Experience the South Coast College Advantage

In a traditional way, South Coast College continues to be a campus where students and staff interact in person. You can find the resources you’ll need to develop a successful career right on campus. Your experience is hands-on with the support from a network of professors and peers who will help motivate and guide you. The personal interactions within South Coast College help to shape the type of education you will receive. South Coast College offers its students the ability to make the training work.

Education is not merely a personal goal. Working within the classroom structure creates long lasting relationships with peers and allows students to develop professional skills and adapt them to the workplace. The students at South Coast College will learn, train, achieve, and grow together–an invaluable experience. With so many career training options and schools to choose from, you can feel overwhelmed when it comes time to making a decision about where to get your education. At South Coast College, we go over and above to make sure you get the right skills employers want, and the high quality training you need to pursue a successful and rewarding career.

A Tradition of Excellence Since 1961

For more than 60 years, South Coast College has helped highly motivated individuals improve their lives through education and career training. South Coast College was founded in 1961 in Long Beach, CA, as a private college called Stenotype School of Long Beach. The College relocated to Westminster in 1974, and the corporate name was changed to Whitley College. 


In 1980, Orange County College of Court Reporting merged into Whitley College, and the name was changed to South Coast College. The College moved from Westminster to Anaheim in 1993. Then in 2001, South Coast College relocated to a larger, freeway-accessible facility in the City of Orange, where it currently helps students like you prepare for court reporting, legal and medical careers.


Over the past five decades, our college in Orange County has produced numerous outstanding, successful graduates. Many of the graduates have gone on to become entrepreneurs, owning their own businesses. Our success is directly tied to the success of our many successful alumni.


South Coast College is proud of our ability to help highly motivated individuals set and obtain their career goals. We have a commitment to continually improve our programs and meet the challenges of today’s technology-based professions.

We believe that, with the highly competitive job market, post secondary education is an extremely valuable asset. As a student at South Coast College, you will gain career-specific skills and knowledge, allowing you to qualify for a variety of in-demand careers.

South Coast College believes that post-secondary education should train people in both the skills and language of specific careers, which can make them valuable assets in this highly competitive business world. Our trade school was founded on the philosophy that concentrated training in a chosen career can offer an alternative or complement to other types of post-secondary education.

Why choose South Coast College for your career training?

Convenient Schedules

Our students are busy adult learners. At South Coast College, we are dedicated to providing you with the flexibility and support you need as you begin your journey towards a new career.

Ongoing Career Support

South Coast College is dedicated to the success of our students and alumni. Our career services team works with both recent and practicing graduates to provide employment support.

Instructors with Practical Work Experience

South Coast College employs professional instructors who have real-world experience in their respective fields.  The faculty at South Coast College knows what it takes to succeed. With the help of the faculty, students develop the skills that employers expect.

Respected Reputation

For more than 60 years, South Coast College has provided career training and education in the Southern California region. 

Sense of Community

At South Coast College, students who range in age and diverse background are united by common goals. Everyone at South Coast College contributes to and is supported by a supportive community.


Being accredited means that the South Coast College programs are consistently held to the highest standard by an objective third party. Being accredited also means that South Coast College can provide Federal Financial Aid to help assist in covering the cost of educational investment.

Small Classes

Classes are small to enable students to get the personal attention and one-on-one support you deserve. Students develop new skills more quickly in this nurturing environment.

Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities

All administrative, educational, and restroom facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Dedicated parking spaces are also available.

Safety & Security Measures

South Coast College adheres to prescribed safety and security measures to ensure a safe environment.  The City of Orange Police Department provides South Coast College annually with crime statistics for the area in which we are located.  Students are welcome to review the statistics that found in the Annual Campus Safety and Security Report on this website Catalog Addendum B Part II.


In addition to classrooms and faculty/staff offices, the South Coast College campus consists various types of learning centers:  practice labs for all programs, a mock courtroom,  law and medical libraries, and computer centers to access online learning resources.

Alumni Support

South Coast College alumni offers various types of support to South Coast College students. The support comes in various forms: motivational care packages, sponsorships to educational conventions, mentorships in court and depositions, and in the various careers that use stenography. Alumni not only share testimonials about their careers in court reporting, medical assistant, and paralegal, but also frequently contact the college to be guest speakers in classes.

Financial Aid Available for Those Who Qualify

Career training is one of the most valuable investments you can make. Many students require financial assistance and at South Coast College, Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Financial Aid administrators are available to answer any financial aid questions you may have.  If necessary, they will assist and support you every step of the way through the application process.

President Jean Gonzalez - Nominated in OC Business Journal's Women In Business Awards
President Jean Gonzalez
Jean Gonzalez - President, Teacher, And Friend

When you attend an accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality. It’s not easy to become or remain an accredited institution. The rules and regulations are strict, precise and designed to protect students. Here are some of the benefits:

A reliable indicator of quality.

Approved program of study.

Qualified instructors.

Recognition by employers nationwide.

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