Rare Plant Showcased at Orange Coast College

Founded in 1947, Orange Coast College is a 165-acre campus located in Costa Mesa, California, just minutes from the beautiful coastal beaches. It has grown into one of the highest-attended community colleges in the country, with student enrollment exceeding 20,000 students most semesters. The college features the latest in technical facilties, and offers over 135 academic and career programs, including one of the nation’s most acclaimed nautical programs.

 

Orange Coast College ranks first among all of Orange County’s community colleges, based on the sheer number of students who transfer from the school and into the state’s University system. The college offers classes throughout fall, spring, summer and winter, and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The mission of the college is to provide students with the opportunity for an affordable college education, and learn a licensed trade or skilled profession to improve their future. Students at OCC have access to various clubs, competitive sports teams, and student body organizations to round out their on-campus experience.

 

A recent newsworthy event occurred which brought wide-spread attention to the college. Their 11-year-old Amorphophallus titanium, better known as a ‘corpse flower’ plant, was placed on display in front of the administration building. College Horticulture coordinator, Joe Stead, said the endangered plants can grow to over five feet tall, and weight over 200 pounds when fully grown.

 

Originally from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the campus’s specimen is fondly named ‘Dougie’, and was due to bloom of late. The flower’s petals are a bright magenta color surrounding the yellow center spike, and are beautiful to view, but not so beautiful to smell. The first showy, smelly event takes place when the plant is around 10 years old, generally in the evening time, with the bloom only lasting for 24-48 hours. After that, the plants usually bloom every three to five years.

To learn more, visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/.

Seeking Ways to Expand Education Options with Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is a Michigan based activist, reformer and politician who was recently appointed by President Trump to serve as America’s Education Secretary. Betsy was involved in campus politics at Calvin College, and since then she has remained politically active. She has led numerous campaigns, PACs and party organizations, including the time she served as chairperson of Republican Party in Michigan. Mrs. DeVos has pursued reforms through numerous nonprofit ways like funding programs that impact positively the lives of other individuals. Some years back, Betsy explained what she had achieved as the leader of educational reform movement during an interview with PhilanthropyRoundtable. In 2013, there were approximately 250,000 students benefiting from the school-choice programs in 17 states. Today, already half the number of states in the United States has embraced these programs. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

According to Mrs. Betsy DeVos, the program has continued to grow and expand, in order to reach many students. She believes a lot of people are noticing this movement because they believe majority of public schools have not been succeeding. Through radical reforms like vouchers and other incentives, the state governments have supported this movement across the country. Betsy has continued to advocate for the remaining states to pass legislation to support establishment of charter schools as well as private-choice options. Betsy Devos began these reforms several years ago when she sent her kids to school, where she met parents who experienced hardships in paying school fees for their kids. These parents could do anything to ensure they have sent their kids where the atmosphere was safe for learning.

This is what led Betsy and Dick to start sponsoring specific students at Potter’s House and that commitment continued to expand over the years. In 1990, Dick was elected to serve on Michigan’s State Board of Education, and in the same year, Betsy started a foundation that offered scholarships to disadvantaged kids. However, they realized the problem would not be addressed completely because of the large number of parents seeking scholarships for their kids. Betsy was involved in organizations that advocated for radical reforms like tax credit and other incentives in order to expand the school-choice program. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

Betsy DeVos’ Career and Personal History

Early this year, Mrs. Betsy DeVos was named by Donald Trump to be part of his Cabinet. She helped many children in Grand Rapids through mentorship programs. In addition, she closely worked with parents and tutors to ensure that at risk-kids have accessed quality education. Mrs. DeVos earned her BA degree from Calvin College. She had served on boards of several organizations, both civic and charitable. Through her current position, Betsy will be able to mobilize other leaders and stakeholders in the education sector to continue with her agenda of transforming the sector so that it can accommodate all American kids.