The teams are known as the Raiders and compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). Men's varsity sports include basketball, cross-country, and golf; women's varsity sports include basketball, cross-country, softball, tennis, and volleyball; men's club sports include soccer. OCC also has a competitive speech and performance team (the forensics team) that has had both State and National champions. OCC also has a vibrant and growing performing arts program with a free 2-day Performance Festival event each February and regular theater shows.  OCC also has a nationally acclaimed Culinary Studies Institute.  OCC also is regionally recognized for its outstanding ABA  approved paralegal program. 
The college opened in September 1965 with two campuses - Highland Lakes, a renovated hospital in Waterford and Auburn Hills, a former ArmyNike missile site in Auburn Hills. In September 1967, the award-winning Orchard Ridge Campus opened in Farmington Hills. In 1980, a new campus opened in Southfield that replaced a temporary location in Oak Park. Later, the Southeast Campus System expanded through the purchase and remodeling of buildings at a site in Royal Oak. The Royal Oak buildings were replaced by a new campus complex which opened in the fall of 1982.