What’s in a name? How we became Southwestern Oregon Community College

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Sometimes names are arbitrary. They sound cool. They might be popular at that moment in time. Other times, names hint of history and change. When it comes to Southwestern Oregon Community College, there is a story behind the name. In the beginning You know us as Southwestern, right? Or, maybe SWOCC, or even obscurely as SOCC. The idea for Southwestern …

Southwestern Foundation Congratulates 2021-22 Scholarship Recipients

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The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is proud to congratulate their 2021-22 scholarship recipients. Thanks to generous donors, the organization awarded 176 scholarships totaling more than $264,000 for students attending Southwestern for the upcoming academic year. “This support is incredibly helpful for our college and students. We are awarding more scholarships this year than ever before, at a time our …

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

Anne Matthews OCCI News

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 …

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

Anne Matthews News

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’s Trio Talent Search program to receive special funding

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Wyden, Merkley: $2.5 Million to Go to Oregon College Prep Programs for Underserved Students Photo: Trio Talent Search students on a field trip to the Hatfield Aquarium in Newport, OR (2019). U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced that seven college preparation programs all over the state will receive a combined more than $2.5 million to increase the number …

Pacific Power grant funds lab equipment at Southwestern

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COOS BAY, OR – Pacific Power Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation to help purchase high-quality microscopes in the new state-of-the-art science labs in Umpqua Hall. SWOCC Foundation added an additional $20,000 to the Science Team Energizes Micro-Biology project to purchase 24 Leica compound microscopes for students and a high-tech teaching microscope for faculty.  “With …

Southwestern Students Recognized for Academic Honors Spring Term 2021

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled spring 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 …

Nursing career goal leads SWOCC student home

Anne Matthews News

Mandy McCaffree’s life changed with one email. “Congratulations! … you have been Provisionally Accepted into the Fall 2020 Nursing Program” Sometimes life takes you in a circle that ultimately brings you home. McCaffree’s story started long before she enrolled in SWOCC’s nursing program. Having grown up in North Bend, she worked as a certified nursing assistant for many years. She …

There’s still time to apply for college & financial aid!

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will be participating in Spring Into Action, a statewide virtual event for high school seniors. Join us via zoom to meet with an admissions representative. Drop in any week day beginning Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 30, 2021, between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. to explore your options. We can help you …

2021 Southwestern Oregon Community College Commencement

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2021 Commencement Ceremony (Graduation) will take place at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 in an online format. The College’s virtual ceremony will be available for viewing on several different platforms. Join Southwestern through our LiveStream website feature by going to https://livestream.com/accounts/1075958 at the designated time. The video ceremony will also be available via Southwestern’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/swocc) or YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/soccvideo/). Southwestern is especially proud to be celebrating the …