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Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a community college in Orange County, California, United States. It was founded in 1947, with its first classes opening in the fall of 1948. It provides two-year associate of art and science degrees, certificates of achievement, and lower-division classes transferable to other colleges and universities. The school enrolls 24,424 undergraduate students. In terms of population size, Orange Coast College is the third largest college in Orange County. It is located in Costa Mesa, California, about 40 miles (64 km) south of Los Angeles.


2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa
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College History


Orange Coast College was formed after local voters passed a measure in the January 1947 election to establish a new junior college on a 243-acre (0.98 km2) site, secured from the War Assets Administration in Washington, D.C, carved from the 1,300-acre (5.3 km2) deactivated Santa Ana Army Air Base. The first official District board of trustees hired the college's founding president and district superintendent, Basil Hyrum Peterson, on July 28, 1947. Construction of campus classrooms and facilities began when Dr. Peterson hired Fran Albers as the college's carpenter in February 1948. Albers' crew of 35 workers (mostly Coast football players paid 60 cents an hour) turned an Army movie theatre into an auditorium and concert hall; a service club into a 500-seat gymnasium; an Army chapel into a facility for theatre productions and student/staff weddings; a military storage building into a library; an Army PX into a student center; a battalion headquarters building into an administration building; and several cadet barracks into student dormitories and married student and faculty housing. The first campus building phase occurred in the early 1950s, when renowned architect Richard Neutra was brought in to re-design the campus. Leaving many of the original buildings intact, Neutra added several modernist structures including the strikingly minimalist Campus Theater and two large lecture halls. These were laid out on a 45-degree angle to the city street grid, in much the same manner as The Parkinsons' layout of USC. The second and largest building phase occurred in the 1970s, when local architect William Blurock was hired to replace many of the original Army buildings with structures more suitable for educational purposes. A plan is currently in effect to remove the early Neutra buildings in the center of the campus, which have long since become out-dated, and open up a large central park around which both the outlying 1970s buildings and several newer buildings will be clustered.

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The School of Allied Health Professions at Orange Coast College is dedicated to providing quality programs leading to opportunities in professional health careers. artsy shot May 2011.JPG The School is offering a comprehensive curriculum in medical and dental professions that provide necessary knowledge and skills with opportunities for cross training. Critical thinking, assessment, creativity, and professionalism are emphasized. The School is committed to its students and the community by offering programs which enrich, encourage growth, lead to success and promote life-long learning. In accordance with the mission statement, the SAHP subscribes to the following student outcomes: 1. To prepare students to function as members of a health care team 2. To provide effective didactic education that offers the student knowledge required of a health care professional. 3. To provide the skills required to function as an allied health practitioner. 4. To instill the attitudes and ethics required of an allied health professional. In addition, the SAHP bases the student's educational expereince upon the following philosophy: 5. To provide programs that reflect current knowledge, trends, and techniques. 6. To provide a coordinated, structured and well rounded clinical experience. 7. To provide an effective screening mechanism to encourage student success. 8. To provide an appropriate number of graduates to meet the needs of the community. 9. To provide guidance to students in choosing a health career.



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