As part of the Coast Community College District, Orange Coast College has announced plans for most classes to take place online during the Fall 2020 semester. Some courses that cannot be taught online or remotely may be offered on campus and some offices may reopen as allowed by public health guidance following social distancing and other safety and wellness protocols. In addition, the majority of student support services will continue to be provided online.
While some essential workers currently remain on-site, OCC's campus remains closed to the public at this time.
"We understand that our students and college community want to return to campus as soon as safely possible, and we certainly miss our vibrant college community. However, with the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority remains keeping our students and employees safe," says OCC President Angelica Suarez. "To that end, we made the decision to offer most classes online in the fall, and are diligently working on different scenarios for those classes that cannot be delivered virtually."
To protect students, faculty, staff, and community members from COVID-19 spread, all three colleges in the Coast District moved thousands of classes online and resumed the spring semester in alternative formats beginning March 30, 2020. The current spring semester ends Saturday, May 23, 2020. The District previously announced that summer would continue at a distance. Student enrollment and registration is ongoing for the summer term that begins June 8, 2020.
Registration for the fall semester begins on June 15 for priority groups, such as incoming freshmen, and on June 17 for continuing students.
Most classes will be offered in one of three formats: Fully Online (asynchronous); Hybrid Online (some asynchronous coursework and some synchronous); and Synchronous Online. Synchronous classes are scheduled similarly to in-person classes, with set meeting times that students will need to take part in. Asynchronous coursework offers more flexibility, with students given deadlines to complete work.
Classes that cannot be conducted in one of these three formats — such as career training labs, science labs, activity classes in athletics and the arts — will be scheduled on campus. Further guidance on these classes will be developed in collaboration with the Orange County Health Department to maintain as safe an environment as possible.