April 30, 2001
Academic Year in America is accepting applications from Costa Mesa families that would like to host exchange students next year. The program includes exchange students from more than 30 countries, including Germany, Brazil, France and Italy, with many different talents and interests. The families selected will provide their exchange students with two meals each day and a place to sleep and study for five to 10 months. The Academic Year in America program is looking for families willing to treat the exchange students the same as their children.
August 28, 2007
Orange Coast College kicked off its 60th academic year Monday, welcoming in its latest class of enrollees to add to the 1.5 million that enrolled before them. From a collection of wooden barracks on a deactivated World War II military installation hosting 515 first-semester students and 33 teachers, OCC has grown to a student population exceeding 25,000. OCC became a viable entity in January of 1947, and offered its first classes in September the following year. Today, OCC is the leading transfer college to UC Irvine and Cal State Long Beach, second in transfers to Cal State Fullerton, and third in transfers to UCLA.
September 27, 2007
Orange Coast College?s Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 47th season with six concerts during the 2007-08 academic year. The opening concert, An Evening of Copland, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday in the Robert B. Moore Theatre on campus. The orchestra?s second concert will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 20. OCC?s chamber singers will help present music and dance from China, Mexico, Canada, Spain, India, Japan and Africa. Concert tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or over the phone.
August 18, 2008
A Huntington Beach nonprofit is seeking Orange County families to serve as hosts for exchange students from Brazil, Germany and Asia this fall. Host families for Academic Year in the USA International are asked to provide food, a bed in a shared or private room and a loving family environment. Exchange students are selected based on their maturity, flexibility, academic and extracurricular achievements and dedication to international and civic responsibility. The English-speaking students will arrive at the end of August and will have their own medical insurance and spending money.
August 16, 1999
Veronica Duran From the thousands who applied for faculty positions at OCC, 35 of the most qualified were selected. Because 27 instructors retired in December, school officials spent most of their time last spring and this summer interviewing prospective teachers. "We spent well over 100 hours in the final interviews," said Margaret Gratton, president of the community college. The time was well worth it, she said. "The final decision making was quite difficult because we had an excellent pool of candidates," Gratton said.
June 3, 2007
Orange Coast College will soon become the first of California's 109 community colleges to implement a revolutionary new concept, a "Year-Ahead" class schedule. The Year-Ahead schedule will permit students to plan their schedules for an entire academic year: fall, winter intersession, spring and summer. "The Year-Ahead schedule is this college's response to student demand," Melinda Nish, OCC's vice president of instruction, said. "Students tell us that planning a schedule can be a hit or miss proposition.
December 10, 2007
Talk to OCC biology professor Ann Harmer’s colleagues and students and you’ll know why she was named this year’s Faculty Member of the Year. Is the award something she earned for her teaching, or something she earned because she’s loved? Considering it’s her last year at OCC, maybe the award is recognizing both. “Well, you know it’s one of those things. How many accolades can you give a person or how do you let them know how their faculty feels about them?
July 21, 2009
A 93-year-old retired Orange Coast College professor is one of this community’s most important pioneers, yet few of us know anything about him. That’s a shame. Modest and unassuming, Dr. Giles T. Brown, a 60-year Newport Beach resident, still lunches with friends at his favorite Costa Mesa haunt, Mimi’s Restaurant, and occasionally visits OCC’s campus to speak with faculty, staff and students. He’s one of two surviving charter faculty members, and OCC acknowledged his extraordinary contributions two years ago when it named its 300-seat lecture hall the Giles T. Brown Forum.
November 22, 1999
Students at Newport Harbor High School are trying to reform the "zero tolerance" policy. The policy calls for any students found in the possession or under the influence of drugs or alcohol to be transferred immediately to another district. Students at Newport Harbor say that this policy is not effective as it is, and want to see change. The Student Political Action Committee is holding a forum Dec. 14 to share their ideas for change and hear what the community has to say. They have invited school board members, the mayors and police chiefs of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, faculty, staff, parents and the community as a whole.