There’s something new on the Costa Mesa campus of Orange Coast College this semester: a $7.5 Million dollar recycling center. The new center quadruples the space of the old center, up to 5 acres from just one. This move helps to expand a local recycling program that has been wildly successful and in operation for nearly half a century. More than a larger building, though, this new facility may very well help OCC expand on their programs in regard to what materials they are able to accept, pay locals for, and perhaps reduce the frequency with which the facility will need to ship out materials to be recycled. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-recycling-20170914-story.html
The new facility boasts a number of other upgrades, as well; shower facilities that will encourage employees to bicycle to work, classrooms, offices, conference rooms, and a first aid room. The cherry on top of the facility is that it makes use of all kinds of green energy sources like solar panels and LED lighting to reduce electricity consumption. OCC is going to peruse appropriate certifications for the building immediately.
Orange Coast College is the largest community college in Orange County, California with a total enrollment for Fall 2016 of approximately 25,000 students. The campus covers a total area of over 160 acres, and several different centers provide many different services to the residents of Orange County. Like many other community colleges in the United States, it was established after the Second World War using decommissioned armed services bases, and several of the military structures were re-used. Generally, OCC offers education in trades, remedial and transferable coursework, and a low-cost prerequisite coursework option for students to go on to a four year university at a reasonable cost.
OCC was recently in the news over a suspension of Caleb O’Neil, a student who recorded a lecture that criticized the President and Vice President’s election as an act of Terrorism. OCC suspended O’Neil for a semester over the recording, but after an large public outcry, the suspension was reversed. The Professor in question would go on to win the Faculty of the Year award for 2017.