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Oregon Coast Community College
Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) has already made a commitment to institutional change and student success through use of a new college-wide data system and a focus on a first-year student experience program.
Utilizing the Achieving the Dream learning network, OCCC will collaborate with other colleges, both within Oregon and across the country, in furthering the institutional change process. Initial plans include:
- Developing a college-wide communication model
- Devising a method to solicit broad student input
- Reviewing the college’s current policies and making appropriate revisions
- Updating the college’s strategic plan
- Building in accountability measures in all areas of the college
- Learning to utilize data to make decisions regarding student success
Situated on the scenic central Oregon coast, OCCC was established by voters in 1987. OCCC’s mission is to provide personalized service for individuals in meeting academic and personal goals; support the community in providing culturally enriching activities, and assist business and industry in helping train the local workforce. In 2004, voters passed a $24.5 million bond measure, allowing the college to build a new 80,000 square foot central campus, a separate Aquarium Science building and two smaller campus centers in the north and south part of county. The new facilities greatly increased student success throughout the service area. A large library, many student study rooms, and technologically equipped classrooms support faculty and students on a daily basis.
In its 25 years of existence, OCCC has awarded over 600 Associate Degrees, over 250 Professional/Technical and Small Business Management Certificates, nearly 4,500 GEDs and over 2,000 English and Other Language Certificates. The college served more than 1,700 individuals in 2010. In addition to the two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree and the one-year certificate in Aquarium Science, the college also offers a AAS Degree in Nursing, Associate of Arts, Associate of General Studies and a two-year Associate Transfer Degree.
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