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Unlike most colleges, Coastline does not have a traditional campus. Instead, instruction is offered at three main mini-campuses throughout the Coast Community College District based in Costa Mesa, Garden Grove and Westminster. The administration building that offers enrollment services, counseling and a bookstore is in Fountain Valley.

Students can choose to take courses to fulfill their general education transfer requirements, or explore vocational programs such as biotechnology and informatics. Coastline also offers a renowned English as a second language (ESL) program and a unique Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program.

Founded in 1976, Coastline has an international reputation as one of the nation’s most innovative institutions. Coastline is committed to student success through accessible and flexible education within and beyond the traditional classroom. A majority of students take at least one class via the college’s distance learning program that allows flexible learning via the internet, CD-ROM, Emmy award-winning telecourses, and even classes on hand-held PDAs.

The college also forms progressive and unique relationships with businesses. For example, Coastline has combined efforts with the Workforce Investment Board to operate the Orange County One-Stop Centers, which offer employment services for individual job-seekers and for businesses. Coastline’s Contract Education program includes an extensive program that allows enlisted members of the U.S. Military to easily pursue an education (mainly via Distance Learning) at Coastline.

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