First Year Experience


Congratulations to our raffle winners: W. Daniels, C. Canady, L. Willingham, M. Cummings, M. Middleton, and A. Fairey

Please check the email that you registered with for directions for picking up your prize.

In case you were not able to join us live, you can still experience orientation right here.  Below is the full video of the main session as well as the individual program breakout sessions.

Orientation Breakouts Sesssions


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

Who Wants to Be A “TRIO-NAIRE”? 

We have an engaging lineup of TRiO staff members and student participants to share the features and benefits of joining an awesome program.  You will leave this session knowing how to navigate your college experiences with individuals that will support your efforts.  
 Time: Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 816 9764 9792 

Passcode: 991681 

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.
  • Student Handbook
  • Check D2L announcements and your School email.
  • Student ID​-Students can come on campus M-Th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to get their student id in the Cafe of Building S.
  • Parking Pass-More information will be posted in D2L​ once students can come to campus to purchase.
  • Check your classes in D2L​. – Attendance is taken on the first day.

Orientation Q&A

*the information below may be a great resource for a question you have!

  • What are the hours for the Bookstore?
  • How do I apply my Financial Aid in the Bookstore?
    • Any financial aid that may be available to you for books and supplies will be on your account which the bookstore will reference when making your purchase. Please have your student Id on hand when visit the Bookstore.
  • How do I get a Student ID?
    • Student ID’s will be issued in the Student Cafe Monday-Thursday from 9am-5pm.  You do not need an appointment to come to campus to get your ID. Please enter from the Cook Road entrance and follow the welcome signs into the cafe.
  • How do I enter Campus?
    • Please use the Cook Road entrance to campus. This is the road between the school and the hospital. You will park in the large parking lot at the back of campus and follow the welcome signs to our Student Cafe where you may get your student ID printed, meet with an advisor, financial aid or admissions by appointment or purchase your parking pass
  • When are we able to return to campus?
    • If you have a lab that is scheduled to meet on campus, your instructor will provide you with that information. Students are scheduled to return to campus on September 21st. Please refer to D2L for any announcements regarding the return to campus date. Please visit our Return to Campus page for important information.
  • How do I access D2L or Connect for the first time?
    • We have great tutorials available on our Student Resources page to assist with D2L and Connect access.  If you are still having trouble accessing these important tools, please contact student services at 803.535.1224
  • How do I get a copy of my schedule?
    • You will find a copy of your schedule and information for your instructors in D2L
  • How do I contact my instructor? How do I know if a book is required for my class
    • Please contact your instructor to as questions specific to your course. Their information may be found in D2L
  • How will I know if my class is Hybrid?
    • Please contact your instructor to learn the format for your class. Please remember attendance is taken beginning the first day.
  • Where do I go for a Parking Permit?
    • Parking permits are not yet available for purchase. It will be announced on D2L when they are ready to be purchased at the cashier’s desk at the front of Building S.

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.