Mary McChesney Donates $1 Million to Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa, California is building a new planetarium that will be completed in the fall semester of 2018. The overall cost of the planetarium is about $20 million. The college recently receive a one-million-dollar donation from Mary McChesney who is now retired.

The planetarium will serve as a science center for Orange Coast College students and students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Community residents will also enjoy the new planetarium. The planetarium also received and additional $2.6 million in donations that come from a past bond measure.

McChesney taught Spanish and English at the college for thirty-three years. She says that her late partner who is now deceased, Adelyn Bonin, would have approved of the donation. The donation will be used to buy a Foucault pendulum which will help demonstrate how the earth rotates. It will be the only one of its kind in Orange County. Learn more about Orange Coast College:

The planetarium’s seating capacity will hold 129 people. The old planetarium, built in 1950, is being torn down. It only seated 35 visitors. The new planetarium will be something the entire community can look forward to visiting.

Today, Orange College ranks as one of the nation’s biggest, and best, community colleges. Many students transfer to universities and colleges across the nation. A high percentage go on to attend colleges and universities in California.

Orange Coast College is just minutes away from several beautiful beaches. The college also offers a plethora of sports for both male and female. Anyone thinking of attending a junior college and transferring will find that Orange Coast College offers a solid education.