The grants office of Orange Coast College raised more than $500,000 for programs at the college during the 1995-96 academic year.
The largest award, $125,000, came from the California Community Colleges chancellor's office. That money will be used to pay for the new Orange Coast Middle College High School, which will be unveiled next fall on the Costa Mesa campus.
The project, a collaboration between OCC and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, will bring 50 Newport-Mesa sophomores to OCC on a full-time basis this fall. They will take classes with high school teachers as well as college professors.
Students who eventually graduate from the program will receive their high school diploma, but will also have a number of college units to their credit.