The programs that make up the offerings of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College are designed to fulfill the college mission. The following student success metrics are evidence that the college is indeed meeting its stated mission.


Goal: 3,000 students

Fall 2019 – 2,298
Spring 2020 – 2,195
Summer 2020 – 1,162


Goal: Maintain current placement performance; minimum criteria 80% (State Technical College System performance funding goal).

Placement data for the college is submitted one year following graduation, and graduates are tracked six months following graduation to determine college placement. The placement rate for data reported in 2018-19 was 90.84%. This data was reported July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.


Goal: Exceed state or national average, whichever is higher; minimum criteria 80% (State Technical College System performance funding goal).

The success rate of students taking professional licensure exams for the first time is reported annually. Data for the last year was collected April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020. For the 2019-20 year, the professional exam licensure rate for first-time examinees for all OCtech programs was 90.3% (unofficial). Nursing program licensure results are as follows:

Associate Degree Nursing NCLEX – 94.6%
Licensed Practical Nursing NCLEX – 91.3%


Goal: Increase the number of both credentials and unduplicated credentials (graduates) by 3%.

There were 523 OCtech credentials awarded to 450 graduates from July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.


Goal: 72% (State Technical College System performance funding goal)

Persistence is the number of students who enroll in a program in the fall who continue their enrollment into the spring semester. The persistence rate for OCtech students reported in 2018-2019 was 71%.


Goal: 42.07% (state average)

The South Carolina Technical College System computes fall-to-fall retention for all 16 of its colleges. Fall-to-fall retention includes the following fall enrollment or the by fall graduation of the students at each college. This number does not include students who transfer out.

The retention rate reported for OCtech from fall 2018 to fall 2019 was 42.48%.


Goal: Improve a minimum of 2% each year in order to meet or exceed the national average.

The National Student Clearinghouse 6-year completion rate is our preferred option to track success with SACSCOC.

National Average of Two-year Public Institutions37.53%39.22%40.76%

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The college also fulfills its mission by ensuring that students meet the following general education outcomes:

Outcome 1 – Effectively understand and create written communications.
Outcome 2 – Listen for understanding and express views orally.
Outcome 3 – Use a variety of critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems.
Outcome 4 – Have research skills necessary to locate, analyze and synthesize information.
Outcome 5 – Understand contemporary social values.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

National Measures Results:

WorkKeys National Career Readiness Credential (NCRC)
In 2018-19, 222 participating graduates earned 46 Platinum, 74 Gold, 64 Silver and 37 Bronze NCRC certificates.