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 Choices

The OTD program features the Intermediate Interdisciplinary Science (IIS) courses, which are designed for academically talented students expressly interested in science.  Classes are taught by CMU faculty members who involve students in hands-on labs, 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 2015.


The IIS 2 class consists of four eight-week units of study which change annually to provide students with cutting-edge information.  New topics are chosen to reflect student interests and to explore possible career options.  Past topics have included robotics, astronomy, health fitness, physics, engineering, and electronics.  IIS 2 is open to 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students.

Dates, Time & Location

  • Students attend OTD in place of one afternoon of school per week throughout the year.  
  • All OTD classes meet on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the school year. 
  • OTD classes are held in CMU's science & technology 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 August 14, 2015.  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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