Educational Programs Available in Curry County

Curry Degree & Certificate Options

Southwestern offers a number of degrees and certificates than students can complete without leaving Curry County. Some Curry programs can completed by attending only face-to-face classes, some programs are fully online while other programs are possible through a combination of face-to-face, online and video conference classes.

For information on additional degrees and certificates that are offered on the Coos Campus go to Degrees and Certificates .


Southwestern holds that general education should accomplish two major objectives. The first objective is to provide students with knowledge that will help them attain their full potential as informed and responsible members of society. General education courses offer knowledge that enables students to communicate effectively, to explain relationships among societies, to articulate what it is to be human, to develop artistic expression, to analyze the natural world, and to make informed decisions about physical and mental health. The second objective of general education is to equip students with the mental skills they must possess if they are to learn independently. Mental skills such as listening, speaking, writing, computing, analyzing, synthesizing, and deliberating logically will enable students to learn on their own throughout their lives.

Southwestern intends that students who complete general education classes shall possess the knowledge and the mental skills essential if they are to develop their potential as individuals and as citizens. General education requirements are aimed at conveying to students the knowledge that each person is valuable and that communities of people are valuable. They are designed to prepare students to promote their own personal well being and that of society.

A core of general education instruction permeates each of the college’s five degrees (AAS, AGS, AA/OT, AS, ASOT-BUS), offering students many opportunities to acquire the knowledge and mental skills they must possess to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. The General Student Learning Outcomes (GSLOs) are listed in the first section of the catalog, program/discipline level student learning outcomes are listed in the catalog with each degree/certificate and the course outcomes are listed on the course outlines and course syllabi.  

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Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer Degree (AA/OT)

The Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer Degree (AA/OT)is a program of study that community college students can follow to fulfill all their lower division general education requirements for a bachelor's degree at an Oregon University System (OUS) institution. It is an agreement between the Oregon State System of Higher Education and Oregon's community colleges to provide transfer of community college coursework to an OUS institution.

Completion of the AA/OT degree can lead to junior standing, for registration purposes, for any student admitted to a university in the OUS (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Eastern Oregon University). The AA/OT does not necessarily meet specific institutional, departmental, or major requirements with regard to courses to grade point average. Students may transfer between 108 and 128 community college credits to four-year OUS institutions. Students should plan carefully with the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer in order to meet individual institutional requirements. Students considering transfer to private and out-of-state institutions will find the AA/OT to be excellent preparation for upper division study.  

Upon enrolling at Southwestern, students need to be ready for college-level mathematics, writing and science in order to complete the AA/OT in two years. If students lack the necessary skills, Southwestern offers excellent preparatory courses and tutorial assistance to help them get on track quickly.

OTM Oregon Transfer Module

The OTMallows for institutional recognition of the completion of one-year (full-time equivalent) of General Education coursework. Once awarded, the OTM is recognized by all of the public institutions of post-secondary education in the state.  

The OTM may lead to an Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer (AA/OT) degree or an Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer - Business (AS/OT-Bus) degree, from a community college, or to a baccalaureate degree from a university. The OTM is neither a certificate nor a degree. After completing the module, students are still obligated to take additional, institution-specific, General Education coursework if they pursue an AA/OT, an AS/OT-BUS, or a baccalaureate degree.  

Any student completing an OTM that conforms to the guidelines below will have met the requirements for the OTM at any Oregon community college or institution in the Oregon University System. Upon transfer, the receiving institution may specify additional course work that is required for a major, for degree requirements, or to make up the difference between the OTM and the institution’s total General Education requirements.  

The OTM includes coursework chosen from the courses approved for the categories below by the institution issuing the credit. In the case of community colleges, these are courses approved for the AA/OT degree; in the case of universities and four-year colleges, they are courses approved for the General Education portion of a baccalaureate degree.

Associate of Science Degree 

The AS degreeis designed for students who plan to transfer and complete a Bachelors of Science degree at a four-year institution. The degree requirements allow students more flexibility in course selection, allowing them to focus on their discipline requirements.  

NOTE:Completion of this degree does not guarantee that all lower-division General Education requirements have been met for a baccalaureate degree (i.e., this is not a block transfer degree as is the AA/OT ). In selecting courses for this degree, students are highly encouraged to consult the specific transfer curriculum pages in this catalog, the faculty advisor, and the institution to which they intend to transfer to determine if it is an appropriate choice.

Associate of General Studies Degree 

The purpose of the degree in general studies is to provide students an opportunity to pursue a broad general education during the two years at a community college. It is intended as a flexible program for the student who is not pursuing a specified curriculum in the lower division transfer or career-technical area. The general studies degree may, in addition to including the number of hours in the divisional areas as listed below, include courses in lower division collegiate transfer, occupational education, and career-technical education. Because of the flexibility and broad approach of this degree, a student may find that it may not fulfill all of the requirements of full junior standing when transferred to a four-year institution.

