Online Programs

OCtech offers a variety of programs completely online. The following degrees, diplomas and certificates are listed by program type. Click on each title for a complete list of course requirements and information about advisement.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of courses offered online at OCtech

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

Students need to have access to a properly functioning computer throughout the semester.

Software
Student computers need to be capable of running the latest versions of browsers, recent software, and have the necessary tools to be kept free of viruses and spyware. Also, some courses may require special software that students have to purchase. In some courses (i.e. speech, foreign languages, etc.), a webcam and microphone may be needed.

Browsers

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 and up
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari 5.1 and up
  • Google Chrome (latest two public releases)

Browser Features

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Java
  • Cookies enabled
  • Pop-up windows (pop-up blocker) turned off

Internet Service

Students are responsible to have Internet service. High-speed Internet access is recommended, as dial-up may be slow and limited in downloading information and completing online tests. Some courses may contain streaming audio and/or video content.

Use of Public Computers

If using a public library or other public access computer, students should check to ensure they will have access for the length of time required to complete their tasks and tests.

Services for Online Services

Admissions

  • Apply online
  • Submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED and previous college transcripts (if applicable). You may also request that your previous college email your transcript to studentrecords@octech.edu.
  • Contact an admissions counselor at 803.535.1234 to find out how to submit placement test scores (COMPASS, ACT or SAT).
  • Apply for financial aid: 
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. OCtech School Code is 006815. The earlier you complete the financial aid process, the more likely your money will be here on time.  
    To ensure this process is completed successfully, contact the Financial Aid Office at 803.535.1224 3-5 business days after submitting your FAFSA.

The Admissions Office will send you a letter and email notification of acceptance, as well as detailed directions on how to begin the advising/registration process.

Advising Sessions for Online Students

Initial advising sessions are conducted by Advising Center personnel. Students may contact Tracy Dibble at dibblet@octech.edu or 803.535.1225 for more information. Students should send an email to askme@octech.edu to ask about beginning the advising/registration process. Online students may be advised online.

If the student references in the email that he or she is a completely online student, an Advising Center representative will approve classes and direct them to student tutorials on the OCtech website that will guide them through the registration process. The tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to log in to Connect (the campus registration management system) and D2L (the campus learning management system), as well as how to drop classes, register, etc.

Every student is assigned a program advisor once this initial advising session is completed. Each online student will be notified by email his or her advisor’s name and contact information (email and phone). Advising sessions may be conducted online or by phone. 

Bookstore

The campus Bookstore provides a complete list of all textbooks required for each course. This list is updated prior to each semester and posted on the college’s website. You can also contact the bookstore at 803.535.1252.

Desire2Learn (D2L)

All online courses are delivered through D2L, the college’s learning management system. Click here to access D2L. 

If you have any issues or concerns with your online class over the course of the semester, please contact Warren Yarbrough, Dean of the Online College, at yarbroughw@octech.edu or 1-803-535-1287.  Also, D2L provides a Help Desk for online students for assistance with using D2L (For course or course software issues, please contact the instructor).

After you register for your online course, there are a few more steps to follow to get started.  Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to check in with your instructor on or before the first day classes are scheduled!  Not checking in will result in your being administratively withdrawn from the class.  
To check in and begin your course, do the following:

  1. Log in to OCtech’s D2L online learning portal by linking to www.octech.edu and clicking on Student Resources and then D2L.    
  2.  Once you are in D2L, type in your username and password. Your username in most cases is your last name, first initial of your first name, and middle initial; all lowercase letters with no spaces. To find out what your username is please click on “What’s my User ID?” under “Login Information” on the left side of the page. Your password will be your date of birth (MMDDYY format). After logging on with this password you will be prompted to change this password and select hint answers. 
  3. After you are logged on, you may access your course at the “Academics” tab.  Click on it, and you will see a listing of your courses.  Click on the one for your online class.
  4. When the page for your course loads, you will see the link to email your instructor.  Email your instructor to check in.  You will then receive instructions on how to begin.
  5. For some online courses, the course content may be include on additional websites (book website, My Math Lab, etc.) that are linked from D2L.  You instructor will give you directions on how to access this course material. 

Technical Support Resources
Technical support for the college’s learning management system is available. For password assistance, contact Angela Williams at 803.535.1429 or williamsaj@octech.edu

Tutoring & Academic Support

Brainfuse - 24/7 Online Tutoring
Smarthinking offers synchronous and asynchronous online tutoring for students in a variety of subjects. Students are able to submit papers for review, ask a tutor offline questions via email, schedule a tutoring session or drop-in to a live tutoring session. OCtech students have 120 minutes per semester of usage, with additional hours available upon request. For information on registering for the system, call the Academic Success & Career Center at 803.535.1347 or email ascc@octech.edu. Access to Smarthinking is available on campus and off campus.

Library

Online students can access the Library’s electronic resources - available through the online catalog UNICORN - through a variety of ebook collections and databases. When prompted, students must enter their 13-digit library ID. Please read the directions carefully. Trained staff members are available to assist during standard hours of operation by calling 803.535.1262.

LibGuides are available in a number of courses and have been designed by instructors to assist with research. You must sign-up for access in the Library first. With the exception of the online catalog, these resources require an ID and password for off-campus use, and are available on D2L. Access to E-Books requires that you register online using one of the library computers.

View a LibGiude for online students

General Policies for Online Courses

Enrollment
Students can be enrolled in online courses as well as traditional on-campus courses in the same semester.

GPA
To ensure a successful online experience, OCtech students should maintain a 2.0 GPA to continue taking online courses. Please see your advisor if you have questions or contact the Dean of the Online College at 803.535.1287 or yarbroughw@octech.edu.

Attendance
Generally speaking, there are no class sessions to attend in online course.  Students are expected to check in by email at least once per week.  If a student does not check in for a two-week period, he or she will be dropped from the course. 

Testing
In most cases, course assessments - including quizzes and tests - are done online. Should an instructor feel the need to use a proctor, he or she may use the college’s Testing Center. The instructor will provide students with directions on how to access the center. The following policy applies to online quizzes and tests:

  • All academic honesty/dishonesty policies published in the college catalog apply to online coursework. 
  • Quizzes/tests are hosted through the college’s learning management system, which students may access only through their unique passwords.
  • Quizzes/tests are password protected. The instructor will set the password prior to opening the quiz/test. The instructor will share this password with students through the LMS email just prior to opening the quiz/test.
  • Quizzes/tests will have a set time limit.
  • When possible, questions on the quizzes/test will appear one at a time. 

Privacy Notice
The students' right to privacy and confidentiality of student academic records is based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. These regulations ensure students' rights to review their academic records, limitations of their rights and release of information to third parties. Specific measures to ensure student privacy in online courses include the following:

  • Student access to courses in the learning management system (D2L) is password protected. All students are issued unique, secure logins and passwords at the time of their admission. At first use, issued passwords must be reset. Passwords must be reset by the student every 180 days to ensure continued integrity.
  • Faculty use their secure Connect account to submit grades and students use it to view their grades. Security features linked to the password provide protection - faculty can only submit grades for their courses and students can only view their personal grades.

Disability Services
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College complies fully with section 504 of the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disability Act. Students who have a documented learning disability or a documented disability that interferes with cognitive performance and who require special accommodations should also contact the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities. Students must reveal their documented disability and the need for special accommodations. For more information, contact Tracy Dibble, Director of Counseling, the Counseling Center and Services for Students with Disabilities, at 803.535.1225 or dibblet@octech.edu.