Fall Preview Day Schedule 2019

Welcome to Oklahoma City Community College’s Fall Preview Day.

Whether you already know exactly what you want to study or are merely curious about college programs, we’re ready to answer questions to help you get started. Fall Preview Day is an opportunity to visit with faculty and staff in OCCC’s major divisions, participate in a student panel, eat lunch and take a tour of the campus.

Classmates and family members are welcome, too. Just let us know on the registration page what your plans are.

High school seniors in particular will appreciate turning the “open house” experience to their own purposes for a change!

November 8, 2019

• 8:15-9:00 am: Check-in
• 9:00 am: Welcome
• 9:20 am: Campus Resources
• 9:50 am: Introduction of Academic Divisions
and Majors/Programs
• 10:00 am: Break-out sessions begin
• 11:30 am: Student Panel
• Noon: Lunch (Free)


ALL of our programs A to Z


Below are the academic divisions and programs that will be highlighted during Preview Day:

    • Art

      Fundamental knowledge of visual art in multiple media (drawing, ceramics, painting).

      Careers: museum curators, art gallery director, painter, sculptor, jeweler, art historian, film/video and fashion design, graphic artist.

      Potential Jobs: Museum Curator (Median Income $47k annually – 2017), Art Director (Median Income $92k annually – 2017), Independent Painter, Sculptor, or Illustrator (Median Income $58k -2017), Jeweler (Median Income $38k annually – 2017), Art Historian (Median Income $47k annually– 2017), Fashion Design (Median Income $67k annually – 2017), Multimedia Artist and Animator (Median Income $71k annually – 2017), etc.

      Broadcasting/Journalism/Public Relations

      Preparation for behind-the-scenes or in front of the camera of America’s digital and traditional media with courses in audio and video production, news writing.

      Careers: newscaster, photojournalist, public relations, social media content writer, reporter, author, news commentator, advertising salesperson, proofreader, newscaster.

      Potential Jobs: Reporter (Median Income $41k annually – 2017), Broadcast News Analyst (Median Income $41k annually – 2017), Public Relations Specialist (Median Income $59k annually – 2017), Technical Writer (Median Income $71k annually – 2017), Writer and author (Median Income $62k annually – 2017), Advertising Sales Agent (Median Income $50k annually – 2017), Editor (Median Income $59k annually – 2017), etc.

      Digital Cinema

      Training in the technical aspects of film and video production with courses in cinematography, film editing, digital effects, documentary filmmaking, screen writing, film production and business, film sound, production design.

      Careers: Gaffer, Production Assistant, Digital Imaging Technician, Boom Operator, Camera Operator, Sound Recordist, Key Grip, Best Boy

      Potential Jobs: Film and Video Editors ($74k—2017), Gaffer ($45k – 2017), Camera Operators ($61k – 2017), Sound Technician (Median Income $49k- 2017), Production Assistant ($36k – 2017).

      Digital Media

      Receive hands-on training in design theory, illustration, electronic publishing computer drawing, digital imaging, publication design and software applications such as Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, photography.

      Careers: photographer, graphic designer, prepress technician, photo lab technician, advertising designer, website designer (front end), animator, web developer.

      Potential Jobs: Photographer (Median Income $32k annually – 2017), Graphic Designer (Median Income $49k annually – 2017), Prepress Technician (Median Income $ 42k annually – 2017), Website Designer (Median Income $53k annually – 2017), Website Developer (Median Income $68k annually – 2017), etc.

      Diversified Studies

      Often used to meet specific academic needs, especially for adult college students or returning college students, diversified studies at Oklahoma City Community College gives you the chance to create your own major. The diversified studies program, in fact, graduates the most college students each year from OCCC.

      Careers: law enforcement, sales, retail workers, health professions, fashion marketing, Industrial safety, administrative and organizational leadership

      Potential Jobs: Police Officer (Median Income $63K annually – 2017), Cashiers (Median Income $21K annually – 2017), Retail Sales Worker (Median Income $23K annually – 2017), Merchandise Displayers ($30K annually – 2017), Occupational Health and Safety Engineers ($50K annually – 2017), Office Administration and Support Personnel ($30K annually – 2017), Administrative Assistants ($41K annually – 2017), etc.


