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Middle/High School Principals & Counselors Tour OCtech


ORANGEBURG, S.C. – On Friday, April 16, 2021, Orangeburg County School District middle and high school principals and counselors took part in a campus tour and a program held at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCtech).

The program, held in the nursing building lecture hall, consisted of a briefing on Dual Enrollment, Orangeburg Advanced College Academics, Job Outlook, and the Online Virtual Career Fair coming soon at OCtech.

After the program the group was divided into two cohorts for tours. Group A consisted of middle school principals and counselors, while Group B included high school principals, counselors and district leaders. The groups toured classes for Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Engineering Design Technologies, and even saw a Truck Driving Simulation. In addition, in the Health Sciences & Nursing Buildings, Orangeburg’s principals and school counselors visited classes such as EMT, Skills Labs and the SIM Lab.

Mrs. Crystal W. Austin, a professional school counselor from Bethune-Bowman Middle/High School, really enjoyed the tour. “The information presented this morning was informative and helpful,” she said. “I received first-hand knowledge about the different programs offered at OCtech, and learned how the new stimulation program's devices operate. It is my role as a Professional School Counselor to assist in educating parents and students about opportunities. I am excited to share this information with students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members.  I believe the partnership that has been established with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and our District will be vital to the Orangeburg community.”

“The collaboration of Orangeburg County School District and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is amazing and powerful,” Dr. Vickel M. Darby, Instructional Technology Facilitator for the school district commented.  “Truly, it highlights One Orangeburg. I am very excited to witness the opportunities for all students regardless of the path they choose. There is a career path for everyone! Each student can choose a different path, offering them the ability to go straight into the workforce, pursue an associate degree, or further their knowledge and skills by attending a 4-year university,”