About Curry Campus
Our History: A Story Of Perseverance
Southwestern’s story in Curry County begins in 1975, when the college contracted with the Curry Education Service District for a small offering of classes.
Due to the county’s isolation, residents wanted access to college and job training. They wanted to ensure young adults and workers hoping to gain skills could get the training they needed without having to move away. They wanted to build a stronger economy. Over the next decade, this partnership brought in undergraduate and enrichment classes supported by state funding.
In the late 1980s with timber jobs disappearing, Curry residents increased their focus on higher education and job training, knowing it was essential for a changing workforce. They attempted to create an independent community college service district. While the state turned it down, residents refused to give up.
On A Mission For Education
In 1995, citizens re-organized and began reaching out. They spearheaded an initiative to include Curry County in the Southwestern Oregon Community College district. They wanted more college classes and the services of a Small Business Development Center.
Under state Ballot Measure 5, higher education advocates recognized a unique opportunity to bring the benefits of college services to Curry County at almost no direct cost to the taxpayers. They took their initiative to the ballot to annex Curry County into the Southwestern district. Voters approved!
The college offered classes in the city of Brookings’ tiny former library building for many years, helping thousands of people improve their lives and career opportunities.
In 2007, the U.S. Borax company donated 10 acres of its former Lone Ranch site to the college for a new campus. After a community fundraising effort and state support, in 2012 the college opened the new Curry Campus in Brookings. It features a specialized lab for training nurses and health care professionals, community meeting areas, a computer lab and more.
We’d love to have you visit our beautiful forested campus looking out toward the Pacific Ocean. We are located just north of the city next to U.S. Highway 101 at 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway Brookings, OR 97415.
Curry Campus News
Physics & Astronomy Lecture: Southwestern brings former NASA Flight Director to discuss Lessons Learned from Mission Control
Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Physics and Engineering Department is pleased to welcome Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, current National Space Grant Project Manager at NASA and former Flight Director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control for a talk “Lessons Learned from Mission Control”. Gonzalez-Torres will be sharing...