Orangeburg-Calhoun Adult Education, including all of its satellite sites, believes that education should provide all students with a wide range of opportunities that will enable them to reach their greatest possible contribution to society. To that end, all of our programs endeavor to provide a safe, structured and nurturing environment for all of our students.
The Adult Education program in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties is based on the “hub and cluster” concept consisting of a large center – the Orangeburg-Calhoun Adult Education program – serving as the hub and satellite centers located throughout both counties serving as the clusters. The key feature to the hub and cluster concept is that programs are easily accessible and can readily communicate with one another. Day and evening classes are available utilizing trained certified staff, teaching assistants and volunteer tutors. Training is offered in literacy, ESL, ABE, GED preparation, high school diploma completion, WorkKeys, job-related skills and computer skills. An open registration, managed enrollment entry and open exit format is available to meet the various levels of the learner and accelerate their meeting their personal goals.
Utilizing this model, the Adult Education program provides all adult residents in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties an opportunity to enhance their skills in all academic areas, regardless of their educational level. Realizing that the community served by Adult Education combines diverse cultural backgrounds and varying levels of mental abilities, a multi-faceted approach is offered to meet the individual needs of the residents in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties. Adult Education is open to any qualified person 17 years of age or older who has left the elementary or secondary school. In the high school completion program, students have the option of earning a high school diploma or a GED diploma.
In all of our programs, we believe that the relationships among and between the entire school community of pupils, teachers, administrators and parents should be based on open communication, mutual trust and respect. We are committed to ensuring that every person, regardless of age, in the community receives the best possible education. Our community cannot continue to grow in a positive manner with an under-educated population. The economic development and quality of life in our community, our state and our nation are directly tied to the education of our youth. With these factors in mind, it is our philosophy to design and implement unique, diverse and innovative programs in order to provide all of the citizens of Orangeburg and Calhoun counties an opportunity to enhance their skill level and become productive, participating members of our society.