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Welcome by the Dean of Students

Welcome Aboard, Pirates!

I am excited to begin our 2021-2022 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 25, 2020,  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 is 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



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​Dean of Students Suite:

Dr. Derek Vergara, Dean of Students

Maria DeNunno, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students

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

Steve Rickard, MA, Student Conduct Officer

Jamie Kammerman, MA, Director of Housing & Residential Education 

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