Coos Bay, OR – The Transitional Education Department, a college and career preparation program at Southwestern Oregon Community College, will be offering General Education Diploma (GED) exam preparation, college and career preparation, college placement test preparation, Adult Basic Skills (ABS), and English Language Acquisition (ELA) courses this term. Students can build a pipeline to enter college, training programs, and jobs in high-demand career areas.

Orientation is scheduled for January 2, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Tioga Hall, 3rd floor, on the Coos Bay Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. All new students can call 541-888-1593 or drop in to sign up for orientation for the term. Lunch will be provided for all enrolled students.

Monday-Thursday  9:00am-2:00pm
Monday-Thursday  9:00am-12:00pm

Monday-Wednesday  6pm-8pm
Monday-Wednesday  6pm-8pm


Transitional Education front desk hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.
We also offer GED classes in Brookings and Port Orford. Please contact the Curry Campus at 541-813-1667 for more information.
The cost per term is $57 and includes access to the Student Recreation Center for the term.
Winter term 2017: January 2, 2017-March 16, 2017.
Please visit our website at or call 541-888-1593, if you have any further questions.

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Coos Bay, OR – The Music Department at Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to present its Fall End of Term Concert Series from November 28, 2016 to December 1, 2016 at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Southwestern campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  Celebrating 52 years of music at Southwestern, the concerts are free and open to the public and will begin at 7:00 pm each night.

On Monday November 28, the Southwestern Symphonic (Community) Choir, under the direction of David Aakre and accompanied by Southwestern piano instructor Lynne Kuhn, will perform a variety of holiday classics, including excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah”.  
On Tuesday November 29, The Southwestern Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ida Jo Gates will perform a variety of works for choir, including works by various composers along with a few Christmas classics. In addition there will also be some solo works performed by our very talented Southwestern music students.
Finally, on Thursday night December 1, come join us for an evening of Jazz music as the Southwestern Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ida Jo Gates, and the Southwestern Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Mike Turner, will perform a variety of Jazz, Popular, & Holiday classics arranged for Swing Choir and Jazz Band respectively.
While all these concerts are free and open to the public, the music department will be accepting donations to help pay for our upcoming trip to New York City where our Instrumental & Vocal Jazz Ensembles will perform for the New York City Jazz Festival at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem on April 7 – 10, 2017!
In addition, as part of our fund-raising efforts for the NYC trip we will be selling raffle tickets for a donated 1928 Gulbransen Baby Grand Piano worth $3800 at all the concerts!  Tickets are $50 each and there are a limited number of the 75 tickets printed left!  You may buy as many as you like right there at every concert
For more information on these concerts or how you can help our student groups get to New York City, please contact Mike Turner (Professor & Director of Music) at the Southwestern music department, phone: 541-888-7242, or



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Coos Bay, OR – The geology lecture series continues with Dr. David Sutherland (University of Oregon) on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm presenting "Estuary Circulation and Its Link to Water Quality In Coos Bay".  Dr. Sutherland is an expert in oceanography and the ocean's role in climate change, specifically how the ocean  affects ice-covered areas such as Greenland, Antarctica, and the Arctic Ocean. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and also teaches courses for the Environmental Studies Program. He works closely with the Environmental Science Institute and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Dave’s research focuses on coastal oceanography--in the Arctic this means how melting glaciers impact the ocean (and vice versa), while on the Oregon coast, this means how coastal waters affect ecosystem functioning. While he spends his summers in Greenland studying ocean temperatures and glacier behavior, he can also speak to the melting polar ice caps in the Arctic Ocean or other high-latitude ocean processes in places like Patagonian Chile or SE Alaska.

Join us in the lobby before and after Dr. Sutherland’s talk to discuss our local Coos Bay estuary with representatives from the following groups starting at 6:30 pm: the Coquille Tribe; the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians; South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve; Coos Watershed Association and Surfrider Foundation.
All geology 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 in the series this year include:  Dr. John Vidale (Director Pacific Northwest Seismic Network) giving the 12th annual Cascadia anniversary lecture on Friday, Januar 27, 2017, Dr. Scott Burns (Portland State) "Terroir of the Wine Country of Southern Oregon - Relationship Between Soils, Geology, Climate and Wine" on Friday, March 10, 2017, Dr. Mark Tveskov (Southern Oregon University) discussing “The Archaeology of the Rogue River War” on Saturday, April 15, 2017 and concluding with Dr. Carolyn Porco (UC Berkley) with “Cassini to Saturn:  The Journey and the Legacy”.  Continuing sponsors of the lecture series include the Southwestern Foundation and the College.

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

Southwestern Meets Broadway!

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Music Department is pleased to announce that we will be presenting a concert of Broadway songs performed by several of our returning music students on Sunday  October 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

The concert will take place in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts and is free to the public but we will be accepting donations for our upcoming trip to New York City in April 2017 to perform in the New York City Jazz Festival at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.  These talented students, under the coaching and directing of our Vocal Music Instructor and Director of Student Choirs, Ida Jo Gates, will impress you with their vocal and acting abilities as they perform works from various Broadway musicals including: Les Miserable, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Chicago, Songs for a New World, Wicked, Hamilton, Going My Way, Not-From-A-Musical, and Candide.

For more information please contact the Director of Music at Southwestern, Mike Turner at 541-888-7242.