On September 14, starting at 10AM, Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California will celebrate the grand opening of its new Recycling Center. In a statement by Mike Carey, the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, the number of people visiting the new facility since its official opening on August 21, is close to 400, nearly a 25% increase from the old center. Carey also said that in addition to the public having more opportunities to recycle, more revenue would be created for student projects. Planning for this facility took ten years, with organizations like the Associated Students of Orange Coast College (ASOCC)donating $1.5 million to the expansion.
Goods that the center will accept for recycling include electronics, paper, plastic, and used grease (http://www.coastline.edu/myccc/). There is more parking for customers, and the workers, many of whom are college students, now have showers they can use when their shift is over. A break room has also been added. Not only was the center expanded, but new classrooms were constructed that will house classes for resource management and environmental studies.
Orange Coast College is a two-year community college that has been in operation since 1947. As of the 2016 Fall semester, enrollment was close to 25,000 students. Located approximately 40 miles from Los Angeles, OCC leads the county’s other community colleges in student transfers to the California State University system, and the University of California. Orange Coast College is mainly a commuter school and there is no on-campus housing provided. The Technical and Career Education programs account for about half of the students that are enrolled, and the curriculum also includes a public nautical program.
In addition to academics, OCC provides opportunities for men and women to participate in a wide range of athletics. This includes football, baseball/softball, swimming, cross country, water polo, golf, and tennis. The Athletics Department’s Mission Statement emphasizes sportsmanship, personal responsibility, discipline, and teamwork. Students from OCC have represented the school with pride through competitions locally and at the state level.