Programs for High School Students

Navigate Program

Dual Credit Program

Expanded Options Program

Early College Program

Oregon Coast Community College offers a variety of options for High School students to participate in college courses and learn about the culture of college.

The Oregon Coast Community College Navigate Program serves as an umbrella program designed to inspire, inform, guide, and support students finding their way to – and successfully through – higher education. The Navigate Program supports Lincoln County students and families beginning in the 8th grade and continuing through completion of community college and on to employment or transfer. The Navigate Program maintains two key strategic initiatives:

1. Connect and enhance existing outreach and support activities across partners to encourage more students to complete high school and enter higher education.

2. Provide direct support and increase retention and success of first-generation and low-income students who enroll at OCCC.

Contact Ben Kaufmann, Navigate Program Manager, at for more information.

Dual Credit Program

Through OCCC's dual credit agreement with the Lincoln County School District, students may earn OCCC credits while they currently are enrolled in high school. Students who take high school courses equivalent to OCCC courses may qualify for OCCC credits in college- approved professional/technical courses. High school students should consult their high school counselors for more information.

Expanded Options Program

The Expanded Options Program helps students get a head start on college, at considerable savings, while they are still in high school. Under an agreement between Lincoln County School District (LCSD) and Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC), eligible and admitted LCSD juniors and seniors may take OCCC college courses at the College or online through the College, and receive simultaneous college and high school credit. Interested persons should speak to their high school counselor for more information.

Early College Program

The faculty, staff, and administration at Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) want to ensure that all Lincoln County High School juniors and seniors who are "College Ready" have the opportunity to begin their post-secondary education and become successful college students. OCCC's Early College Program is committed to serving students in the community, including students of color, first-generation and low-income individuals.

Benefits of Early College include:

  • Earn high school and college credits concurrently (high school credit is granted at the discretion of the high school you attend
  • Get a head start on academic and career goals Experience the academic rigor of college classes
  • Save time and money

Students in Early College are Juniors and Seniors in high school that are mature enough socially, emotionally and educationally to operate in the adult college setting. Juniors and Seniors from Lincoln County School District including home schools and charter schools are eligible. All students must demonstrate they are college-ready. College ready is defined as placing into 100-level courses.

Tuition is at no cost to each student. Students are required to pay for fees and books. Limited scholarships are available. Additionally, students must provide their own transportation or use public transportation to attend OCCC.

To enter the Early College Program:

  1. Complete an admission application by starting here:
  2. Make an appointment with an OCCC academic advisor using our online appointment tool appointments/ to discuss placement into classes. Please bring your high school transcript to this appointment.
  3. Attend the REQUIRED Early College Program orientation at one of the following dates and times (Note: This orientation is not required for previously enrolled Expanded Options students. Students will register for classes using the My.OregonCoast student portal during this orientation.)

Students can register for one class per term tuition free and students will receive a 50% tuition reduction for additional classes taken in a term. Students may take up to s classes (one per term) through the Early College Program. Students are limited to three OCCC online classes through the Early College Program.

Designated transfer classes from the list below may be taken provided there is space available.

Biology: BI 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203
College Success: CG 100 — STRONGLY RECOMMENDED the first term a student participates in the ECP.
Communication: COMM 111 History: HST (any course number)
Library and Research Skills: LIB 101
Mathematics: MTH 105, 111, 112, 243
Psychology: PSY 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203
Reading: RD 115
Spanish: SPAN 101, 102, 103, 111, 112, 113, 201, 202, 203
Writing: WR 115, 121, 122, 123

For more information about the Early College Program, email or call 541-867-8501.