First Year Experience

Spring Orientation

Orientation Videos:

New Student Checklist:

  • Purchase any books and supplies for your classes​- OCtech’s Bookstore
  • Have a required device to use for classes.​-Information is at the bottom of this page.
  • Check D2L announcements and your School email.Connect to my Accounts
  • Student ID​-Students can come on campus M-Th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to get their student ID in Student Services.
  • Parking Pass-Students can purchase a parking pass at the Cashier’s desk in Building S. You will need your car’s information and your student ID.
  • Check your classes in D2L​. – Attendance is taken on the first day.

Student Handbook


Throughout the semester, OCtech provides workshops and tips for students to be successful. Students will receive information about workshops through D2L’s campus announcements.

Computer Technology Crash Course for Day One
Tuesday, January 5 at 2:00 PM or Thursday, January 7 at 2:00 PM
Use the following link to join a session:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82049895647
Join one of these sessions to learn about downloading Microsoft Office for free, using D2L, to ask questions about technology.

TRiO Spring Kickoff, Thursday, January 14
Student Success Strategies: Social Media and You & Setting Smarter GOALS to Achieve Success, Wednesday, January 20 at 1:00 PM
Success Check: Time Management, Wednesday, January 27 at 2:00 PM
Success Check: Study Skills, Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00 PM
Financial Literacy, Wednesday, February 17 at 1:00 PM
Scholarship Academy, Wednesday, February 24 at 3:00 PM


Orientation Q&A

What are the hours for the Bookstore?

How do I apply my Financial Aid in the Bookstore?

How do I get a Student ID?

How do I enter Campus?

How do I access D2L or Connect for the first time?

How do I get a copy of my schedule?

How do I contact my instructor? How do I know if a book is required for my class

How will I know if my class is Hybrid?

Where do I go for a Parking Permit?


First-Year Experience Tips

  • Get to know your professors and classmates.
  • Familiarize yourself with D2L and any online programs required for class.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help.
  • Take time to understand your syllabus and class expectations and requirements.
  • Deadlines are real. Turn work in on time. Any grade is better than a zero on an assignment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to do your assignments.
  • Set up a schedule for study time.
  • Organize due dates from your syllabus and class in a calendar.
  • Learn how to take notes.
  • Check your D2L and school e-mail daily.