Welcome to Orange Coast College!
I am honored to serve as the 11th president of OCC, the largest community college in Orange County and a leader in transfer to four-year universities across the state.
Since 1947, OCC has been at the forefront of higher education locally, regionally and nationally. The College has served thousands of students in reaching their academic and career goals, impacting multiple generations of families. This is a testament to not only OCC's world class facilities, extensive student support resources and stellar academic programs, but also to the dedicated and caring faculty, classified staff and administrators, whose commitment to student success is consistently demonstrated.
Though our history is rich, the future beckons. OCC is in a transformative period and we are focused on preparing students and the campus for the challenges and opportunities before us. To that end, removing barriers that keep students from reaching their academic goals is a shared priority. True to this commitment, OCC is a leader in the state with our Pirates' Promise program, which provides free tuition for one year to all first-time college students, with additional support provided through OCC's Financial Aid program and more than $600,000 in scholarships through the OCC Foundation.
As you walk around the campus, you will be energized with the buzz of activity that is transforming the campus for years to come. Students at OCC will also find a campus that is evolving with innovative and state-of-the art facilities. We recently completed construction on a new Planetarium and Recycling Center, two extraordinary facilities that signal our shared community values of sustainability and STEM education. Additionally, construction is under way on several exciting projects, including a new Student Union, Student Housing complex and Kinesiology & Athletics Complex. Each of these facilities was planned with the needs of our students at the forefront.
And for students who are undecided about their goals? That's okay! OCC has dynamic and responsive support services designed to get you on your educational path to achieving your goals - whether it's to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year university or transition into the workforce. OCC is the place for you!
As you explore our website, you will notice that OCC is a global institution, where different cultures, customs and points of view are celebrated to create a campus that is inclusive, with a robust learning environment where our students can grow and thrive.
I look forward to seeing you on campus,
Angelica L. Suarez, Ph.D.