Dick Devos Meets with FAA Council in Washington

Have you seen the news in Washington? Many are turning heads at the Devos family, who have recently been moving in political circles. Beth Devos is the new 11th US Secretary of Education, and her husband was recently appointed to a council by the FAA in September 2017. The new council is a civilian board named the Management Advisory Council.


The council consists of 13 members who have been chosen throughout 2016 and 2017 to serve the FAA by advising on important matters. The council can help with policies, regulations, budgets, future growth ideas, and any other topic that it think will help the FAA in its quest to improve the aviation industry in America. This comes after President Trump challenged the aviation industry, stating that America had fallen behind, particularly because of the airports.


Devos has been working with one airport for many decades in his hometown of Grand Rapids. The small airport has some historical value being around since the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until much recently that it had ever turned a great profit. In fact, the airport received a $45 million fund to help renovate thanks to the airlines at the airport.


The CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport has partnered with Devos for many years. Together they have helped raise ticket sales and change the face of the airport to be more business-centric. Business travelers of all kinds can now appreciate a new business traveler center as well as food court upgrades that have changed the airport into a more modern experience.


This is exactly what the FAA is looking for help with. The agency has been making policy updates throughout 2018 and has even approved a budget for a $40 million renovation of the GSO Tower. This is important to the future of aviation in America.


The council has several members who come from transportation authority backgrounds, but it’s the former airline executives and business leaders who have been helping the FAA look for ideas for future growth. Devos is among them. He has been meeting with the FAA once every quarter for the past year to help.


He will continue to meet with the council throughout 2019. The FAA has recently announced new policy updates.


Read http://dickdevos.com/news/ to learn more.

Retired Professor Donates $1 million To College

There is a new planetarium that is undergoing construction at Orange Coast College. A retired professor who has a strong bond with the popular college donated one million dollars to fund a Foucault pendulum, which is a device that demonstrates the Earth in rotation. Officials are excited for the new pendulum as it will be the only one of its kind in Orange County. The professor’s name is Mary McChesney who retired from OCC in 1983. She is looking forward to the new center and states that it will be a “center of scientific studies for college students as well as the surrounding community.” The 91-year-old professor is looking forward to the finished structure and the promising future it will provide for many. Mary McChesney taught English and Spanish at Orange Coast College for 33 years and has taken part in many scholarship foundation programs. The planetarium broke ground in 2016 and will include a 129 seat auditorium that features a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science on a Sphere display globe. Potentially speaking, the planetarium could seat about 35 visitors. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/orange-coast-college#/entity


Orange Coast College is a 164 acre campus that is located in Costa Mesa in Southern California. With only minutes from the beach, the college is one of the nation’s largest and finest community colleges. They currently enroll approximately 25,000 students each semester and offer over 135 academic career programs. OCC was founded in 1947 and has continued to thrive for over 70 years. Classes began in 1948 and the popularity, along with the technology quickly grew throughout the curriculum of the college. OCC is ranked as the number one community college in Orange County with its highly advanced classrooms and technology. Many of the students that attend OCC transfer to private colleges and universities within California and across the world. They offer classes all year long and work to make the learning process fun and contagious. They are proudly accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. They are looking forward to the positive changes happening within the college and are thankful to have such wonderful staff and students. Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Coast_College


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Mary McChesney is a former instructor at Orange Coast College, and years after her retirement she has returned to the institution and donated about $1milion which the institution management plans to use the donation to purchase equipment used to demonstrate earth rotation which is known as Foucault pendulum. During the donation; the retired instructor; mentioned that the device will be of a great benefit to the community as well as the science students. According to the education facility officials, the pendulum will be one of its kind in the Orange County. Ms. Mary is now over 90 years and during the donation, she did not forget to mention her love for the college and he also said the donation was in honor of her partner; Andelyn Bonin who passed on in January 2017.

Adelyn Bonin was also a professor at Orange Coast College and she taught German at the college until 1983 when she retired. Ms. Mary was glad and hoped that her partner; Bonin was happy when she gave the donation and she hoped that she approved. Mary also taught at the college until she retired in 1983. She was an English and Spanish teacher for more than 33 years. Doug Bennett is the executive Director at the college and he said that Ms. Mary was a great contributor in the institution.


Orange Coast College is an exceptional educational facility that has been providing more than 135 both academic and educational careers. The education facility which was established in 1947 is located in Costa Mesa not many miles away from the California beaches. Ever since its foundation; the College has been experiencing a tremendous expansion with it registering and admitting more than 2500 students each semester. Orange Coast College is among the educational institutions which have the latest technologies. In the Orange County; Orange Coast College records the largest number of students who are enrolled in the University of California and California State University. The college also has active clubs which students use for their extra curriculum activities. Some of these clubs include sports team among others. The education facility also has an Associate student body. Orange Cost County is a commuter college which serves local residents.

Read http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html for more information.