Orange Coast College’s Rowing Team Competes at the Highest Levels

National titles for rowing competition should only be in reach of coveted four-year institutions. So one would think! Orange Coast College begs to differ. Rowing happens to be one of the few, pure, amateur sports that remains. Those who row understand it is mix of power, unity, grace, and strength. OCC’s rowing teams learn to operate in sync. It is as if only one person is rowing. Learn more:


The rowing team of OCC is legendary already. The school’s spirit for rowing rivals that of famous four-year universities and colleges. OCC is also well known for its high quality of sports. The school offers both men and women’s sports along with a highly regarded list of academic and technical programs. Learn more:


OCC offers courses that include business, health sciences, sailing, literature, math, technology, and many more subjects. Students leave OCC ready to continue their education at higher learning institutions. The school ranks first among community colleges in Orange County for the number of students who transfer to schools within the state’s university systems.


Students can enroll for classes in the fall, winter, spring, or summer. The Western Association of Schools fully accredits all OCC classes. Located in Costa Mesa, the college sits on 164 acres and enrolls over 25,000 students each semester. OCC offers the perfect education solution for students looking to acquire two years at the junior college level and then transfer to a four-year institution. Half of all students who enroll choose technical or career education programs. Students can choose from over 135 career and academic programs.


Foucault Pendulum Donation To OCC

Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 and classes started in 1948. It is one of the largest transfer colleges in the country. OCC is ranked number 65 out of 5,000 community colleges spread out across the United States that award students associates degrees. Learn more:


Many positive changes have been happening at Orange Coast College over the past few years. While it is not large like a university and does not have the active campus life that larger universities have, it still is recognized for diverse programs. OCC is known for its rowing team and other sports teams. This coast town college is also undergoing many renovations as of the past few years.


In 2015 a new math, business and computing center was completed on the campus. In January of 2008 a new library was built and the Lewis Science Building was also renovated. A Starbucks was built by the art center and that makes Orange Coast College the only community college in Orange County with a Starbucks on their campus.


In addition to these renovations and new builds, Orange Coast College recently had a large donation made towards their planetarium. Retired OCC professor Mary McChesney donated a million dollars in honor of her late partner Adelyn Bonin. Adelyn was also previously a professor at OCC. The donation is to fund a Foucault pendulum in the new planetarium that is currently being built. The old planetarium only could seat 35 guests; the new one being constructed will be able to seat 125 and will have an exhibit hall that will feature the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This new Foucault pendulum will demonstrate the Earth’s rotation and benefit the students at OCC as well as the community. Field trips containing elementary school and high school students will benefit from the information they will gain at the new Orange County College Planetarium. Learn more: