 1996. The school had a poor reputation due to its poor academic record and a history of violence and crime. Around this time, all the other vocational schools in Ottawa were closed or converted into standard high schools. Because of the expense of its specialized programs and its low enrolment, McArthur came close to being closed. In 2001, however, it was renamed and upgraded. Due to the merger of various municipalities into the new City of Ottawa, it can draw on a much larger base of students. Its enrolment has rapidly increased, and is now around 600. The school continues to serve special needs students. Increasingly, it also serves older students who have been away from school for some years.

After it was renamed, the school was upgraded and refurbished. The school board refused to pay for this, but a fundraising effort led by Dave Smith saw substantial donations of money and equipment allowing the school to expand and upgrade its programs. A number of local business leaders supported the school due to the shortage of skilled tradespeople in the city.

The school offers a wide array of programs from the culinary arts to welding to dry cleaning. It is the only school in Ontario to offer courses in several of the areas. Students can receive a high school diploma, but most do not, instead staying only long enough to obtain a certificate in a certain trade. In upper grades, students spend much of their time in co-operative education programs. The severe shortage in skilled blue-collar workers across Canada has meant that most graduates quickly find employment.

External links

* [ School Website]
* [ OCDSB Website]
* [ 2006-2007 OCDSB School Profile]
* [ 2005-2006 OCDSB School Profile]
* [ 2004-2005 OCDSB School Profile]


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