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Okefenokee Technical College offers dual credit programs that provide exceptional opportunities for high school students to earn college credit while completing their high school diploma.
It’s the fast lane to a college education!

Dual credit programs expose high school students to college courses earlier.  This helps facilitate a smooth transition to college upon graduating from high school. Dual credit courses will jump start a college education and open pathways to exciting careers at virtually no expense to the student and his or her parents because state funds will pay for the cost of the college tuition in most cases. High School students enrolled at Okefenokee Technical College are offered the same status at as any other student, including eligibility for academic honors and participation in student activities.

Classes are offered at your high school or at one of our college campuses. For more information on OTC programs for high school students, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below!

High School Programs:

DUAL ENROLLMENT

Dual Enrollment is designed for students who are planning to pursue a technical program of study once they graduate from high school. Qualified students can earn credit toward a high school diploma and a college diploma at the same time.

High school students may enroll in diploma or technical certificate programs at Okefenokee Technical College if college admission requirements are met and permission from the high school guidance counselor and parent or guardian is obtained. 

Hours attempted as part of the Dual Enrollment program and paid for by the HOPE Grant will not be counted in the HOPE Grant credit hour cap. 

JOINT ENROLLMENT

High school students may enroll in diploma or technical certificate programs at Okefenokee Technical College if college admission requirements are met and permission from the high school guidance counselor and parent or guardian is obtained. Joint enrolled students receive college credit only. Students attend classes on an Okefenokee Technical College campus after the high school day has ended.

Hours attempted as part of the Joint Enrollment program and paid for by the HOPE Grant will be counted in the HOPE Grant credit hour cap.

ACCEL

The ACCEL program allows high school students to enroll in college courses that are part of an associate of applied science (AAS) degree program.  Students receive both high school and college credit for each class. Students must meet ACCEL program admission guidelines. Georgia state revenues provide funding for this program, as authorized each year by the State of Georgia’s Annual Operating Budget.

This program is designed for students who are interested in completing an AAS degree program at Okefenokee Technical College or continuing on to another college or university after graduating from high school. OTC offers several degree level core classes that are now guaranteed to transfer to any Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or University System of Georgia (USG) institution. A list of these approved courses can be accessed at http://www.okefenokeetech.edu/admissions/equivalency_agree.asp.

High school students enrolled in the ACCEL program are only eligible to take courses that are published in the ACCEL Course Directory. To access this Directory, please visit http://www.gsfc.org/main/publishing/pdf/2005/accel_courses.pdf. 

Hours attempted as part of the ACCEL program will not be counted in the HOPE Scholarship credit hour cap.


ARTICULATION OF HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

Qualified high school students have an opportunity to articulate specified high school courses upon enrollment in Okefenokee Technical College. A qualified student is one who has successfully completed coursework where an articulation agreement has been established between Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, or Ware County school systems and OTC.

Articulated credit may be awarded for coursework completed under formal articulation agreements when established competencies have been achieved. Testing will be required to document attainment of required competencies. A grade of “AC” (A, B, or C) will be awarded. Articulated credit will not be included in the calculation of the student’s institutional grade point average (except for consideration of program admission into competitive admissions programs).

Please click here to review the Articulation Chart.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What program should I enroll in?

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I am ready to enroll! How do I get started?

High School students must complete the following steps to enroll:  

  1. Complete Application for High School Students
  2. Complete the Compass (or equivalent) entrance exam
  3. Complete Financial Aid Application(s)
  4. Submit Parental/Guardian Consent form
  5. Submit proof of lawful presence and residency

To complete the admissions process, each high school student will need to contact an Okefenokee Technical College Student Affairs Coordinator.

I am a home school student, am I eligible to participate in a dual credit program?

A home school student who is Dual or Joint enrolled can be considered for HOPE Grant funding only if the home school program is classified as an “Eligible High School” according to HOPE Grant regulations.

However, all home school students are eligible to participate in the ACCEL program, including students that are part of an unaccredited home study program. 

How will I pay for my college classes?

If you are a legal resident of Georgia, the HOPE Grant or other State Funding will cover a portion of tuition expense.  Okefenokee Technical College waives the remaining tuition and fees for each high school student. OTC also provides textbooks to each high school student through our book lending program.

To apply for financial aid, click on the appropriate form listed below.

Dual/Joint enrolled students must set up a profile on www.GAcollege411.org and complete the GSFAPPS financial aid application. Please click here for instructions.

ACCEL students must set up a profile on www.GAcollege411.org and complete the ACCEL financial aid application. Please click here for instructions.

What expenses will I be responsible for?

Each high school student will need to come to class equip with the standard items needed in a classroom setting. Each high school student is also responsible for purchasing any consumable items needed college classes. Some examples include welding gloves/goggles, CPR certification cards, and scrubs.

Will I be required to complete an entrance test to enroll in classes?

Each applicant must complete either the COMPASS or ASSET placement exam.  Both of these placement tests may be taken on site at the high school.  These tests measure basic writing, reading, numeric and algebraic skills.  The ASSET is a paper and pencil test; the COMPASS is computer-based. Minimum test score requirements are determined by program area.  To sign up to take a placement test, please contact the high school guidance counselor or an OTC Student Affairs Coordinator.

Click here for COMPASS test review questions.

If a high school student has already completed the SAT or ACT exam, these scores may be used in place of the standard placement test.

Will I get out of high school early?

The high school counselor determines if a student is able to miss part of her/her high school day. If a student will be receiving dual credit for the classes taken at OTC, sometimes the student will be dismissed from high school early.

What if I would like to withdraw from my college class after the semester begins?

The first three days of each semester are reserved as a Drop/Add period. During this time, each student can add, remove, or change his/her class schedule without any negative repercussions. This is an opportunity for a new student to test drive college classes.

Should a student withdraw from a course after the end of the third business day of the term, a grade of ‘W’, ‘WP’, or ‘WF’ will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Withdrawing from a college class may impact a student’s high school graduation or continuation as a dual credit student.

What happens if I withdraw from my college class after the Drop/Add period, or receive a failing grade in the college class?

Each student is required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to continue receiving financial aid awards. SAP is comprised of the student's cumulative grade point average (GPA), the student's completion rate, and maximum time frame. If a student fails to maintain SAP, he/she may become ineligible to receive future financial aid awards.

Should a student fail to make Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of each semester, he/she will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. The student will receive notification and financial aid will continue for the next semester of attendance at OTC.

If at the end of the Financial Aid Warning period the student is still NOT making Satisfactory Academic Progress, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension.

Failing or withdrawing from a college class may also impact a student’s high school graduation or continuation as a dual credit student.

For more information contact:

Kate Bussey
Okefenokee Technical College
101 West 17th Street
Alma, Georgia 31510
(912) 632-2355
E-mail: kbussey@okefenokeetech.edu
Serving Bacon, Pierce, and Ware Counties

Rana Zauner
Okefenokee Technical College
1701 Carswell Avenue
Waycross, Georgia 31503
(912) 287-6569
E-mail: rzauner@okefenokeetech.edu
Serving Brantley, Charlton, and Clinch Counties

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