History 2000-19

2001 OCtech develops first five-year strategic plan
2003 Student and Community Life Center opens
2005-2010 Project Lead the Way, Mechatronics, Business, CNA/Health Science, Computer Technicology, Criminal Justice, Education added for students interested in transferring to OCtech – centered around career pathways from Department of Education
December 2006 Math and Science Center opens
May 10, 2010 Anne S. Crook Transportation and Logistics Center opens
2012 Patrick Student Services building dedicated in honor of longtime Area Commissioner Larry W. Patrick
Spring 2019  Nursing and Health Science Building opens 

July 8, 1980 Teleconference system with ETV studios featuring “talkback” capabilities initiated
July 31, 1980 Medical Laboratory Technician program accredited
Sept. 16, 1981dedication of Agricultural/Industrial Buildings
August 1982 Associate Degree Nursing program begins; Word Processing courses begin; Forest Products Technology begins
April 7, 1983 program for displaced workers begins
August 5, 1983Industrial Maintenance Mechanics diploma program begins
Dec. 22, 1984 college named Innovative Technical Training Resource Center for Electromechanical Maintenance Technology in South Carolina
Nov. 16, 1986 college awarded $2.8 million in state funds for new Health Sciences Building
Feb. 25, 1987 college begins first geriatric nursing program in South Carolina
March 20, 1987 college breaks ground on new Health Sciences Building
Aug. 19, 1987Electromechanical Maintenance Technology Resource Center opens
Nov. 2, 1987 Rudy Groomes named Outstanding President for 1987 by the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education
Nov. 5, 1987 first centralized job placement office established
September 1988Health Sciences Building opens
1992-1993 Triple C – College Credit Courses – for transfer credit only begin at Edisto High School; first courses were English 101/102 and Math 110/111
January 1993 OCtech dedicates buildings to three Area Commission charter members: Industrial/Technology, Business/Computer Technology and Faculty Administration buildings to Joe K. Fairey II, John O. Wesner and Ben R. Wetenhall, respectively
1998 OCtech begins offering online courses

February 1971 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical basketball team plays first game
July 21, 1972 Clemson University announces acceptance of transfer credit from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical courses
Aug. 11, 1972 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical credits become transferable to the University of South Carolina
May 11, 1973 Tool, Die Making program approved
Oct. 21, 1973 Medical Technology curriculum added
March 14, 1974 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chartered (for students in degree programs)
May 8, 1974 Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical Education Center becomes Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
April 9, 1975 dedication of $2,000,000 college expansion and opening of the Learning Resource Center and Administration Building
May 26, 1978 the Gressette Learning Resource Center and Williams Administration Building dedicated in honor of Sen. L. Marion Gressette of St. Matthews and Sen. Marshall B. Williams of Orangeburg
May 26, 1978–April 12, 1979Radiologic Technology program accredited

May 15, 1961 Gov. Ernest F. Hollings signs legislation creating the technical education system
May 1966Legislation passed to create the Orangeburg-Calhoun Area Commission for Technical Education
Oct. 12, 1966Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical Education Center formally approved by state committee for technical education
Oct. 25, 1967groundbreaking for Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical Education Center
Sept. 16, 1968first students registered for courses
May 16, 1969official dedication ceremony held for Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical Education Center
Aug. 18, 1969first graduation ceremony held; 30 students awarded diplomas in Air Conditions, Heating and Refrigeration/Automotive Technician/Diesel – Hydraulics Technician/Industrial Electronics/Medical Secretary/Legal Secretary/Welding

Mini sessions
Earn the same credits in less time with fall mini sessions at OCtech.
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Mini sessions for maximum benefit

Mini sessions are the same as regular classes. You’ll learn the same information as you do in a traditional class, just in a shorter period of time. Mini sessions add flexibility to your scheduling and are a great way to pick up extra credits or to get an early start if you want to begin a program this spring.

We offer basic healthcare skills for a quick entry into the job market as well as general education credits that count toward our associate degree, certificate and transfer programs.

October Mini Sessions

Begins October 13

ACC 102 Accounting Principles II

ACC 124 Individual Tax Procedures

AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

AHS 141 Phlebotomy for the Health Care Provider

AHS 144 Phlebotomy Practicum

AHS 145 Electrocardiography

AHS 166 ECG in a Clinical Setting

ART 101 Art History and Appreciation

AUT 151 Automotive Transmission/Transaxle

AUT 159 Tools, Equipment and Reference Manuals

AUT 161 Introduction to Automotive Maintenance

BAF 101 Personal Finance

BIO 118 Basic Anatomy & Physiology II

COL 107 Computer Literacy Skills for College Success

CRJ 283 Police Science III

CRJ 284 Police Science IV

ECD 237 Methods and Materials

EMS 106 Emergency Medical Care II

EMS 208 EMS Field Internship I

ENG 101 English Composition

ENG 102 English Composition II

LOG 111 Warehouse and Distribution Center Operations

MGT 215 Project Management

MGT 220 Operations Management I

MRI 136 MRI Procedures of the Musculoskeletal System

PSY 201 General Psychology

PSY 203 Human Growth and Development

PTH 266 Physical Therapy Practicum I

SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II

SPC 205 Public Speaking

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Industrial Electronics Technology
Machine Tool Technology
Mechatronics Technology
Welding/Industrial Maintenance
Basic Electrician
Industrial Electrician
Production Operator
Basic Industrial Maintenance
Industrial Maintenance – Mechanical & Electrical I, II
Mechatronics I, II, III
Basic Welding
Intermediate Welding
Welding Fundamentals


Logistics (Flex Option)


Computer Programming
Network Security & Information Assurance
Internetworking CISCO
Network Engineering MCSE
Network Specialist


Criminal Justice
Fire Science/Criminal Justice/EMT


Early Childhood Development


Electronics Engineering Technology
Electronic Instrumentation Technology
Engineering Technology Programming
Engineering Design Technology
Computer Aided Design I, II (Flex Option)


Physical Therapist Assistant
Radiologic Technology
Fire Science/Criminal Justice/EMT
Medical Assisting/Administrative Office Tech
Patient Care Technology/Biological Science
Medical Assisting
Emergency Medical Technician
Patient Care Technician
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate Degree Nursing (Transition&Flex Options)
RN to BSN Transfer-USC Upstate
Practical Nursing (Flex Option)
Certified Nursing Assistant


Automotive Technology
Basic Diesel Maintenance
Professional Truck Driving
Undercar Specialist

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) electronically transfers your federal tax return information into your FAFSA form.

The IRS DRT can be used by both students and parents. Click here to learn more about the IRS DRT.

Helpful Hints for Using the DRT

If you still have problems, the IRS.gov Website help desk can be reached at 1-800-829-1040 (Monday through Friday) 7 am – 7 pm (Eastern Standard Time).

If you are a Dependent Student, you will need your parent’s or guardian’s tax information to complete the FAFSA.  You can import this data into your application using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (see below).

Independent Student

An independent student is one of the following: at least 24 years old, married, a graduate or professional student, a veteran, a member of the armed forces, an orphan, a ward of the court, or someone with legal dependents other than a spouse, an emancipated minor or someone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Get additional information to determine your dependency status.

Dependent Student

A student who does not meet any of the criteria for an independent student.

You will be able to save your application if for any reason you can’t finish it in one session.

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If you want step by step help, this video shows a complete walk through of the FAFSA:

(You will need to start the video from the beginning.)

After you have submitted the FAFSA: