Thinking of college-level rowing often inspires thoughts of the most established academic four-year institutions who have dominated one of the last true amateur sport in the world. As a two-year college one would not normally expect to even see a crew from Orange Coast College at a rowing meeting, let alone achieving much as one of the top crews in U.S. rowing circles. Orange Coast College has maintained such a pull on those who have worked and rowed with the Californian school that many remain in the program as coaches and assistants after their term as a crewmember or coach are over.
The demanding nature of rowing is seen as a major reason for the success Orange Coast College has achieved in both sporting and academic circles. As a rowing program, the school has won an impressive 11 national titles in the novice crew category despite its status as a two-year community college close to the heart of Los Angeles; Orange Coast College has also seen its ranking for achieving Associates Degrees rise to number 65 of the more than 5,000 educational institutions offering these programs across the U.S. The physical skills achieved by those taking part in rowing programs are easy to see and are accompanied by a mental success seen in the academic achievements of the members of the rowing crews who have won scholarships to some of the top Ivy League institutions in the nation.
The establishment of the Orange Coast College campus came in 1947 when a former U.S. Air Force base was gifted to the burgeoning college to create an impressive campus of more than 240 acres. In its early stages, the campus was created from the existing buildings used by the U.S. Air Force with a major period of construction taking place from the 1950s to 1970s. The minimal architecture of Richard Neutra has become a major part of college life for those living and studying in Costa Mesa. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/orange-coast-college-20116