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Weekly News Brief | March 11, 2022
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Chancellor Weispfenning at his desk typing

During Tuesday's State of the State, Governor Newsom praised the community colleges for empowering people to thrive. Coastline, Golden West, and Orange Coast are, without doubt, one of the surest pathways to economic success in the lives of Orange County students. Research and our own lived experiences also suggest that college is a path to healthier and happier life.

Education should last a lifetime. What I think we provide in the community colleges generally, and in the Coast District specifically, is a focus on durable skills. Our degree, certificate, and transfer programs get students to their first jobs, then look beyond to what will get them through to their last jobs. We don't know our graduates' path with any certainty, but neither do they. Changing jobs, even careers, is now the rule rather than the exception.

If we are to be the pathway to a successful career and better life, we must maintain focus on those durable skills and talents. Technologies will come and go, tools will change, yet a meaningful education grounded in curiosity and critical thinking will endure.

On another note, thank you to all who helped mark International Women's Day. This day is held up as a moment to remember the achievements of women worldwide. Here today, women make up the majority of our faculty, staff, and management. The achievements of the Coast District are all connected to women's leadership.

Lastly, I commend the women and men of the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center for paying last respects to Huntington Beach Officer Nicholas Vella. Officer Vella's life and tragic end of watch were memorialized this Tuesday, with members of the GWC Police Academy and Investigators Course in full attendance.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


District and College News


Last chance to acknowledge an exemplary manager! The Coast District Management Association is calling for nominations to recognize and honor managers who go "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty." Nominations may be sumbmitted online, with the nomination window closing on March 11.



A group of inspiring and determined female students at Coastline College received the Live Your Dream Award from Soroptimist International. The global volunteer organization provides women with opportunities to help achieve economic empowerment. Soroptimist's Live Your Dream Awards program offers financial grants to help improve the educational and employment prospects for women who provide the primary financial support for their families and have shown the courage to change their lives.


The words Coastline College above a shield with the letter C.


Golden West College will be having a Grad Fair on March 16-17. The Grad Fair will be in the GWC Bookstore. Students will be able to buy their caps and gowns, take pictures in front of a photo backdrop, order graduation announcements and class rings, receive discounts on diploma frames, and so much more.


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


Orange Coast College will hold a dedication ceremony for John Altobelli Park on Saturday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m. The program will be followed by a "First Pitch Ceremony" to kick off OCC's baseball matchup against Irvine Valley College at Noon. Coast Community College District Trustees and OCC administrators will be on hand to present a Board of Trustees Resolution officially recognizing the facility as "John Altobelli Park." Members of the Altobelli family also will be present for the dedication ceremony and will throw out the first pitch.


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An entrance with sign stating John Altobelli Park.


Schedule, Week of March 14

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, March 16, with closed session beginning at 4:00 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Schedule
Dr. Weispfenning is in the District, Monday through Friday