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Elise Hamner
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Kelsey Guenther
Foundation Developer

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Thank you donors!

We have sold out of seats for purchase in the new Umpqua Health & Science Building lecture hall.

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Umpqua Hall Health & Science Building

We did it together! Thanks to you foundation friends and grantors, Southwestern Oregon Community College will celebrate the opening of its new $24 million science and health building in 2021.

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We Build

Thanks to Foundation donors’ generous investments, Southwestern’s nursing, paramedic and science programs will be cutting edge, with expanded and modernized labs and classrooms. Now, our college is better positioned to keep and attract excellent faculty in physics, chemistry, biology and health care fields.

We create

Here’s why it matters. Nearly one-third of our region’s health care workers are age 55 or older. Our employers need high-skill workers. With this new building, Southwestern will increase enrollment for more students pursuing jobs in nursing, paramedicine and fast-evolving careers in science, engineering and research.

We Inspire

We saw the college's need for modern labs and reached out to alumni and donors to help fund a new Health & Science Technology Building. Join us for the opening celebration on October 2, 2020! Together with you, we are inspiring tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and health care professionals.


Jesse Schade/Still connected

Alum returns to construct health & science Building

If you'd asked Jesse Schade when he was a basketball playing student here from 1995-97 if he'd ever come back to SWOCC, it's likely he would have said, "probably not." Careful what you say.