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Oregon Coast Culinary School’s Chef Instructor Chris Foltz featured on recent Oregon Field Guide episode

Oregon Coast Culinary School’s Chef Instructor Chris Foltz featured on recent Oregon Field Guide episode

Enter the captivating world of competitive ice carving through “From Oregon to Alaska: An ice sculpting odyssey” an Oregon Field Guide exclusive short film profiling Chef Chris Foltz, Chef Instructor here at Southwestern’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute.

The episode, which aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting on December 7, 2023, showcases Chef Foltz’s artistry, dedication, and passion for the craft. We get a behind the scenes look at this world-famous competition and watch the joy and excitement of the student carvers creating their unique pieces as well.

Regarding the competition, Chef Foltz says, “Alaska, it’s so far away. It costs a lot to get there, it’s an immense amount of work, and then when you get there, all of your work is going to melt away. But as a professional artist, it’s the one place that I get to go and do whatever I want to do.”

Stay tuned for updates as Chef Foltz and a new crop of student carvers prepares for this year’s World Ice Art Championship “Ice Alaska” in February.

 

Scholarship Applications Open for the 2024-25 Academic Year

Scholarship Applications Open for the 2024-25 Academic Year

Coos Bay, OR – The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the annual scholarship application period is now open. Any credit-seeing student thinking of attending Southwestern during the 2024-25 academic year is encouraged to apply January 1 – March 1, 2024, at www.socc.edu/scholarships.

With just one application, both part-time and full-time students can apply to more than 100 scholarships offered. Applications submitted by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2024, will be eligible to qualify for a $1,000 “early bird” scholarship. All scholarship applications are due by 11:59 pm on March 1, 2024. There are no exceptions to this strict deadline.

Thanks to generous donors in our local communities, the Southwestern Foundation awards more than $250,000 in scholarships annually to support students pursuing their education at Southwestern.

All information is available at www.socc.edu/scholarships. For additional help, join one of our drop-in Financial Aid and Scholarship workshops. Representatives will be on-site, readily available to address questions and walk students through various aspects of applying.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Drop-In Workshop Dates:

  • Coos Campus, Tioga 301 (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay):
    • January 26th @ 2 – 4 pm
    • January 29th @ 11 – 1 pm
    • January 31st @ 5 – 7 pm
    • February 9th @ 4 – 6 pm
    • February 14th @ 11 – 1 pm
    • February 28th @ 2 – 4 pm
  • Curry Campus (96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings):
    • January 25th @ 10:30 – 2:30 pm
    • February 12 @ 10:30 – 2:30 pm

Guided by a board of community volunteers, the Southwestern Foundation organized as a nonprofit organization in 1962, the year after the college started. Since then, thousands of students have attended the college using Foundation scholarships. These awards help students achieve their goals, by breaking down barriers and cultivating the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators in local communities, the state and around the world. If you are interested in donating to Southwestern Foundation scholarships visit www.socc.edu/give or call 541-888-7211 for additional information.

For any additional inquiries about the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation scholarships, please reach out via email at foundation@socc.edu or by phone at 541-888-7209.

Annual Uncorking Opportunity! Scholarship Fundraiser Pairs Gourmet Delights with Student Success

Annual Uncorking Opportunity! Scholarship Fundraiser Pairs Gourmet Delights with Student Success

Coos Bay, OR – The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation in collaboration with the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) invites guests 21 years and older to attend Uncorking Opportunity! on Friday, February 23, 2024. The event takes place 6-8 p.m., at OCCI, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

This is the Southwestern Foundation’s annual scholarship fundraiser. It will be an exciting evening full of fun conversation and delectable hors d’oeuvres specially paired with Oregon wines provided by well-known wineries from the Rogue, Umpqua and Willamette Valleys. The event also features both a silent and small live auction of adventures celebrating food, fun and friends.

Tickets are $95 per person, available at HERE. Thanks to sponsor support, 100 percent of ticket proceeds go to scholarships at the culinary institute and students pursuing degrees and training at Southwestern’s Coos and Curry campuses.

This year’s sponsors to-date include: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Banner Bank, Coos Bay Vision Center, Northwest Natural, Pacific Power, The Mill Casino Hotel and The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission among others.

Examples of some of the auction adventure items include:

  • Tickets to an exclusive Winemaker’ Dinner featuring Willamette Valley Vineyards and OCCI taking place May 2024
  • Private OCCI Group Cooking Class
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two
  • One-Week Stay in Hawaii
  • “Name Your Own” Scholarship

and so much more!

Space is limited! It is highly recommended people secure tickets in advance. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To purchase tickets, go to www.socc.edu/give. For more information, contact the Southwestern Foundation at 541-888-7209 or email foundation@socc.edu.

SWOCC Foundation Uncorking Opportunity! Event Overview:

**Important: Guests must be 21+ years old**

  • Date/Time: Friday, February 23, 2024 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: OCCI, 1988 Newmark Ave. Coos Bay, OR
  • RSVP: Reservations are highly encouraged as space is limited. Secure your spot by purchasing at socc.edu/give. Call 541-888-7209 or email foundation@socc.edu.
  • Cost: $95 per person – Includes 6+ wine & hors d’oeuvre pairings; access to silent/live auction and an evening of fun conversation with OCCI student chefs. 100% of ticket proceeds goes directly to student scholarships.

