Orange Coast College Completes the Upgrading of a Recycling Facility

Orange Coast College, a community college situated in a former military base, recently completed the construction of a massive recycling facility, the Adams Avenue facility. The community college also launched the structure to the public. It took Orange Coast College over 16 months and $7 million to construct the structure on a land of five acres.


The Adams Avenue structure is a significant upgrade of a previous recycling center that Orange Coast College built over forty years ago. Its design comprises of a parking space big enough to accommodate 45 cars. The building is five times larger than the previous one.


Recycling Capacity


OCC’s new recycling facility is built to serve the school and the Southern California community. Residents are allowed to dispose of all types of wastes in the newly-built structure. The Adams Avenue center can recycle a couple of plastic containers, metal scrap, and defunct appliances. It can also recycle paper materials such as cardboard and magazines.




The Adam Avenue facility was constructed with a purpose of helping Southern California residents free up storage spaces containing wastes at their homes. It also helps them earn a few dollars for every item they submit to the building. The Adam Avenue facility has an eco-friendly design. This means that it was built to protect the environment using materials that have been recycled from nature.


The new structure is an implementation of one of the objectives in Orange Coast College’s “Vision 2020” development plan. Funds used for construction were sourced from private and public benefactors such as the government and CR&R Environmental Services. Learn more:


About Orange Coast College


OCC was established in 1974 after Costa Mesa residents cast their votes in large numbers in support of an initiative to build a community college. The voters were also in support of the learning institution to be built on a former military camp. Army buildings found on the site were rebuilt into educational facilities.


Today, Orange Coast College comprises of administrative offices, a library, an auditorium and a gym. Over 20,000 students are enrolled in OCC’s 135 educational programs, which have been accredited by WASC. The institution allows students to pursue a wide range of careers at affordable fees.


Rocketing into the Future with Rocketship Education

There is a network of charter schools on the rise in our country that has the vision of expanding the availability of quality schools for students in poorer neighborhoods. It is called Rocketship Education. These schools serve grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

Founded in the San Francisco Bay area in 2007, Rocketship has charter schools in four regions of the United States, with plans for more. Parents, teachers and administrators are working toward the dream of eliminating the achievement gap between students who have access to schools in affluent areas and those who live in financially distressed communities.

John Danner and Preston Smith founded Rocketship charter schools in California in 2007. There are more than fifteen schools in that region. In August 2016 the most recent Rocketship was launched in Washington, DC. There are also schools in the network in the Nashville area and in Milwaukee.

The program uses traditional teaching methods as well as adaptive technology to help make every student a successful learner. The facilities are well thought out for maximizing use for student learning. Parents are engaged and involved in helping hire the best and most passionate teachers. These committed parents and outstanding educators are helping low-income children and learners of English find and negotiate the path to a college education.

Parents seem to take their involvement in the schools seriously. They examine teaching candidates and sit in on interviews. Parent input can be enough to sway the offer of a contract to a candidate. Not only do the teachers need solid educational credentials, but they also need to have an attitude that will help them encourage and lead the students to love learning. Charter schools must accept applications from any student in the district, but often hope to make a difference in local low income housing areas. Parents who are involved say that they want their children to have better school outcomes than they have themselves.

Rocketship has a strong vision, the support of communities, high standards and innovative, state of the art buildings. The plan and dream is to have a brighter future for all citizens when it comes to successful education.