Southwestern hosts Community Resource Fair

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will host a Community Resource Fair on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, in Empire Hall.  Local businesses and community resource providers are welcome to attend.  Table space and a banner with your organization’s name will be provided.  There is no registration fee to join, however, reservations are required to save your space by contacting Nicholas Musante at no later than January 5, 2018.  Businesses and resource providers are encouraged to bring handouts, gifts, coupons, games, and other entertaining ideas to this fun, interactive event.

Students and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in this fun and exciting way to learn what our community has to offer.

We are excited to bring our businesses, resources, students, and community together on January 24th!  

If you have questions, please contact Nicholas Musante at or Genavieve Sharkey at


Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled fall term 2017-2018. These students are being recognized with placement on the college’s Dean’s List (DL), Honor Roll (HR) and Academic Excellence (AE) list.

  • Academic Excellence – students must receive a GPA of 4.0 in at least 12 credits
  • Honor Roll – students must receive a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 in at least 12 credits
  • Dean’s List – students must receive a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 in at least 12 credits

(See attached document)

Southwestern Oregon Community College leads and inspires lifelong learning through its campuses on the south Oregon coast in Coos and Curry counties, and through its University Center.

Southwestern Swim Teams Achieve Scholar All-American Status

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Athletics is proud to announce that both the men’s and women’s swim teams have been named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-Americans. The awards are in recognition of teams that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2015 Fall Term. The Southwestern swim team is one of only two teams nationally to receive the honor at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level.

The CSCAA is the oldest organization of college coaches in America and is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level. The men’s swim team at Southwestern had a 3.39 GPA in the fall term while the women’s team had a 3.26.
The teams are currently training for the NJCAA Championship which will take place March 2-5, 2016 in Fort Pierce, FL. Coach Bullock is extremely proud of the teams’ academic success this year and had this to say on their achievements, “I am very pleased with the team’s efforts.  The team set out to achieve a greater level of success in the classroom this year and, thus far, they have done just that.  It is a testament to their desire to build a program of excellence.”

College offers training for high-demand nurse assistants

Brookings, OR  –  Are you looking for entry-level training to begin a career in the high-demand health care industry? If so, Southwestern Oregon Community College can help you train on a fast track for work.

The college is enrolling students now for Nursing Assistant Level 1 classes during winter term on the Curry Campus in Brookings. This class is an Oregon State Board of Nursing approved course. Upon completing the course successfully, students can take the State Certification Examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant 1.

Individuals with CNA1 certification could qualify for jobs in skilled nursing facilities, long-term care, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, adult day services, some outpatient surgery centers, and some clinics and hospice centers. 

The class also is the first step toward the CNA Level 2 class. Southwestern’s Curry Campus will offer CNA Level 2 during spring term, expanding on the CNA Level 1 knowledge, skills and abilities. 

Individuals with CNA2 certification could qualify for jobs in the facilities previously mentioned, in addition to acute care facilities such as Curry General Hospital, Sutter Coast Hospital, Coquille Valley Hospital and Bay Area Hospital. 

Scholarship assistance is available for residents of Gold Beach and Port Orford through the Candy Cronberger Memorial Health Fund through the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation. These funds can assist with tuition, course and other fees, uniforms and supplies, along with immunizations and licensing fees.

For information, please contact Curry Campus First Stop at 541-813-1667 to set up an appointment with Jana King and learn about the application process. Application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Photo of CNA taking blood pressure

“Working at the hospital as a CNA2 helped me better understand the patients’ needs and the nurse’s role.”

– Yenifer Santiago-Gonzalez

Southwestern CNA program graduate

Employed at Curry General Hospital
Enrolled in Southwestern Nursing Degree Program