How to Complete the OCC

Important Announcement:  In response to the new remote campus environment, the OCC is finding new ways to help you complete virtually with LinkedIn Learning! See below for some options.

Leadership Development (self-report under “attend a leadership workshop or seminar”)

  • Course names on LinkedIn Learning:
    • Body Language for Women
    • Executive Presence: Tips for Women
    • Discovering Your Strengths
    • Influencing Others
    • Communicating with Transparency
    • Leadership Foundations: Leadership Styles and Models
    • Leading Virtual Meetings
    • Learn the Process of Effective Leadership
    • Tips for Writing Business Emails
    • Leading with Stories
  • Global and Cultural Awareness (self-report for “one of the global activities listed”)
    • Understanding global cultures
    • How to communicate across cultures
    • Diversity and Inclusion in a Global Enterprise
    • Cultivate a global mindset
    • Fostering cross-cultural communication
    • Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence
  • Career Preparation
    • Self-report for “attend 5 career-focused events”
      • Creating a Career Plan
      • Working Remotely
      • Succeeding in a New Job
      • Writing a Resume
      • Learning to Be Assertive
    • Self-report for “attend 2 networking events”
      • Personal Branding on Social Media
      • A Career Strategist’s Guide to Getting a Job
      • How to Network When You Don’t Like Networking
      • LinkedIn Quick Tips
      • Learning Personal Branding
  • Communication Skills (self-report for “demonstrate professional written communication”)
    • Communicating with Confidence
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Tech Soft Skills: Effective Technical Communication
    • Communicating with Diplomacy and Tact
    • Effective Listening
    • Communicating to Drive People to Take Action
    • Communicating with Charisma
    • The Key to Good Communication: Your Audience
    • Own Your Voice: Improve Presentations and Executive Presence
    • Jodi Glickman on Pitching Yourself

Questions? Email Amy Vaught, OCC Coordinator at


The Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) is a collection of experiences, programs, and events at Pitt that help students to make the most of their collegiate experience.  Open to all Pitt students, regardless of major or career path, the OCC helps students develop highly desirable character traits and life skills. The OCC is made up of ten unique goal areas – all with their own set of requirements. While it is possible to complete the curriculum as early as sophomore year, the OCC is a self-paced program that students have until the end of their senior year to complete.



Logging in for the first time:

Pitt uses a software called SUITABLE to help you track and record your OCC experiences.  No need to register – your account is already set up and ready to use!

  1. Log in to Suitable with your Pitt email address and password to access your profile.
  2. Once you are logged in to your OCC profile, upload a profile picture!
  3. Navigate to Activities, then filter by Upcoming to see a full list of Pitt events for OCC credit.
  4. Start tracking!

The OCC also has a mobile app Suitable Help Center home page for students to record experiences on the go.

  1. Search for Suitable Help Center home page in the App Store or Google Play and download for free.  If you already have the app, make sure that you have the most up to date version.
  2. Open the Suitable app and enter your Pitt email address (enter your Pitt username, do not use an alias).
  3. Click “Sign In” next to the OCC logo.

Find more helpful Suitable resources HERE


Trouble logging in?  Email or



Completing the OCC:

Viewing OCC Progress Online

  1. Log in to Suitable with your Pitt username and password.
  2. On the dashboard, click Achievements > Outside the Classroom Curriculum.
  3. Here is where you will see a list of the 10 goal areas. Clicking a specific area will show your completion progress.
    • Click Activities to see a full list of upcoming events for OCC credit
    • To know if an event, program, or activity counts for OCC credit, look for one of the 10 goal area logos and/or the OCC logo.
  4. Record all of your OCC experiences online by self-reporting (see below) or attending events and scanning QR codes.



 Self-reporting event attendance:


What is self-reporting?

Self-reporting is the act of submitting information and reflecting on the events/activities that you have completed for OCC credit. If you have attended an event that counts toward an OCC requirement, but were not credited for attending or there was no QR code at the event, you can self-report your attendance by logging in to Suitable.


Self-reporting in Suitable:

  1. Click the Activities tab on the left sidebar.
  2. Search for the requirement you are looking to fulfill by self-reporting (ex: Attend 8 Global and Cultural Events). Full list of requirements can be found here:
  3. Click View Requirements under the activity that you are trying to self-report. Here you will see a list of tasks and events under the Optional.
  4. Click any of the generic tasks listed that you have not completed. Order of completion does not matter.
  5. Click the circle to the left of the task. A box will pop up for you to enter a reflection.
    1. In your reflections you’ll want to include the name, date, and time of the event as well as what you gained/learned from attending the event.
    2. Some requirements will also ask you to upload a file to your portfolio (ex: Have your résumé reviewed). You should upload the file required.
  6. Once you add the reflection, you will see a green check mark next to that activity, confirming your self-report was successful.


If the event exists in the system:

  1. Search for the event under the Activities tab.
  2. Click the square checkbox to the left of the event.


If the event is not in the system:

  1. Find the curriculum item under the goal area that you believe the event has satisfied. (You can do this by searching for it on the Activities page or by viewing the requirements on the goal area page).
  2. Click the square checkbox to the left of the task and enter the required reflection. Your reflection should include specific details about the event and/or provide background on the event(s) you have attended.
    • If it is an item in which you have to attend more than 1 event, you should self-report by marking off the generic numbered events added. For instance, to record one Appreciation of the Arts event, you can check off the Art Event 1 item.



After you complete the OCC:

  1. Take the OCC Completion Survey found under the Initiative and Drive goal area.
  2. Receive a confirmation that your application has been approved. This will include details on the OCC Honor Society Orientation session.

Become an Honor Society member:

To be eligible to join the OCC Honor Society, students must:

  • Complete all requirements of the OCC program.
  • Attend an OCC Honor Society New Members Orientation Session. Orientation sessions take place multiple times throughout the fall and spring semesters.
  • Attend the OCC Honor Society Induction Ceremony. You will be asked to RSVP for this event.
  • Complete the University’s post-grad survey approximately 6 months after graduation.