Dick DeVos Has Made Great Strides In Public Service

Dick DeVos and his wife have always been heavily involved with local communities in Michigan. The couple is very passionate about education and has made several donations to support organizations that make it easy for children to attend school. They became co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund. The Education Freedom Fund is a program that provides money for low-income families, which allows them to attend the school that they choose.


The Children’s Scholarship Fund donated 7.5 million dollars to the Education Freedom Fund. Dick and Betsy DeVos matched the 7.5 million with 7.5 million of their own. They also cover all of the expenses for the operation of the Educational Freedom Fund organization.


The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation provides millions of dollars in donations to many different types of programs. The basic subjects include art, education, religion and free market economic organizations.


The DeVos family commissioned the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010. It is the first of its kind in the nation. It is unique because it is a charter high school. Establishing the West Michigan Aviation Academy as a charter high school means that there is no tuition required to attend. This makes it possible for anyone to experience this unique academy.


Dick DeVos always had a passion for aviation and believes that it provides an interesting perspective for high school age children. Betsy DeVos is dedicated to education. It was her who suggested that her and her husband combine their to loves and present them as an opportunity for others.


The DeVos family supported Artprize. Artprize is an art competition that is held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event started in 2009. They donated 22.5 million dollars to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts management. The Institute was later named the DeVos Institute of Arts at the Kennedy Center. The institutions provides training to art managers and board members on the different levels of professional development on an international basis. The focus point is the institute’s Capacity Building Program. The program offers technical assistance through seminars, web chats as well as on site consultations.


Dick DeVos is a native of Grand Rapids Michigan. He went to a public school there and eventually attended Northwood University. He attained a bachelor’s degree and then briefly studied the Wharton School and the Harvard school for business. DeVos returned home from college to join his father’s business in 1974. Dick DeVos worked in every aspect of the company as he rose to the rank of Vice President.


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Orange Coast College Goes Head To Head Against The Best For 12th National Title

Orange Coast College, known to its students as O.C.C., is sending a fresh rowing team to the 2017 finals and no one is more excited about the opportunity than the men making up that team. While four-year colleges are sending their best rowers, Orange Coast College, a 2-year community college, doesn’t have that pool of talent from which to draw. Instead, the college’s rowing team is made up of students new to the sport, yet eager to win.

Initially, Orange Coast College’s rowing team starts out with nearly 80 young men interested in learning this team sport, but that number dwindles, as the semester moves forward. While rowing may not seem like a very athletic sport, new applicants soon learn that rowing requires a devotion to the team concept, better than average upper body strength, and an eye for precision. By mid semester, nearly half of the team’s members have dropped out, nursing blistered hands and bruised egos.

For the rest, Orange Cost College entices them with the promise of glory at the Nationals.

Leading the O.C.C. rowing team is 22-year-old Daniel Amado and, unlike most of his teammates, Daniel does have previous rowing experience. As a former Los Alamitos High School student, Daniel participated in that school’s rowing team, until a broken disk forced him to give up the sport. This year marks his return to rowing, a sport he says conditioned him to overcome his injury, both mentally and physically.

While Amado may be alone in overcoming such significant odds to join the Orange Coast College rowing team, everyone from the team’s newest member to the coach recruited from Oklahoma City University is determined to take the title at the 2017 Nationals.

To win, Orange Cost College has to outperform on a 2,000 meter course and, while each team is given six minutes to complete the route, the winner will have to finish much sooner.

Located in Costa Mesa, California, Orange Coast College is just minutes away from some of the state’s most beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, O.C.C. has grown to over 25,000 students per semester, making it one of the most successful community colleges in the state. The community college offers 135 majors, as well as the nation’s top public nautical programs.

Orange Coast College offers full fall, winter, spring, and summer semesters.


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