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.

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“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

Southwestern Music Department Announces End-of-Term Concerts

Coos Bay, OR – The Music Department of Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to present three end-of-quarter concerts.

On November 30, 2017, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band along with selected soloists will perform an evening of Christmas music at 7:00 pm at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Southwestern Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Their concert will include “O Holy Night”, “Let It Snow…”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, and “Silent Night” other arrangements of familiar holiday songs. Under the direction of Ida Jo Gates (vocal) and Cameron Jerde (instrumental), it promises to be an entertaining evening, sure to put all attendees in the holiday spirit.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, the Community Choir will continue the tradition of sacred Christmas offerings at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 3:00 pm. Director David Aaker will lead the choir in favorites “Carol of the Bells”, “O Magnum Mysterium”, and The Messiah selections, to name a few. Soloists Heather Williams, Bill Kendrick, Peggy Maddron and Kerry Oxford will be featured. Additionally, the Gold Coast Barbershop Chorus will perform selections to be announced from the stage. The accompanist for the Community Choir is Lynne Kuhn.

The Community Orchestra will round out the quarter’s concerts on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the Hales Center at 7:00 pm. With conductor, Don Walden, the orchestra will perform selections from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, with additional repertoire by Albinoni and Rachmaninoff. Heather Williams will be a featured vocal soloist and Heidi Connolly and Walden providing a unique flute and trombone pairing on “Vocalise for Soprano and Strings”

The Head of the Music Department, Ida Jo Gates, cordially invites everyone to attend these free concerts and asks that attendees bring a can of food for the community food bank. Ms. Gates sincerely thanks the North Bend/Coos Bay Rotary Club, the Coos County Cultural Coalition, and Coos Bay Public Library Foundation for their generous gifts and support during our current academic year. Individuals and businesses who wish to support the college’s music program and concerts can contribute at the door or to the Southwestern Community College Foundation on behalf of the music department.

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Coos Bay, OR  –  Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series continues with Dr. Roman Gomez, speaking about “Probing the Secrets of Magnetic Reconnection” at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Roman Gomez is a senior research scientist at Southwest Research Institute, located in San Antonio, Texas.  He has been employed there since 2007.  In 2011 he completed his studies at Rice University and received his Doctorate in Physics with a specialization in space plasma instrumentation.  In 2012, Dr. Gomez began working on the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) team as the calibration lead for the Hot Plasma Composition Analyzer (MMS-HPCA) instruments used in the mission; four units in all.  When calibration was complete, he transitioned to environmental testing, launch preparation, and eventually to the science team post-launch in 2015.  In addition to participating in research related to reconnection between the magnetic field of the Sun and Earth, he is also working on measuring the composition of the near interstellar medium (NISM) using interstellar neutrals which enter the solar system, and are ionized by the sun on their way to the Earth.

This lecture is sponsored by the NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) program.

Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  For those not able to attend in person, all lectures are Livestreamed and archived, with access from the College's web site at

Additional talks scheduled this year include: Dr. Justin Rubinstein presenting the 13th Annual Cascadia Anniversary Lecture (Human Induced Earthquakes) on January 26, 2018; Dr. Anne Nolin (Changing Climate) on March 3, 2018; Dr. David Montgomery (Bringing Soil Back to Life) on April 14, 2018; and Dr. Josh Roering (Insight From Geologic “Accidents”) on May 19, 2018.  Additional sponsors of this lecture include DB Western, the Southwestern Foundation and the College. 

For additional information please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.