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A Gorgeous New Planetarium Is Under Construction At Orange Coast College

The Orange Coast College has received a donation for $1 million for a new planetarium currently under construction. The generous donation was received from Mary McChesney who taught at the school before retiring.

The donation made it possible for the school to have a Foucault pendulum which is capable of demonstrating the rotation of the earth. This will be the only pendulum of this type in Orange County and be an excellent source of scientific studies for the students and the community.

Construction for Orange Coast College’s new planetarium began in 2016. The original planetarium was constructed in the 1950’s and has been torn down to make way for the new one. With all the advancements in technology the college needed something much newer. Learn more about Orange Coast College: https://twitter.com/orangecoast?lang=en and https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/

The new planetarium will include an auditorium with 129 seats and a Sphere display globe in the exhibit hall. Unfortunately the old planetarium only had seating for approximately 35 visitors.

The cost of the new planetarium is $20 million and it is expected to open its door for the fall semester in 2018. The planetarium will provide a valuable education for students from kindergarten up to the 12th grade as well as the residents of the community.

This is an incredible opportunity for Orange Coast College and the majority of the funding was from a bond measure in 2012. An additional $2.6 million in generous donations have also been received.

The Orange Coast college has a mission to sustain the incredible traditions of the school. They enhance pride in their campus and are extremely proud of their athletes. The college experience they provide has been designed to be well rounded and provide students with a positive and exceptional education. Students are encouraged to participate in the numerous programs offered by the college.

Orange Coast College additionally recruits students from populations that have been seriously under represented. This helps increase the college’s diversity which enhances the educational experience.

The pride and school spirit is increased by the athletes and has a positive effect on the students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Orange College. The athletes represent the college at state and local championships and competitions.