Early College

NOTE: Deadline to apply is August 3.

Earn college credit before you finish high school.

There are two types of Early College Students:

  • Dual Credit Students: Students who take college credit courses that also count toward high school requirements;
  • Concurrent Enrollment Students: Students who take college credit courses concurrently to enhance transfer opportunities and career interests.

Youth Apprenticeships

Youth Apprenticeships are open to high school juniors, seniors and graduating seniors, giving them the opportunity to earn while they learn through paid on-the-job training under the direction of an industry mentor. Youth apprentices also take college classes that directly relate to their apprenticeship.

OCtech Early College Benefits:


Early College students will be eligible to earn a South Carolina Diploma Seal of DistinctionSeals of Distinction- Update May 2021 / Seals of Distinction Clarifications- Class of 2021

OCtech Early College students will also meet the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.

The e-Plan 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 instructors.

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18 Early College Pathways  

Application and Guidelines

Schedules and Additional Resources for School Counselors and Parents

OCtech Resources

Youth Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship


Ask your school counselor about our Early College and join thousands of students across Orangeburg and Calhoun counties who have benefited from Early College! For more information, contact Deborah Cooper-Davis, Early College Director, at davisdl@octech.edu or 803.535.1409.