Celebrating a Commitment to Quality Education

In 1947, the Orange Coast Junior College District was formed. A year later, the District opened its first college, Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. By 1966, the growing population of the District's 105-mile, eleven-city service area prompted the opening of a second college, Golden West College in Huntington Beach. With the opening of the second college, the District changed its name to the Coast Community College District (CCCD).

In 1972, CCCD owned and operated the public television station, KOCE-TV (channel 50), where they were able to broadcast credit courses. As the District population grew, a new student population emerged: the working adult. The ultimate result was the formation of the third college, Coastline Community College!

Formed as a college without a campus, Coastline opened the doors in September 1976 and boasted the largest opening day in community college history. Today, Coastline is still known as the leader in innovative education via distance learning, and now has three campuses in Garden Grove, Westminster, and Newport Beach.

Jewel of Orange County
Gala Benefit

Coastline honored their 40th anniversary at their Jewel of Orange County Gala Benefit on April 23, 2016. More than 300 attendees dressed in their favorite 70s attire and formal wear to commemorate the establishment of Coastline in 1976. Honorees of the event included past presidents, Dr. Bernard Luskin, Dr. Bill Vega, Dr. Leslie Purdy, and Dr. Ding-Jo Currie, and current president, Dr. Lori Adrian.

Attendees of the event enjoyed dinner, dancing and live entertainment from Coastline’s very own band, “One Credit Shy” and local 70s band, Hippeez. It was a night to remember!!!

Check out the photo gallery for the event below.

Photo Gallery

Read about the Gala in the OC Register


Coastline was ranked the #1 Community College in 2015 for low cost education, high success rate, and return on investment - Huffington Post

Voted as one of the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers - Community College Week

Coastline Community College's Newport Beach Center was honored with a Green Community College Leadership Award in the category of "Green Building" at the Green California Schools Summit.

Coastline Community College ranked third in the nation in enrollment growth - Community College Week

Coastline has been awarded 19 Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards over the past 40 years.

Coastline is the fourth school in the nation designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance / Cybersecurity for two year institutions by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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P. V. Haeghen

When I arrived at Coastline in January 1978, it was the first day of a long drought coming to an end as rain fell in sheets as I ran from the airplane steps to the "OC Airport" terminal. I think it was a foretelling innovation and excitement that working at Coastline would bring. Coastline was 18 months old. I was amazed that a school could open its doors -- without a campus -- to 20,000 students with around 6,000 in distance learning. The excitement of working there was electrifying. Like any 18 year old, it tripped, stumbled, and even fell once in a while; but it always picked itself up and moved forward. When I first reported to work I had five offices in the first month as we figured out how one more person could be squeezed into the original Slater office complex.

Bernie Luskin, the 1st president, provided charismatic leadership. You could take a crazy idea for making the college better and he'd think a minute and then say "Just do it." He didn't offer any money to support it -- finding the resources was part of getting it done and made the challenge more fun. One of the great spirit-building events every year was the fall faculty meeting for over 900 faculty spearheaded by Ron Berggren with his fantastic creativity, fun-loving attitude, and ability to make it happen with the willing help of dozens. Those were exciting times as we forged new frontiers in how to deliver higher education to adults -- techniques now used by most institutions of higher education. It was challenging, fun, exciting, often disappointing, and always rewarding to be part of this new movement.

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G. Berggren, Ph.D.

Vice President of Admissions and Contract Education, Ron Berggren was always looking for innovative educational programs. When he started the Incarcerated Student Program, the distance learning faculty were less than thrilled. We were afraid if we gave F grades to incarcerated students they might look us up and try to kill us when they were released from prison.

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M. Walsh

I completed the Travel Careers program at Coastline in the early 90's, and while completing my internship for the Travel Careers Certificate I got hired at Cannery Village Travel in Newport Beach. I ended up working there for over 20 years and eventually owned the agency.

I continued my studies at Coastline while working as a travel agent, and in 1993 I earned an A.A. degree from Coastline. I have since gone on to earn a B.A. and two M.A. degrees. My experience at Coastline provided me with the confidence and thirst for knowledge that I needed to realize my educational goals, and I am forever grateful to the amazing staff at the school during the time that I attended. All of them were very positive and encouraging, and I have very fond memories of my time spent there.

