Orange Coast College Features Unusual Plant

A plant that smells like a corpse bloomed in June at Orange Coast College. This plant attracted hundreds of visitors that wanted to get a whiff of its scent. Known as the amorphophallus titanum plant or corpse flower it was on display for visitors on June 28. The plant weighs over 30 pounds and is almost five feet tall. Some of these plants weigh over 200 pounds.

 

The plant is from the island of Sumtra and is an endangered species. The odor is caused when beetles crawl inside the plant and pollinate it. It is when they move the pollen from male to female. The Orange Gold Coast College staff pollinates the plant themselves.

 

When the plant blooms it has magenta petals that resemble a skirt. The blooming usually occurs at night. The blooming only last 24 to 48 hours and occurs every five years. The plant is located in Orange Coast College in the Fullerton Arboretum.

 

Gold Coast College is a community college with 164 acres in Costa Mesa, CA. It has 135 academic and career choices for students to choose from. It is known for its School of Sailing and Seamanship. It provides training and certification in sailing and power boating.

 

The college enrolls over 25,000 student in different academic disciplines. It offers business and computing, consumer and health sciences, mathematics and sciences, social and behavioral sciences, visual and performing arts, and technology. It is one of largest community colleges in the US.

 

They have many activities for students, clubs, athletics, student government, bookstore, newspaper, and library. Their food service program has the Student Center cafe, and the Coast Snack Shak that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Games On serves burgers and convenience food, The Barbecue Grove offers a light breakfast or lunch, and they have a Starbucks.
To learn more, visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/.

Betsy DeVos Has Plans For Our Educational System

The new Secretary of Education in the Donald Trump cabinet is Betsy DeVos, spouse of Dick DeVos the former CEO of the Amway Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Betsy has long been a champion of school choice and school vouchers so parents and students can have more say in how they receive their education.

After a controversial and tumultuous nomination and confirmation procedure for the Secretary of Education, people are learning that DeVos is a determined and accomplished person who truly believes in her cause. And it is about time that someone addresses the problems that confront our educational system that is no more effective now than it was 60 years ago.

For years we have experienced a have and have-not educational system where people in the suburbs have enjoyed the American dream as far as educational opportunities and the inner cities and many rural areas have been left behind. It is not that money has not been spent in most areas, but it would seem that other forces are at work. Follow Betsy on Twitter.

This is why Betsy DeVoss has advocated school choice and school vouchers for students who are disadvantaged. She asks a very important question about why is still necessary for a child’s education to be tied to a zip code that forces that student to show up at a building and listen to four or five lectures where nothing seems to apply to that student’s real life?

There is a tacit agreement that inner cities have poorer test results than do suburban schools, simply because there is a different culture going on in the inner cities. The same could be said for remotely rural areas. This is why DeVos is so involved with school choice and vouchers.

She was a sponsor and an advocate for Detroit charter schools that were public funded. While there was not a total success in that venture, there was enough to illustrate that the model can work. It took lots of community investment in time and interest but given enough of that the future can look very bright indeed. The reading scores were very good, the math was terrible, but the graduation rates were very good.

Today there are enough good students coming out of inner city schools to illustrate that the potential is there, but there needs to be more effort put into the kids and not necessarily the facilities. Betsy DeVos is a declared advocate of investing in the kids and their needs in equipment and techniques that directly affect them.

Just about every student in America knows how to operate a smartphone or a tablet, so why aren’t more of them used directly in the educational process? DeVos just wants people to be innovative and come up with better ways to implement the educational process in ways that get the attention of the students, so they want to make it happen. Once they see why education is their ticket to a better life, you cannot hold them back. Check this article from New York Post.