Southwestern Hosts Alumni Weekend and Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) and the SWOCC Foundation invite the community and businesses to participate in a celebration of alumni. Festivities will take place June 3-4, 2022, and include a Golf Tournament (to fundraise for scholarships) and a Hall of Fame ceremony. Friday, June 3: All Day = Campus Tours: call 541-888-1595 or click HERE …

Geology Lecture: Relationships Between Elakha (Sea Otter) and a Sense of Place on Oregon’s South Coast – A conference honoring the life and legacy of Chief Don Ivy

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Coos Bay, OR – Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series continues for the 2021-22 academic year with a series of talks covering “Relationships Between Elakha (Sea Otter) and a Sense of Place on Oregon’s South Coast” a conference honoring the life and legacy of Chief Don Ivy. Join us on Saturday, April 16, 2022 …

A delicious life

Anne Matthews 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 …

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations

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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 the world. Each year since 1992, the College has requested nominations for a distinguished alumni.  The College is accepting nominations for 2022 through April 1. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate, …

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. Each year since 1992, the college has considered nominations for a distinguished alum. The college is accepting nominations for 2021 through April 1. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a …

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 …