Orange County Coast and Little Dougie

Orange Coast College is known for a bevy of unique properties and features that the Costa Mesa campus boasts, from their quality athletics to unique and noteworthy programs such as the horticulture department. This department is responsible for the spectacular phenomenon known to many as a corpse flower due to, you guessed it, its overwhelming, carcass-scented aroma. Known by its scientific name as the Amorphophallus titanum plant, this smelly flower has been at Orange Coast College since 2006 and goes by the nickname Little Dougie. Little Dougie weighs in at more than 30 pounds and nearly five feet tall, although some corpse flowers can get as big as 200 pounds. The native Indonesian flower from the island of Sumatra draws its overbearing odor from the pollination process naturally performed by beetles, but in Little Dougie’s case by hand. Projected for a late June bloom, the endangered flower makes its first bloom generally in a decades time and subsequently every three to five years after the initial bloom. Administration expected a bloom viewing turn out similar to 2014’s corpse flower bloom held on campus for the flower known as Little John in which over 1,000 guests attended.


Little Dougie is just a small piece of the many extraordinary bits that make Orange County College so unique and special. The campus located near the beaches of Southern California stands as one of the nations top community colleges, enrolling nearly 25,000 students per semester and transferring more students to the University of California and California State University than any other community college. The 164-acre campus is also home to one of the nation’s largest and most highly acclaimed public nautical programs. Additionally OCC’s highly competitive athletic department is lead by one of the nations top men’s rowing teams who finished fourth in this year national competition. In the past decade Orange Coast has won the Pepsi/NATYCAA Cup on two separate occasions, which is awarded based on overall program excellence within the state of California. OCC has also won the title of top overall men’s and women’s athletic program for the Orange Empire Conference a stunning 26 out of 30 years. No matter what one is looking for Orange Coast College offers something for everyone, and will continue to pursue academic, athletic, and recreational excellence in the future.


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After Three Decades As An Education Reformer Betsy DeVos Reaches The Top Of The U.S. Education System

Betsy DeVos is a name I have known since the 1990s when she played a key role in the development of the education reform system, which continues to be seen as a major force for good in the U.S. education system. I first became aware of Betsy DeVos in the 1990s within the state of Florida when a program of school vouchers and choice was created among a range of party leaders and the leaders of the education reform movement, including Betsy DeVos; what most impressed me was the ability of Mrs. DeVos to explore the opportunities on offer for crossing party lines and gaining support from all areas of the state legislature for the programs being developed across the state by reformers like Betsy DeVos. In 2017, the work Betsy DeVos has completed in terms of education reform was finally rewarded with her appointment to the role of U.S. Secretary of Education in the Administration of Preseident Donald Trump. Follow Betsy on Twitter

The philanthropic work of Betsy DeVos has been in operation for a number of decades and I believe shows the dedication to increaxsing the community opportunities available for people across the divides of race, religion, and socioeconomic issues. Born in Holland, Michigan, Betsy DeVos has become even more impressive to me after I discovered the work she completes to aid the community of Grand Rapids, Michigan in becoming as important as possible in an education and cultural sense; Mrs. DeVos works with her husband, former AmWay Group President Dick DeVos to provide funding for a number of philanthropic activities, including the annual ArtPrize and as a major supporter of the Potter’s House Christian School, according to the Philanthropy Roundtable. I am always pleased to see the DeVos family continue their financial backing of the Potter’s House School as the institution is the school where low income families attempt to provide the best possible education regardless of the socioeconomic issues facing any family. Visit to know more about Betsy.

Across the U.S. Betsy DeVos has found a number of different ways to provide assistance for the groups and supporters of school choice and voucher system as these orograms have spread across the U.S. to more than 15 states. Betsy DeVos has spent much of the last three decades looking to help the students of the U.S. in living a better life that includes her early career working as an in school student advocate for at risk children. Despite the success of her own Prince family as industrialists and the AmWay owning DeVos family, Betsy DeVos seems to me to never have lost sight of the need to aid others in the fight to help people of all ages across the nation.