The Navigate Program

We at Oregon Coast Community College are proud to present the Navigate Program.  Designed to assist Lincoln County students succeed and thrive in high school and go on to higher education, the Navigate Program is ready to provide necessary academic assistance, financial aid and scholarship outreach, and promote higher education.  Start exploring our resources below.

Need help applying for college?  Not sure how to fill out the FAFSA?  Not sure which college is right for you?  We are here to answer your questions about college and help ensure a successful transition from high school into higher education.

Start College Now!

Want to earn college credit while you are still in High School?  Oregon Coast Community College offers programs designed to do just that!  Check out the resources below to learn more about earning college credit while you are still in high school.

The faculty, staff, and administration at Oregon Coast Community College want to ensure that all college-ready Lincoln County high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to begin their post-secondary education and become successful college students.

The benefits of OCCC’s Dual Credit and Early College Program include:

  • Earn high school and college credits concurrently
  • Get a head start on academic and career goals
  • Experience the academic challenge of taking college classes
  • Save time and money

Starting in the Winter of 2021?

You’ve picked an exciting time to join OCCC! We’re here to help, every step of the way. This term features exclusively remote instruction – not just at OCCC, but at all Oregon universities and community college. One great resource is our “Succeeding in an Online Environment” page.

Earn College Credit at your High School (Dual Credit)


Students complete courses taught at their high school by qualified instructors providing the same content and academic challenge as an on-campus college class.  They earn both High School and College credits through OCCC.

  • The high school instructor must have the same qualifications that an on-campus faculty member does.
  • The course must provide the same content, course materials and outcomes  (the intended goals  and/or learning experience) as a course taken at OCCC.

When these requirements are met, the course is considered “articulated” with an OCCC course, and students can earn college credit.

OCCC Dual Credit courses are the result of an alignment between your high school and OCCC requiring college-level work, not all high school courses are eligible. Check with your high school counselor to find out which courses at your high school are a part of the OCCC Dual Credit program, and get a head start on your own college and career preparation!

How to enroll in the Dual Credit Program:

  • See your high school counselor or your high school’s dual credit facility
  • Complete the First Time College Student Admissions Profile

Students can earn Dual Credit in:

  • University Transfer courses that count toward a Bachelor’s degree in subject areas such as Literature, History, Math, and Music.
  • Career & Technical Education courses which lead to an Associate degree or certificate in programs such as: Automotive Service Technology, Computer Applications Systems, Early Education & Family Studies, Welding, Building Construction Technology and many more!

Read the Dual Credit Student Handbook

To learn more about the Dual Enrollment Program, click here, and click on the second tab, labeled, “Dual Credit.”

Tuition Free College Courses (Early College)


Early College is a program designed to give students the opportunity to earn college credit.  Students taking Early College courses are Juniors and Seniors in high school (including home schools and charter schools) that are mature enough socially, emotionally and educationally to operate in the adult college setting (college-ready).  College-ready is defined as having course placement into 100-level or above classes.

Students will complete courses taught at OCCC or online by OCCC instructors (high school credit is granted at the discretion of the high school you attend).

  • OCCC Early College is a program designed to give students the opportunity to earn college credit.
  • Tuition is at no cost to each student.
  • Students are required to pay for fees and books.  Limited scholarships are available.

How to enroll in the Early College Program:

  • Complete the First Time College Student Admissions application
  • Schedule an appointment with an OCCC academic advisor
  • Attend an OCCC Early College orientation prior to registration

You can earn Credits in:

  • Most general education courses are eligible for the Early College Program. This includes Writing, Speech, Music, Science, Math, History, Psychology. Spanish, and more!

OCCC’s Early College Program is committed to serving all students in the community, including students of color, first-generation and low-income individuals.

To learn more about OCCC’s Early College program, click here and click the first tab, labeled “Early College.”

Career Technical Education (CTE)


The State of Oregon offers many Career Technical Education opportunities.  Here in Lincoln County, we offer CTE classes and courses in most high schools.

CTE (Career Technical Education) is learning that works for Oregon. CTE is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement, and global competitiveness. CTE is developing our most valuable resource – our people; helping them gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation, and real-world experience, they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers- and keep America working – in every sense of the word. CTE is organized by a national framework called Career Clusters ™, which presents a complete range of related career options to students of all ages, helps them discover their interests and passions, and empowers them to choose the education pathway that can lead to success in high school, college, and their chosen career. CTE is leading change, transforming expectations and making the difference for students, for high schools and colleges, for business and industry, for Oregon and for America.

