Orange Coast College: New Recycling Center and more

Orange Coast College debuted its new recycling facility valued at $7.5 million dollars on September 14th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new facility is part of OCC’s Vision 2020 project to provide a sustainable campus with the addition of the recycling facility, student housing and a planetarium. The newly added recycling facility features multiple offices, classrooms and showers in addition to more parking space. The facility is located on the Costa Mesa campus’s northern edge and occupies roughly 5 acres of campus space. The recently constructed recycling administrative building features eco-friendly interior made of energy efficient materials. The purpose of OCC’s recycling center is to promote an environmentally conscious effort while accepting recyclable materials including aluminum, plastic, paper and various scrap metals. Additionally household appliances including televisions, fax machines, batteries, and light bulbs will be accepted at the center. OCC stated that items generally have to be of electric capacity as no furniture of any kind is accepted at the center. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-recycling-20170914-story.html

 

Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 in Costa Mesa on the Southern California coast. The ongoing mission of the junior college is to provide affordable education in skilled professions for students. Upon completion of the two-year undergraduate program, students generally matriculate into either a California State University or University of California campus. OCC has an average enrollment of over 25,000 students per semester, making it one of the nation’s largest community colleges and the third largest college in Orange County. OCC offers a variety of different academic programs for students to choose from including 135 different majors. Additionally, Orange Coast College has one of the top two-year college athletic departments in the state featuring 12 men’s athletic teams and 13 women’s teams. Learn more: https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/

 

Betsy DeVos Works Hard to Build Better Education Platform

A good number of people are going to be interested in what they find with the changes that are taking place in education. People are really excited about what Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is doing. I believe that she is going to do a good job because she has the passion for the education system. School systems have been broken for a long time in America, and I think that we have finally found the person that is going to make some lasting changes.People have to realize that there are different aspects of education that can be changed for the better. So many people like to blame it on the environment or the students, but it depends on the teachers that are in place and the resources that they are given. Betsy DeVos is working on ways to make the improvements on all of these things. That is going to be what changes her course of direction when it comes to better education in America.

So many people have pointed at education systems outside of America and spoken on how these students have higher standardized tests.Betsy DeVos has paid attention to these things. She is aware of the way that education has changed, and she knows all about the ways that people can improve if they simply take time to look at what is happening in education. She knows if there are going to be some times where the charter school is going to be a better option for education than what is going on with public education.She is working towards fixing the public education school as well, but she knows about the changes that need to be made are drastic. That is why I believe she is taking time to filter some children through the charter school system.

There has to be a segmentation in some ways because everyone is not going to be able to overlook their environment and still learn in a public school.Betsy is aware of this so she is making way for these children to have provisions to learn even if they are not in the environment when they can be exposed to the best educational resources. DeVos is someone that is definitely going to make some lasting changes in education, but I believe she will need a second term to actually see the things that she started through to the end. That is where so many people have trouble with education. I think the Secretary of Education will often get things started, but they do not have the power to see things through if they are not in place for a second term. She needs the second term to follow through.

Betsy DeVos: Hero For Education

Betsy DeVos was born into Michigan royalty; her father was the billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince. She attended Holland Christian High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Calvin College. She married into another famous Michigan family, the DeVos’. Her husband Dick DeVos is the heir to the Amway dynasty and comes from one of the most influential families in the entire state. Even as a young woman, Betsy was heavily involved in the church and in campus politics. She has been an active member of the Michigan Republican Party since 1982, serving as a local precinct delegate for 16 years. For 5 years, she served as a Committeewoman for the state and she was a Chairwoman for 4 years. Betsy DeVos has always been active in political fundraising for the Republican Party, having personally raised more than $150,000 for President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Mrs. DeVos isn’t just the face of family, however. She has been involved with businesses since she graduated from college. She is currently the Chairwoman of the Windquest Group. This private operating group that invests into sectors like manufacturing and technology was founded by Betsy and Dick DeVos in 1989. She is also one of the chief investors and members of the board of Neurocore. This group offers biofeedback therapy at their brain performance centers that treats disorders like attention deficit disorder, anxiety, depression, and autism. Her newest honor blends her business and politics background perfectly. With the results of the 2016 elections, Betsy DeVos was elected by President Trump to become the United States Secretary of Education. On February 7th, 2017, Betsy became the Secretary of Education with a tie-breaking vote made by Vice President Pence.

As a member of two of the most influential families in the state of Michigan, Betsy DeVos has been a philanthropist for years. Her and her husband Dick founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Their foundation gives support to many organizations that cultivate leadership, education, community, faith, and arts. Motivated by faith, the foundation has given as much as $11.6 charitable contributions a year, landing the DeVos family on Forbes’ list of the country’s top givers. Betsy served on the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts after being appointed by President Bush. While in that position, she and her husband helped fund a center that helps teaches art managers how to manage their cultural institutions. Behind her love for education and art, Betsy founded ArtPrize in 2009, an international art competition. She has also been a strong advocate for education reform and charter schools for decades. She believes that opening up the market of education will give parents better choices. Mrs. DeVos strongly supports school vouchers that would potentially allow students attend private schools using public funding.

Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org