One of my favorite memories from Coastline was serving as the SAC Activities Director and Secretary in 1992 and 1993. It was a great learning experience, and the Student Council members even got a chance to go to Sacramento and meet with different legislators at the State Building. Another favorite memory was going with other members of the SAC to see President Clinton at Pacific Amphitheater in October of 1992. It was the first political rally I had ever been to and it was amazing, there were famous singers and actors, Bill playing the sax, and a rousing speech from Mr. Clinton.

Coastline has played such an important part in my life, helping me to achieve my dream of owning a travel agency, giving me a solid foundation to transfer to a four year college, and also started my interest, and engagement in the political process.

However, my very favorite memory of Coastline is a very recent one; I am now a faculty member!! I teach World Regional Geography, and I enjoy every minute of it. I hope to inspire my students to continue their educations, just as my earlier teachers at Coastline did for me.

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E. A. Trentham

While active duty in the Navy, my ship (DDG-60) brought on a Coastline PACE instructor for our deployment. I had seen them on previous deployments, and was talking to a shipmate who had already taken a few classes, he convinced me to take a class, too!

My first class was "introduction to computers." As I was more computer-savvy than the average Sailor in those days, it seemed an easy topic for me to ease into the college routine. I still remember & use a technique from that course to develop strong passwords that are easy to recall.

Before long, I had completed the residency and executed a SOC agreement. Later, a military transfer came with a bigger workload, severely limiting my free time and forcing me to put academics on hold.

Three years after leaving the military, I found myself unemployed and slipping into debt. I decided to take advantage of my VA education benefit, because I knew the post-9/11 GI Bill pays for books, tuition, and a housing allowance. It was really the housing allowance that motivated me at that point, as I was managing change for discretionary spending after each month's bills were paid.

With only a few classes remaining, I quickly completed my A.A. in Supervision/Management and transferred to the University of Phoenix, Reno campus, where I completed my B.S. in Business Management using only 1/2 of my GI Bill benefit!

While contemplating how I could use the other 1/2 of my GI Bill toward a master’s degree, I discovered an opening for Coastline's 'National Test Center' Administrator on the Naval Air Station near where I live (Fallon, NV). As a retired Navy career counselor & Coastline alumni, I am proud to now be a facilitator for our service members seeking personal growth through education.

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G. Santoro

Our graphic designer, Kathy Strube, known for creatively pushing design boundaries, collaborated with me to produce the first four color annual report ever submitted to the State by a community college.

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R. Miller

Coastline evolved from an experimental program at Orange Coast College called "College in the Community," which utilized strip mall offices for deans and classrooms at high school and junior high schools, condominium recreation rooms, unused spaces in banks for our courses...anywhere we could put a class, we did. It proved hugely successful, primarily among working adults who were wary of setting foot on a traditional community college campus, and in 1976 it became Coastline Community College with Bernie Luskin as our founding president. Despite current misconceptions and repetitions of those misconceptions, Coastline was not launched primarily as a Distance Learning college, although we were pioneers in this area. We offered a broad variety of courses in a broader variety of sites throughout the community. At one time Coastline offered nineteen foreign languages including Norwegian, Hebrew, Russian, and many, many others. The Deans did it all and it must have been a huge chore: there were no department chairs, so they interviewed, hired, evaluated, and planned the schedule among myriad other tasks. I don't know how many other founding faculty members are still here, (at that time full-time faculty members were a far-distant future dream), but I'm here to tell you that those were indeed the good old days and it was fun, exciting, innovative, creative, lean, mean and responsive!!!

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Coastline Community College's televised courses are proving popular with the Navy. Fifty-five submarines and surface ships offer the so-called "telecourses" to Navy personnel seeking to upgrade their skills, college officials said. More than 2,000 sailors have completed Coastline telecourses, officials added.


Coastline Community College has received higher education's official stamp of approval for the quality and effectiveness of its educational program. The college, founded in 1976, recently received a full six-year accreditation from the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges following a review conducted last fall by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, college spokeswoman Gail Jones said.


