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Early College “3-Year Associate's Degree Cohort Program”

for Current 9th Graders

The goal of this Program is for these students to complete their Associate's Degree from Midlands Technical College before they graduate from high school. Eligible 9th grade students can take college courses through Midlands Technical College while attending high school. These courses can be counted toward high school and college credit.

Students who are accepted into this Program, will complete a specific sequence of 2 courses each semester including 2 courses during the summers after their 9th, 10th  and 11th grade years, 2 courses each semester of their 10th and 11th grade years, and 3 courses each semester of their 12th grade year, for a total of 14 courses or 64 college credits.


  • Program REQUIRES a 3 year commitment from student and parent/guardian, including summers.

  • Students must meet all requirements for admissions to Midlands Technical College. This includes passing scores on the SAT ACCUPLACER reading, and math assessments and WSAMP Writing Exam.

It is recommended that Program participants have already completed ENG 1 HN and ALG 1 HN in middle school (though this is not a program requirement).

Early College Cohort PowerPoint Link

Early College 3-Year Associate’s Degree Cohort Program Application Process:

  1. COMPLETE APPLICATION by posted deadlines.

Students  must complete and return the “Early College Admissions Application” providing proof of lawful presence in the US (Driver’s License/SC State ID or other listed on application), signatures, etc.

 (Applications are in the Guidance Office and Main Office).

When application is received, students will be scheduled to take the required entrance exam.


Students will take MTC Entrance Exam (SAT ACCUPLACER and Complete Writing Sample) in the AHS Media Center. They must receive scores required by MTC to participate.

Completed application must be received at least 1 week before the ACCUPLACER Test can be scheduled. Students MUST have social security number to take this test. (This is a MTC requirement.) 

Students will be notified that they are “eligible” or “not eligible” for the 2017-18 Early College Program,” 2-3 weeks after taking MTC Entrance Exam.

  1. Obtain 3 TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS (Math, English, & 1 other).  DUE: March 10, 2017


  1. Students who have met all eligibility requirements will receive a letter of acceptance that must be returned by the date indicated on the letter.  

  1. ALL students who accepted into the 3-Year Associate's Degree Cohort Program are required to participate in "Early College Program Orientation."

Ms. Judi Bledsoe, Early College Program Coordinator/School Counselor, AHS       

803-822-5600 Ext 157

Mr. Daniel Bailey, Early College Program Assistant Coordinator, AHS
AHS Application
MTC Application

Teacher Recommendations

Informational Flyer
Parent Meeting Slides