Here's What's Happening at OCCC!

OCCC achieves important step towards independent accreditation

Posted Feb. 5, 2016

The Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education and President Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge (right) are delighted to announce the College is now officially recognized by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as an Applicant for Candidacy. This is the critical first step of the three stages to independence:  Applicant, Candidate, and Independently Accredited. Independence has long been the ultimate goal for Oregon Coast Community College, founded by Lincoln County citizens in 1987.

The College submitted its “Application for Consideration for Candidacy” for independent accreditation to the NWCCU in October 2015. On Friday, Jan. 8, President Ryslinge, along with Cindy Carlson, OCCC’s Dean of Students and Instruction, traveled to Seattle to testify before the Board of Commissioners and formally submit the application. On Monday, Feb. 1, the College received word that the Commission had accepted OCCC’s application. {Read the full story.}



Isn't it time you were published?

Waves, OCCC's annual literary and visual arts journal, is now accepting submissions for the 2016 edition. All OCCC students (credit and non-credit), faculty and staff are invited to submit artwork, short stories, poetry, prose, excerpts from novels, creative non-fiction (essays, memoirs, and personal narratives) and more. 

Submissions must be original and 2,500 words or less per person. Please double-space your writing submissions. Submit your work via email, here. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the Waves Submission Committee.

Hurry, as the deadline for submission is April 6, 2016. 

If your work is accepted for publication, you will receive a free copy of Waves 2016 and will have the opportunity to attend the publication party at the end of May and, if you choose to do so, will be invited to read your published work to the audience. Check out highlights from the 2015 edition, and publication party.



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Oregon Promise

Heard about the Oregon Promise? Get the details on who qualifies for this tuition grant program

The state is launching its Oregon Promise program—offering new high school graduates and GED® recipients an opportunity to have some or all of their community college tuition covered. In instances where tuition is covered by other state and federal grants, students may receive a $1,000 Oregon Promise grant for use toward room and board, transportation, or books.

The Oregon Promise program grant is first available in Fall 2016. To qualify, students must enter community college within 6 months of graduating high school or receiving their GED®. This means, in most cases, the Oregon Promise grants are not available for current community college students. If you are a current student, we encourage you to talk with our financial aid office to explore the many other ways to afford your college goals.

Key eligibility criteria include:

•  Receive an Oregon high school diploma or GED® in Spring/Summer 2016
•  Have been an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to community college enrollment 
•  Enroll in community college within 6 months of completing high school or GED®  
•  Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better

To learn more about this program, including details on the application process, click here or visit