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 …

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 …

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 …

Started at the Curry Campus . . . headed to a master’s degree in social work

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Anna Waycott credits anthropology and sociology instructor Skip Hunter for inspiring her to pursue a career in social work. She worked, and volunteered, in the field while she attended Southwestern, and even challenged herself by teaching elementary school in Tanzania, Africa. Why pursue social work? Anna enjoys trying to figure out what makes people “tick”: what determines whether people are …

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 …

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 …

SWOCC Then and Now

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Umpqua Hall 1964 and 2021 After 20 years of dreaming and planning, the college’s new health and science building Umpqua Hall opens to our students and the community this fall. Faculty are installing chemistry and biology equipment in a building abuzz with excitement. The Nursing Lab patients or “SIMS” are waiting. We have begun to inspire new generations of scientists, …

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 …