Oregon Coast Community College offers a number of options for students currently enrolled in high school.

OCCC Early College Program

The faculty, staff, and administration at Oregon Coast Community College want to ensure that all college-ready Lincoln County high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to begin their post-secondary education and become successful college students. OCCC’s Early College Program is committed to serving all students in the community, including students of color, first-generation and low-income individuals.

2016- 2017 Academic year orientation sessions (mandatory for new Early College students)
Lincoln City:  6-8pm  Mar. 14, 2017.
Newport: 6-8pm Mar. 16, 2017

The benefits of OCCC’s Early College Program include:

• Earn high school and college credits concurrently (high school credit is granted at the discretion of the high school you attend)
• Get a head start on academic and career goals
• Experience the academic rigor of college classes
• Save time and money

Are You Ready for College?

Students in Early College are Juniors and Seniors in high school that are mature enough socially, emotionally and educationally to operate in the adult college setting.

How do I know if I am eligible?

Juniors and Seniors from Lincoln County School District, including home schools and charter schools, who are college-ready are eligible.  College-ready is defined as having course placement into 100-level or above classes.

Worried About Paying for College?

OCCC Early College is a program designed to give students the opportunity to earn college credit. Tuition is at no cost to each student.  Students are required to pay for fees and books.  Limited scholarships are available.

Is Transportation Available?

Students provide their own transportation or use public transportation to attend OCCC.

How do I sign up?

  1.  Complete an admission application.
  2.  Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss course placement by using the online scheduling tool. Bring your high school transcript to this appointment.
  3. Attend the mandatory Early College Program orientation.
    2016- 2017 Academic year orientation sessions (mandatory for new Early College students)
    Lincoln City:  6-8pm Mar. 14, 2017.
    Newport: 6-8pm  Mar. 16, 2017  (Note:  This orientation is not required for previously enrolled Expanded Options or Early College students.  Please call 541-867-8525 for academic advising and more information about how to register for classes.):

 How many classes can I take?

Students can register for one class per term tuition-free and students will receive a 50% tuition reduction for additional classes taken in a term.  Students may take up to six classes (one per term) through the Early College Program.  Students are limited to two OCCC online classes through the Early College Program.

Which classes can I take?

Designated transfer classes from the list below may be taken provided there is space available.
• BI 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203
• College Success:  CG 100—Strongly recommended the first term a student participates in the ECP
• Communication:  COMM 111
• History:  HST (any course number)
• Library and Research Skills:  LIB 101
• Mathematics:  MTH 105, 111, 112, 243
• Psychology:  PSY 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203
• Reading: RD 115
• Spanish:  SPAN 101, 102, 103, 111, 112, 113, 201, 202, 203
• Writing: WR 115, 121, 122, 123

For more information about the Early College Program, please email us or call 541-867-8501.

Lincoln County School District Expanded Options program

  • Complete the First Time College Student Admissions Profile
  • See your high school counselor.

The Expanded Options Program helps students get a head start on college, at considerable savings, while they are still in high school. Under an agreement between Lincoln County School District (LCSD) and Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC), eligible and admitted LCSD juniors and seniors may take OCCC college courses at the College or online and receive simultaneous college and high school credit.  Interested persons should contact their high school counselor at Taft, Newport, Toledo, or Waldport High School.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Expanded Options Program, LCSD juniors and seniors must be:

1) in good standing;

2) sixteen years of age or older;

3) not yet graduated from high school; and

4) college-ready and able to benefit from an adult, college-level learning environment.

Placement Testing Required for All Expanded Options Applicants

Eligible students must take OCCC’s College Placement Test (COMPASS) at their earliest convenience to determine college readiness. At the time of the testing appointment, students must provide a testing voucher available from the student’s high school counselor.  Please call 541-867-8501 for an appointment.

Expanded Options Applicant Recognition of Expectations

Applicants to the Expanded Options program (and their parents) recognize that:

• Academic freedom is part of the college learning environment

• Academic integrity is expected

• A college learning environment is by its nature adult-oriented

• Grading is a faculty responsibility

• Library and internet use is not censored

• Students are responsible for their learning and conduct

Expanded Options Registration Procedures

Juniors and seniors, 16 years and older,  referred by their high school counselors to take the Accuplacer Test, will now return to their counselors with the Accuplacer scores.  Students qualified to continue with the Expanded Option Process will discuss the course selection that they and their Counselor have chosen.   These new Expanded Option (EO) Juniors and Seniors will provide OCCC with an EXPANDED OPTION PACKET, which will include the signed/dated voucher and their Accuplacer scores.

All admitted EO students must provide OCCC with a voucher signed/dated by their Counselor prior to registration for any term.  They may register for their approved courses Fall, Winter and Spring terms.

Dual Credit

Dual Credit is a program in which Lincoln County students can earn college credit at Oregon Coast Community College while still in high school.