Associate of Applied Science Degree 

(Career-Technical Programs)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)is a state approved associate degree that is intended to prepare graduates for direct entry into the workforce. AAS may also help to prepare students for career advancements, occupational licensures, or further study towards a baccalaureate-level degree.

AS Oregon Transfer in Business

Any student who holds the AS/OT-Bus degreethat conforms to the following guidelines and who transfers to any institution in the Oregon University System, (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology and Eastern Oregon University) will have met the lower-division general education requirements of that institution’s baccalaureate degree programs. Students transferring with this degree will have junior standing for registration purposes.

A Career Pathways Certificate of Completionis an Oregon community college credential comprised of 12-44 credits that are wholly contained in an approved Associate or Applied Science (AAS) Degree/Option or an independent Certificate of Completion (45+ credits).  

For more information on Career Pathways Certificates  and Roadmaps, see the Career Pathways  website.

Certificate of Completionis awarded for a specific curriculum of fewer than 90 credits and is approved by the State Board of Education. Programs that are at least 45 credits are considered One-Year Certificates of Completion and are eligible for federal financial aid. Programs that are fewer than 45 credits are considered Less Than One-Year Certificates of Completion. These programs are state approved but may not be eligible for federal financial aid.

Transitional Education

Your Future is Calling! 

You’re just a few small steps away from getting a better job, going to college and getting the respect you deserve. The Transitional Education Program, an integration of the college’s adult non-credit programs (Adult Basic Skills, GED, and ESL), provides access to information, practice of skills, and resources. We provide instruction to help you increase your skills in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and English to prepare you for success in the workforce and future education programs. We also provide classes designed to prepare you to take the GED exams. Transitional Education classes are offered at the Curry Campus, the Gold Beach Center and in Port Orford.

GED Prep/Adult Education/English as a Second Language

Community Education

SWOCC’s Community Education offers life-long learning and personal enrichment opportunities to the community. Non-credit classes, seminars, and workshops are provided by SWOCC’s teaching staff and by qualified instructors from our community. 

Would you like to teach a class? or Do you have an idea for a class?
Fill out a class proposal form by clicking on visiting the Community Education  page. 

Community Education

High School Partners

High School Connections

In Curry County, SWOCC partners with Brookings-Harbor High School, Gold Beach High School and Pacific High School to offer students opportunities to obtain college credit while attending high school, and support students in getting to college. 

High School Connections


Dr. Doug Bunn
Executive Dean of Curry Campus
[email protected]

College Now

SWOCC’s College Now program provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while fulfilling high school graduation requirements. These college level courses are offered free for students who meet academic requirements. Capable students have the opportunity to take transfer level college courses (Writing, Math, Science, etc.) while remaining in the high school setting. SWOCC has agreements in Curry with Brookings-Harbor High School, Gold Beach High School and Pacific High School.

College Now

Educational Talent Search (ETS)

Talent Search is an educational access and retention program sponsored by Southwestern Oregon Community College and funded through the U.S. Department of Education.
Our purpose is to identify, motivate, and assist middle through high school students in their educational transitions. We assist and encourage students to stay in school and graduate, and enroll in a community college, university, or technical training program.


Talent Search is sponsored by:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541.888.2525  

Distance education at Southwestern provides you with the opportunity to take classes off campus, allowing you to work around your own work and home schedule.In addition to a variety of online courses to choose from, SWOCC also offers two fully online degrees: Digital Design and Childhood Education.

For more information go to our Distance Learning website. To meet with an advisor, contact Curry First Stop at 541-813-1667 or [email protected]u.

University Center

An advisor from the Southwestern Oregon University Center in Coos Bay is available once a month to meet with students from Bandon down to Brookings. The advisor can help students who are interested in transferring or who are pursuing distance degrees while living on the South Coast.

For more information, please contact the Southwestern Oregon University Center  at 541.888.1518.

SWOCC Small Business Development Center

Southewestern's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Coos Bay offers free advising for Coos and Curry County residents. Whether you already have a business or are still in the planning stage, the SBDC advisor can help you. To schedule an appointment call 541-888-7182.  

More information at the SWOCC SBDC website.

Care Connections, Healthy Start and Parenting Program

CARE Connections, your local Child CARE Resources & Referral, is a part of the Childhood Education and Family Studies Department of Southwestern Oregon Community College. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people of all ages by providing education, information and support to families and care providers in Coos and Curry Counties. CARE Connections links families and care providers to each other and to other resources in the community.

For more information, contact:
Danaye Gonzalez
CARE Connections Child Care Resource & Referral Program Manager
[email protected]
541.888.7957 or 1.800.611.7555
CARE Connections website