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President's Message

Welcome to Olney Central College! 

It is a privilege and an honor to serve as the President of Olney Central College. This year is especially exciting as OCC is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Students were first welcomed on campus in the fall of 1963 and many things have changed over the past 60 years. For example, new academic and career and technical programs have been added, new facilities have been added, and technology has changed dramatically. However, one thing that has remained constant during the past six decades is OCC’s commitment to student success and opportunity. This commitment is evidenced by the selection of Olney Central College as the No. 2 Ranked Community College in Illinois by Intelligent.com and as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College.

The mission of Olney Central College is to deliver exceptional education and services to improve the lives of our students and to strengthen our communities. This can only be accomplished with a dedicated faculty and staff that is focused on student success. At OCC, students will find small class sizes, rigorous curriculum, outstanding instruction, and a commitment to student support services. OCC is also embedded in the community and adds value by providing ongoing learning opportunities for residents, employee training with business and industry, and musical, and theatrical productions.

An individual’s choice about where to attend college is one of the most impactful decisions a person can make. Your decision to attend Olney Central College has set you on a path to success, just as it has for many leaders in our community, region, and beyond for the past 60 years. I wish you all the best and hope you have a productive and meaningful year at OCC.


Chris A. Simpson


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