Management and Leadership Studies

Every business and organization needs strong leaders to thrive. With the OCC Career Advantage, you can be that successful leader. Whether you are ready to step into a management role or already are a manager and want to sharpen your skills, our certificates in management and leadership prepare you for success in a variety of settings—retail stores, small business or large corporations. Like the businesses and organizations they lead, well-prepared leaders have wide-open opportunities: First-line supervisors in retail sales earn a median income of $39,454, while general and operations managers earn $107,073 annually. If the idea of being recognized as a leader appeals to you – read on to learn more about the Management and Leadership program offered at OCC.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Interpersonal Communication
Personal Leadership
Introduction to Business

Organizational Leadership
Business Law
Entrepreneurship

Did you know?

Employment of sales managers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in management.

Build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Build or upgrade your skills in leading and managing people. Learn skills, principles and tools that will help you function effectively in a leadership or management role through courses that emphasize leading, organizing, planning, communicating, training and controlling. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your retail experience through this program by learning management principles that will allow you to function as an effective manager in a retail environment. This certificate of achievement is approved by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), and students who complete the program receive the WAFC Retail Management Certificate. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Sharpen your managerial skills through this institute. Learn management principles and how to distinguish between effective and ineffective managers and become prepared to apply these skills to function effectively in a variety of settings. View program detail in course catalog.

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Management and Leadership Studies Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Build or upgrade your skills in leading and managing people. Learn skills, principles and tools that will help you function effectively in a leadership or management role through courses that emphasize leading, organizing, planning, communicating, training and controlling. View program detail in course catalog.

Complete the Retail Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Build on your retail experience through this program by learning management principles that will allow you to function as an effective manager in a retail environment. This is approved by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), and students who complete the program receive the WAFC Retail Management Certificate. View program detail in course catalog.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers online, evening and weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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