OCC Transfer Center open house to spotlight variety of destinations

The annual Orange Coast College Transfer Center Open House on Oct. 5 will have representatives from UC Berkeley and Cal State Fullerton each representing their UC and CSU systems respectively. However, the UC and CSU systems will not be the only systems being represented on Tuesday. 

“We will also be exploring the private California institutions and the out-of-states,” said Janet Valle, an administrative assistant at the Transfer Center. “Not all students want to go to a UC or a Cal State. We want every student to make sure that they feel like ‘this open house was beneficial to me.’”

Some schools are willing to give students access to their time after an event such as this, including Chapman, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, and UCLA, and sometimes USC, according to Valle.

“The schools that come to us, such as the Cal States and UC’s, are really student centered, and really love our OCC students,” Valle said. “They’re constantly trying to make themselves readily available to you all. They’re willing to help students out not only when they come in-person or through virtual appointments, but also online through email.”

This year’s open house will not only be beneficial for students wanting to transfer, but all students, regardless of where they currently are academically, according to Valle. 

“We’re trying to cater to the freshmen who are not quite ready to transfer, the students who are ready to go, and the students who are in the middle not sure whether they’re ready or not,” she said.

In general, the Transfer Center is willing to help OCC students with whatever they need. 

“Our counselors are top counselors. Their availability is spread thin, but they’re willing to help whenever. Just schedule a meeting with them through our website,” Transfer Center Administrative Assistant Sandra Gonzalez said.

“We want to let students know that we’re here, we’ve been here, and we will continue to be here to help you all with your transfer path,” Valle said.

In addition to this year’s open house, the OCC Transfer Center will mark 30 years of service on Tuesday.

“We’re celebrating our 30th year anniversary. Thirty years is a lot. We’re super excited,” Valle said. “We’re still in a virtual setting which is forcing us to think outside the box and bring our student quality information and events. This is why we decided that our virtual open house needed to be as fruitful and meaty as it is.” 

To find out more information about this year’s open house, check out the OCC Transfer Center Home Page.

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