Earn college credits in high school.
For Orangeburg and Calhoun county high school students, Early College is a great opportunity to earn college credits before you graduate.
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.
Meagan is a recent college graduate who started her college career in OCtech's Early College program.
Both options require a school counselor's or principal’s permission to take courses at OCtech.
OCtech has 18 Early College Career Pathways that help students select courses relevant to their chosen field or interests. Many of our career pathways allow students that meet their school’s criteria to participate in Early College and begin coursework in the ninth grade. Our University Transfer pathway is reserved for students in grades 11 and 12 that meet their school’s criteria to participate.
You can use these "road maps" to guide you when selecting courses.
Learn more about the courses and how to apply
- Associate of Arts/Associate of Science - University Transfer
- Automotive Technology
- Business Administration: Accounting
- Business Administration: Enterprise Management
- Computer Network Security/Cyber Security
- Computer Programming/Coding
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Education/University Transfer
- Engineering Design Technology
- Engineering Technology: Instrumentation
- Nursing and Health Science
- Machine Tool Technology
- Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing
- Soils and Sustainable Crops (Agriculture)
- Transportation and Logistics
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 in Early College and begin course work in the 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's or principal’s permission.
Interested students should complete the Early College application packet in the link below, have it approved by their school counselor or principal, and then submit their application and any required placement test scores to Deborah Cooper-Davis, Early College Director of Admissions and Retention.
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