Veteran/Dependent Counseling

OCC has a designated counselor for our veteran & dependent students who has a thorough understanding of the academic progress needed to fulfill your certificate or degree requirements, in addition to the impact that your course selection will have on your benefits. All military connected students are welcome to take advantage of this service. If you are utilizing VA Education benefits, you will be required to meet with the veteran counselor for most items.


Appointments are Required (outside of drop in hours):

Check Drop-In Availability below

Request an Appointment

Students are encouraged to be proactive in preparing for their counseling needs and to request appointments as soon as they identify a need to meet with the counselor. Appointment wait times vary based on availability and tend to be longer during peak periods such as during registration and the first two weeks of class, and prior to/returning from winter/summer breaks.

If your question is primarily related to certification questions, payments/BAH rates, or otherwise largely benefits-focused, please reach out to the Certifying Officials first, as these questions typically need to be addressed by their team, rather than counseling.

Drop-in Counseling

For IN-PERSON hours, please check in at the VRC - 2nd Floor, Student Union

For VIRTUAL hours, please click the Zoom link

Please check date-specific location below:

FRI. JUN 21 10:00am-11:00am VRC

Drop-in counseling is limited and is available on a first come, first served, basis. It is reserved for questions that can be addressed in a short period of time, such as: class selection, Add/Drop guidance, general graduation and transfer questions, tutoring referral, ARC referral, career counseling, personal counseling, or other general quick questions.

If you require assistance with any other matters, or feel you require more than a 10-minutes to address your needs, please schedule an appointment instead so that we can best assist you.

The following items are not intended for drop-ins: New Student, Change of Major, Financial Aid Appeals, Academic Petitions, VRE Worksheet, Dependent Graduation Date Verification, Comprehensive SEP, Graduation/Transfer Application assistance, transcript evaluation review, academic petition, probation/DQ followup


Veterans Resource Center

Student Union (2nd Floor)


Schedule a Campus Tour with our VRC


8am-2:30pm, Mon.-Fri.
By appointment only
Hours may vary.


Alex Rojas

Veteran Counselor

(714) 432-6883


  • Phone calls are reserved for students who have scheduled appointments. If you need to speak with the counselor, you must schedule an appointment via the link on this page.
  • For scheduling questions (cancellations, rescheduling, change of appointment type, etc.), please contact Veterans Services

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