Welcome by the Dean of Students

Welcome Aboard, Pirates! 

I am excited to begin our 2023-2024 academic year at Orange Coast College with you! A special "shout out" goes to our students who are joining us for the first time. You will soon find out why OCC is special and ranked so high as a premier institution of higher education.

OCC is a community of learners who value education, are dedicated to your academic success, and committed to ensuring college completion. As your Dean of Students, I am dedicated to giving you the opportunity to engage in a variety of programs, activities, and events that will enhance your chances of connecting to the campus more meaningfully. Likewise, I am committed to being a conduit for you and to connect you to our wonderful services on campus. 

It is an exciting time at OCC our new on-campus housing opened on September 25, 2020,  Student Union and College Center opened in Spring 2021, our new Literature/Language and Social Sciences building, and our state of art Aquatic Center just to name a few. OCC is transformed! 

I wish you the best as you navigate your way through campus. Whether you are transferring to a 4-year college or university, obtaining a certificate, or enrolling in courses for self-improvement, I extend a warm welcome to you in support of your educational journey.

In Pirate Spirit,
Dr. Derek Vergara 
Dean of Students

Dean of Students Suite:

Our offices are located in the Student Union, 2nd Floor

Dr. Derek Vergara
Dean of Students
Maria DeNunno
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students 
Shannon Quihuiz, MS
Associate Dean
Student Relations & Title IX 
Steve Rickard, MA
Student Conduct Officer
Jamie Kammerman, MA
Director of Housing & Residential Education