Student Support Services

Adult College and Career Transitions (ACCT) Program

ACCT is designed for students planning to continue their education after receiving their High School Diploma Program, English as a Second Language Program Certificate or Career Technical Education Program Certificate. The intent of ACCT is to give students special support through workshops tours, one-on-one assistance and encouragement while enrolled in at NOCE.  


The CalWORKs Program is designed for students who are receiving AFDC/Welfare. CalWORKs students are assigned a CalWORKs Counselor who provides the guidance and support needed to meet both their academic goals, and the requirements mandated by their County Social Worker. A team approach is used to advocate for student rights. For more information contact:

  • Cypress College CalWORKs at 714.484.7237
  • Fullerton College CalWORKs at 714.992.7101

Career Center/Planning

Educational planning services are available to students currently enrolled in:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Citizenship
  • Disability Support Services Programs (DSS)
  • Parenting
  • High School Diploma Program (HSDP)
  • Basic Skills
  • Short-term Vocational classes 

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Disability Support Services (DSS) offers a variety of services and accommodations for students who are enrolled in NOCE classes, and who have verified disabilities including: learning, intellectual, Autism-spectrum, hearing, visual, mobility, psychological, acquired brain injury, and other medical conditions. Accommodations and services are tailored to the student’s individual needs in compliance with state and federal legislation. Students who have a verifiable disability qualify for support services. The services are designed to support students in reaching their academic or vocational goals. Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis through consultation with a DSS counselor. Services and accommodations are based on the educational abilities and functional limitations unique to each student.

DSS offers a large variety of classes and programs for students with disabilities that provide students with a college experience, that focus on skills needed to live, work and navigate the community independently. Other programs include:

  • ARISE Lab – Academics, Relationships, Independence, Self-Advocacy, and Emotional Health Lab
  • C2C – College to Career
  • IVES – Independent Vocational Educational Support Program
  • Mobility Skills Training or JARC - Job Access and Return Commute
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Transition Counseling
  • WAIII - Workability III
  • WISE – Work Independence Self-Advocacy Education

WAIII and C2C are collaborations with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), IVES is a collaboration with Regional Center, and the Mobility Skills Training Program is in collaboration with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). WAIII is a program to help students with disabilities get jobs. C2C and IVES are programs that provides additional support to students who are eligible for Regional Center and who are taking inclusive classes such as Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at NOCE and credit programs offered at Fullerton College and Cypress College. The final stage of C2C provides job development assistance to students. Transition counseling, peer mentorship, and the ARISE lab were developed collaboratively with the support of our North Orange County Regional Consortium for Adult Education (NOCRC). These additional supports are not mandated services in the community college system.

Students and their families who are interested in DSS programs and services should apply to NOCE online at, and then call 714.484.7057 to schedule an appointment with a DSS counselor. General hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Counseling and Student Services

The Counseling an Student Services is a place that enhances student access to the California Community Colleges and promotes and sustains the efforts of students to be successful in their educational endeavors. The goals of Counseling an Student Services are to ensure that students complete necessary coursework, persist to the next academic term, and achieve educational objectives through the assistance of the following student-direct core services: 

  • Orientation
    Prior to registration, the orientation is designed to introduce students to the North Orange Continuing Education, program requirements, student support services, and success tips.
  • Assessment
    The purpose of the assessment process is to provide information regarding basic skill levels and activities necessary for a successful academic experience.
  • Counseling and Advisement
    Counselors are available to discuss course offerings, career counseling, transfer counseling, and personal counseling (as it relates to a student’s academic progress.)  They can assist student’s in identifying NOCE resources as well as community resources.
  • Educational Planning
    Students are encouraged to see a counselor for help planning their courses prior to registration, identifying electives and program requirements, and track academic progress towards program completion.

Counseling and Student Services provides support to students while completing their educational goals. In general, a student goal is defined as a diploma, certificate, employment or career advancement, English as a Second Language, or transfer to credit.