Coast Community College District trustees have selected Leslie N. Purdy as the new president of Coastline Community College. She oversees the creation of "telecourses"--classes taught via TV screens, either on videotape or broadcast on public television.


Coastline Community College has been awarded a three-year, $219,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education that it will use to improve its cognitive retraining curriculum for adults with brain injuries. The school was one of 72 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a grant from the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education.


Coastline Community College has been awarded a three-year, $184,320 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a "virtual biology laboratory." The Fountain Valley-based college will use the money to research, produce and evaluate a cost-effective CD-ROM-based computer program. The project will be designed as an interactive simulation of a biology lab experience. The lab will be targeted for use by students enrolled in introductory biology courses.


Coastline Community College, which once prided itself in being a college without walls, is getting its first permanent campus. Coastline and the Garden Grove Agency for Community Development will unveil plans Wednesday to build a 45,000-square-foot educational center in Garden Grove's downtown redevelopment area. The ceremony will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Euclid Street and Garden Grove Boulevard, the future center's site.


Coastline Community College has received a $604,103 federal grant to set up literacy programs in the workplace. Irvine Valley College and Rancho Santiago College in Santa Ana will join Coastline in administering the U.S. Department of Education grant. Matching funds for the project are being provided by 15 companies. Last year, the program logged more than 17,000 instructional hours.


Coastline Community College, which starts its spring semester later than most community colleges, is offering walk-in registration Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Classes begin Feb. 3. Tuition is $13 a unit, and many lower-division courses are transferable to the California State University system.


A diverse group of public and private agencies has teamed up with Coastline Community College to create the West Orange County Regional One Stop Center for job hunters. The center, which opened this month, serves as a one-stop shop for anyone seeking a job or work-related training. The college's partners have combined their resources to provide training and programs in the center, located at 11277 Garden Grove Blvd., Suite 101-C.


Coastline Community College will win a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for instructional programming during Saturday's ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. "Cycles of Life: Exploring Biology" premiered on the college's KOCE-TV in fall, 1996, and presented 26 story-formatted episodes on science for student viewers. The series was part of the curriculum for a college telecourse.


Coastline Community College will use an $80,000 state grant to design and start an online student services center. The center should be able to provide applications, registration and educational planning; access to academic catalogs and schedules; video counseling sessions in real time; academic advisement; college orientation; and virtual campus tours. Campus officials will target nontraditional Coastline students, such as working adults and advanced-placement high school students.


Coastline Community College is offering courses through late-night cable television this fall. The Midnight College program will broadcast eight courses over KOCE-TV Channel 50, which can be videotaped or viewed from midnight to 2 a.m. beginning Monday. Students will be able to interact with instructors through phone, fax or e-mail, or attend live review sessions. Assignments are mailed and exams are taken on-site.


Coastline Community College celebrated the opening of its Garden Grove Center on Wednesday with tours and a dedication ceremony. The center, at 12901 Euclid St., is the first permanent facility for Coastline. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including multi-functional computers, Internet access, a multidiscipline science lab and a specialized art classroom.


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Coastline Community College a three-year, $221,000 grant to develop a World Wide Web-based certificate program for those interested in becoming specialists to help adults with brain injuries. Coastline is one of 70 colleges to receive the grant, and one of just nine two-year colleges.


Coastline Community College will offer spring semester language courses at Westminster Mall. Students can learn Vietnamese, Chinese and Spanish.


Coastline Community College's Garden Grove Higher Education Center has been honored as an outstanding project by a school administrators and facilities planners organization. The center, which opened last fall, was one of only two California projects honored at the American Assn. of School Administrators/ American Institute of Architects/Council of Educational Facility Planners conference


Students interested in attending Coastline Community College this fall can view a list of classes on the college's Web site, http://coastline.cccd.edu.


Coastline Community College is the only college in California, and only one of two in the country (the other being Dallas Community College), that produces college-level telecourses.


Mr. Chieu Le and Mr. Frank Jao donate $1 million to Coastline Community College to build Coastline's Le-Jao Center in Westminster.