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Weekly News Brief | November 12, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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I hope you had an opportunity for rest and reflection yesterday as we honored veteran service members. My thanks to all our students, faculty, staff, and managers who served – alongside military families and all who care for those who served.

Additionally, my thanks to those who organized districtwide observances for Veteran's Day. This includes the three-day giveaway event at Coastline College's Garden Grove Veterans Resource Center, Golden West College's Veterans Day Celebration/Salute, and Orange Coast College's Commemoration/Roll Call.

We are in many ways a nation and people divided, with increasingly sharp discourse and politics. Veterans Day provides a needed opportunity for unity as we honor those who protected and stood ready to protect the United States.

A lifetime of experiences can be gained in a few short years of active or reserve status. As educators and education professionals, all of us should embrace our role in supporting veterans as they find new missions in civilian life.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

COVID-19 Question and Answer Highlight

How do I prove my vaccination status or request exemption?
The Coast District provides a COVID-19 Vaccination Proof Form and COVID-19 Exemption Request Form for employees. The verification process for students is in development. If you do not have access to the vaccine information card you were given at the time of your COVID-19 vaccination, the CDPH has created a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal where you can get a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record.

Additional questions and answers are available here.


College News


Coastline College is participating in the Direct Assessment Competency-Based Education (CBE) Collaborative with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. CBE is an innovation in teaching and learning that will promote greater equity by meeting students where they are with flexible, on-demand learning. Coastline faculty, classified professionals, and administrators began work on the initiative over the summer and have now participated in numerous planning and design sessions. Identifying and defining the right competencies lays the foundation for the rest of the work involved in the development of a CBE program. Coastline is developing a CBE Management A.S. program as an important first step.


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The Campaign for College Opportunity has named Orange Coast College a 2021 "Equity Champion for Excellence in Transfer" for Latinx students. From 2009 to 2019, the percentage of Hispanic and Latinx students at Orange Coast increased substantially, from 21.8 percent to 34.9 percent. The College has many programs designed to support underserved student populations in reaching their goals, such as the Transfer Center/Transfer Opportunity Program. The Transfer Center's TOP program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, provides specialized resources and support for cohorts of incoming high school students including counseling, course offerings teaching students how to be successful in college, and events specifically tailored for parents, guardians, and supporters.


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Celebrating Native American Heritage

Multiple colors reminiscient of woven patterns with the words Native American Heritage Month

The Coast Community College District acknowledges the Kizh (pronounced keech) tribe and their land, on which our Colleges and District Office are located. The name Kizh comes from the dome-like dwellings they lived in, primarily along rivers. The Kizh tribe was one of two California tribes who mastered boat-building and traveled along the coast of Southern California. 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.


Schedule, Week of November 15

Chancellor's Schedule
Dr. Weispfenning, in the District, Monday to Wednesday and Friday
Dr. Dunn, acting chancellor on Thursday