OCtech is poised to offer a mix of credit and non-credit programs to help individuals looking to get back into work, Tobin said.
The program allows individuals to complete training in 16 weeks or less in programs such as patient care technicians, emergency medical technicians, welders, and lineman technicians.
Further information for those interested can be found online at www.octech.edu/in-16-weeks-or-less-well-change-your-life/.
The president said the college is also working on possibly converting its cafe into a study / communal space because “there really isn’t any space for students to walk between classes … or to socialize”.
âWe would have a mixture of lounge furniture and study rooms for the students to use on campus. … So that’s one of the things we’re working on. Sometime during the next year we will be working with KI (KI Furniture), one of the furniture wholesalers, for information on how we could furnish this space, âsaid Tobin.
He said that guidance was given to parents and students enrolled in the Orangeburg County School District’s advanced college program.
âThis is the group of high-performing ninth graders who will begin taking early college classes with us as freshmen. … We look forward to having them in the fall. So by the end of high school they would have got their associate degree as well as their high school diploma, âsaid Tobin. “We are also trying to find ways in which, as young apprentices, they can gain their first experience of starting their careers as part of their experience with us.”