Southwestern Oregon Community College celebrates its 2022 graduates

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2022 Commencement Ceremony takes place on Friday, June 10, 2022, at noon on the Coos campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay). For more details concerning the ceremony visit: www.socc.edu/graduation. The celebration will be available for viewing live via our website at www.socc.edu by clicking on the ‘Livestream’ button. Southwestern is proud of the 2022 graduates who have persevered under difficult times. This year the …

A delicious life

Anne Matthews Curry Campus, OCCI News

OCCI alum is living the culinary dream It’s been a long and winding road for Justin Wolf to reach the status of Executive Chef. Born and raised in Medford, Oregon, cooking was always a big part of his family and life. Even his senior project in high school involved cooking, teaching kids how to help with dinner. And as long …

Chef Instructor Chris Foltz appears on Disney+ “Foodtastic”

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You never know where a career in culinary arts will take you. Perhaps even to Disney to be featured in an episode of “Foodtastic”. Chef Chris Foltz, a chef instructor for Southwestern’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI), got the opportunity to do just that! “Foodtastic” is a global competition in which artists create “extravagant scene work and larger-than-life sculptures made …

Chef Instructor Chris Foltz appears on Disney+ “Foodtastic”

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You never know where a career in culinary arts will take you. Perhaps even to Disney to be featured in an episode of “Foodtastic”. Chef Chris Foltz, a chef instructor for Southwestern’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI), got the opportunity to do just that! “Foodtastic” is a global competition in which artists create “extravagant scene work and larger-than-life sculptures made …

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s Competition Team takes National Title again in 2021

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to announce that once again, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s (OCCI) competition team has placed first in the nation among collegiate competitors. The team was able to hold the title most recently won in 2019 as the competition was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The team worked tirelessly for months in …

Southwestern honors Bandon Dunes Golf Resort as Industry Partner of the Year

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to honor Bandon Dunes Golf Resort with the 2021 Career Technical Education (CTE) Industry Partner of the Year award.  Bandon Dunes serves as an exemplary employer, partner, and advisor to Southwestern’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute students and graduates, providing intensive externship opportunities and successful long-term employment in the resort’s many culinary venues.  “We’d …

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s Ice Team takes home Gold

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) competitive Ice Team traveled to Frankenmuth, Michigan in January, where they won the National Ice Carving Association U.S. National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship. The competition was hosted by John Zehnder of Frankenmuth. OCCI’s newly formed team competed in three categories: Compulsory Single Block Design; Freestyle; and Multi-Block. The team took …

OCCI Student Team wins ACF National Championship

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Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s Executive Director/Chef Randy Torres led the OCCI Student Team through a winning year. The team claimed the 2019 American Culinary Federation’s national title after a grueling competition with the nation’s top five other student teams. The team traveled in August to the ACF National Convention in Orlando, Florida, to compete as the reigning Western Regional Champs. …

Culinary training opens door to Bandon Dunes resort

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Imagine a career where your office is a kitchen. Every day, that’s precisely where Maria Gutierrez goes – into her grill station “office” in one of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s restaurants.  “It was definitely a wonderful experience coming to OCCI. I learned everything I needed to work in a restaurant,” Maria said. Maria grew up in a family who cooked …

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Students Win the Gold

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Coos Bay, OR – In early February 2016, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s (OCCI) Culinary Competition Team traveled with their coach, Chef Randy Torres, to Reno, Nevada to compete in the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Western Regional Culinary Salon. The team, newly formed this year, was proud to place first and win the gold medal after months of practice.  Team members are Kirsten …