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  • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College fallguide2014


    91% Job Placement Rate

    Your Path to a 4 YearUniversitySTARTSHERE

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    Use OCtechs newVisit us at www.octech.edu and click our virtual line button. You can reserve a place in line online withoutphysically being in our Financial Aid, Admissions, Records or Advising Offices. Once youve entered your cellnumber, you will get a text update when you are 15 minutes away from being seen. Its that easy!

    Just follow these 5 STEPS and youll be on your way to a future you can count on...

    1. complete FREE admissions applicationonline at www.octech.edu

    2. submit official SAT, ACT, or Compass test scores and/or all college transcripts Compass test can be taken on campus Monday Thursday from 8:30am to 4:00pm

    3. complete financial aid application at www.fafsa.ed.gov

    4. schedule an appointment with an advisor to plan your classes - call 803.535.1224

    5. register for classes/pay tuition & fees


    Fall Classesbegin August 18

    contact information803.535.1234 or 1.800.813.6519


    l prepare for an in-demand job l benefit from personal attention and hands-on learning l earn a college degree on a part-time or full-time schedule

    makeOCtech your collegeaffordable, flexible, high-quality education

    go online and get in linewww.octech.edu and click this button

    Applying to College Has Never BeenEasier or More Affordable.


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    Please check the academic calendar at www.octech.eduand your student email in Connect for current information.

    I chose OCtech because of its location andaffordability. I wanted to live at home until Igraduated without having to take outexcessive student loans. I graduated with thehighest GPA in my program! I am nowenrolled in Columbia College's Associate's toBachelor's program through OCtechsUniversity Transfer Program. It has been a lifechanger for me and my family. As a full-timeparalegal, wife, and mom, the schedulecould not be more convenient. The classeshave been energetic and hands-on, whichkeeps me attentive and interested. My hope

    is that my Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and ProfessionalCommunication will not only help me further my current career asa paralegal, but will also assist me in communicating ideas moreefficiently in my everyday life experiences. I plan to graduate fromColumbia College in 2015.

    I worked atHughesAircraft as ashippinginspectorand waslaid off in1993.HughesAircraftoffered theiremployees

    one year of tuition assistanceplus book fees in order for themto acquire a new skill. I decidedto enroll in OCtech andcomplete the Licensed PracticalNurse (LPN) program. Igraduated from the LPNprogram in 1994 and thenenrolled in the Associate Degreein Nursing (ADN) program. Igraduated from the ADNprogram and forged ahead byenrolling in the University ofPhoenix to earn my Bachelors ofScience in Nursing (BSN) andMasters of Science in Nursing. I began my teaching career

    at OCtech as an adjunctinstructor and then became thePractical Nursing ProgramCoordinator. In 2012, I led thePN Flex Option that allows adultsto obtain a Diploma in Nursingby taking evening classes andhaving clinical on the weekend.OCtech is a wonderful place todevelop a career path from LPNto BSN through the UniversityTransfer program. Beginning asan LPN gave me the foundationthat I needed to excel in thehealth care field. If you want apersonal experience andguidance, OCtech is the Collegeto choose.

    Candance Tooley MSN, RNOCtech Practical Nursing Program Coordinator

    After working at a manufacturing plant for 15years, I had no idea that I would ever needto work elsewhere. Unfortunately, the plantclosed and I needed another job. I thendecided I needed a job that was moresecure and would take me to retirement. Ichose OCtech because I felt two years wasas much as my husband and I could sacrificefinancially. That decision was one of the bestI have ever made. I have never regrettedattending the Nursing Program at OCtech.The faculty instilled strong values and mademe feel that I could accomplish anything. I

    had previously been out of school for 17 years and desperatelyneeded that kind of encouragement. I always speak of theOCtech nursing program with pride and gratitude. I can truly saythat being an alumnus of OCtech has been an asset to myadvancing career.

    Penny Ryant

    Where Are OurGraduates Now? After following the OCtech path to success...

