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Academic Assessment

Whether you are enrolling in a career certificate program or an adult education class, you can expect academic assessment to be a part of your educational process. For each program offering, the Florida legislature mandates the assessment instruments to be used as well as the benchmarks to be achieved. Career certificate programs have established academic skill levels that must be achieved prior to being awarded a certificate of completion. Adult education programs use academic assessment to determine initial placement and measure student progress throughout the program.

General Admission Policies and Procedures

Anyone interested in attending Orange Technical College is welcome to call or make an appointment at a local campus to begin the enrollment process, and/or obtain information from our Admissions department. All interested parties are accepted on a nondiscriminatory basis. All students wishing to enroll must have completed any appropriate assessments, finished the application process, and paid for courses prior to their scheduled start date.

A 1,000-hour career certificate program takes approximately one year to complete on a full-time basis. College articulated credit and industry certifications are available at the conclusion of most career certificate programs. Licensure and certification programs may require drug screenings, physical examinations or fees for liability or other insurance. For additional admissions information, contact a counselor or advisor at the campus.

Admissions services for students include admissions and registration assistance, career information, aptitude/academic assessment, financial aid assistance, and job placement information. Students are encouraged to possess interest in career education for employment purposes, and have the basic skills necessary to achieve success in the career certificate program or course chosen.

All campuses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973 and strictly adhere to the nondiscrimination policy adopted by the School Board of Orange County. Reasonable accommodations can be made for special needs students.

* Courses subject to cancellation if enrollment is not sufficient.

Voluntary Student Withdrawal

  1. Student has initial communication with Instructor, Admissions Office, Financial Aid Office, Business Office or Dean regarding the intent to withdraw.*
  2. Send student with withdrawal form to see a Counselor (or referral to Dean), the Financial Aid Office (if applicable) and Business Office for extensive guidance on his or her educational and future plans, and inform student of any student liability.
  3. Student drops off withdrawal form with a Counselor, if they are officially withdrawing from school. The Counselor gives a copy to the student.
  4. Counselor gives original withdrawal form to the Admissions Office to officially withdraw the student from school.
  5. Notification of withdrawal given to Instructor(s), Financial Aid Coordinator and Business Office Manager.
* If the student has more than six absences in a nine-week term the instructor will consult the dean for withdrawal determination.

Clery Act Notice of Availability

Federal law requires institutions of higher education to inform prospective members of the community about its most recent crime statistics, campus safety information, education & prevention programs, and other information in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). You can obtain this information by contacting the OCPS District Police at 445 W. Amelia St. Orlando, FL 32801. Information is also available at any of the five OTC campus locations or by downloading the digital version of the Annual Security Report.

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