Orange Coast College

A retired instructor at Orange Coast College, Mary McChesney, donated $1 million to for a new planetarium. It will be the first in its county with a Foucault pendulum, an item that specifically documents the Earth’s rotation.

She has a very old love for this college and donated in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who also worked as a professor here. McChesney is a long time philanthropist with prior donations to the college’s foundation and scholarship funds.

The newly renovated planetarium will host a 129-seat auditorium versus the old 35-seat auditorium. It will serve students in the community of all ages, from kindergarten through 12th grade, all other residing community members, and of course, the college students. The planetarium is expected to open this upcoming fall.

According to Glassdoor, in 1948, Costa Mesa, California became the home to the Orange Coast College. The campus serves the community with 135 educational programs including: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services, and Health Professions and related Programs.

Although the only degree awarded here is the associate’s degree, the students that enroll here are more likely to receive a transfer acceptance into the top California universities, such as UC and CSU.

Fall 2016 had an extensive enrollment rate of 25,000 students. Although there is a large student body, there are many sports teams and active clubs to join. Located only a short drive from California’s breathtaking beaches, it’s a top choice for students who reside locally.

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