Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College's Early College allows ambitious high school students in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties the opportunity to earn college credits before they graduate. There two types of Early College Student:
- Dual Credit Student: Students take college credit courses that also count toward high school requirements;
- Concurrent Enrollment Student: Students take college credit courses concurrently to enhance transfer opportunities and career interests.
Early College students will be eligible to earn a South Carolina Diploma Seal of Distinction, beginning with the freshman class of 2018-19.
Early College participation will:
- Align high school design to students’ postsecondary choices.
- Align high school design to the talent pipeline in SC.
- Align high school design to national and international opportunities.
OCtech Early College students will meet the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate and will complete high school ready for further postsecondary education, competitive employment, military careers, independent and community living, and citizenship.
Earn College Credits While in High School
OCtech Early College Benefits:
GET AHEAD - Students get a jump-start on a bachelor's degree, associate degree, or Associate of Applied Science technical degree programs if they earn at least a "C" or better in their classes. Courses for dual credit may even earn AP weighting in a student's high school GPA.
BE PREPARED - Students become familiar with the demands of college and experience a smoother transition into college academics after high school. Early College students are expected to earn a college certificate, an associate degree, or at least complete the equivalent of the freshmen year in college.
BE COMPETITIVE - Students participating in Early College may earn South Carolina Diploma Seals of Distinction through thoughtful planning of their high school Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) and their OCtech Early College e-Plan. Early College courses may be used to facilitate such Seals of Distinction as the Honors Seal, the College Seal, the Career Seal, or a Specialization Seal.
ePlan ADVANTAGE - Students receive preferential advisement with a college counselor assigned to each high school. Students may also develop a college degree e-Plan with a college faculty advisor. All courses and programs are taught by highly qualified
SAVE MONEY - In addition to getting a head start on a degree, Early College helps students save thousands of dollars in tuition costs, experience a smoother transition into college academics, and take advantage of the small class sizes offered at OCtech.
Early College Career Pathways and Road Maps
OCtech Early CollegeCareer Pathways help students select courses relevant to their chosen field or interest. Courses may count toward high school requirements and translate into college credit courses for a certificate or two- or four-year degree.
There are 18 Early College pathways available to students. The road maps below will guide students and parents in course selection.
- Associate of Arts/Science (University Transfer Options)
- Automotive Technology
- Business Admin.: Accounting
- Business Admin.: Enterprise Management
- Computer Network Security/Cyber Security
- Computer Programming/Coding
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Engineering Design Technology
- Engineering Technology: Instrumentation
- Health Science and Nursing
- Machine Tool Technology
- Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing
- Soils and Sustainable Crops (Agriculture)
- Transportation and Logistics
Application and Guidelines
Eligibility and Application Process
Early College allows ambitious Orangeburg and Calhoun county high school students, in grades 9-12, the opportunity to earn college credits before they graduate. Many of our career pathways allow students that meet their school's criteria to participate to begin Early College course work in 9th grade. Our University Transfer pathway is reserved for students in grades 11-12 that meet their school’s criteria to participate. Both the dual credit and concurrent enrollment options for enrolling in Early College require a school counselor and principal’s permission. Interested students will complete the Early College application packet in the link below, have it approved by their school counselor and principal, and then submit their application and any required placement test scores to the Office of Admissions at OCtech.
Early College Program of Study Guide: Learn more about the program and student opportunities.
College to High School Course Flowcharts: Maximize the number of college credits and meet high school graduation requirements using these charts.
Schedules and Additional Resources for School Counselors and Parents
Download the Complete Pathways List and Road Map Package (List is linked to program pages)
Ask your school counselor about our Early College and join thousands of students across Orangeburg and Calhoun counties who have benefited from this innovative program! For more information, contact Deborah Cooper-Davis, Early College Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803.535.1409.