Orange Coast College is a community college located in Costa Mesa, Califonia. The 164-acre college was founded in 1947 with classes beginning a year later. It has grown to be one the finest and largest community colleges in the country. Each semester, at least 25,000 students are admitted. Upon enrolling, students are promised the most exceptional facilities and latest technology in order to ensure a top notch education is offered.
More than 135 academics and career programs can be found at Orange College. Along with this, they offer the nations largest and most acclaimed nautical programs. The programs offered here are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
This college ranks first out of the Orange County community colleges due to the number of transfer students. In the past 10 years, thousands of students have transferred to both University of California and California State University systems. Along with this, students have transferred to private universities in both California and across the country.
Due to its old age, Orange College is constructing a new planetarium. This new construction was made possible due to a donation of $1 million. This donation came from a woman named Mary Mcchesney, a retired professor who taught at the school. With this money donated, a Foucault pendulum will be built which is used to demonstrate the rotation of the earth.
Officials at the school claim that it will be the first pendulum of its kind in Orange County. The retired professor who made the donation says that she still has a love for the school despite being retired. This act of kindness from her was made in honor of her late partner.
The decision to construct a new planetarium came from the original which was built in the 1950’s. Those who work at the college believe that technology has transformed so much that it was time for a change.
The facility will include a 129 seat auditorium along with an exhibit hall honoring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The college aims to open the planetarium in the 2018 fall semester.
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