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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 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.

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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.

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There are
two types
of Early College students:
Dual Enrollment
students who take college credit courses that also count toward high school graduation requirements
Concurrent Enrollment
students who take college credit courses concurrently to enhance transfer opportunities and career interests

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

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. 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

Early College Pathway Courses
Early College Pathways by Interest:
How to Apply for Early College

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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Deborah Cooper-Davis
Deborah Cooper-Davis

Deborah Cooper-Davis

Early College Director