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Early College

Earn college credits in high school.

Get ahead and save
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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.

New for 2022:
OCtech Career Academy

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The Program
Early College
Meet a graduate

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

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
Career Academy
Engineering Technology
Advanced Manufacturing
Technical Scholars
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:

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

Early College Pathway Courses
How to Apply for Early College

Eligibility and Application Process

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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Early College Staff

Melissa Price

Melissa Price

Early College Dean


Celestial Davis

Celestial Davis

Interventionist/Early College


Marshay Proctor-Bates

Marshay Proctor-Bates

Early College Advisor