The Office of College Access and Transition (OCAT) serves middle, high school, and college students by enhancing their educational opportunities through programs that help prepare them for academic success and or provide early access to college courses before high school graduation.

  • Academic Achievers

    Academic Achievers is a program at Warren G. Harding High School designed to facilitate academic success for ninth through 12th-grade students.

  • College Credit Plus

    College Credit Plus allows seventh through 12th-grade students to earn college credit in their own school, online, or on campus.

  • College Tech Prep

    College Tech Prep programs of study combine college-prep academic courses with advanced training in the latest technologies. at area career and technical centers. Students earn articulated credit after graduating high school and are enrolled full-time for a semester of college classes.

  • S.C.O.P.E.

    S.C.O.P.E. (Summer College/Occupational Preview Experience) is a pre-college enrichment program to prepare high school juniors for college.

  • Upward Bound

    Upward Bound was a federally funded TRIO program providing fundamental support to Youngstown City high school students in their preparation for college entrance. It ended in December 2022. Questions about the program can be emailed to

  • Youngstown Rayen Early College

    Youngstown Rayen Early College (YREC) is a partnership between YSU and Youngstown City School District to provide students with a mentored experience in which they finish both high school and obtain a college degree. OCAT serves as the campus administrative liaison for YREC faculty and staff. YREC students are advised by an academic advisor in the Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Education.