  • Complete the First Time College Student Admissions Profile
  • Schedule a placement test
  • See your high school counselor or your high school’s dual credit facility

Read the Dual Credit Student Handbook

Read the Dual Credit Faculty Handbook

Dual Credit agreements between Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) and Lincoln County School District (LCSD) have been in place since before 2003, with over two thousand Lincoln County students earning credit and getting a head start on college and careers.  In June 2014 the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission HECC adopted new Dual Credit Standards following a revision in national standards.  Consequently, all community colleges and school districts in Oregon were required to submit a Program Approval Renewal  to continue to offer Dual Credit under the new standards.

LCSD and OCCC worked together to complete the renewal process in May, 2015.  For immediate needs, speak with your high school counselor.  More information about Dual Credit to include adding a class, dropping a class, or withdrawing from a class can be found in the Student Handbook.

Earn College Credit While In High School

Oregon Coast Community College provides the opportunity for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. Students, who complete courses taught at their high school by qualified instructors providing the same rigor and content as an on-campus college class, can earn OCCC credit.

The high school instructor must have the same qualifications that an on-campus faculty member does. The course must provide the same content, course materials and outcomes as an OCCC course. When these requirements are met, the course is considered “articulated” with an OCCC course, and students can earn college credit.

Students can earn Dual Credit in:

  • University Transfer courses that count toward a Bachelor’s degree in subject areas like Literature, History, Math and Music.
  • Career & Technical Education courses which lead to an Associate degree or certificate in programs such as: Automotive Service Technology, Computer Applications Systems, Early Education & Family Studies, Welding, Building Construction Technology and many more!

OCCC Dual Credit courses are the result of an alignment between high school and college courses requiring college level work, not all high school courses are eligible. Check with your high school counselor to find out which courses at your high school are a part of the OCCC Dual Credit program, and get a head start on your own college and career preparation!


OCCC credits are transferable to all public college/universities within the Oregon University System, and most other institutions outside the state. It is always important to check with the college or university you plan to attend to know how these credits will be applied. The credits you earn provide an advantage whether you use them at OCCC, another college, or on your resume as you explore employment opportunities.

Enrollment Requirements

You must be enrolled in a participating high school.


Dual Credit classes are regular OCCC classes, but taught at high school by an approved high school instructor.


For new OCCC Dual Credit Students – There is a 2-step process for students who wish to receive college credit for the high school course work through Oregon Coast Community College. Students must first apply to OCCC before they are able to register for dual credit courses. Returning students (bypass applying to OCCC) and only register for Dual Credit courses.

What’s Next?

Check with your high school counselor to find out which classes at your high school are part of the OCCC Dual Credit program.

Before you begin, you must have a personal email address to apply online.

Register for your OCCC Dual Credit courses.


NOTE: Students under the age of 16 may enroll in non-credit classes as long as a parent/guardian enrolls with them. No special paperwork is needed

Students younger than sixteen years of age are considered underage at Oregon Coast Community College. Under certain circumstances, a student under sixteen (16) years of age may be admitted and enroll in credit-bearing courses. In addition to completing the online admissions application for first time college students the following items/steps are needed to request an exception to minimum enrollment age of 16. This procedure is necessary to ensure all students benefit from the educational services of the college.

  1.     A typed letter requesting admission from the prospective student that is dated and signed by the student.

The letter should include a description of the student’s educational background and their reason for admission and enrollment at Oregon Coast Community College.

  1. A letter from the prospective student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) supporting the student’s request that is dated and signed by the parent(s) or guardian(s).

The letter should include a statement of how the student will benefit from enrollment in Oregon Coast Community College courses as opposed to taking the course work in a setting more appropriate for the student’s age.

  1. A letter from the counselor of the school that the student normally attends requesting that the student be permitted enrollment at Oregon Coast Community College.

The letter should provide testimony to the student’s academic and emotional maturity and   readiness for a college environment. In addition, the high school counselor should indicate the educational and/or personal benefits which may result from the student’s attendance at Oregon Coast Community College. If the requested course work is available through the student’s school district, the counselor should indicate why Oregon Coast Community College is recommended rather than the local district offerings.

  1.    Meet with an Academic Advisor at Oregon Coast Community College.

The student will schedule a meeting with an academic advisor. The student will also be informed of appropriate placement options as related to the desired course of study. Normal placement policy will be followed. Bring to the appointment completed documents from steps one , two, and three  and the Permission to Use OCCC Public Access Computers. If you have any questions, please call 541-867-8501.

Underage Applicant Recognition of Expectations


Underage student applicants and their parents/guardians recognize that:

  • Academic freedom is part of the college learning environment
  • Academic integrity is expected
  • A college learning environment is by its nature adult-oriented
  • Grading is a faculty responsibility
  • Library and internet use is not censored
  • Students are responsible for their learning and conduct