Health & Science Technology Building 

Help us inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and health care professionals


Southwestern Oregon Community College is the leading provider of job training on the South Coast.

However, our region's urgent need for health care professionals exceeds our ability to provide them. Nearly one-third of Coos and Curry counties’ health care workers are age 55 or older.

Our capability for expanding programs to serve these documented career needs is limited by 35- and 50-year-old buildings.

The College also must increase its capacity to prepare students for fast-evolving careers in science and engineering. 

To better serve our community, Southwestern plans to construct a 40,000+ sq. ft. Health & Science Technology Building to expand and modernize labs, classrooms and technology.  

Help us meet the urgent demand by replacing outdated classrooms and labs with a new building. 

Come on ... join our students on a Virtual Tour of our existing facilities.


$16 million. pull quotes

The state of Oregon has already committed $8 million to our project - if the Southwestern Foundation and community can raise $8 million.


Break ground in late 2017. Complete construction in 2019.   

Why is this investment important?

This building will help the College train more young people for high-wage and high-demand science and health care jobs that will support their families.

Ultimately, this investment will improve our economy and quality of life in every community on the south coast from Reedsport to Brookings. 

Our alumni and students explain it best!

Health care is the fastest growing job sector in our region

There is one regional hospital and four community hospitals within the college service district, in addition to multiple medical clinics, pharmacies and public health departments. All must have access to trained professionals. We are training the new generations of health workers, but not enough. 

Southwestern graduates up to 30 associate degree nursing students each year from its Coos and Curry campuses. Each year, 80 to 100 students apply for the Nursing Program, but the majority is turned away because of limited classroom and lab space.

Southwestern will expand its nursing and science programs

With the new building, the Nursing Program could accept 24 additional students, based on clinical locations. This would be a 43-percent increase in the current program size of 56 students for a total of 80 nursing students.

Overall, enrollment could increase over time by 160 students with added space and new programs. Ultimately, it expands the college's ability to inspire tomorrow's scientists, engineers and health care professionals, and improve people's lives.

Here's how you can help!

Make a donation. 






Let people know how important this project is to our college and community.

Contact us and let's talk.

Elise Hamner, Foundation Executive Director

Kelsey Guenther, Foundation Resource Coordinator


Please help us thank the following organizations for supporting and endorsing our project.

Al Peirce Co ... Bailey's Health Food Center ... Bandon Dunes Golf Resort ... Bandon School District ... Bay Area Chamber of Commerce ... Bay Area Hospital ... Carolyn Thompson CPA LLC ... Coast Consulting Services LLC ... Coquille School District ... Coos Bay Lions ... Coos Bay Vision Center ... Coos (Rotary) Foundation ... Coquille Tribal Community Fund ... DB Western ... Ford Family Foundation ... Frontier Communications ... Jordan Cove LNG ... Kyle Electric ... Larry C. Nichols Masonry Inc ... League of Women Voters of Coos County ... Mildred & Harvey Mudd Foundation ... North Bend Medical Center ... North Bend School District ... Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing ... Oregon International Port of Coos Bay ... Philip Matthews Construction ... Roseburg Forest Products ... South Coast Development Council ... South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat ... South Coast Education Council ... South Coast Education Service District ... Southern Oregon Regional Solutions ... Southwest Oregon Independent Practice Association ... Southwestern Oregon Community College employees ... Southwest Physical Therapy ... Zonta Club of Coos Bay Area ... and many individuals in our region. 



Inspiring tomorrow’s scientists, engineers
and health care professionals