      Preparation and mastery of music provides the student with courses music theory, individual instrument lessons, music appreciation, music literature, and public performance.

      Careers: professional and studio musician, musical director, music therapy, acting, program and event coordinator.

      Potential Jobs: Musicians (Median Hourly Income $27 hourly – 2017), Music Director (Median Income $51K annually – 2017), Composer (Median Income $51K annually – 2017), Music Therapist (Median Income $56K annually – 2014), Event Coordinator (Median Income $48K annually – 2017), etc.

      All salary data was obtained from the United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Outlook Handbook - 2017 - unless otherwise noted.

    • Automotive Technology - AAS

      In OCCC’s Automotive Technology Degree Programs, you will learn: •A.S.E. engine performance, engine repair, suspension, steering, brakes, and new products. •Electrical theory and automotive heat and air conditioning theory •Brake system repair and diagnosis, anti-lock brake system diagnosis, alignment procedures and theory and suspension diagnosis The automotive technology degree programs offer traditional classes as well as individual-paced (IP) courses to fit with your needs and lifestyle. GM ASEP, Honda PACT, Nissan/Infiniti NTTA/ITTA, and Subaru University. This degree program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and is ASE preparatory.

      Potential Jobs: Automotive technician, mechanic, service advisor, service manager, etc. (Median income $40k/annually – 2017)

      Business - AS

      Choosing to become a member of the business community means learning a variety of skills. If you decide to pursue this career option, you will study courses like economics, accounting, statistics and computer science in addition to taking general education classes. You can pick from many associate degrees in business from Oklahoma City Community College as well as several business certificate programs. Your educational options include this two-year general business program that transfers easily to the college or university of your choice.  This program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

      Potential Jobs: Accountant (Median income $69k/annually – 2017), business development (Median income $75k/annually – 2017), financial analyst, claims adjuster (Median income $65k/annually – 2017), insurance underwriter, loan officer, financial auditor, fundraiser (Median income $55k/annually – 2017), real estate broker  (Median income $56k/annually – 2017), sales engineer (Median income $97k/annually – 2017), etc.

      Business Accounting/Finance - AAS

      If you enjoy working with numbers and solving financial problems, consider a career in accounting and finance. The two-year associate degree program in accounting/finance support specialist at Oklahoma City Community College is designed specifically for someone looking to enter the job market immediately after graduation. If you are planning to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, you should consider an associate in science degree in business instead.

      Potential Jobs: Accountant (Median income $69k/annually – 2017), financial analyst, claims adjuster (Median income $65k/annually – 2017), insurance underwriter, loan officer, financial auditor, fundraiser ((Median income $55k/annually – 2017), etc.

      Computer Science

      Cyber/Information Security - AAS

      Keeping national secrets safe as well as protecting individuals and companies from criminals who seek to steal identities and destroy documents is becoming more important every day. You could enter the in-demand profession of cyber security specialist with an associate degree in Cyber Information Security from Oklahoma City Community College. This program requires that you complete CompTIA A+ certification preparation training. Because of the increasing threats to computerized data and information, the need for cyber information security specialists is at an all-time high. These cyber information security specialists protect computer users from hackers and electronic fraud, viruses and worms and more. Oklahoma City Community College has been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (CAE2Y) by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

      Potential Jobs: Information security analyst (Median income $95K/annually – 2017)

      Management Information Systems (MIS) - AS

      If you are organized and analytical, and interested in playing a role in company management, a career in Management Information Systems (MIS) could be right for you. MIS is a planned system of collecting, processing, storing and giving out data in the form of information needed to carry out the functions of a company’s management team. It involves analyzing computer-stored data relating to employees, business documents, technologies and procedures and using that data to aid in business decision-making processes. This career field is made up of a unique blend of computer system and business knowledge. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2016. OCCC provides a strong foundation in management information systems with excellent transfer to the University of Oklahoma and other four-year colleges and universities.

