Here's What's Happening at OCCC!

Holiday Closure

OCCC will be closed Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day.
Why the holiday? Check out this history of Memorial Day, courtesy the United States Navy's 6th Fleet. 
OCCC will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 31.


An ‘ivory tower,’ indeed
OCCC Commons Makes Way for Steinway

Posted May 27, 2016

Oregon Coast Community College is pleased to announce the arrival of a 1920 Steinway grand piano at its Newport campus –  a generous donationfrom Sheila Sammons.  The College looks forward to many incredible performances as the piano is integrated into performing arts programming.

Sammons first approached the Newport Symphony Orchestra about the parlor grand piano. Board member Joseph Swafford and honorary board member Jess Smith went to her home and examined the piano, finding it to be in excellent condition and with excellent sound.

“The NSO Board considered the offer, but not having any place to put it, recommended it be donated directly to the Oregon Coast Community College for use in their music programs,” said NSO president John Lavrakas. “The Newport Symphony has actively supported OCCC’s music programs through visits to classes by our Music Director Adam Flatt, and visits by guest artists with students of Dr. Mary Lee Scoville, OCCC music instructor. We see the addition of the piano as another way we can strengthen our ties with OCCC, as it opens the doors for collaborative music events on campus.”

The first official performance will be at noon Wednesday, June 8, when members of the OCCC choir perform for their final exam.  The public is invited to this opportunity to experience the exquisite tones of the grand piano – not to mention the students. 

The Steinway is a valuable asset for the College, both in terms of intrinsic value and in the opportunities it affords our music students, instructors, and the college community.  It has been placed in the commons of OCCC’s Central County Campus in Newport, where it will be available for sanctioned use such as choir performances and other organized recitals. 

Mark your calendars and join the OCCC community at noon on Wednesday, June 8. To view a recording of the OCCC choir’s mid-term concert, featuring a performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” point your browser to

Now entering its 30th year, Oregon Coast Community College serves Lincoln County from its locations in Waldport, Newport and Lincoln City. It delivers a broad spectrum of services, from two-year Associate transfer degrees to certificate programs in nursing, aquarium science and criminal justice, as well as special programs for high school students and even free tuition for any credit class offered anytime to county residents aged 65 or better.

To learn more, call 541-867-8501. And, be sure to visit the College’s new website, at this same address, launching July 1, 2016.

Photo: OCCC student Kennedy McEntee takes the College’s new 1920 Steinway out for a spin.

OCCC's shark gets its name

Posted May 4, 2016
After an exhaustive search and well over 100 suggestions, Oregon Coast Community College's mascot has a name. President Birgitte Ryslinge traveled to Oceanlake Elementary today to announce the name - Waverly - with a guest of honor in tow. They visited the school, and Miss Brooks' kindergarten class in particular, because students in the class had submitted a number of name suggestions and drawings of the shark during the College's contest. Here's a video of the announcement of Waverly's name, from earlier today.




OCCC Student honored with national award

-  Miguel Angel Gaspar Marquez traveled to Chicago to receive prestigious award, and $7,000

-  Only 20 college students from across the US selected

-  Gaspar and fellow OCCC student Tomy Torres also named to All-Oregon Academic Team





It’s not every day that an Oregon college student finds himself or herself on the cover of USA Today, but this month, an Oregon Coast Community College student did just that.  Miguel Angel Gaspar Marquez was selected for one of just 20 spots on the “All-USA Community College Academic Team,” earning recognition as one of the most impressive community college students in the nation.


Miguel traveled to Chicago, along with OCCC President Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge and Dean of Students & Instruction Cindy Carlson, to receive the honor in person. A special edition of USA TODAY in Illinois features Miguel and his 19 fellow Academic Team members.




Photography, Creative Writing &

Spanish Highlight Spring Community Ed Lineup

Posted March 28, 2016

Given our surroundings, it'd be a shame to let that new camera gather dust this spring. 
Instead, learn how to get the most out of your new (or simply underutilized) camera, with our beginning photography class
The Community Education lineup at OCCC also includes Creative Writing, "Kelped," Spanish For Beginners, Mindfulness Meditation, and much more. (How much more? Need we mention "Mermaid & Fish Collage?"
Check out the entire lineup, here


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