    2010 OCtech Graduate, Associate in AppliedScience in Paralegal/Legal Assistance

    Randi Myers-Borman

    Nurse Director at +rmc

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    My experience at OCtech helpedcatapult my career in education. Peoplealways questioned why I chose toattend a two-year versus a four-yearcollege since I graduated fromOrangeburg-Wilkinson High School in thetop 10% of my class with a 4.23 GPA. Myresponse was always that it was the mosteconomical decision. There were alsoscholarship opportunities and ampletutoring services. I did not settle forOCtech; I made it a part of my plan ofsuccess. After OCtech, I transferred to

    Claflin University as an Elementary Education major with aminor in English. I came to OCtech with a goal in mind: tobecome an effective educator and role model for our youth.In May of 2014, I completed part of my goal by graduatingfrom Claflin University with a 3.9 GPA. The next stop on mysuccess train is to obtain my Masters in Learning, Design andTechnology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indianawhere I will begin studying in the fall. Marquetta Strait

    I graduated from theMachine ToolTechnology programat OCtech in 2010. Ichose OCtechbecause of itslocation and size. Iknew I would receivethe one on oneattention I wouldneed. The instructorsreally work with thestudents. Last

    summer, I came back to OCtech to gaineven more skills on the latest technology.Learning new skills will help me get aheadand have more opportunities to advance.The instructors are flexible and help mejuggle class time and my work schedule tomake sure I succeed. OCtech works forthe working adult.

    Tool & Die Maker Akebono, West Columbia

    In 2005, I walked through the doors ofOCtech knowing that I wanted to becomea teacher. I enrolled in early childhood andgeneral education courses. After earning 80hours in college credits, I transferred toGrand Canyon University where I completeda Bachelors Degree online in ElementaryEducation with a minor in Early ChildhoodEducation. I continued on to complete aMasters in Divergent Learning at ColumbiaCollege. I got my first teaching job at Swansea

    High School in Special Education and fell inlove with Special Education and mystudents. Since that time, Ive takenadditional courses to become certified inSpecial Education. OCtech provided thefoundation I needed for my career inteaching. My instructors were so supportiveand I learned so much from them. OCtechwas the perfect place to begin myeducational journey!

    Crystal Robinson

    Patrick ChavisMay 2014 Summa Cum Laude Claflin University Graduate

    Lexington School District 4

  • Please check the academic calendar atwww.octech.edu and your student email inConnect for current information.

    Health Information Programs (HIP) Sessions Admission requirements to any of theNursing and Health Science Programsmust be obtained by attending a HIPSession in person or online. July 9th at 11:00am July 23rd at 11:00am August 13th at 5:00pm August 20th at 9:30am September 10th at 9:30am September 24th at 11:00am October 15th at 9:30am October 29th at 9:30am November 5th at 9:30am

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    $ave Thousands of Dollars!Comparing tuition cost to a typical in-state four-year institution,OCtech can save you thousands of dollars. OCtech awarded $5 million in financial aid to its students in the Fall 2013 semester. There are so many ways to save on your college education! Federal Pell Grant Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant South Carolina Need Based Grant LIFE Scholarship OCtech Foundation Scholarship SC Lottery Tuition Assistance Federal Student Loan Veterans Benefits

    DID YOUKNOW?High school

    graduating seniors with a cumulative3.0 grade pointaverage can

    attend OCtechat little

    or no costwith the LIFEScholarship.


    Applicants are required to attend in order to pick up an application andare encouraged to apply early.Students who apply to these programsmay be required to take the TEAS V exam. This exam measures basic essential skills inreading and mathematics. Consult an admissions counselor prior to testing.

    Call 803.535.1234 for more information.Dale Phillips, 2013 Associate Degree Nursing Grad+rmc Daisy Award Recipient

    We offer a FREE THREE WEEK TEAS PREP COURSE to help anyone interested in gaining a competitive edge.Contact the Adult Education Department at 803.535.1321 or 803.535.1420.

    u AUGUST 4Tuition and fees aredue by 5pm toavoid late fees.

    u AUGUST 5$50 late applicationfee for all new applicants.

    $50 late registrationfee begins!

    u AUGUST 18Fall classes begin.

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    university transferSee page 7 for a list of colleges where University Transfer and Bridge Programs are available.

    ASSOCIATE IN ARTSR38 University TransferR38 Business Administration (Citadel) R38 Criminal Justice (Citadel) TEACHER EDUCATION TRANSFER(USC, SCSU and Claflin University)

    R38 Early Childhood EducationR38 Elementary EducationR38 Middle Level EducationASSOCIATE IN SCIENCER38 University TransferR38 Registered Nurse to Bachelor

    of Science in Nursing(USC Upstate)

    R38 Agricultu