 

About the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation

Since 1962, the Southwestern Foundation has supported the College to improve people’s lives – socially, culturally, economically and educationally – through friend-raising and fundraising. The College serves Curry, Coos and western Douglas county residents’ needs for transfer degrees, high-skill job training and community classes. For more information about the foundation, visit www.socc.edu/foundation.

A Culinary Encore! Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s ACF Youth Team Luncheon (RSVP Required)

A Culinary Encore! Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s ACF Youth Team Luncheon (RSVP Required)

Coos Bay, OR – The Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) at Southwestern Oregon Community College is delighted to announce two upcoming opportunities for the community to experience an exquisite three-course luncheon put on by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Youth Team USA. Following the success of our November event, we invite you to join us at OCCI on Sunday, January 7, 2024 and Saturday, January 20, 2024. Lunch is $35 per person, with reserved seating available every 30 minutes from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Once again, these events serve as a valuable practice session for the ACF Culinary Youth Team USA as they gear up for the international competition in Stuttgart, Germany in February 2024. It also provides an opportunity for our local community to come together and appreciate the artistry and skill of these budding culinary talents. Proceeds from the luncheon will contribute to the team’s competition expenses.

Lunch includes a delectable vegetarian starter, a mouthwatering beef entrée, and a tropical dessert that is sure to leave a lasting impression. To maintain the integrity of the menu, we are unable to accommodate substitutions for this event. The carefully curated menu is the same for both dates (and is the same from the November event).

Make your reservation today by sending an email to shawn.warren@socc.edu with your preferred reservation date and time. Parties larger than six cannot be accommodated.

ACF Culinary Youth Team USA Luncheon Details:

  • Dates: Sunday, Jan. 7; and Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024
  • Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: OCCI, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR
  • RSVP: Reservations required, with seating available every 30 minutes (parties of 6 people max). Email shawn.warren@socc.edu, with your preferred date/time.
  • Cost: $35 per person for a three-course lunch

Join us for this unforgettable culinary adventure, and support the aspiring chefs of OCCI and the ACF Culinary Youth Team USA.

For more information about OCCI, visit: www.socc.edu/occi.

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Invites the Community to a Three-Course Luncheon put on by the ACF Culinary Youth Team USA (RSVP Required)

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Invites the Community to a Three-Course Luncheon put on by the ACF Culinary Youth Team USA (RSVP Required)

Coos Bay, OR – The Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) at Southwestern Oregon Community College is thrilled to extend an open invitation to the community for an exquisite three-course luncheon put on by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Youth Team USA. The event takes place at OCCI on Saturday, November 18, 2023. Lunch costs $35 per person, with reserved seating every 30 minutes from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This event serves as a valuable practice session for the ACF Culinary Youth Team USA as they gear up for the international competition in Stuttgart, Germany early next year. It also provides an opportunity for our local community to come together and appreciate the artistry and skill of these budding culinary talents. Proceeds from the luncheon will contribute to the team’s competition expenses.

The carefully curated menu features a delectable vegetarian starter, a mouthwatering beef entrée, and a tropical dessert that is sure to leave a lasting impression. To maintain the integrity of the menu, we are unable to accommodate substitutions for this event.

Make your reservation today by calling 541-888-7309 or sending an email to shawn.warren@socc.edu with your preferred reservation time. Parties larger than six cannot be accommodated.

ACF Culinary Youth Team USA Luncheon Details:

  • Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
  • Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: OCCI, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR
  • RSVP: Reservations required, with seating available every 30 minutes (parties of 6 people max). Call 541-888-7309 or email shawn.warren@socc.edu.
  • Cost: $35 per person for a three-course lunch

Join us for this unforgettable culinary adventure, and support the aspiring chefs of OCCI and the ACF Culinary Youth Team USA.

For more information about OCCI, please visit www.socc.edu/occi.

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Fundraiser: Thanksgiving Bazaar

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Fundraiser: Thanksgiving Bazaar

Coos Bay, OR – Get ready for a delicious Thanksgiving and support local students! Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) is teaming up with the College’s Junior Chamber of Commerce Business Club, to bring you the annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser Bazaar.

Order your favorite holiday treats by November 15 and pick them up on November 22 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at OCCI (1988 Newmark Ave. Coos Bay). To place an order, email lapatisserie@socc.edu or call 541-888-7309.

Thanksgiving Fundraising Bazaar Items:

  • Pumpkin Pie: $18 (2 for $34)
  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie: $20
  • Apple Pie: $18 (2 for $34)
  • Blue Cheese Dressing: $12 per pint
  • Salted Caramel Cheesecake/Chocolate Pretzel Crust: $35
  • Fresh Cranberry Sauce: $7 per cup
  • Homemade Turkey Gravy: $12 per quart
  • Half Dozen Soft Rolls (brown & serve): $5
  • OCCI Turkey Spice Blend: $5
  • HARVEST  BOX = $90
    • Includes the following *no substitutions*: (1) Apple Pie, (1) Pumpkin Pie (or Vegan Pumpkin Pie), (1) Cheesecake, (1) Blue Cheese Dressing, (1) Cranberry Sause, (1) Gravy, ½ Dozen Soft Rolls, (1) Spice Blend

Your purchase supports the OCCI Competition Team and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Business Club. The experience provides a great opportunity for students to learn the business side of the culinary field.

Click here to view the flyer: Thanksgiving Fundraiser Bazaar Flyer 2023

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