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