Orange Coast College (OCC) is one of the top three community colleges in Orange County. It is located in Costa Mesa, California. The learning institution prides itself in providing the best education facilities to its students. So when it recently embarked on constructing a new $20 million planetarium, it came as no surprise anyone. The college hopes to use funds it raised in 2012 bond measure in addition to donations from well-meaning ladies and gentlemen. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html
Mary McChesney, a former English and Spanish professor at OCC, recently joined the list of well-wishers who had contributed towards the cost of the planetarium. McChesney gave $1 million which will be used to acquire Foucault pendulum, a device used to illustrate the movements of planets. Having taught at the institution for long, McChesney feels obligated to offer her assistance. McChesney’s donation was also meant to honor her deceased colleague Adelyn Bonin; she died earlier this year. Bonin used to lecture German language in OCC before she retired with McChesney in 1983. McChesney was happy to contribute as she believes the planetarium will touch the lives of many students. Learn more: https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/
Doug Bennett, the executive director of the Orange Coast College Foundation, was present when McChesney made her donation. Bennett praised McChesney for her generous offer, and he also commended her for her unwavering support for the foundation. Bennett went ahead to describe how the modern planetarium will benefit OCC students, any other students, and community members. Bennett noted that the rapid change in technology had rendered the old planetarium obsolete. He stated that the planetarium under construction, expected to be complete next year, would be superior to its predecessor regarding the sitting capacity, instruments, and additional space. Bennett referred to the new planetarium as something special for OCC.
OCC is thought to be the best community college in Orange County regarding the number of students it enables to transition to the University of California and California State University systems. The college is 70 years old. Presently, it enrolls over 25,000 students per semester. The college offers over 135 academic and career programs.