Recycling Center Takes OCC Closer to 2020 Vision

Orange Coast College has taken one more step toward Vision 2020 with the opening of a new recycling center. This $7.5-million facility is five times larger than the former site, which occupied just an acre. The new center provides additional space for classrooms, administrative offices, showers, and a first aid room. The site continues to employ thousands of students throughout the year. OCC’s 45-year-old recycling program accepts electronic waste, household batteries, cooking oil, paper, cans, and bottles.


The recycling facility, new planetarium, housing changes, and other renovations support OCC’s goal of a community-backed future. Faculty and staff support more than 135 programs, including marine sciences, architecture, film, business administration, and hospitality. OCC leads Orange County’s community colleges in the number of students who transfer to California State and the University of California. The college is known for men’s and women’s athletics in addition to academics. The Pirates participate in the following sports: baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, swimming, water polo, crew, tennis, volleyball, golf, cheerleading/dance, cross country, and track and field. Learn more:


Orange Coast College began serving 500 students in 1948 and has grown 50-fold over the past 70 years. OCC now teaches more than 25,000 students each semester, making it the largest college in Orange County. This nationally recognized institution receives full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as part of the Coast Community College District. Orange Coast College students can choose to take year-round classes online or on the 164-acre campus in Costa Mesa.

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