Orange Coast College Offers New Planetarium and much more.

Orange Coast College was established in 1947, classes began in Fall of 1948. The third largest college in Orange County. It sits on the coastline of Costa Mesa, CA about 40 miles south of Los Angeles. The college offers a 2-year Associates Degree in Arts and Science. Students have a sizable number of academic classes to choose from. Orange County College also offers classes that can be transferred to another a college or university based on a lower division. They also can take certificate programs that can be completed in less than two years. Orange Coast College enrolls about 24,000 undergraduates a year.


Recently, the college has received a generous donation of $1-million for a new planetarium device, called the Foucault pendulum, an instrument known for demonstrating the rotation of the Earth. The new planetarium will be open for students from kindergarten to 12th grade and surrounding communities. Also provide Orange Coast College students with the opportunity to engage in science. The new planetarium is expected to be open for the 2018 Fall Semester. Learn more:


Orange Coast College offers housing to students to rent an apartment off-campus at an affordable price. The apartment allows 2 students per bedroom with shared living quarters, but private rooms are available. Housing is provided for international students as well. Homestay allows the student to live with a family while attending Orange Coast College. They also offer childcare to students and staff who have young children. This is a vital part of a parent who is attending college and needs a suitable place for their children to spend their day. The Children’s Center is run by the students who are enrolled in the Early Education Program and the faculty/staff are on site too. It has recently opened to the community as well.


The college also offers many extracurricular activities that play are large part in campus life. Sports is one of them, from football to beach volleyball, there’s something for everyone. There are also different clubs for students to become a part of. The college offers a student newspaper, The Coast Report, written and edited by the journalism students. Learn more:


Betsy DeVos – Philanthropist

Elisabeth “Betsy” became active in politics while a co-ed at Calvin College, a Christian liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was drawn into campus politics and has been politically involved since. Over the years, Betsy has held a number of political positions, including chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.


Betsy, like her husband Dick, the 2006 Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan, looks for innovative solutions to complex problems. Betsy serves as chairman of the Windquest Group, a private investment group entering into partnerships with innovative companies.


Betsy, and her husband Dick DeVos, set up a charitable foundation in 1989. Since then, they have donated tens of millions of dollars through the foundation, mostly to organizations that mirror their conservative Christian views:

$750,000 to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., with another $1 million approved for the future,

$500,000 to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation,

$400,000 to Loudspeaker Media Inc., an educational site run by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown,

$400,000 to The Partnership for Educational Justice, a nonprofit also run by Brown.

$200,000 to a Grand Rapids Christian school called The Potter’s House. Betsy credits a visit to the The Potter’s as the origin of her advocacy for school choice.

$150,000 to The School of Missionary Aviation Technology (SMAT) which says “Our specialty is preparing individuals to serve the Lord in mission aviation,”

$150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools, a chain of New York City charter schools founded by educational reformer Eva Moskowitz.

$100,000 to Alliance for School Choice a nonprofit affiliated with the American Federation for Children,

$50,000 to the Foundation for Excellence in Education, founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

$10,000 to the Institute for Justice, that bills itself as “a nonprofit libertarian pubic interest law firm,

$6,500 to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc., a conservative non-profit the operates on college campuses, group that promotes conservative viewpoints on college campuses.

$5,000 to the non-profit charter school management company GREAAT Schools.

The list goes on and on. The Devos foundation has invested in religious non-profits, ministries, pro-life groups, colleges, universities, charter schools, legal clinics, public service organizations, and youth based organizations, virtually anyone making the world a better place. On her first day as U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos said to those assembled:

“I am here to serve—with you. I am committed to working with everyone and anyone —from every corner of the country, from every walk of life, from every background… .” It would seem that helping others is Betsy DeVos’ way of life.


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Why More Municipals Should Adopt E-Governe

E-Governe is an array of products that are used to streamline processes in institutions and organizations and make them more efficient. The e-Governe System is implemented by the Instituto das Citades Intelligenses (ICI). Workers and officials of Teresina Municipal were trained on using the E-Governe system a few years ago. The training was done in conjunction with the Municipal Finance Department, the Municipal Health Foundation, and the Municipal Education Department. These departments held meetings to discuss the optimization of the various services that the municipality offers to citizens.


The first tool to be implemented was the human resource management tool. This was an internal tool that helped to streamline processes within the public offices. The municipal then adopted a tool to bolster the quality of services that it offered to people. The system helped to identify problems earlier and to monitor and review the performance of the municipal. It also sped up the response to demands by the public and in the analysis of the various comments that they received.


Osasco adopted the e-governe education system several years ago. ICI installed an electrical system and supplied computer equipment to the schools and the offices. They also set up a customer care center for the education department of the municipal. The system covers all the schools in the area, the education department, and the center for continuing education. Osasco is one of the most populated states in Sao Paulo. The system proved to be flexible enough to cater to all the units.


The education system has availed many benefits for the schools and the education department of Osasco. It has made internet accessibility possible for the students and still allowed users to be managed through the security levels set up by system administrators. It has made the creation and sharing of reports easy because of the connection between the different facets. The system has made the sector transparent. It has also made the accountability process effective. It has eliminated rework since all the work is digitized. Records are stored electronically. ICI offers a range of tools that seek to improve administration, education, public service, and taxes.


Osasco is home to some of the largest corporations and organizations such as the Sao Paulo State Industries Center, Banco Bradesco, and SBT. The adoption of this system has propelled it to become a thriving economy. E-Governe Health was developed to solve the problem of managing the health services at the municipal and state governments. This task is very hard to perform because of all the moving parts that make up these departments. The professions associated with the health sector range from the doctors and the nurses to the drivers and public officials at the health departments.


The platform allows officials to view and plan the schedules of the workers. This makes task allocation easier. It also means that there is no downtime at the hospital since everyone’s time is allocated. The beds can be controlled through the system. This reduces the amount of work that the nurses have to perform. The distribution of medicine is tracked through e-Governe Health and makes it harder for resources to be wasted.