Orange Coast College Career Advantage programs prepare students with the high-demand skills and knowledge they need to launch or grow a great career with a bright future.  OCC graduates are sought after across the industry spectrum by some of Orange County’s most vibrant, growing businesses in fashion, film/tv, photography, healthcare, IT, advanced manufacturing, aviation, and more! 

At OCC you know you are getting what you need to succeed: ranked number one in Southern California by, Orange Coast College excels at bringing practical and technical education to a wide variety of diverse students-- first-time college students looking for the career that’s right for them,  adults seeking a pivot to a new career, or professionals looking to upgrade their skills and salary.  OCC Career Education will give you the Career Advantage.  Check out the options!


Orange Coast Career Advantage offers programs within 13 career clusters.
Career Clusters are groups of jobs and career paths that are included within the same broad field of work or industry sector.

Contact Us


Watson Hall - 3rd Floor

Office Hours

Mon to Thu, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fri, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sat & Sun, CLOSED

MEET THE TEAM -- Career Center

Katie Ottoson, M.S.
Career Coaching
Cindy Voss
Internship & Job Placement
Thao Ho
Career Center Admin

MEET THE TEAM -- Career Education Staff

Lisa Knuppel
Dean of Career Education & Career Services
Karen Cifuentes
Division Coordinator for Career Education & Career Services
Aalayah Thompson

CTE/Career Education Outreach Specialist
Elaine Develin

K14 Career Pathways Coordinator
Katie Ottoson
Counselor for Major & 
Career Exploration 
Andrea Lane
Counselor for Hospitality,
Travel, & Tourism Programs
Tom Choe
Counselor for Consumer &
Health Sciences Programs
Stacy Kirch
Counselor for Visual &
Performing Arts Programs