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Weekly News Brief | October 29, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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After a nearly two-year hiatus, we are again dedicating and celebrating the opening of new buildings on all three colleges. Today, October 29, we celebrate the dedication of the College Center at Orange Coast College. Meanwhile, we are looking forward to the completion of the Language Arts Complex at Golden West College and Student Services Support Center at Coastline College.

Last week, I wrote about gratitude for the accomplishments of students, faculty, staff, and managers. The community is another group we should remember to thank. Our colleges are part of the community, educating the community, for the benefit of the community. That is our mission and guiding purpose.

It is therefore welcomed when the community demonstrates its willingness to invest in us. The Measure M community-bond program provided necessary funds for construction, and it also showed that we are doing work that is important to voters and taxpayers. Enough so that those who live in our District are investing $698 million into new and renewed facilities.

For those who live within the borders of the Coast District, while working at the District or at a College, a two-fold thank you. Your support is creating a better experience for our students and your colleagues.

We should also embrace a shared role as community advocates and influencers. Our doors are open again! Many classes will be back in person this Spring. And it is time to begin sharing these wonderful new educational settings – provided by our community – with the students of this community.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

COVID-19 Question and Answer Highlight

Where can COVID-19 testing and case numbers in the Coast District be found?

Dashboards are available for Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College covering a ten-week period. In the last ten weeks extending back to August 16, 2021, Human Resources has received no reports of District Office employee cases.

Additional questions and answers are available here.


College News


Coastline's Career Center will be hosting an event, Business and Entrepreneurship Virtual Summit. For those interested in pursuing business and entrepreneurship, join this virtual summit to interact with and learn from business expert professionals, professors, and Coastline alumni. Attendees will hear from people in different fields of business such as data analytics, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, accounting, supply chain, and more.


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Golden West College will not be requiring student parking permits during the Spring 2022 semester. Daily or visitor parking permits will also not be required. Be sure to follow all other parking regulations and only park in the handicapped spaces if you have the appropriately issued placard. Do not park in the fire lanes marked by red painted curbs as they may result in a parking citation.

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Park for free at GWC



Training Resources Maritime Institute (TRLMI) of San Diego and Orange Coast College's Waterfront Campus announced on October 14 that they will be collaborating to offer professional mariner training at the new OCC Professional Mariner Training Center in Newport Beach. TRLMI will provide curriculum and certified instructors to teach a range of courses at the new OCC Mariner Training Center starting in January 2022.


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Schedule, Week of November 1

Native American Heritage Month: During the month of November, we will be celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Coast will be highlighting staff, faculty, and students throughout the month. 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.

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District, Monday through Friday