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Office of the President

Kevin Ballinger as Acting President

Welcome to Orange Coast College!


As an alumni and 34-year employee, I am honored to serve as interim president as Orange Coast College searches for its next permanent president. At Coast, our vision is to be the standard of excellence in higher education. It is not a commitment that we take lightly, and as you explore our website I hope you will see the many ways in which our College stands a cut above the rest.


For more than 70 years, OCC has been a leader in higher education, not just in our local community, but nationally and globally as well. To date, the College has served more than 1.5 million students from all walks of life, including veterans, former foster youth, international students, student parents, Dreamers, and more. OCC has been, and remains, a steadfast pillar of opportunity for those looking for an education that is both affordable and accessible.


Many of our students come to OCC because of its reputation as a great transfer school - indeed our College is number one in Orange County for combined transfer rates to both the University of California and California State University systems. Many other students come to us because they are looking to earn a certificate or build their skills in one of our more than 50 career and technical education programs. At Coast we are especially proud of the partnerships we have formed with local industry leaders that ensure our students stay up-to-date with current trends and innovations.


Whatever our students' dreams are, we are committed to providing them with the highest quality education. This year OCC will implement a Guided Pathways to Student Success model, which will help students reach their academic goals by improving how we onboard students, how we improve our efforts to keep student on their path, and how we structure our many programs around transfer majors and employment clusters. We understand that, for many of our students, time is precious and our faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to streamlining the process so that students can start or advance in their careers as soon as possible.


On our website you will find information about OCC's vibrant student life, including opportunities to get involved through clubs, student government or honor societies. The College also boasts a competitive athletics program, with 25 men's and women's teams who compete, and win, at the highest levels of collegiate sports.


Wondering how you will pay for college? At Coast we are proud to offer our Pirates' Promise, which guarantees free tuition for one year to all first-time college students who are residents of California. Removing this financial barrier is just one of the many ways that OCC puts the needs of students first.


I encourage you to visit our campus in person and see firsthand what OCC has to offer. It's an exciting time to be a Pirate!



Kevin Ballinger