      Potential Jobs: Information Technology Manager (Median income $139K/annually – 2017)

      Software Development - AS

      If you want to learn the fundamentals of computer science, Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate degree in science in computer science. You can select a program, which will easily transfer to the University of Oklahoma or a number of other schools with similar patterns to continue your educational path toward a bachelor’s degree in computer science. In this degree program, you will take classes in software engineering including application development, web development, game development, robotics, data communications, computer security, telecommunications, computer networks and database management. OCCC provides a strong foundation in computer science and is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

      Potential Jobs: Software Developer (Median income $103K/annually – 2017)

      Computer-Aided Design - AAS

      Computer-aided design (CAD) is the tool designers, engineers, architects and other skilled workers use to create 3D models and 2D construction and manufacturing drawings. CAD technicians are in high demand in a number of different industries. And, you could be too, with an associate degree in computer-aided design from Oklahoma City Community College. Architectural firms, engineering firms, manufacturers, construction companies, municipalities and government agencies are all relying on skilled CAD technicians to keep up with the constant changes in technology. You could design planes, automobiles or buildings with a computer-aided design degree from OCCC.

      Potential Jobs: Drafters (Median income $54k/annually), industrial designers (Median income $65/annually), etc.

      Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - AAS

      Geographic information system (GIS) technicians are in high demand. And, you could be, too, with an associate degree from Oklahoma City Community College. Essentially, GIS is a computer system designed to capture, store and manipulate geographically referenced information. It allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, reports, and charts. Banks, media outlets, municipalities, government agencies, oil and gas companies, scientists, researchers and engineering firms use GIS. In addition, these entities all rely on skilled technicians to keep up with the constant changes in technology. You could be mapping the world, with an associate degree in applied science in geographic information systems from OCCC.

      Potential Jobs: Cartographers (Median income $63k/annually), surveying and mapping technicians (Median income $43k/annually), etc.

      All salary data was obtained from the United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Outlook Handbook - 2017 - unless otherwise noted. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

    • Anesthesia Technology Program – AAS

      Oklahoma City Community College offers the first and only anesthesia technology program in Oklahoma. As an integral member of the anesthesia care team, certified anesthesia technologists focus on fundamental and advanced clinical procedures that assist licensed anesthesia providers in the safe and efficient care of patients receiving anesthesia. Anesthesia technologists are trained to anticipate the needs of the patient and the provider, as determined by the surgical requirements, procedure or circumstance. Upon successful completion of the associate degree in anesthesia technology, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) national certification examination. Certified anesthesia technologists may work in a variety of clinical settings including hospital operating rooms, interventional and diagnostic radiology, labor and delivery suites, intensive care units, emergency rooms, outpatient procedure suites, and ambulatory surgery centers.

      Potential Jobs:  Anesthesia Technologist (Median Income – 40K-50K/annually – Research/Survey 2018)

      Emergency Medical Sciences - AAS

      Making fast, life-saving decisions is probably the most important thing an emergency medical technician (EMT) paramedic can do. If you want to help those who are hurt or in need, have an interest in the health care industry and are a quick, critical thinker, you might consider a career in the emergency medical sciences. Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate degree in applied science in emergency medical sciences, which leads graduates immediately into the job market and prepares them for the National Registry paramedic exam. This degree is offered both traditionally and in an online hybrid format for those who live far from campus or who have work and family obligations. Entry into this program requires successful completion of EMS 1019 or equivalent or National Registry Certification as an EMT or Advanced EMT.

      Potential Jobs: Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic (Median Income $33,380/annually – BLS-2017)

      Nursing - AAS

      This nursing degree program provides the educational background you need for entry into nursing practice as a Registered Nurse. Credits earned in this program may apply toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The Program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org.

      Potential Jobs: Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Additional education required) (Median Salary – Registered Nurse - $70,000 BLS- 2017) (Median Salary – Nurse Practitioner $110,930 – BLS 2017)

      Occupational Therapy Assistant - AAS

      In this career, you will assist individuals, who experience physical, cognitive, social, developmental and/or emotional challenges, to functionally engage in performance of daily occupations in self-care, productivity, and leisure. Additionally you will guide individuals in adapting to and with their environment by providing the necessary skills for daily living. Your prerequisite beliefs and values should include patience, appreciation of diversity, creativity, flexibility, and the willingness to adapt to change. At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in applied science in the occupational therapy assistant program. You will also get hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings.

