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What is a Career and Certificate Program
​​​America needs people who are trained in scientific, professional and technical fields. Orange Coast College can provide that training.

Thousands of students enroll annually in OCC’s highly acclaimed career programs. We offer over 50 programs which lead to exciting, well-paying careers in two years or less.

Our comprehensive programs, which grant certificates of achievement, specialization, and/or the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree, prepare students to become qualified employees as well as educated citizens. A number of programs offer transfer options to four-year colleges and universities. Our career courses are both professional and high tech. They are fully accredited and feature industry advisory committees that meet annually to ensure the course curriculum accurately reflects current industry standards.

Majors leading to technical competence in a variety of career and technical education programs are available at Orange Coast College. Business and industry are making ever increasing demands for education beyond high school level. These career programs are designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.

Students should refer to the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog for general education and elective courses for the Associate in Arts degree and Associate in Science degree.

Students may follow the catalog requirements that were in effect for the academic year when their attendance began at Orange Coast College or follow the catalog requirements in effect during subsequent years of attendance provided that continuous enrollment has been maintained. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in a course at OCC for at least one semester in a calendar year.

Students must maintain at least a 2.0 overall GPA using transcripts from all colleges attended. At least 12 units must be completed at Orange Coast College, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at Orange Coast College.