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Welcome by the Dean of Students

Welcome aboard, Pirates!


I am excited to begin our 2020-2021 academic year at Orange Coast College with you! A special "shout out" goes to our students who are joining us for the first time. You will soon find out why OCC is special and ranked so high as a premier institution of higher education.

OCC is a community of learners who value education, are dedicated to your academic success, and committed to ensuring college completion. As your Dean of Students, I am dedicated to giving you the opportunity to engage in a variety of programs, activities, and events that will enhance your chances of connecting to the campus more meaningfully. Likewise, I am committed to being a conduit for you and to connect you to our wonderful services on campus. 


It is an exciting time at OCC our new on-campus housing opening on September 25th,  Student Union and College Center opening in Spring 2021, our new Literature/Language and Social Sciences building, and our state of art Aquatic Center just to name a few. OCC will be transformed! 


I wish you the best as you navigate your way through campus. Whether you are transferring to a 4-year college or university, obtaining a certificate, or enrolling in courses for self-improvement, I extend a warm welcome to you in support of your educational journey.


In Pirate Spirit,


Dr. Derek Vergara 

Dean of Students



DUE TO COVID-19 AND CAMPUS CLOSURE, WE ARE WORKING REMOTELY. IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CONTACT OCC PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICE AT (714) 432-5017 OR 9-1-1. 

 

 

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​Dean of Students Suite:


Dr. Derek Vergara, Dean of Students
dvergara2@occ.cccd.edu

Shannon Quihuiz, MA, Associate Dean, Student Relations & Title IX

squihuiz@occ.cccd.edu 


Steve Rickard, MA, Student Conduct Officer

Jamie Kammerman, MA, Director of Housing & Residential Education
jkammerman@occ.cccd.edu
 
Maria DeNunno, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students

Our offices are located in the Student Union, 2nd Floor