Meet your Student Success Coaches

Blake Hagan

Theresa Harper

Carol Martin

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541-867-8539 541-867-8501 541-867-8521
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Advises students interested in:

Associate of Arts Transfer Degree (AAOT)
Associate of Business Transfer Degree (ASOTB)
Associate of General Studies
Aquarium Science

Advises students interested in:

Teaching Program
Early Childhood Education

Advises students interested in:

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer
Associate of Business Transfer Degree (ASOTB)
Associate of General Studies
Nursing & Allied Health Programs

Learn more about ‘The Oregon Coast Approach’

Every college and university has its own method of supporting students with academic advising and coaching. Begun in 2022, OCCC has completely redesigned its process to better support you, our students. Our model, dubbed the “Oregon Coast Approach,” provides students with personalized service from the very start, through their academic career at OCCC. The Coach that meets the student at an assembly in high school, for example, is the same Coach who helps them apply and register for their first term and, later, helps them plan for their next steps.

From the moment you begin your academic career at Oregon Coast Community College, you will begin working with one of our four Student Success Coaches, and they are devoted to supporting you throughout your time at OCCC.  Here you’ll find more about the roles of our Student Success Coaches – and of you, the student – in the important coaching process.

What We Do as Coaches:

    • Discuss programs, courses, requirements
    • Help to clarify educational and career goals
    • Discuss strategies for success
    • Listen to student concerns and make referrals when necessary

What Students do before Coaching appointment:

New Students
    • Schedule a one-hour appointment with a Student Success Coach (above) to discuss courses, programs, and sign up for a New Student Orientation, where you will register for classes
    • Bring transcripts (college and/or high school/GED)
Returning Students
    • Review your degree progress
    • Schedule a 30-minute appointment with Coach (above)


Additional information & resources 

Placement at Oregon Coast Community College

Oregon Coast Community College: Multiple Measures Placement Process

What you need to know

OCCC’s placement process recognizes the success, rigor, and accuracy of high school courses and grades. As a result, we are including high school grades in our placement process.

OCCC’s Placement Process Philosophy
  • Understanding that the use of placement testing alone has not been accurately placing students.
  • Acknowledging that under-placement is a barrier to student success and completion.
  • Developing a process grounded in research and best-practice.
  • Creating an equitable and inclusive process.
Multiple Measures Conversation

The placement process at OCCC starts with an initial advising appointment to discuss academic and career goals. The academic advisor uses the following information to place students:

  • Cumulative High School GPA as well as specific grades in writing and math courses.
  • Smarter Balanced Scores (high school proficiency).
  • SAT/ACT scores.
  • GED scores.
  • Transcripts from previous colleges or universities.
  • Past work or academic experience.
  • Placement documents created by writing faculty.
  • Placement documents created by math faculty.
  • Referrals to Math and Writing faculty If additional assessment is needed.

Multiple Measures Workflow Diagram