      Potential Jobs: Occupational Therapy Assistant/Occupational Therapist (Additional education required) (Median Salary – Occupational Therapy Assistant - $56,690 – BLS- 2017) (Median Salary Occupational Therapist - $83,200 – BLS -2017)

      Physical Therapy Assistant – AAS>

      Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction of a licensed physical therapist. Duties include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to his/her plan of care. PTAs teach and monitor exercise and activities of daily living, conduct treatments using special equipment, administer modalities, and regularly report to the physical therapist on the patient's responses and progress. Clinical experiences are in physical therapy departments and clinics. Completion of the Associates degree in PTA is required to sit for the licensure exam; our graduates are eligible to meet the requirements of the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

      Potential Jobs: Physical Therapy Assistant/Physical Therapist (Additional education required) (Median Salary – Physical Therapy Assistant - $46,920 – BLS-2017)

      (Median Salary Physical Therapist - $86,850 – BLS -2017)

      Respiratory Care Therapist – AAS

      Studying to become a Respiratory Care Therapist gives you the opportunity to work under the supervision of a physician to deliver direct patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, laboratories, doctors’ offices and homes. An associate degree in the Respiratory Care Therapist program will lead you directly into the job market. This program is offered through a contractual arrangement between Oklahoma City Community College and Francis Tuttle Technology Center.  You must first apply for admission to the program through Francis Tuttle Technology Center. After graduation, you will need to apply for state licensure in Oklahoma as a Registered Respiratory Care Therapist through the State Board of Medical Examiners. 

      Potential Jobs: Respiratory Care Therapist (Median Salary – Respiratory Care Therapist - $59,710 – BLS -2017)

      Speech Language Pathology Assistants - AAS

      Oklahoma City Community College offers the first and only speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) program in Oklahoma. If you are interested in working with clients or students who are experiencing communication delays and disorders, then this field of study is for you. Speech-language pathology assistants work in public schools and healthcare settings. Speech-language pathology assistants are prepared to work with licensed speech-language pathologists. Because there is a shortage of speech-language pathologists in Oklahoma, and the numbers of children and adults needing communication services are continuing to rise, the need for SLPAs is also increasing. OCCC SLPA graduates are qualified to apply for a license from the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (OBESPA) and a teaching credential for practice from the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).

      Potential Jobs: Speech Language Pathology Assistant/Speech Language Pathologist (Additional Education Required) (Median Salary – Speech Language Pathologist Assistant- $36,000– 2018 – Survey – Oklahoma 180-day contract with benefits) (Individual Contract – Speech Language Pathology Assistant- $25-$30 dollars an hour ($52,000-$62,400).  Median Salary - Speech Language Pathologist ($76.610 – BLS -2017)

      All salary data was obtained from the United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Outlook Handbook – 2017 –unless otherwise noted.  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

    • AS Transfer Degrees

      The following programs provide the first two years of a bachelorette degree.  In most cases, the BS is required for job placement.


      Biology is all about studying life processes and your courses will cover everything from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria. Subjects include microbiology, botany, ecological systems, anatomy, zoology, genetics and physiology in addition to general education courses. After exploring various biological topics in General Biology I and II and taking other hands-on courses complete with state-of-the-art learning labs, students have a large array of choices when it comes to selecting a specific aspect of biology to study.

      Degrees in Biology prepare you for careers in ecology, education, wildlife management, veterinary science, and zoology or research.  Biologists also find jobs in nursing, radiation technology, physical therapy, or other health professions.

      Annual salaries for people with biology degrees vary widely depending on the specific field, level of degree, and experience.  The annual median income for a secondary school biology teacher in Oklahoma is around $41,000; however, registered nurses have a median of 58,000 per year and for a physical therapist (allied heath) that number is $83,000.  Nationally, the median income for a “biologist” is around $50,000.


