Oakland Community College

About Project BOLD


Project BOLD is a unique program designed to assist students with neurologically-based learning disorders (specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders) in making a successful transition to college. This program was created in 1987 and combines the expertise and resources of Michigan Rehabilitation Services, the Counseling Department at the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland Community College, and specially trained Learning Specialists

Project BOLD is an exceptional therapeutic education program that helps to change lives and assists its participants in reaching their potential.  Over the past 20 plus years, hundreds of proud participants of this program have become artists, teachers, social workers, police officers, fire fighters, business managers, computer specialists, professional photographers, nurses and other health care professionals.

Key components of Project BOLD include:

  • Customized academic therapy based on the student’s  psycho-educational evaluation             
  • Extensive career and educational counseling services
  • 24-30 hours per semester of one-on-one academic therapy services with a master’s level learning specialist
  • Training in self-advocacy and self-management skills
  • A team of professionals who meet weekly to monitor student progress and identify appropriate services and strategies
  • Post-OCC support with the assistance of Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) including transition to 4 year colleges/universities, career training institutes and/or employment.


Candidates for Project BOLD are typically referred to the program by physicians, psychologists, or K-12 school personnel.  Eligibility is limited to those students who provide documentation, including a psychological evaluation, which substantiates that the candidate’s primary interference to learning is the result of a neurologically-based learning disability, attention deficit disorder (AD/HD), or Asperger Syndrome.  Students are interviewed by the OCC counselor /Project BOLD Coordinator who makes an initial determination of eligibility based on the student’s documentation.  The candidate is then referred to Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) for an intake and determination of eligibility for MRS services.  Project BOLD students are required to be enrolled in at least nine credit hours each semester and must be eligible for MRS services.


The majority of Project BOLD participants begin the program at developmental levels in English and/or Math.  Typically, by the time the students are ready to leave OCC, they are achieving at better-than-expected levels.  BOLD students have traditionally completed a higher number of attempted credit hours and with higher than average grade point averages when compared with OCC’s general student population.  Most Project BOLD students complete an OCC degree and then transfer to a 4 year college/university; those who do not attain employment or enter vocational training programs.  With the assistance of Project BOLD, these students develop appropriate study strategies and skills, and increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, self-advocacy, self-management, and social skills.

Further Information

For further information or to apply for Project BOLD please contact:

Anthony Thomas, M.A., LLPC or Mary Jo Schuster, M.A., LPC
Counselors and Coordinators of Project BOLD
Oakland Community College
27055 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
adthomas@oaklandcc.edu or mxschust@oaklandcc.edu