The OCCC Capitol Hill Center relocates to the heart of historic Capitol Hill at the former Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, now known as The Well. 2012-2017
OCCC receives $50,000 of the SBC Excelerator Grant in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges. 2003
The U.S. Census shows 17.2 percent of Oklahoma City’s population identifies as Hispanic.
The OCCC Capitol Hill Center relocates to the Latino Community Development Agency on South Walker.
2007 Oklahoma celebrates 100 years of statehood.
OCCC purchases the building at the corner of SW 25 th and Hudson Avenue. The site was formally home to Katz Drugstore and Langston’s Western Wear. Most recently, it was occupied by Christmas Connection.
OCCC opens a satellite education facility known as the OCCC Capitol Hill Center at Capitol Hill Elementary School. This is made possible with a 3-year $443,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The world enters the new millennium. 2000
T he OCCC Capitol Hill Center first opened its doors in the fall of 2000 inside Capitol Hill Elementary School and has been located in the heart of the Hispanic community ever since. From 2007 to 2012, the center temporarily relocated to the Latino Community Development Agency, and then moved into the temporary location at The Well, formerly known as the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, until opening its doors at the new permanent location on Commerce Street in 2017. The OCCC Capitol Hill Center started with a U.S. Department of Education community technology grant that helped establish the initial goal to address the most basic educational needs via non-credit courses in English Language, basic reading and writing instruction, and an introduction to computer skills.
Programming was later expanded in 2003 with the support of a SBC Excelerator grant in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges. Throughout the years, many adult education and literacy classes have been funded through various federal funding grants. With the goal of serving the urban, predominantly Hispanic community of Capitol Hill in Oklahoma City, the OCCC Capitol Hill Center continuously explores ways to enrich its programming and better serve community residents. The center is recognized as a leader in building on the social assets of its diverse community and collaborating with other community organizations to promote educational development and economic growth.
In addition to its programs that focus on adult and family literacy, work readiness, and early college awareness, the OCCC Capitol Hill Center also serves as a community center open to the public to use its computer labs and facilities for meetings and events. O ne community program that has had tremendous success at the OCCC Capitol Hill Center is College for Kids. College for Kids is a dynamic, fun, and enriching cultural summer program offered to 5th through 8th graders in the Oklahoma City metro. Classes include science, technology, engineering, art, math, music, dance, language, humanities, theater and much more. This program is sponsored in collaboration with Oklahoma City Public Schools.
In October 2008, the college purchased the historic buildings at the corner of SW 25th Street and Hudson Avenue, formerly occupied by the Christmas Connection and the past locations of Langston’s Western Wear and Katz Drug Co. The OCCC Capitol Hill Center remains at the heart of the community and continues to expand educational opportunities and community engagement.
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