      Engineering combines all the power of math, science, technology and computers. Engineers make modern life work.  Therefore, if you love those things and want a career in their practical uses in daily life, then an engineering degree from Oklahoma City Community College might be right for you.  At OCCC, you will learn all the engineering fundamentals that apply no matter which specialty you later choose. Our engineering classes include:

      • Engineering graphics and design
      • Statics
      • Rigid body dynamics
      • Thermodynamics
      • Material strength
      • Electrical science
      • Fluid mechanics

      In addition, in your final semester at OCCC, you will get the chance to pick from many interesting and exciting engineering elective classes.

      Across both private industry and government positions, you can match your talent and interest to more than 30 engineering branches, including, aerospace, architectural biological, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, manufacturing, mechanical, and nuclear.

      Depending on the specific field, degree earned, and experience engineers in Oklahoma have median incomes between $65,000 annually (Environmental, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Industrial) and $115,000 annually (Petroleum, Geological)


      At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in science in mathematics and build a firm academic foundation to continue your education at a four-year college or university.

      You will take the entire calculus sequence and appropriate science courses. You will also have the option to take foundational mathematics classes such as Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry and/or to extend your mathematics to Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations. These courses will help you build your mathematical reasoning ability and problem solving skills.

      Careers in engineering, economics, education, finance, computers, science, business and more could be in store for you if you select a course of study in mathematics.

      Annual salaries for people with mathematics degrees vary widely depending on the specific field, level of degree, and experience.  The annual median income for a secondary school mathematics teacher in Oklahoma is around $41,000, however a financial analyst has a median income of $63,000 per year, while an engineer can make between $65,000 and $115,000 per year.  Nationally the median annual income for a “mathematician” is around $71,000.

      AAS Degree

      Engineering Technology

      Studying Engineering Technology gives you the opportunity to become an Engineering technician. An associate degree in applied science or certificate of mastery in Engineering Technology will lead you directly into the job market as a highly skilled technician who can service, repair and overhaul various components and systems in areas such as aerospace and industrial, and residential electricity.  This degree is unique in that it combines college coursework in engineering, science, mathematics and computer aided design with training done at technology centers or in apprenticeship programs to give students a highly sought after credential that give them an advantage in the job market and as their careers continue.

      Depending on the specific field and experience, engineering technician’s median incomes can range from $29,000 annually to $62,000.

      All salary data was obtained from the United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Outlook Handbook - 2017 - unless otherwise noted. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

    • Political Science/Pre-Law

      The political science/pre-law degree at Oklahoma City Community College provides students the opportunity to explore the science of politics and law. The program offers a broad spectrum of courses. Students will have the opportunity to learn about public policy, law, state and local government, public administration, comparative politics, and political theory.  When you study political science/pre-law at OCCC, you will have the opportunity to enhance your writing, research skills and practice critical analysis.  You will also find your strengths in conveying information, while learning how to critically challenge values, beliefs and opinions and view the world through various perspectives. Possible careers include policy analyst, legislative assistant, political consultant/campaign staff, attorney, and claims adjudicator.

      Median income – holding advanced degrees - $63,434


      Psychology is a field that studies the human mind and behavior to better understand and explain the interaction of thoughts, emotions and behaviors. In the study of psychology, students at OCCC learn how the human brain organizes and interprets information, and how that interpretation affects a person’s perceptions and interactions with others. Students working toward an A.A. in psychology also learn more about the complexities of the learning process, motivation and effects of stress on health in addition to understanding psychological disorders and treatments. A degree in psychology from OCCC prepares students to continue their education at a four-year university and pursue a wide range of career opportunities in the psychology field including clinical, cognitive, developmental, educational, and research.

      Median income – practicing psychologists holding advanced degrees - $77,000

      All salary data was obtained from the United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Outlook Handbook - 2017 - unless otherwise noted. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Thank you for your interest in Preview Day. If you have any questions please contact Michael Hoggatt at michael.d.hoggatt@occc.edu