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Apprenticeship Plans ‘Advance’ At Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College In South Carolina

Published Tuesday, October 26, 2021
by Labor News Services
Apprenticeship Plans ‘Advance’ At Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College In South Carolina

(ORANGESBURGH, SOUTH CAROLINA) - Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCtech) is forging ahead with plans to provide on-the-job training for students through its Apprenticeship Program.

Williette Berry, OCtech’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, reported during the area commission’s meeting earlier this month that the college’s Youth and Adult Apprenticeship Program received 14 applications.

She said seven applicants were prepared to proceed with interviews with the following companies and fields: Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities, Industrial Maintenance and Electronic Engineering Technology; Gibbes Ford, Automotive Technology; Husqvarna, Welding; OCtech, Business; and the Regional Medical Center, Medical Assisting.

“We're looking for a November First sign-in day and interviews to take place within the next week,” said Berry, who also reported that the college’s Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Division will be having an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) virtual accreditation site visit on November 7th through the 9th.

“Also, they are in the planning stage of creating an HVAC certificate program, which will fall under the Industrial Electronics Technology Division.  They're going to do an add-on certificate that the IET or the EIT graduate could take during the Summer semester after they graduate,” she said.  “Then there is going to be an embedded certificate with the qualifying prerequisites that IET students can earn while completing the IET degree.  Then once these certificates have been rolled out, we will look to create a general technology degree with an HVAC and an IET concentration."

Berry also reported that OCtech was working to finalize the development of its Faculty Academy and Master Teacher Academy by the end of November.

The college has a partnership with the Association of College and University Educators to equip Faculty to improve student achievement, she said.

The Faculty Academy will be for new Faculty Members.

“It will provide resources, support and training during their first four semesters for initial training and then initial ACUE training, which consists of four modules.  They'll start off with two modules, and then we'll have those Faculty Members who choose to move toward the Master Teacher Academy to complete the additional ACUE modules,” Berry said.

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