Orange Coast College Planetarium Gets A Big Boost

Orange Coast College is a unique and accredited school near and dear to the hearts of many. Just ask individuals like former professor Mary McChesney, who recently donated one million dollars towards the college’s brand new planetarium which began construction last year.

The hefty donation will be specifically applied to the facility’s Foucalt pendulum, which is used to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth, the first of its kind in Orange County.

McChesney, a retired English and Spanish professor, is putting forth the donation in honor of her recently deceased, long-time partner and former fellow professor Adelyn Bonin. McChesney stated to LA times, “I know Lyn would be happy to do this — this is half hers.”

While McChesney has been a long-time contributor for donations to scholarships and the school, this donation eclipses them all. The new planetarium, which will include the latest technology in the field, will contain a 129 seat auditorium, a far cry from the old planetarium’s 35 seat arrangement.

Not only will the new planetarium be an incredible resource for the students of OCC, but will act as a tool for the rest of the community as well. Once constructed it will be utilized by students ranging from kindergarten to high school, as well as other residents in the community.

The planetarium is expected to run a budget of 20 million, mostly funded by a bond from 2012 and helped along with generous donations such as Mary McChensey’s. Orange Coast College is targeting an opening in time for the 2018 fall semester. Learn more about Orange Coast College: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/ and https://twitter.com/orangecoast?lang=en

Aside from a brand new state of the art planetarium OCC is known for a variety of aspects ranging from education to athletics. The Costa Mesa school, located just off the coast of southern California, has become one of the nations largest community colleges, enrolling nearly 25,000 students a semester.

OCC hosts one of the nations top nautical programs and transfers more students to the University of California and the California State University systems than any other Orange County community college. When it comes to athletics OCC has been downright dominant.

Orange Coast has won their conference sports supremacy award, representative of the top overall men’s and women’s athletic program, 26 of the last 30 years. Orange Coast College will look to continue its rich traditions with the help of staff and attendees past and present just like Mary McChesney.

Betsy DeVos: Bringing About Positive Change To The American Education System

Betsy DeVos has been appearing on the front page of news articles and journals for quite a while now. The Michigan native was given the position of the Education Minister after one of the closest voting polls ever to be conducted in the course of United States history. The position was given to her after a record-breaking equal amount of votes were cast, while voting for the two representatives who would go on to be Education Ministers under President Donald Trump.

Since then, Betsy has voiced her opinion on numerous reforms she plans to put in place as the Education Minister of America. Betsy has always cared about the education system in the country and has always tried to bring about change for the future generations of the country. Betsy is no stranger to being at the forefront of numerous educational reforms. One of the more prominent movements that Betsy was part of was the School Charter Movement. During this, Betsy lobbied for the use of public and government funds for the upliftment of the education system in the country. She was of the opinion that making all public schools follow the same system of teaching that is imparted in private schools will significantly up the quality of education that is given to the students.

In the past, Betsy along with her husband Dick DeVos have set out on numerous philanthropic ventures to help students who are deserving and who require assistance. A few years ago, the couple started their foundation, called the DeVos Family Foundation with the aim of providing monetary aid to students. The Foundation was set up with the aim to help and provide support to organizations who focus on programs for the encroachment of the community, the arts, and justice. Through the organization, the husband-wife duo has donated over a million dollars towards various charities and have helped numerous lives. Also, the DeVos Family Foundation support some causes ranging from educational programs to healthcare improvements.

Among the numerous organizations that she has helped and supports, one of the foundations that received the most recognition is the Education Freedom Fund. The fund was set up to provide scholarships to deserving students hailing from the Michigan area. With this award, Betsy hopes that these deserving students will go on and seek a higher level of education, with the aim of making them more well rounded contributing members to society.

It isn’t just the society that Betsy DeVos seeks to help. She is also an active supporter of organizations preserving and improving the environment. In 2011, DeVos donated a large sum of money to fund a private study revolving around the pollution of the Laka Macatawa in Ottawa County.

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