About Orange Coast College (OCC)
Orange Coast College's 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California's beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, with classes beginning in 1948, OCC has grown into one of the nation's largest -- and finest -- community colleges, enrolling more than 25,000 students each semester. OCC's has an unwavering commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and rich racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 21,498 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 35% of OCC's students are Latinx, 2% are African- American, 23% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 31% are White, and 6% are multiracial. OCC engages in a variety of professional development opportunities and partnerships so that we can serve disproportionately impacted groups. Student-centered activities that support OCC's mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).
Under general supervision, to perform a variety of complex paraprofessional and administrative duties related to Outreach and Recruitment for the career and technical education programs of the college. The successful candidate will be required to develop, implement and monitor a data-driven program and specific activities to identify and recruit students for CTE programs, with a special focus on individuals from targeted populations including ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged, limited English, disabled, single parent, and under-represented populations per program, and to target services for enrollment and retention of students in career certificate programs, along with other related duties as assigned.
Promotes enrollment and retention of students for career and technical education programs, focusing on underrepresented populations. Identifies outreach opportunities; plans, implements and participates in outreach and recruitment activities in schools, occupational programs, local employers, and community-based organizations. Organizes, schedules, and delivers presentations to groups and makes direct contact with potential students, including follow-up on student information inquiries related to CTE programs and career services.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Outreach Specialist, CTE/Career Services is a mid-level paraprofessional position focusing on initiating, establishing, and maintaining visible connections with targeted student populations that would be candidates for career and technical education programs and career services. The Outreach Specialist, CTE/Career Services requires the ability to employ data analysis and self-starting skills to communicate with, build relationships and reach out to existing students and campus student services personnel, as well as students in the K-12, continuation, and adult school environments, and community-based agencies. The Outreach Specialist, CTE/Career Services position also requires skills in basic demographic research and data management to identify potential students and monitor recruitment and retention success.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties:
* Researches and receives demographic and academic data from schools and other resources, to identify potential candidates for enrollment in CTE certificate programs.
* Serves as liaison on behalf of the District and its individual colleges to local employers, schools, continuation schools, regional occupational programs, and community organizations to build enrollment in CTE programs.
* Identifies opportunities for outreach and schedules, coordinates and delivers presentations of prospective students, parents, employers or other individuals and/or community organizations or groups about career and technical education programs and career development services at the District and its colleges.
* Distributes career and technical education and other outreach and/or promotional and informational literature to adult schools and participating local agencies serving adults or promoting post-secondary education.
* Attends career fairs and other events to present information and materials and promote enrollment of students in CTE programs.
* Prepares and conducts presentations on campus at the college and at local high schools focusing on the career education programs and services for underserved populations.
* Participates in planning and conducting recruiting and outreach events that may include finding in-kind resource development activities. Follows up with arranging and facilitating college visitations, tours, and special presentations, often conducted in conjunction with evening and weekend events.
* Identifies and learns about support services (e.g., EOPS, Veterans, Adult Education, and DSPS) provided by the District and its colleges. Assists in communications and interactions with local workforce development boards and similar governmental and social service agencies.
* Assists with budget development for CTE outreach activities and organizes and maintains records of expenses related to outreach activities.
* Organizes and maintains records and statistical data necessary for research and program development, performance evaluation, and to support performance reports to funding and grantor agencies.
* Assist with the CTE articulation agreements with Career and Technology Education Management Application (CATEMA.)
* Assist with the creation, delivery and analysis of the CTE Outcome Survey on an annual basis.
* Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.