MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

If you are looking for a great culinary school with excellent facilities, a great faculty, small classes, and in a beautiful part of the world at a reasonable cost then look no further. Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s 17,000 square foot facility is a start-of-the-art culinary facility with three large teaching kitchens, three classrooms, a huge area for banquets with a beautiful demonstration kitchen. Take a look at our new building on this web site. Our chef instructors are all American Culinary Federation certified and they have won numerous awards and worked in kitchens and restaurants throughout the United States. The southern Oregon coast has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and the campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College is located next to Empire Lakes and is extremely attractive. Best of all, you can live on campus in student housing, and the cost of our tuition and housing is substantially less than you what you will pay for tuition alone at many of the other culinary schools in the United States. Don’t forget, we will deduct $300 from your tuition if you visit the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and subsequently enroll in the institute. Looking forward to seeing and serving you.

Sincerely,
Shawn L. Hanlin, CEC, AAC
Executive Director



AFFORDABILITY

At OCCI, we believe there is no reason why a top culinary program can't be affordable. We pride ourselves on combining an outstanding educational experience with competitive tuition rates so that our students derive the highest value for their hard-earned educational dollars. We expect great things from the graduates of our program, that's why we provide highly marketable culinary skills in conjunction with a practical fee structure - we want to do everything possible to help you succeed at the highest level. As a program of Southwestern Oregon Community College, a two-year public institution fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, federal and State financial aid, scholarships, and loans are available to OCCI students.

CULINARY ARTS CAREER

Our short, yet intensive, associate degree program will have you out on the job market while students at other programs are still sharpening their knives in the kitchen. The first 12 months you'll receive a well-rounded professional education with a solid foundation consisting of classic culinary theory, technical skills and core academic courses such as English and Computer Science. Demonstrations by guest chefs will add to the diversity of the program and expose students to alternate techniques and cuisine. After completing a year of coursework, you'll move into a 3 month externship where you'll put your culinary training to work.
 
 

A TYPICAL DAY

After a day of preparing culinary delights, discover some of the most awe-inspiring natural settings on the majestic coast of southern Oregon. The OCCI campus is nestled in scenic Coos Bay amid lush forests and hills, towering sand dunes the grandeur of historic lighthouses. Recreational opportunities abound. Before or after class, take a relaxing stroll on the shores of the roaring Pacific Ocean. Hike through acres of pristine woods surrounding the campus or watch playful sea lions from a rocky bluff overlooking the water. Enjoy year-round biking, fishing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, crabbing and clamming.
 
 

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What our graduates say...

OCCI has provided me with opportunities I had never known were possible. On top of being in a program working side by side with master chefs, I have been able to play softball, complete my externship on campus, and I am now completing my business degree. These opportunites are steps to fulfilling my dream of owning a bakery and they have given me the confidence to know I'll be successful. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else!

Michele Poteet (Lodi, CA) Class of 2012