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Founded in 1969, Ohio Technical College was originally located on the second floor of a building in Cleveland’s Warehouse district and provided diesel equipment training. Over the next 20 years, the college added many new programs, including automotive, auto-diesel, collision repair, high performance and racing, custom paint and graphics, and BMW training.
The college expanded in 1989 to 500,000 square feet and added the Motorcycle and Small Engine Training program.
In 2005, the Outdoor Power Equipment course changed its name to PowerSport Technology, and the curriculum was revised to focus more on motorcycle technology and the major manufacturers of Harley-Davidson, KTM, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Arctic Cat, Polaris and Victory.
In 2008, the PowerSport Institute North Randall branch campus was approved and opened to students in PowerSport Technology programs. This 207,000-square-foot “Disneyland for Gearheads” is one of the most unique training facilities in the world.
Also in 2008, the PowerSport Institute branch campus increased its course offerings to include the new American V-Twin Specialist, PowerSport Specialist and an expanded 72-week PowerSport Technician programs.
In late 2009, the S&S Engine training center was completed at PSI to provide training on S&S Engines as part of the Custom Bike Building program, and the Associate of Applied Science in PowerSport Technology program was approved. The degree program added an academic component to the curriculum, making PSI one of the only colleges in the world to offer a degree in powersports.
Finally, in 2009, the college was named the national "School of the Year" by Tomorrow’s Technician Magazine and Chicago Pneumatic Tools. This great honor is a direct result of the dedication and commitment of OTC and PSI’s staff, students and leadership.