Open Connections

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How to Apply

Families interested in exploring OC programs for their young people are asked to fill out this inquiry form to initiate the process. 


During our appointment time together, both your family and OC will have an opportunity to see how/if OC programs would enhance your youth’s educational experience. We will also discuss the full range of services that come along with the registration of young people in any of our offerings. We conduct visits on campus.


We look forward to meeting you and showing you all that OC has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Open Connections! 


We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, color, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

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I love that when I come to OC, I don't know what exciting things we will be doing that day. ~ OC youth
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"OC Speak" Glossary

What we mean when we say:

Flexible Thinking

Flexible Thinking is a term that grew from the concept of moving back and forth between Approximate and Precision Thinking modes when involved in problem solving.  Over time we have broadened it to apply more generically to the notion of “thinking outside the box.”  According to George Prince of Synectics, Precision Thinking is learned whereas Approximate Thinking is largely innate. Precision Thinking tends to take precedence as we grow older and are immersed in the world of “right and wrong.”  OC encourages youth to keep their Approximate Thinking muscles active, as Approximate Thinking often comes up with creative and innovative ideas. 


. . . Sometimes I feel like [OC] is my heart and soul.

-Olivia, OC Youth