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Office of the President

DH_Photo_300dpi_Square.jpgDennis Harkins, Ph.D.
OCC President

I hope you’ve had a chance to explore some of the outstanding programs and services that distinguish Orange Coast College as one of the nation’s best.  

At OCC, we share a common vision: to be the standard of excellence and transform lives through education.  It’s a bold commitment we’re proud to make - and fulfill - to our students, community, employees, and about a million other stakeholders across the globe.
As president, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is meeting so many wonderful people whose lives have been touched by OCC.  In fact, just about everywhere I go, I meet someone with a connection to the campus. Whether they’re current or former students, instructors, donors, or volunteers, OCC holds a special place in their heart.  
It’s a legacy of excellence strengthened by 60 years of community support.  I’m privileged to be part of the legacy and build upon a tradition of exceptional service and achievement. 
I’m also proud of OCC’s status as the state’s top combined transfer school, the region’s leader in career training, and the community’s trusted resource for lifelong learning. 
With your help, we continue to implement innovative strategies to meet the growing demand for services in the face of shrinking state funding.  Among them, we completed the College’s Educational Master Plan, developed annual and long-range strategic goals, finalized our enrollment management plan, and balanced our budget. 
We also revised our mission statement, introduced mobile apps, redesigned our website, and transitioned to mostly electronic publications to support sustainability.
In mapping our course for the future, we will remain focused on facilitating student success by streamlining operations, modernizing campus facilities and technology, boosting our visibility abroad to introduce students to critical global issues, and serving the community with innovative events like the annual High School Math Meet, Community Science Night, and Coast Green Day, to name a few.
Times may have changed over the past 60 years, but the College’s core values remain consistent: to serve our community with innovative learning opportunities accessible to all and achieved through exceptional stewardship and sustainability.  
Thank you for sharing our vision and helping Orange Coast College continue to set the standard of excellence and transform lives through education.