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Early College Academy

Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) Early College Academy (ECA) provides public, private, charter, and home school association students with equitable access to college-level courses while still in high school. The program accelerates pathways to degree completion, allowing students quicker entrance into the workforce or a 4-year college experience with junior status. We are committed to creating fast-track educational opportunities for high school students interested in getting a head start on their careers. Our ECA programs enable students to eliminate two additional college years and accumulated debt.

Deadline for Summer and Fall 2024 paperwork and class registration is April 5, 2024.

ECA Vs. Dual Enrollment

FDTC’s Dual Enrollment Program refers to students being enrolled in two distinct academic programs or educational institutions while earning credit at both institutions. A Dual Enrollment or Dual Credit course is any course taken that gives high school students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit. Dual Enrollment students often complete a few transferable credit courses to carry with them to a four-year college or university; however, they will not earn a degree.

Early College Academy refers to student groups at designated high schools who are pursuing an associate degree alongside their high school diploma. One of the best features of the Early College Academy is that students control their own path. Early College Academy students will complete a full associate degree in general education courses or in a specific technical training field.

What’s the difference between Dual Enrollment and other the options available to high school students? See below for a comparison of Advanced Placement (AP) credit program, the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, and Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit program.

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After being accepted to FDTC please download the FDTC Student Handbook.

What are Career Pathways

Florence-Darlington Technical College offers a variety of options for high school students through our Early College Academy. Our pathways are meant to be taken alongside a high school students’ normal coursework required for high school graduation. All course layouts are recommended but not required, unless otherwise stated, as some courses are only offered during certain terms. Students may change the order of courses as long as all prerequisites are met. Students may begin these pathways as soon as the 9th grade. The following is a list of those pathways:

Additional Pathways

Florence-Darlington Technical College also has a number of pathways though our certificate programs that can fast track students into the workforce. Students who choose these pathways will complete a certificate in the area of study by high school graduation. If a student chooses this pathway and there is an Associate Degree program associated with it, then the credits earned via the certificate can be applied directly to the Associate Degree program. To see a full listing of these programs and more download a full copy of our ECA Informational booklet.

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