Southwestern awarded grant to support Forestry/Natural Resources program

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to announce the Judith Ann Mogan Foundation has awarded the college a grant to support its Forestry/Natural Resources program. The Expanding Workforce Training in Forestry grant allows the college to hire a temporary specialist to support current faculty and determine curriculum paths to enhance forestry/natural resources and fire science programs to …

Southwestern celebrates Peace Tree planting

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Southwestern Oregon Community College has many trees on its Coos Bay campus. There are native firs, pines, maples, alders and a majestic coastal redwood. There is one tree, however, that is unique. A Hiroshima Peace Tree. “This tree symbolizes our college’s and our community’s long history of friendship and trade with people from around the world,” said Carolyn Thompson, of …

American Culinary Federation Team USA sets up shop at Southwestern to prepare for coming competitions

Anne Matthews OCCI News

What an amazing experience for our culinary program! “It’s kind of an honor,” says one first-year OCCI student. Executive Director Chef Randy Torres is helping manage and coach the team of professional chefs from all over the country. Check out the news story from KCBY:

Southwestern celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day with an online program

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will be hosting an Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration on Monday, October 11, 2021, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. This free event will be virtual over Zoom. The public is invited to join us as we celebrate the culture and contribution of Native people.  We will be learning about the history of some local Tribes …

Southwestern wins grant to renovate CTE program buildings

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Coos Bay, OR – The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) a $2.75 million grant to modernize two buildings on its Coos Bay campus.  The college will renovate Coaledo Hall to create space for the Forestry and Natural Resources Program, along with cybersecurity/computer science technology-rich classrooms. With the opening of the new, state-of-the-art Nursing labs, the college …

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute to host American Culinary Federation Team USA

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) is excited to host the American Culinary Federation Team USA for their first face-to-face practice session October 3 through 5, 2021. During the visit, the team will interact with OCCI students and faculty in the way of demonstrations and lectures, and will prepare two meals that simulate the competition …

Geology Lecture: Wildfires and the Role of Firebrands in their Spread

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series kicks off for the 2021-22 academic year with a lecture on “Wildfires and the Role of Firebrands in Their Spread”, by Dr. David Blunck (Oregon State University), Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 7:00 pm via Livestream at the College website: Talk may be viewed online live. A Q …

Celebrating our greatest alumni

Elise Hamner History

Every year, we share many stories from throughout time about the great accomplishments of Southwestern Oregon Community College’s alumni and current students. Some of those stories from past years are put away in files and boxes to be re-discovered in decades to come. Others are yet to be told. Part of our college’s own story is highlighting and celebrating our …

Physics & Astronomy Lecture: A New Era in Solar Observations

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the start of the 2021-22 Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series welcoming Dr. Holly Gilbert, Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatory. In her talk “A New Era in Solar Observations” Dr. Gilbert will discuss some of the current solar and heliospheric observations (both space-based and ground-based) and the scientific …

Southwestern Offers Free In-Person GED® and Adult Basic Education Classes Fall Term 2021

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Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) is offering free GED® and Adult Basic Education classes Fall Term 2021. These classes prepare individuals to take the GED® exam and update skills to enroll in college or career training programs. Students enrolled in these classes can build a pipeline to enter college, training programs, and jobs in high-demand career areas. We will have …