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Early College

Earn college credits in high school.

Get ahead and save
money.

For Orangeburg and Calhoun County high school students, Early College is a great opportunity to earn college credits and complete a certificate, diploma or degree before you graduate high school.

Students in Early College gain confidence in their abilities and get exposure to possible career paths and future plans.

It’s also a great way for both parents and students to save a lot of money on future college tuition.

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Meet a Graduate
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Meagan is a recent college graduate who started her college career in OCtech’s Early College program.

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Traditional
There are
four types
of Early College programs:
Traditional Early College Enrollment
Based on high school schedule
District Honors Academies
Orangeburg Advanced College
Calhoun County Honors Academy
HSHP Warriors Academy
Technical Scholars
Welding
Career Academy
Engineering Technology
Advanced Manufacturing
Healthcare
Dual enrollment students also take college credit courses that also count toward high school graduation requirements.
Concurrent enrollment students take college credit courses to enhance transfer opportunities and career interests. Concurrent credits do not reflect on high school transcripts.

Both options require a school counselor’s or principal’s permission to take courses at OCtech.

You can learn more about all four options in the Program of Study Guide:

Honors
There are
four types
of Early College programs:
Traditional Early College Enrollment
Based on high school schedule
District Honors Academies
Orangeburg Advanced College
Calhoun County Honors Academy
HSHP Warriors Academy
Technical Scholars
Welding
Career Academy
Engineering Technology
Advanced Manufacturing
Healthcare
These are competitive cohort programs designed for degree-seeking students.
Beginning in the ninth grade, students participate in a cohesive and intensive honors academy that leads to both high school diploma and associate degree completion.
The academies are structured to maximize university transfer with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.

You can learn more about all four options in the Program of Study Guide:

Technical
There are
four types
of Early College programs:
Traditional Early College Enrollment
Based on high school schedule
District Honors Academies
Orangeburg Advanced College
Calhoun County Honors Academy
HSHP Warriors Academy
Technical Scholars
Welding
Career Academy
Engineering Technology
Advanced Manufacturing
Healthcare

Students participate in OCtech Welding certificate programs that result in industry-recognized credentials required for the workforce.

You can learn more about all four options in the Program of Study Guide:

Pathways
Career pathways give you plenty of choices.

OCtech has 18 Early College Career Pathways that help students select courses relevant to their chosen field or interests. Our career pathways allow students in Early College to take coursework as soon as they meet college entrance requirements and the high school’s criteria to participate.

Learn more about the courses and how to apply

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Celestial Davis

Celestial Davis

Interventionist/Early College

803.535.1276