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Weekly News Brief | December 3, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Chancellor Weispfenning at his desk typing

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break and a happy beginning to the holiday season for many in our community. Please see below for details on a districtwide Kwanzaa Celebration. Thank you to the Umoja students and staff who are organizing this virtual gathering of community.

My appreciation as well to everyone who submitted vaccination information or an exemption request. We all contribute to the Coast District mission in an important way. It is for this reason that the Board of Trustees acted to provide a safer and healthier environment through mandates on vaccination or testing and face coverings. We also continue to practice appropriate distancing, including limited in-person work schedules, while maximizing airflow.

For those who work closely with students, I hope you are able to extend the message that these steps are important for everyone. Young people may be less affected, though tragically we know that not every student is in good health and even those who are may suffer life-threatening or debilitating COVID-19 infections. As evident every cold and flu season, we also know students may pass respiratory viruses on to vulnerable peers, faculty, staff, or to their families.

The holiday season should remind us that common threads among our varied traditions are generosity and compassion. The Coast District and Colleges make up a community that we celebrate by being aware of our shared spaces and impacts our actions have on each other.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Kwanzaa Jam

On December 9 at 5:00 pm, Umoja students and staff will be hosting a virtual social, Kwanzaa Jam. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration. It is celebrated within the African American community from December 26 through January 1. All are invited to participated in this equity minded, culturally relevant, and educationally responsive event. This is a time for family and friends to come together in Umoja (unity) as we share stories, sing, and dance.


College News


On November 16, Counselor Stephany Crisantos Valencia and Don Bui represented Coastline College at Early College High School's annual College Application Success Campaign. At this event, 44 high school seniors clicked "Submit" on their college applications to CSUs and UCs, with everyone applying to Coastline for Summer/Fall 2022. The Class of 2022 is projected to earn an average of over 25 Coastline transferable units by June 2022. Thirteen of the overall class of 45 seniors are candidates for completion of the full transfer curriculum.


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High school students with Coastline pendants



Groundbreaking for Golden West College's new 72,000 square-foot Language Arts Complex was held on November 30, 2021. GWC President Tim McGrath welcomed all in attendance at the outdoor ceremony, remarking that it was an "honor for all of us to be a part of GWC's history." Made possible by Measure M community bond funding approved by voters in 2012 alongside State of California funds, the new three-story building includes new classrooms and a spacious reading, writing, and resource center. The project will also add gathering, office, and support spaces customized to the growing needs of Golden West's language arts programs.


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

Speakers for the groundbreaking with shovels



The Aspen Institute has named Orange Coast College as one of the 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. The colleges selected for this honor represent 15 percent of more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide, and are recognized as having high and improving levels of student success as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds. OCC has been invited to submit data and narratives as the next steps in an intensive data and practice review process, culminating in the announcement of the Aspen Prize winner in Spring 2023.


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Photo of two students in background with the words Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in the foreground



Schedule, Week of December 6

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, December 8, with closed session beginning at 4:00 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District, Monday through Friday