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Weekly News Brief | August 27, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Chancellor Weispfenning at his desk typing

To begin, I thank everyone in the Coast District community for being part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We often cite your heroic work in moving thousands of courses online in a matter of days. You have managed the logistics of testing sites and vaccination clinics. Further, you have done everything you can to preserve student services, student programs, and the student experience against daunting odds.

As we welcome a new semester, we continue to face the disruption of COVID-19. The face-covering requirement for those indoors on district property has returned and we are holding at current levels of in-person presence for our offices and departments, as discussed in my message last week.

On Tuesday, the Coast District took another step in advancing public health when the Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students, faculty, staff, managers, and trustees, with a to-be-developed testing program for those requiring exemptions. We will continue to keep you informed as protocols are developed.

I appreciate the comments that you have offered to these policies. Many were supportive, others critical, yet all are important to informing how we implement and communicate these requirements.

Best wishes to all for a successful Flex Day, Welcome Week, and semester ahead!

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


College News


With the start of the fall term just around the corner, Coastline has lined up many events for their Welcome Week. There will be opportunities for students to meet with counselors, get treats and win prizes, and attend program specific events, such as Veterans Resource Center Open House and Welcome B(L)ack Meet and Greet (Umoja Community). Some events are in-person, while others are online. The events will be from August 30 to September 3.


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Each semester, Golden West College hosts the GWC Beach Hut during the first week of classes. The GWC Beach Hut provides all students with campus maps, department and program information, healthy snacks and water, activities, and more. GWC will also have faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders serving on their "Street Team" to provide new and returning students with campus navigation and directional assistance. The GWC Beach Hut will be available to students from August 30 to September 2.


A circle with the words Golden West College, Huntington Beach, on the outside with a central surfboard and the letters GWC.


Orange Coast College is welcoming students to a new dining facility, including a pizza station where you can order fresh pies with custom toppings, cooked to perfection in just minutes in a blazing hot pizza oven. Food services staff trained onsite during the late summer to be ready for the first day of the fall semester.


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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15. To celebrate, the Coast District will be highlighting staff, faculty, and students. If you would like to participate, please fill out the questionnaire. Submissions are optional and meant for public release (such as social media). Please send a photo of yourself to for the artwork.


Schedule, Week of August 30

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, September 1, with closed session beginning at 3:45 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District, Monday through Friday