Specialized Program Accreditation, Self-Study, and Approvals

In addition to achieving regional institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Southwestern also maintains specialized accreditation and approval requirements from other agencies for individual programs including the OCCI Culinary Arts Program, OCCI Baking & Pastry Arts Program, Nursing Program, Early Childhood Education Program, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Programs and more.


The Culinary Arts Program through Oregon Coast Culinary Institute at Southwestern Oregon Community College was granted a five-year accreditation by the American Culinary Federation, ACF in 2007. In 2009, the OCCI Baking and Pastry Program was granted accreditation by the American Culinary Federation for a five-year period. The five-year accreditation is the highest level available for initial accreditation by the ACF - the premier professional chefs’ organization in North America, focusing its efforts on offering education, apprenticeship and industry certification. With the accreditation, OCCI’s graduates will gain the title of Certified Culinarian, or Certified Pastry Chef, upon graduation, along with their associate’s degrees.  

The accreditation is based on a variety of factors including quality of curriculum, instruction, student success, administration of the program and student service. As part of Southwestern, OCCI already enjoys institutional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities but this accreditation is a feather in the cap of the OCCI Culinary Arts program by showing its value in providing practical skills and training beneficial to both future Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts professionals.

Upon graduation, completing the application and gathering the proper documentation; students will become Certified Culinarians or Certified Pastry Chefs. For information on becoming a Certified Culinarian, or Certified Pastry Chef, visit the American Culinary Federation Membership/Certification page to download the forms.

Contact Information

Executive Director Shawn Hanlin, CEC, AAC
1988 Newmark
Coos Bay OR 97420


ACF Culinary Arts Accreditation Reports

*Accreditation Timeline:

Baking and Pastry Program

  • 2020 next scheduled report & visit
  • 2013 reaccredited for 7 years
  • 2009 originally accredited

Culinary Arts Program 

  • 2020 next scheduled report & visit
  • 2013 reaccredited for 7 years
  • 2007 originally accredited

Southwestern received notice March 31, 2011 that they have been awarded National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) for their Childhood Education & Family Studies degree programs. Annual reports have been submitted in each subsequent year since 2011.  NAEYC ECADA Accreditation has been maintained through continued program strength.  The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that demonstrate evidence of meeting the Professional Preparation Standards.  Accreditation provides a framework for self study, external evaluation and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation programs.

Both the Associate of Science with an emphasis in Childhood Education & Family Studies and an Associate in Applied Science in Childhood Education & Family Studies have received accreditation through the NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) program.

Applicable NAEYC ECADA Accreditation Standards are located at: https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/higher-ed/standards

Early Childhood Education Degree - AS and AAS Reports

*Early Childhood Education Degree - AS and AAS Timeline:

  • 2011 originally accredited

In 2014, Southwestern received its Accreditation renewal for another 5 years by the National Association for the Education of Yong Children (NAEYC) for the Early Childhood Education Program. For more information regarding the accreditation status and requirements, visit the NAEYC website.

Accreditation by NAEYC is a national honor. Information from the website related the following information:

"Since 1985, NAEYC's national, voluntary accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and helped families identify high quality programs for their young children.
NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. To achieve NAEYC Accreditation, early childhood education programs volunteer to be measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health and safety. Today, nearly 9,000 NAEYC accredited early childhood education programs serve families around the nation.

Parents choosing an early childhood education program can be overwhelmed by trying to find the highest-quality program for their child. NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality that families are looking for. NAEYC Accreditation gives families the chance to make the Right Choice for kids.

Early Childhood Education Program Reports

*Early Childhood Education Program Timeline:

  • 2012 originally accredited

The State of Oregon Office of Workforce Development, in partnership with the State’s Emergency Medical Services Office, reviews program accreditation every five years for each college offering emergency medical services (EMS) training. The accreditation encompasses all aspects of a training program, including administrative support, curriculum, facilities, funding, instructor credentials, and program management.

Southwestern began offering the two-year EMT - Paramedic Degree in Fall 2008. The first on-site visit for program approval of the EMT and Paramedic program took place on May 28 and 29, 2009. The program was approved through 2012.

*EMT Timeline:

  • 2012 reaccredited for 3 years
  • 2009 originally accredited



Southwestern began offering the two-year EMT-Paramedic Degree in Fall 2008. The first on-site visit for program approval took place on May 28 and 29, 2009. The program was approved by CCWD through 2012 and through the Oregon EMS and Trauma Systems until 2014. The next on-site visit for national program accreditation approval by CoAEMSP (Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions) is scheduled for August 2012.

EMT-Paramedic Self Study Reports

EMT Paramedic- Program Outcomes

*Paramedic Program Timeline:

  • 2012 reaccredited for 3 years
  • 2009 originally accredited

The Oregon State Board of Nursing is the state agency responsible for overseeing the standards for approval of Nursing Programs in Oregon.  Southwestern is an approved program having been approved in March 2012 for five years. The OSBN website provides the following information:

"The Oregon State Board of Nursing safeguards the public's health and well being by providing guidance for, and regulation of, entry into the profession, nursing education and continuing safe practice.

The Oregon State Board of Nursing monitors continuing compliance with the Standards for Approval at least every 8 years with exceptions made for programs that have been nationally accredited which may be reviewed at least every 10 years. The standards address faculty approval, curriculum approval, and student standards and records as well as several other program specific approvals. Southwestern is responsible for submitting an annual report each year.  Copies of the report are available by contacting the Office of Instruction.

Oregon State Board of Nursing Reports

*Nursing Self-Study Timeline:

  • 2017 next self-study and visit
  • 2012 approved for 5 years

The SBDC network received accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) in September 2011. Bi-annual network and/or SBA reviews are conducted to ensure outcomes are being met.

Oregon Small Business Development Centers Reports

*Oregon Small Business Development Timeline:

  • 2015 next report and visit
  • 2013 approved for 2 years
  • 2011 original accreditation

Transitional Education is an integration of the college’s adult non-credit programs that provides academic classes and supports for success towards a GED, English Language Learners and academic skill building. Transitional Education receives Title II funding from the Office of Community College and Workforce Development. The previous on-site Program Review was 2012. CCWD is no longer providing 7 year on site reviews. The new process beginning in 2014 is for programs to submit Strategic Plans and updates annually.

Transitional Education - Self-Study Reports

*Transitional Education - Self-Study Timeline:

  • 2017 next report
  • 2012 report submitted
  • 2008 report submitted