Orange Coast College: Making College Accessible To The Masses

The Orange Coast College men’s rowing team are giant killers. The community college team has been competing in collegiate rowing competitions for 60 years and have 11 national titles. Two things make the team unique. The community college is competing against 4 years schools and many members of their team only took up rowing when they enrolled at the two year school.

But that hasn’t stopped the OCC rowers from becoming some of the best in college athletics using power, grace and unity. Rowers say the mental and physical strength the sport requires them to develop enables them to overcome anything.

Training 20 hours a week in boats that cost as much as $55,000 each, the OCC team is building on the legacy created by former OCC coach and president Dave Grant. At least 10 OCC rowers have gone on to compete in the Olympics and World Championships and many have used OCC rowing to find a place at prestigious 4 year colleges.

The discipline and friendships team members develop by working together as an 8 man squad leads to physical development and mental maturation. The team’s high expectations is what has made them defending national champions and drives them to win the 2017 Nationals.

Founded in 1947, Orange Coast College is Orange County’s third largest college. The Costa Mesa, California based community college has about 24,000 students and offers two-year associates of science and art degrees and certificates of achievement. Credits earned there are transferable to other universities and colleges.

Located 40 miles south of Los Angeles, the school is built on part of the deactivated 1,300-acre Santa Ana Army Air Base. Actress Diane Keaton, singer Don Hồ, California State Assemblyman Matthew Harper, California Senate member Jack Scott, Idaho House of Representatives member Carlos Bilbao, and numerous professional athletes, writers and entertainers are alumni of the school. Read more: Orange Coast College | Niche

OCC’s mission is to provide students with an inexpensive education in the skilled professions, trades and licensed trades as well as provide them with remedial, transferable lower-division courses for students planning to transfer to a University of California or California State University campus.

Among the country’s top transfer institutions, Orange Coast College is Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited. The school also has accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the American Dietetic Association and the American Dental Association.

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