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Opportunities for Talent Development


Opportunities for Talent Development (OTD) 

The OTD program is a regional mathematics and science program for high-ability students that includes, but is not limited to, Clare/Gladwin, Gratiot/Isabella Mecosta/Osceola, Midland and Montcalm intermediate school districts. The OTD program offers Intermediate Interdisciplinary Science (IIS) courses, which are designed for academically talented students interested in science and is funded by Central Michigan University, the SMTC, local districts and parents.

OTD Program

The OTD program features the Intermediate Interdisciplinary Science (IIS 1) course, which is designed for academically talented students expressly interested in science.  Class is taught in an interdisciplinary approach by a CMU faculty member who involve multi-grade students in hands-on labs, research projects, and data-analysis.


The IIS 1 class focuses on real-life scientific problems using a variety of chemicals and equipment both in the field and in the laboratory. Students are given the opportunity to conduct a wide range of experiments. They learn how to collect and analyze data and will present their findings to an audience. IIS 1 is available to qualifying students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2016.


For returning students, the 2016-2017 year will offer them the opportunity to participate in peer-to-peer teaching modules for the first semester as the  Chippewa River is studied.  The second semester will offer new challenging experiments from various disciplines in science.  

Dates, Time & Location

  • Students attend OTD in place of one afternoon of school per week throughout the year.  
  • The OTD class meets on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the school year. 
  • The OTD class is held in CMU's science & engineering buildings and follow the university calendar for holidays and breaks rather than local school district calendars. 


The cost to each student is $600 per year, which includes the full year of University instruction, supplies, equipment & a year-end awards ceremony.  School districts and parents may choose to share this student fee.

The fee may be paid in two installments (for example, in addition to the $50 deposit, $275 paid in August & $275 in January).  Please arrange a payment plan with our staff.

Program Application

The application deadline for OTD this year has been extended to September 7, 2016 with classes commencing September 12, 2016.   A $50 deposit is to be submitted with the application.  This non-refundable deposit is applied to the course fee.

Each first year OTD student applicant must submit an application, interest form, current report card grades, brief teacher recommendation form, and at least two of the three items listed below:

  • Letter of nomination (from self, parent, teacher or counselor)
  • Evidence of participation in other enrichment programs
  • Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, EXPLORE, MEAP or other)
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