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History of Southwestern's Curry Campus

In 1995, citizens in Curry County spearheaded an initiative to include Curry County in the Southwestern Oregon Community College district. Prior to this effort, the college provided classes in Curry County as part of a contract with the Educational Service District.

Under Measure 5, Curry County residents recognized a unique opportunity to bring the benefits of college services to Curry County at almost no direct cost to the taxpayers of the county. An initiative to annex Curry County into the Southwestern district was added to the ballot.

Through the diligent efforts of the citizens of Curry County in cooperation with the state legislature, the annexation was approved. As a result, Curry County citizens have access to comprehensive student services in Brookings, Gold Beach, and Port Orford. Enrollment in Curry County has tripled since the annexation.

With the opening of the new Curry Campus in Brookings for winter term 2012, programs and course offerings will continue to expand to meet community needs.