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Weekly News Brief | November 20, 2020
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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Chancellor Weispfenning addresses the upcoming holidays and precautions necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Report from the Board of Trustees

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On Wednesday, November 18, the Board of Trustees met in regular session. Chancellor Weispfenning and Vice Chancellor Andy Dunn presented on interest in the second Supplemental Retirement Program. The potential number of participants was insufficient to meet the District's financial goals. As a result, trustees decided not to move forward with the program. It was noted that greater clarity on the state funding would follow the governor's budget proposal in January.

The Chancellor shared early progress of the Working Learning Innovation Alliance. The statewide effort seeks to leverage expertise of all community college districts and CalBright, the statewide online college, in regional collaborations connecting employers, educators, and students.

Trustees also heard from Vice Chancellor Andreea Serban on continuing progress on Guided Pathways. Vice Chancellor Marco Baeza discussed the ongoing preparatory work on the upcoming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion survey. Additionally, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Jon Arnold presented the annual Clery Report on crime and safety. Trustees noted the tremendous districtwide work that each report represented.

Lastly, the Board heard a presentation from Dr. Tara Giblin on the Orange Coast College STEM Academy made possible by funding from a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution Title V Grant.


President Adrian Announces Retirement

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Coastline College President Loretta Adrian has announced her retirement after eleven years in the role. As Dr. Adrian wrote to the college community:

I cherish the time I have spent at Coastline working alongside highly dedicated faculty and staff whose work remains steadfastly focused on students. I am immensely proud of our shared accomplishments as well as the tenacity and creativity by which we overcame challenges. Coastline is truly unique, with a culture that values and exemplifies personal connections, caring, innovation, grit, and excellence. The next president will be very lucky to be part of this great organization.

Trustees thanked Dr. Adrian for her strong leadership alongside a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion during this week's Board meeting. The Coast District intends to launch a nationwide search for a new president. Read more...


Reasons to be Thankful

Our Students

Coastline College student Teresa Moses, who overcame obstacles, wants to help create social justice programs and practices her probabilities while she drives a bus for work. Read more...

Recent Orange Coast College alumnus Bodhi Edwards combines his passion for engineering and surfing with award-winning research into board tail designs. Read more...

Our Faculty and Staff

Golden West College faculty and staff combined forces on a successful $3 million Title V Grant proposal. Dispersed over the next five years, this grant funding will enable GWC to expand and enhance academic offerings in STEM areas of math and science, helping Hispanic/LatinX students prepare for careers in STEM fields through its Gateway to STEM program. Read more...

As demonstrated in the recent OCC presentation to the trustees on a similar program, a multi-departmental and multi-disciplinary approach is essential to meaningfully expand access to STEM degrees and career paths.


Schedule, Week of November 23

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Colleges and District Office on Break

Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, for Thanksgiving
The Weekly News Brief will also take a break

Chancellor's Schedule

Dr. Marco Baeza will be acting chancellor on Monday
Chancellor Weispfenning in the District, Tuesday and Wednesday

Chancellor in the District, week of November 30