Orange Coast College is a community college located in Orange County, CA. The school has been in operations for over 70 years and is one of the largest community colleges in the country. The school currently has a total enrollment of around 25,000 students, many of which are from the Orange County area. The school offers a range of two-year associate degree options, including those in arts and sciences, business, and nursing.
While Orange Coast College is often known for its academics and athletics, it has recently been in the news for a different reason. Over the course of the next week, the school will be hosting a very rare dead corpse flower. The dead corpse flower is a rare type of flower that blooms for only a few days every year. When the blooming commences, it releases a very foul smell that is reminiscent of a corpse.
For the next week, or until the blooming process is over, the Orange Coast College administrative building will be the home of the flower. They will allow visitors to see the flower from 10am to 6pm every day. Once the flower has bloomed, the opening time for the office will be until 10pm.
Guests who wish to see the flower will need to pay a $3 fee to enter the premises. This is not the first time that Orange Coast College has hosted a rare flower. They recently did the same thing in 2014 when they had a dead corpse flower onsite. Due to the popularity of the flower, more than 2,000 people came to see it everyday including students and other interested individuals. Those who are interested in seeing the flower but do not have the ability to come to the school can watch it live on the school’s webcam system.
To learn more, visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/.
A young Elisabeth Prince, Betsy DeVos, became interested in politics while attending Calvin College almost 30 years ago and today her interest is as high as it was then. Over the years she has led many campaigns, party organizations, and political action committees. Perhaps most noteworthy, Betsy served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for six years. Betsy DeVos and her husband Richard have long sought solutions to social problems, founding the Windquest Group in 1989 to invest in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy, Betsy serves as chairman of the group. She is also the head of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, where she pursues reform through many nonprofit organizations. Her charitable contributions include support for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, and many others. Betsy is a long-time supporter of educational reform, and in that capacity, she is the chairman of the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
In a recent interview, Betsy, when asked how she felt about the progress of school choice since Wisconsin started the first school choice voucher program in the United States. Betsy Devos noted with optimism, in the 25 years since this landmark program began there are now over 250,000 students in 33 publicly funded, programs operating in 17 states. The program grew by another 40,000 last year, and the program has expanded to several new states, including Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Mississippi along with several others. Betsy attributes this growth to the fact people are becoming aware that public schools are not working, and in some cases are failing. When asked what got her interested in school choice, she explained it was a gradual process that did not happen overnight, starting when she and her husband were enrolling their children in a Christian school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While at the school they met parents who were struggling to keep their children in a school that offered a safe, friendly learning atmosphere. During return visits to the school, they realized how fortunate they were to be able to send their children to any school they wanted and slowly began exploring ways to help parents, that were not as lucky, to offer their children the same opportunities. This experience led to her life-long devotion to the cause of school choice.
Today, Betsy DeVos is the 11th U.S. secretary of education, nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the Senate on February 7, 2017. Betsy continues to be an advocate for children and a voice for parents in her unwavering desire to provide quality education for every child. In her capacity as the secretary, she will work with President Trump to advocate for equal educational opportunities for every student. Read more news on Cleveland.com.