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Ogeechee Technical College

General Requirements

 The Admissions requirements and procedures established at Ogeechee Technical College follow the guidelines developed by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia and reflect concern for the applicant’s health, safety, well-being, and ability to benefit from the educational opportunities available.
 

1. Admission to Ogeechee Technical College is not a guarantee of admission to a certificate, diploma, or degree program. The admissions process encourages students to enter programs in which they have a reasonable expectation of success.

2. Admission to specific programs requires that the applicants have adequate educational preparation, as measured by satisfactory entrance assessment scores, and have completed all admission requirements. When scores on the entrance assessment and/or evaluation of admission information indicate that an applicant is not prepared to enter a particular program, the applicant will be offered the appropriate course or courses to provide the needed preparation. Several of the College’s medical programs have competitive admissions criteria including but not limited to admissions scores, cumulative GPA, criminal background check, and weighed scoring combinations whereby the top ranked students are admitted to the program. Information on entrance standards required for programs and other requirements unique to each program may be obtained in the Office of Admissions.

3. Applicants furnishing false, incomplete, or misleading information will be subject to rejection or dismissal without a refund.

4. Credentials submitted become the property of Ogeechee Technical College and will not be returned to the applicant.


Admissions requirements for some programs vary. Please refer to specific program information in this catalog to obtain exact entrance requirement information.

Enrollment Process

Admission to Ogeechee Technical College is a multi-step process which consists of evaluation of prior academic experience and assessment for postsecondary readiness of eligible applicants.

 

Eligible Applicants

 

Any individual 16 years of age or older who seeks access to quality instruction designed to develop or improve occupational competencies is eligible for admissions.


Required Academic Criteria

 

To be admitted by a Technical College, applicants must satisfy one of the four academic readiness paths below:
1.     A high school diploma (verified by an official transcript, including graduation date) which has met the attendance, academic, and/or assessment requirements for the state’s board of education, or equivalent agency, or a state-authorized examination the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma will be required for admission to the Technical College unless otherwise specified by the program's standards.

  • Secondary schools must be accredited by an agency included on the TCSG approved accreditation agency list.
  • Students with diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency by an approved outside evaluation organization.
  • High school diplomas from unaccredited institutions, Certificates of Attendance or other certificates, credentials or other documents where the student did not complete all required coursework or testing required for a high school diploma in that state are not recognized for admission purposes.

2.     Applicants who have successfully completed (C or better) a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the degree level may submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges accredited by an accepted accrediting agency in lieu of a high school diploma or a state-authorized examination the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma as described above.

3.     Applicants of home schools located in Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program:

  • Submit a Certificate of Attendance form from the local superintendent’s office or a Declaration of Intent to utilize a Home Study Program from the Georgia Department of Education verifying that the parent or legal guardian complied with the requirements of home study programs as referenced in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.
  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.

4.     Applicants of home schools located outside the state of Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program:

  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.
  • Submit SAT or ACT scores that meet the TCSG system minimum requirements.
    Presidents of Technical Colleges may waive the high school diploma/high school equivalency, as described above, requirement for those secondary students or those pursuing a  high school equivalency, as described above, who are otherwise eligible to enroll in a specific program of study.

Assessment

The ability of a student to succeed in a program at a Technical College is greatly determined by the math and language skills possessed by that student.  The Technical College System of Georgia is committed to assisting each student to achieve at their maximum potential.  All students applying for diploma, degree, and certificate programs must be assessed prior to acceptance to a program of study at a Technical College.  Students will then be admitted in accordance with the academic standards applicable to that program.
All Technical Colleges must utilize COMPASS or ASSET, the TCSG-approved assessment instruments, when evaluating students for program readiness.  However, in the place of COMPASS or ASSET, Technical Colleges may accept a student’s official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument (such as SAT,  ACT), or Georgia High School Graduation Test in English/Language Arts if the scores meet the college program’s required minimums.  If a student’s SAT, ACT, or Georgia High School Graduation Test in English/Language Arts scores do not meet the college’s program minimums for regular admission, a student must be assessed using one of the TCSG-approved instruments.  Assessment results will be valid for placement purposes for a period of 60 months and are transferable to any TCSG college.  Each Technical College will develop its own retesting policy and charges may apply.
Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education documenting equivalent program-level English and math coursework successfully completed (C or better) may be used in lieu of completing the corresponding portion of the TCSG-approved assessment instrument.


Admissions Categories

Minimum admissions requirements shall be established for each program.
Students shall be admitted to a Technical College in one of the following categories: Regular; Provisional; Learning Support; Special; or Transient.


Regular Status

Students who meet all requirements for admission into a selected program and are eligible to take all courses in the program curriculum are granted regular admission status.


Provisional Status

Students who do not meet all requirements for regular admission into a selected program are granted provisional admission status.  Provisionally admitted students may take learning support classes, and certain specified occupational courses as long as class pre- and co- requisites are satisfied.

All certificate, diploma, and associate degree program students initially admitted on a provisional basis must have satisfactorily completed the necessary prerequisite and learning support course work in order to progress through the State Standard Curriculum.


Learning Support Status

Applicants who score below the provisional cut scores in English, math and reading are granted learning support status or referred to Adult Education.  Students with Learning Support status may not take occupational courses until achieving Provisional status.  Students with this status are not eligible for federal financial aid (i.e. Pell, SEOG, or Federal Work Study).


Special Admit Status (Non-credential seeking)

 

Applicants who wish to take credit coursework, but are not seeking a certificate, diploma, or associate degree are granted Special Admit status.  The following specifics define the parameters of this status:

1.     may apply up to a maximum of 25 quarter or 17 semester credit hours into a specific program for credential seeking purposes after achieving regular admit status.  The number of hours taken as a special admit student in no way waives the requirements of the regular admission process.
2.     May enroll in classes only on a space-available basis.
3.     Should adhere to the specific institutional prerequisite requirements when selecting courses.
4.     Will not be eligible for any financial aid.


Transient Status
 

Students who submit a Transient Agreement Letter from their home institution are granted Transient admission status.  The Transient Agreement Letter should verify that the student is in good standing and should list the courses the student is eligible to take.  A current Transient Agreement Letter is required for each term of enrollment.

 

 

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