Photo of Lyndyn Piercefield receiving his awards
May 8th, 2024
OCC Student Captures Second Place in Welding Competition
Olney Central College student Landyn Piercefield was among the top finishers in the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center Welding Competition in Evansville. The OCC sophomore captured second place in the Apprentice Category, which is open to those ages 18-22. “I really enjoyed the competition,” Piercefield said. “It shows you where you stand in comparison to other welders your age. I like seeing where I stand and trying to improve my skills.”
Student Creating Computer Game During Summer Camp
Apr 29th, 2024
OCC Ignite Curiosity Summer Camps Start May 30
Dive into a world of exploration and excitement with Olney Central College’s Ignite Curiosity Summer Camps! These fun-filled, one-day camps offer an excellent opportunity for students to explore their interests and hobbies while having a great time with peers. Students can attend just one camp or all seven while engaging in plenty of hands-on activities under the guidance of OCC instructors. All camps will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Camps available include: Metaling Around – Welding | Grades 7-12
Students walking out of the gym after graduation
Apr 29th, 2024
OCC 60th Commencement May 10
Olney Central College will hold its 60th commencement exercises at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10 in the OCC Gymnasium. Friends and relatives of the graduates are invited to attend. OCC Interim Dean of Instruction Amy Tarr will give the welcoming remarks. Other speakers include OCC President Chris Simpson and OCC Alumnus Dr. Tanner Miller, who will give the Commencement Address.
OCC Navy Blue Knight Helmet
Apr 29th, 2024
Register Now for OCC Men's Basketball Youth Camps
OCC Men's Basketball will offer Summer Youth Camps for boys and girls entering Grades 1-10. The Girls Camp will meet June 15-17 and the Boys Camp will meet June 18-20. Both camps will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with drop off times of 7:30 a.m. The Cost is $100. For more information or to register, contact Joe Ledvina at 517-861-7587 or email
Students rehearsing for the Spring Musical Theater Showcase
Apr 24th, 2024
OCC Spring Musical Theater Showcase May 3
Join the Olney Central College Music Department as the Concert Choir and Musical Theater Workshop students present their Spring Musical Theater Showcase at 7 p.m. on May 3 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center. “The showcase is a chance for these students to have leading roles and gain experience in performing,” said OCC Director of Choral Activities Dr. Andrew Pittman. “Everyone is featured at least once, giving them a chance to shine.”
Jorri VanDyke is sworn in as the IECC Student Trustee
Apr 17th, 2024
Jorri VanDyke Sworn In As IECC Student Trustee
Olney Central College freshman Jorri VanDyke was seated as the new Student Trustee for Illinois Eastern Community Colleges during the Board of Trustees meeting on April 16. Elected by the OCC student body on March 19, VanDyke is eager to represent students across the district, giving them a voice in the decision-making process. “I am excited and looking forward to this opportunity,” VanDyke said. “It’s a great way to be informed about what is going on in the district. As student trustee, I want to help bridge the gap between students, administration and the board.”
Student singing
Apr 3rd, 2024
OCC Music Department Concerts April 10 and April 24
Olney Central College’s Music Department will host its Contemporary Music Ensembles and Brass Band Concert on April 10, while the Big Band and Concert/Community Band will perform on April 24. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center. The Contemporary Music Ensembles will feature two separate bands under the direction of adjunct faculty Josh Moats and Trevor Parrent, both OCC graduates.
Student working with new equipment in the lab
Mar 5th, 2024
OCC Students Utilizing Cutting-edge Biotechnology Equipment
Olney Central College students can now perform genomic sequencing and DNA analysis with cutting-edge biotechnology purchased through a $5,000 OCC Foundation mini grant. Foundation members Sherry Brauer and Brenda Glover along with Executive Director Beth Miller witnessed these capabilities firsthand as students used the new portable PCR thermocycler and gel electrophoresis to solve a crime.
Fiddler on the Roof Logo
Feb 22nd, 2024
OCC Theater to Present Fiddler on the Roof
PURCHASE TICKETS OLNEY, IL – Olney Central College Theater will present the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof on March 15-17 and 21-24 at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center.
Group photo of Edwards County ACES team
Feb 13th, 2024
OCC Announces ACES Competition Winners
Students from 11 area high schools participated in the 2024 Academic Challenge for Engineering and Science Competition at Olney Central College. The state-wide event is sponsored by Eastern Illinois University. Division 300 schools competing this year were: Clay City, Edwards County, Hutsonville, Lawrenceville, Oblong and Palestine. Division 700 schools were: Fairfield Community, Flora, Newton Community and Robinson. Richland County competed in Division 1,500.