Recently, a former instructor at Orange Coast College donated about $1 million to the new planetarium under construction which gave it an astronomical boost. Mary McChesney gift to the institution will be used to purchase a device called Foucault pendulum which is used to show the Earth’s rotation. This device is set to be the only of its type at the Costa Mesa College and in Orange County as well. McChesney outlined that the planetarium will act as the scientific centre for students and the Orange community at large.
According to the executive director of the Orange Coast College Foundation, Doug Bennet, McChesney had worked at Orange Coast College for over three decades before retiring. She taught Spanish and English and over the years she has been a regular donor to scholarships and the foundation as well. Bennet claimed that although he knew of the donation that McChesney had intended to offer the planetarium, he did not think she would do something this big. An existing planetarium built in 1950 was torn down in 2016 when the new officials broke ground on the new planetarium.
About Orange Coast College
Orange Coast College’s (OCC) is a 164-acre situated near Southern California’s beautiful beaches. Since its founding in 1947, OCC has grown to become one of the country’s largest colleges with enrollments of up to 25,000 students every semester.
Orange Coast College offers more than 135 academic programs, and with the latest technology in place, it features exceptional facilities. The institution is also among the biggest and most accredited public nautical programs.
The number of students transferred to California State University and the University of California ranks Orange Coast College first among Orange County’s community colleges. Almost 16,000 OCC students have in the last decade transferred to CSU and UC campuses. Moreover, several OCC students go on to transfer to Universities and private colleges within California and across the country.
Orange Coast College offers fall to winter, spring, and summer classes and is a member of the Coast Community College District. The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
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