Visit our CTE information page for more details!

Financial Aid


Not sure how to pay for college?  Well, don’t worry because you came to the right place.  In this section you will find information and resources about deadlines, open scholarships, FAFSA tips, and other financial aid/scholarship information!

Below are a list of available options for student financial aid.  Follow each link below to find more information about possible scholarships, loans, grants, etc.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 each year. US citizens and eligible non-citizens must use the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid programs.  Most colleges and scholarships require that you complete the FAFSA, so be sure to complete and submit the application.

Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

  • Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)
    • Complete the ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1 each year, only if you are a DACA student or an undocumented student. The ORSAA gives eligible undocumented students the ability to apply for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, and certain OSAC scholarships. The ORSAA is used exclusively by the state of Oregon, not the Federal government. The ORSAA is NOT a tool that is used to identify or deport undocumented individuals.
  • Oregon Opportunity Grant
    • Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students. Nearly 40,000 students receive Opportunity Grants each year.  You can submit the FAFSA (or ORSAA) after October 1 each year, to be eligible for funding for the following academic year. There is no firm application deadline for OOG – however, it is best to apply as soon as possible after October 1 to have the best chance to receive funding.
  • Oregon Promise Scholarship
    • Attention graduating seniors and recent GED recipients!  Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover most tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® recipients. This scholarship can cover be applied for up to two years at an Oregon Community College.  Oregon Promise award amounts for 2017-18 will be available by August 2017 in the OSAC Student Portal.  Complete the application at
  • OSAC General Scholarship Application
    • OSAC awards more than $18 million in scholarships annually. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 or more. You don’t need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to apply. OSAC administers more than 500 scholarship programs, and you may qualify, but you won’t know unless you apply! Start your OSAC Scholarship Application, final deadline is March 1 of each year. If it falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be extended to 5:00 p.m. (PST) of the following business day.

Oregon Coast Community College Scholarships – click here

  • Oregon Coast Scholars
    • Oregon Coast Scholars is a two-year tuition free scholarship for graduating student of Lincoln County, home-schooled students, and military veterans.  Be sure to check the eligibility requirements to see if you qualify.  Lincoln County School District students will be notified in spring if there are eligible to apply.  Oregon Coast Scholars has a strict deadline in May prior to each academic year.
  • Serve, Earn, and Learn (SEAL) Scholarship
    • OCCC offers students an opportunity to work at the campus to earn a scholarship, our version of work-study.  The Serve, Earn and Learn (SEAL) Scholarship Program offers OCCC students financial assistance in exchange for service to OCCC.  The scholarships will provide on-campus educational service assignments for selected students.  Visit our website to learn more information.
  • OCCC General Foundation Scholarship
    • The OCCC Foundation awarded nearly $115,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year, providing assistance for tuition, fees, and books for sixty-four deserving students.  Seventy-nine percent of applicants received a scholarship, with awards ranging from $500 to $4,500.  These scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from individuals and organizations within our community.  Scholarship opens in Spring before the start of each academic year.

Lincoln County Scholarship Foundation – click here

The Lincoln County Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established to serve as an agency to receive and administer funds and other property contributed for any civic, educational, charitable or religious purpose, and particularly to assist, encourage and promote the welfare and well-being of the youth of Lincoln County, Oregon.  Ask your counselor or teacher if you qualify for any scholarship and how to apply!

Choosing Your College / Career Path

Choosing Your College / Career Path

Unsure of which career is right for you?  Choosing the right career path can seem overwhelming.  Before you  choose a career look at your skills and interests and explore how to turn those into a career you enjoy.

Career Exploration Tool

Find the Right College Tool

Looking at beginning your higher education at a community college.  You will need to make sure that community college has the courses you require.  Below is a list of the 17 Oregon Community colleges, look through the program/degree options offered by each to ensure you select the right institution.



Attention: parents, current high school students, high school graduates, and college students! Here you will find resources

of all kinds!  Click on the quick-links below to find the information that you are looking for.

Resources for Middle School Students

Resources for High School Students

Resources for Parents and Families

Resources for PK-12 Educators

Other Resources

Oregon CTE Information (College and High School)

Financial Aid and College Vocabulary

Oregon Career Information Systems (CIS)

  • Login: Oregoncoast
  • Password: cissharks


2021 Fall open zoom hours of the Navigate Program:

Monday:  2:00 – 3:30 pm

Tuesday:  6:00 – 7:00 pm

Thursday:  9:00 – 10:30 am

Wednesday:  I will be on the Lincoln City campus

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