Your gifts make education possible
When you choose to support the Southwestern Foundation you are choosing to improve people's lives right here in our local community. We fundraise and “friend-raise” to support our students through scholarships, volunteerism and community collaboration.
Some of our most impactful work is providing scholarships. This year, the Southwestern Foundation will award more than 100 scholarships to students attending Southwestern. More than half of our students are the first in their families to go to college and pursue professional and high-tech training. Without this assistance, many of our students could not attend college.
We invest in other projects to help students on their paths to become tomorrow's leaders. We also focus on faculty innovation, supporting study abroad, and continuing our campaign to complete a new health and science technology building.
This is all made possible thanks to the support of generous donors who care about education and our community.
Meet our Board of Trustees and Staff
Who We Are
We are fortunate in the SWOCC Foundation to have a committed board of trustees made up of business and community leaders, and alumni. These individuals are passionate about our college and committed to meeting students where they are and in equitable ways to help all students thrive. Our Foundation staff and volunteers strive to connect donors, alumni and friends with SWOCC in ways that are meaningful and create opportunities for diverse students of all ages and interests. 100% of gifts to our Foundation support scholarships, faculty excellence and capital investment. This in turn is important to our college in ensuring students complete studies, SWOCC attracts inspiring faculty and we maintain world-class facilities.
2022 Distinguished Alum
Certified Public Accountant, Carolyn D. Thompson CPA LLC
Dr. Patti Gates, O.D.
Optometrist, Coos Bay Vision Center
2019 Distinguished Alum
Branch Manager, Directors Mortgage
Retired College Advisor
Coquille Indian Tribe, Tribal Council
Carma Erickson Hurt, D.N.P.
Nursing Instructor, Private University
Dr. John Flaxel
Retired Ophthalmologist, Bay Eye Clinic
Retired State Representative
Retired State Senator
We support Southwestern Oregon Community College through promotion of philanthropy to improve people’s lives – socially, culturally, economically and educationally – through Friend-raising and Fundraising.
Foundation celebrates peace tree planting
Southwestern Oregon Community College joins with more than 30 other Oregon communities in the Hiroshima Peace Tree project. This tree symbolizes our college’s and our community’s long history of friendship and trade with people from around the world.