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California’s higher education system is the largest in the world, with 112 community colleges totaling over 2.5 million students, and growing every year. Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa, about 40 miles south of Los Angeles, opened in 1948, and currently offers two-year associate degrees onsite or online, with an annual student body over 20,000. However, 1 in 3 students possess a Bachelor’s Degree because they’ve returned to OCC for continuing or community education.

 

On September 14, 2017, Orange Coast College opened their $7.5-million recycling facility, expanding their existing one of over 45 years. Los Angeles Times’ Bradley Zint quoted Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, saying the facility is “an economic driver” for the city, in his article detailing the opening of this recycling center. With various funding, after just 16 months of construction, the facility partially runs on solar power from solar panels installed on the center’s administration building, is five times the size of its predecessor, named classrooms after supporters, and opened as part of OCC’s Vision 2020. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/

 

There are two parts to the Vision 2020 Plans, targeting education and facilities, with the recycling center a part of the Vision 2020 Facilities Master Plan, including a replacement of their 60 year old planetarium and creation of student housing. OCC is attempting to obtain certifications of energy-efficiency, which provide several benefits like cost efficiency, tax breaks, and attracting innovative thinkers into their employment and student body. The recycling facility will also provide thousands of jobs to students and the community over the years. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-recycling-20170914-story.html

 

Instead of being a drain on the community, OCC is aiming for sustainable facilities and putting profits back into the community. Facility rentals and swap meets are part of the OCC’s commitment to engage with their community, with increasing diversity, including foreigners. In addition to creating one of America’s largest public nautical programs, Pirate Athletics entertain and connect the people of Costa Mesa and her surrounding cities, and OCC’s new recycling center is certain to be a leader in waste disposal.

 

Wessex Institute of Technology is located in Ashurst Lodge in South England. This is a research center and an institution of higher learning. Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) has three core principles in its mandate. It is a research center, publishing center, and a leading conference organizer.

WIT is a high ranking English institution of learning that was established back in 1986. It is located in a national park making it popular since people enjoy the serene environment.

WIT is ranked highly worldwide as an exchange center for professionals and scholars in the world. It is referred to as a center of excellence. The institution is focused on providing a platform where people in the professional spectrum can meet with people in the academic world and exchange knowledge and information.

On various occasions, the institution posts job openings. The jobs are advertised in international and local jobs’ websites and media. The jobs are categorized accordingly and given proper descriptions. Currently, there are two job openings for a researching fellow and a medical writer.

If an individual is interested in applying for any of the open position, they can do so by applying online or by sending a copy of their CV and application letters. The Wessex Institute of Technology states that it does not accept application form recruitment agencies unless they have specifically indicated that in the job advert.

The human resource office receives the applications from the candidates. With the help of a selection committee, the team shortlists a candidate and makes further contact with the candidate.

Conference hosting and planning is a core activity for Wessex Institute. It is famous worldwide for holding more than 25 conferences every year. Some of these conferences are held in the other institutions that are affiliated with Wessex Institute. The conferences serve as a point of contact between professionals and scholars, which facilitates knowledge exchange.

Wessex fulfills its mandate as publishing centre through the WIT press. The printing press is located in Ashurst lodge. The proceeding journals of the conferences, edited works, journals, and specialised research are usually published in the press.

Visit the Wessex Institute of Technology on Linkedin to learn more.