Prepared for Life

At Oakridge, we believe that every student should be prepared for life after graduation. That means we make it our goal to educate students about their options so that they feel confident to be either Enrolled in College, Enlisted in a Branch of the Military, or Employed with a Company when they graduate from Oakridge High School. This page allows students to explore their options, and see what resources are available to them.


The following information is for Oakridge students interested in attending college after high school.

Tia M. Peterson Scholarship Fund

The Tia M. Peterson Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 to honor the 21-year teaching career of a dedicated Oakridge Public School educator. Tia Peterson came from humble beginnings and a non-traditional student history to become a graduate of Muskegon Community College (Associates) and Western Michigan University (Bachelors and Masters). Her focus on caring for students educationally, emotionally and spiritually set an example for those around her. This memorial fund is intended to support and encourage future educators in their pursuit of service to children. The deadline to submit a completed application is May 1st.

Tia M. Peterson Scholarship Application

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College Visits and College Rep Visits

Stop by the Counseling Center to see what college visits have been planned!


Students can now file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online.

Important Dates & Planning

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Early College

Oakridge High School students have the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree for FREE through a program called Early College Muskegon County. Students will extend high school by one year in order to earn both their high school diploma and up to 62 credit hours of college credit from MCC. This 3-year commitment from students will allow them to earn an Associate’s Degree at absolutely no cost while enrolled in the program.

Oakridge Public Schools is proud to partner with Recruiting Officers from every branch of the armed forces. The following information is for Oakridge students interested in enlisting in a branch of the United States Armed Forces after high school.

Check with the Counselor’s Office for Dates and Times of Recruiting Officers.

The following information is for Oakridge students interested in joining the workforce after high school.

Career Advisor
Diane Petersen

Career Tech Center

The Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (CTC) is a career and technical training center offering a wide variety of free career training programs to high school students throughout Muskegon County. Oakridge students who attend spend half their day at their traditional high school, and half at the CTC.