Orange Coast College Is in the News Again

Orange Coast College is in the news again. The college has a new planetarium under construction and recently received a $1 million-dollar donation from a former instructor.

The gift is courtesy of retired professor Mary McChesney and will go toward the purchase a Foucault pendulum. This device will help demonstrate the earth’s rotation. The pendulum will be the only one of its kind in all of Orange Country. Learn more about Orange Coast College: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/about_occ/Pages/default.aspx

The new planetarium will serve as a center for the college’s scientific studies, and will also be a draw for surrounding communities. McChesney made the donation in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed away in January of 2017.

McChesney taught both Spanish and English for 33 years before retiring from the college. Technology is constantly changing, and the planetarium will keep up with the times. The new facility will seat 129 people in its auditorium.

Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa, California is only minutes away from Southern California’s beautiful coastline. The school was founded in 1947, and has grown to be one of the nation’s finest, and biggest, community colleges.

The college enrolls more than 25,000 students each semester. At present, Orange College offers more than 135 academic programs. Almost half of the students who attend go on to transfer to a California State University, or one of the many universities across the nation. Many students also transfer to private colleges.

Orange Coast College has a lot to offer students looking to gain a relevant education in today’s world. The school also offers a number of sports activities for both men and women.