Hospitals help student nurses graduate early

Elise Hamner News, Student Success

On the Front Line Southwestern doubled enrollment in its nursing program this year to help health care providers meet a growing demand for workers. It was a race to meet hospital and clinic needs and be ready to expand the program into the new soon-to-open Health & Science Technology Building. Then came COVID-19. It brewed into a perfect storm. With …

On a journey of inspiration

Elise Hamner Alumni, Student Success

Yesterday’s drop-out. Today’s teacher When Lou Rushton hiked into Coos Bay looking for a bus to take south, the 50-state traveler had never heard of this town nor any little towns on the Oregon Coast. He figured Coos Bay was just another step in a long journey. In reality? It was 2002 and Rushton had “crash landed” at Southwestern Oregon …

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations

Anne Matthews News

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is seeking the community’s help to honor graduates who have gone on after college to improve their professions, education, communities, and/or the world. Nominations are open through April 1, 2020. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate, or have completed a minimum of 60 credits from Southwestern.  Southwestern’s graduates …

Veteran finds path forward

Elise Hamner Alumni, Veterans

It’s not easy for veterans to come back to regular life at home. When Eric Gleason left the U.S. Navy in 2007, he went to work in a casino. Then he worked as a welder until he hurt his shoulder. Unable to work, he was super depressed. His wife (then girlfriend) told him to go to school. “I really struggled …

College honors LaMont Swinson

Elise Hamner Alumni

COOS BAY, Ore. – How do you honor a person who continuously helps young people navigate the world and always gives back to students in an uplifting way? Someone who’s volunteered for more than a decade mentoring college students and coaching K-12 and college athletes? Here’s how:  The college is pleased to announce 2000 graduate LaMont Swinson of Coos Bay …

Drew Jones: Inspiring students

Elise Hamner Alumni

Soccer ruled Drew Jones’ life in high school and ultimately led him on a path to teaching. He came to SWOCC to play soccer, have fun – and learn. He did even more, becoming student body president. “SWOCC helped me figure out the direction I wanted to go and gave me the tools I needed to be successful,” Jones said. …

Dr. Sarah Kidd: Saving salmon

Elise Hamner Alumni

Meet Research Scientist Dr. Sarah Kidd. She started her journey at SWOCC and fell in love with science. Sarah went on to earn a doctoral degree at Portland State University in Environmental Science and Management. “I truly missed the small classes once I moved into the university. Working closely with teachers who are passionate and eager to share their enthusiasm …

Today’s science-minded students aspire to be tomorrow’s inventors

Elise Hamner Why SWOCC

When Rose Garrett and Tyrone Stagner graduated in 2018, it was a bit of a surprise to see this dynamic science duo back on our Coos Campus in 2019. Some students just can’t get enough of Southwestern’s science classes. “It makes a huge difference being able to have a small class and ask those questions,” Tyrone said. “I realized how …