PRESIDENT'S WELCOME MESSAGE

 

President Paul SechristThank you for taking the time to visit the Oklahoma City Community College web site. On our site you'll find information about many of the innovative programs and opportunities available to you at OCCC.

OCCC serves more than 29,000 students annually. For most of our students, completing a college degree is life changing, not only for the student who receives the degree, but also for the student's family; and in a collective sense, transformational for our community. At OCCC, we have always been committed to helping every student realize their educational goals.

The 2018 Roadmap: An Indispensable Pathway

Oklahoma City Community College has experienced remarkable success through the years. Through access, preparation, student and graduate success and partnering with the community, OCCC continues to aspire to be one of the most significant community colleges in the nation. The 2018 Roadmap has been developed as a guide to keep the college on the path to greater significance.

Aspiration Statement

OCCC aspires, through bold and transformative action, to significantly raise the educational achievement of all our students and to be an indispensable pathway to a more prosperous and fulfilling future.

Our Big Goals

  • Increase the number of our students who complete a certificate or degree by 50%.
  • Close the academic achievement gaps that persist with our low-income, first - generation, and some racial and ethnic groups.
  • Double annual giving to support student scholarships, community events, and the endowment.

What is a "Big Goal?" It's a goal that can't be achieved with the status quo. A "Big Goal" can only be accomplished by innovating, collaborating with groups within and outside the institution, stopping certain practices while beginning others, and a willingness to take risks. More than 80% of our new students indicate their educational goal is to earn a degree at OCCC or another institution, yet less than 60% return to OCCC or another college after their first semester. And, for some groups, the percentages are even lower. It is imperative that this unrealized human capacity reach its full potential - the huge benefits to the individual and the community are undisputed, as are the long-term costs because of gaps in achievement.

Mission Statement

OCCC provides broad access to learning that empowers students to complete a certificate or degree and that enriches the lives of everyone in our community.

  • Access: Our community has broad and equitable access to both highly valued certificate and degree programs and non-credit educational opportunities and events.
  • College Readiness: Our students develop skills and knowledge required to succeed in college.
  • Student Success: Our students successfully complete their academic courses, persist in college, and earn certificates or degrees at OCCC or another institution.
  • Graduate Success: Our graduates go on to earn higher-level degrees or are successful in technical or professional careers.
  • Community Development: Our community's quality of life is enriched through our educational, artistic and recreational programs and events.

Our Mission Statement describes why we exist and what we do. Traditionally, community colleges have been about providing access. But, it's not enough that students pass through our doors - earning a certificate or degree is what changes lives.

Values

  • Students: Fundamental to all that we do
  • Safety: Safe and secure environment for everyone
  • Accountability: Use of evidence to measure performance and to make decisions
  • Stewardship: Wise and efficient use of resources
  • Integrity: Honest, ethical, and respectful to all
  • Innovation: Creative and forward thinking
  • Diversity: Embrace and appreciate the value of differences

Our values describe the behaviors we exemplify in our work every day. Some, such as Safety, Stewardship, Integrity, and Diversity, are non-negotiable ethical standards we all follow. All are welcome at OCCC, I look forward to seeing you on campus.

Best Regards,

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Dr. Paul W. Sechrist
President