OCC by the Sea
Orange Coast College is a community college located in Costa Mesa, California. While academics has always been important, OCC is well-known for their collegiate rowing program. Head coach Cameron Brown and assistant coach Steve Morris are continuing the winning traditions of OCC rowing. After winning a national championship in 2016 — making it 11 championships — the coaches were seeking yet a 12th title. Training takes place at the David A. Grant Collegiate rowing center, located in Newport Harbor.
With a rigorous training schedule that can be up to 20 hours a week, about half of the male students that sign up at the beginning of the season will fall away.
The rest that remain look forward to events like the Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in which the Pirates placed 9th. Learn more about Orange Coast College: https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/ and http://orangecoast.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=85236&catalogId=10001&langId=-1
Orange Coast College founded in 1947, enrolls more than 25,000 students each semester. OCC facilities have more than 135 academic and career programs. Orange Coast is one of the top institutions in California for students transferring to four year universities. Many students have transferred to other major universities around the country.
The college is probably most noted for their public nautical programs. The school of sailing and seamanship offer adult sailing classes, seamanship classes, even United States Coast Guard approved classes. The USCG courses include their license exam prep course and radar observer courses.
The school also offers powerboat training with various certifications. As of 2002 Rabbit Island near Vancouver, BC, was donated to Orange Coast College. Their summer studies include Biological Diversity, Island Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, and Intertidal Ecology.
Orange College does share the traditional academic and career programs that most other community colleges have. All of this is enjoyed on a beautifully laid out campus just on the Southern California Coast.
With both vintage buildings and modernest architecture from newer faces of revision, in a mild climate environment, it is easy to see why so many students find their way to Orange Coast College.