TRIO Rocks!

Anne Matthews Curry Campus, News

COOS BAY, Ore. – Since Covid-19 has radically changed the way students connect with each other in our community, the TRIO staff at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) has been extra-creative finding ways to safely engage their students in learning and community service opportunities. Southwestern received its first TRIO grant in 1991 and now has four TRIO projects that serve …

GED is first step on path to an engineering career

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Didn’t complete high school? Don’t let it close doors permanently in your life. Meet Zac Warner, who is studying physics and engineering. He’s a stellar example of what’s possible.  Zac came to Southwestern and earned his GED in 2019. His high score on the GED exams earned him a big scholarship to start college on a pathway to a career.  …

We can’t wait: New health and science labs open fall 2021!

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Fall term 2021, COVID-willing, Southwestern’s science, nursing and paramedicine instructors will welcome students into their new labs. Imagine working on a team of inventors in a highly advanced physics and engineering lab. You (or maybe your daughter or son) study alongside a trained NASA scientist. You experiment with solar power systems and other forms of energy. New equipment. New technology. …

Southwestern students recognized for Academic Honors Fall Term 2020

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled fall term 2020-2021. These students are being recognized with placement on the college’s Dean’s List (DL), Honor Roll (HR) and Academic Excellence (AE) list. •    Academic Excellence – students must receive a GPA of 4.0 in at least 12 credits •    Honor Roll – students …

Southwestern students on lookout for space debris

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Courtesy of The World Newspaper – Jillian Ward COOS COUNTY – Students at Southwestern Oregon Community College are on the lookout for both asteroids and micrometeorites. Dr. Aaron Coyner, associate professor of physics at SWOCC, has students participating in two new projects. The first is Project Stardust, which is searching for micrometeorites in Coos County. “Meteorites are fragments of space …

Motivated by critical experiences

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Most of us are touched by trauma at some point in our lives. Southwestern Oregon Community College student Jonathan Torres turned traumatic experiences into motivation to pursue a career in helping others. As a young man, his parents were involved in life-threatening accidents. Both would probably not be alive today had it not been for the skill and compassion of …

Southwestern names Long and Triple Jump Sand Pit for Kermit Walker

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Coos Bay, OR –  Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Athletic Department is proud to announce the naming of the sand pit on the Laker track after our long-time assistant track and field coach, Kermit Walker. Kermit was the assistant coach in charge of long-jumpers and triple-jumpers during his nearly 20 years of service at Southwestern. During this time, he coached numerous Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) …

Bay Cities Ambulance receives Southwestern’s Career Technical Education Industry Partner of the Year Award for 2020

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Coos Bay, OR –  Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to announce that our annual Career Technical Education (CTE) Industry Partner of the Year award for 2020 is Bay Cities Ambulance. General Manager Tim Novotny, and his team at Bay Cities Ambulance have served as an outstanding industry partner for Southwestern’s Paramedic Degree program for many years. In addition to providing highly qualified instructors, Bay Cities Ambulance …

Do you dream of becoming a teacher?

Anne Matthews Curry Campus, News

The job outlook is great for teaching. Get started at Southwestern like Brookings mom, Cara Dailey. Cara Dailey has worked in and around schools her entire adult life. As a bus driver, a teaching aide, in the library, in the cafeteria, and as an Aspire coach mentoring students at a local high school. All the while, homeschooling four kids and …

Bandon Women honor a dedicated alum and inspiring teacher

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Coos Bay, OR – The community giving group 100 Strong Bandon has joined with Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation to help students succeed, making a $2,375 donation to the Barbara Dodrill Scholarship.  It all started with a friend of Dodrill’s who wanted to honor the retired educator and good friend. Lynn Kellogg got to know Dodrill on a Habitat for Humanity trip …