Sarah Davis

Communications Specialist

OS Blog

OSTC-NE alum has the drive for success

At the age of 19, Devin Bailey purchased his own home without a cosigner. He even had enough financial freedom to fill that home’s garage with project cars to work on in his free time.

Bailey is now 21 years old and a former Automotive Technology student at Oakland Schools Technical Campus – Northeast (OSTC-NE), the place he credits for much of his success.

“I would tell students interested in OSTC that their future awaits beyond the doors of OSTC, if they’re passionate about what they do,” said Bailey. “The hands-on experience I gained at OSTC had a direct impact on my career today.”

Bailey is a Master ASE GM Technician at Art Moran Buick GMC, which means he works directly on the major and minor diagnostic and repair concerns coming into the dealership, including engine and transmission repairs.

Bailey has established a reputation at the dealership for his hard work ethic and ready-made skills. He is heavily relied upon to work on difficult-to-diagnose new/used cars, steering and suspension matters, interior trim concerns, diesel and gasoline engine drivability issues, HVAC systems, and electrical/electronic problems.

Just over a year after he graduated from Avondale High School in 2018, Bailey had earned five professional ASE Certifications and was working two bays at the dealership and earning a wage that normally takes a technician 10 years to reach.

Bailey continues to impress. In addition to becoming a Master Certified ASE Technician with 10 professional certifications, Bailey has also completed 80% of the General Motors coursework and training required to be considered a GM World Class Technician. A GM World Class Technician is considered to be part of an elite group of in-demand, high-wage General Motors dealership technicians.

His OSTC instructor, Juwan Willis, said Devin has been part of his pilot to develop strategies that will help future students reach similar levels of success in atypical timeframes.

“Both as a student, and since he has graduated, Devin has been following my recommended strategies and has been able to see firsthand how the knowledge he has gained at OSTC has led directly to his industry experiences and progress,” explained Willis. “Oakland Schools not only has a roadmap for getting students to a level that, on average, takes 10 to 15 years, but we have also proven that it can be done within 5 years of entry into our programs by any student willing to do the best that they can.”

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