Oklahoma City Community College traces its beginning to March 20, 1969. At that time,
a committee of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce was organized to circulate
petitions asking the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to take action to
establish a junior college in the area. As a direct result of the interest and initiative
of these citizens, a junior college district was formed, and a board of trustees was
appointed a year later.
Extensive planning and ground breaking for the college took place in 1971 and construction began in January 1972.
South Oklahoma City Junior College opened for classes on September 25, 1972, with an enrollment of 1,049 students. On October 8, 1972, the college was formally dedicated.
In the spring of 1974, a new Board of Regents was appointed as the governing unit for the school, and in 1983 the name of the college was changed to Oklahoma City Community College.
Now, OCCC is one of the largest and most successful institutions of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. Enrollment in college-level classes and non-credit classes this past year exceeded 30,000 individuals. Since our founding, more than 330,000 students have attended OCCC and more than 25,000 have received degrees. In 2014, OCCC celebrated a historic year with a record number of graduates with more than 2,000 students completing their degree or certificate.
Established with the belief that everyone should have access to education, OCCC remains one of the most affordable colleges in the state. The college enjoys a reputation of maintaining high quality in its programs, having dedicated and talented faculty and staff, and operating with a clear focus on students. One significant measure of success is how our students do after graduation. The evidence clearly shows that our students who transfer to a university are more than able to meet the rigors of upper-division college work; and for those that enter or continue in a career, these graduates are fully prepared for the challenges of today’s workplace.
Over 80% of the people in the Oklahoma City area have some connection with OCCC—many as students and graduates—but there is also a significant number who have participated in one or more of our programs offered to the community, including Arts Festival Oklahoma, the Performing Arts Series, College for Kids, or attendance at one of the many public events, including many in the new state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater.
As Oklahoma City’s community college, OCCC is deeply committed to its mission—to provide broad access to learning that empowers students to complete a degree and that also enriches the lives of everyone in the community that we serve.