Orange Coast College
Orange Coast is proving to be the “little college that could” with the big splash it is making in the rowing nationals competition. They are busy going for their 12th national title against some of the best in the country. They were recently plying their boat in Newport harbor, slicing through the water at speeds exceeding 25 mph! The beauty of rowing is that it is one of the sports left that can be called a purely amateur sport. Which means that the participants are doing it purely for the love of the sport. The captain of the team is Daniel Amado, a 22-year-old who graduated from Los Alamitos high school. What makes his enthusiasm impressive is that he recently recovered from a spine injury. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/orange-coast-college-20116
The assistant coach for the team is Steve Morris. He is very dedicated towards the team, which is proved by his early morning drive to the harbor to be with them. He used to be head coach but work and family took over his life. In fact, he used to be a part of the team at one time, when he served as the coxswain. A coxswain is a little person sitting at the end of the boat shouting out commands to the rowers. He is drawn to the sport because of its aesthetic appeal.
Located in Costa Mesa, with a big, beautiful 164-acre campus, Orange Coast College is one of the best community colleges in California, as well as the nation. The college started giving classes a couple of years after WWII. Back then, there were only a few classes available for a couple of hundred students. However, today the college offers classes for many different disciplines for nearly 25,000 students! Learn more: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/Pages/home.aspx
Most of the classes are related technical or career degree programs and nearly half of the students are enrolled in one of these. Compared to other community colleges in the area, Orange Coast has one of the highest transfer rates to major universities. This college is also a member of the Coast Community College District and classes start in the fall, winter, spring, and summer.