Community Classes

CONTACT US
Anna Cole
Community Education and Workforce Development
Phone: 541-888-7328
Email

Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
(Closed on Fridays during summer)

Take Classes For Fun and Personal Growth!

Southwestern offers a wide range of life-long learning and personal exploration opportunities to enrich your life.

We offer a variety of classes at our beautiful Coos and Curry campuses, and online as well. All of our Community Classes are noncredit, and taught by highly qualified individuals from our local communities.

Winter term classes start Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
To register for a class, call or email:

Coos: 541-888-7352
Email

Curry: 541-813-1667
Email

CONTACT US
Anna Cole
Community Education and Workforce Development
Phone: 541-888-7328
Email

Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
(Closed on Fridays during summer)

Coos Campus  In-Person

The Arts

ART 0105 01  TIE DYE FOR BEGINNERS

In this class you will learn all the basics of creating tie dye works including hands-on instruction to demonstrate the process. Gather tips and tricks from a seasoned tie dye artist to achieve intentional patterns on your garment. Participants need to bring a white cotton shirt to complete the tie dye project. 

Instructor: Brenda Belongie

Location: Eden 5

Cost: $85

Day: Sat, Sun 2/4-5

Time: Sat 10:00am –  3:00pm, Sun 10:00am – 12:00pm

ART 0110 01  TIE DYE INTERMEDIATE

In this class you will learn intermediate skills of creating tie dye works including demonstrations of more advanced techniques in design creation. Gather tips and tricks from a seasoned tie dye artist to achieve intentional intricate patterns. Participants need to bring a white cotton shirt.   

Instructor: Brenda Belongie

Location: Eden 5

Cost: $85

Day: Sat, Sun 2/11-12

Time: Sat 10:00am – 3:00pm, Sun 10:00am – 12:00pm

ART 0257 01  CERAMICS BASICS

Explore in a studio setting the art of working in clay. In this course, students are guided to develop skills with hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Perfect for beginning and intermediate potters.

Instructor: Annie Pollard

Location: Eden 5

Cost: $129

Day: Tue

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

ART 0259 01  ADVANCED CERAMICS 

Create works of art through supervised mentoring of advanced techniques for advanced level potters. Course cost does not include clay. Clay is purchased as needed in class through the ceramics department.

Instructor: Sue Scott

Location: Eden 5

Cost: $209

Day: Mon, Wed

Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

MUS 0101 01  BASICS OF PIANO/KEYBOARD

This course is a perfect introduction to piano and music for those who wish to learn to play piano in a group setting. No experience is required as this course starts with basic training and skills. You will gain an understanding of reading music, chords, harmony and rhythms, while exploring the joys of playing music.

Instructor: Keely Whitney

Location: Sunset 2

Cost: $99

Day: Mon, Wed

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

MUP 0125  VOCAL TRAINING WORKSHOP

This workshop is an introductory course for singers, experienced or not, in a group setting designed to teach you how to make your voice more powerful, how to use vocal technique to expand your range and expression, and how to become more confident in vocal performances.

Instructor: Keely Whitney

Location: Sunset 2

Cost: $75

MUP 0125 01
Day: Sat 1/21
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

MUP 0125 02
Day: Sat 3/11
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Cooking

CRT 0140 01  SOUP DU JOUR

This class will explore creation of several different soups chosen by one of our chefs.  

Instructor: Randy Torres

Location: OCCI 121

Cost: $89

Day: Sat 2/11

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

CRT 0145 01  THE SECRET’S IN THE SAUCE!

Do you want to learn how to make a killer sauce to compliment any meal?  In this course you will learn to make a variety of sauces that the chef has chosen to explore.  

Instructor: Randy Torres

Location: OCCI 121

Cost: $89

Day: Sat 1/14

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

*As a safety precaution all students attending cooking classes must wear pants and closed-toe shoes. Menu items are subject to change up to the day of the class based on availability, costs, and shipping times. Due to this we are unable to provide information on specific dishes.   

Fitness & Recreation

PE 0232 01  THE NEXT STEP 

This intermediate international folk-dance class involves a group of happy people learning traditional ethnic dances in a circle, line, couple, trio, longways sets or individual formation. The suggested dress is cool, comfortable clothing. This is an intermediate level class for people who have completed PE*0234 Beginning International Folk Dancing. 

Instructor: Stacy Rose

Location: Rec Center 121

Cost: $69

Day: Thur

Time: 7:00pm – 8:45pm

PE 0234 01  INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE (BEGINNING)  

Tour the world one dance step at a time in this beginner-level class for people 12 years of age and older. Dancers will learn dances from Eastern Europe, Israel, Turkey, Portugal, and various other countries. The suggested dress is cool, comfortable clothing.

Instructor: Stacy Rose

Location: Rec Center 121

Cost: $69

Day: Wed

Time: 7:00pm – 8:45pm

PE 0503 02  PILATES® EXERCISE

Pilates® is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and muscle strength. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core, as well as improving coordination and balance.

Instructor: Melissa Loudenbeck

Location: Rec Center 121

Cost: $105

Days: Tue, Thur

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

PE 0507 01  YOGA FOR HEALTH – BEGINNER

Restorative, therapeutic yoga practice safe and comfortable. Improve posture, balance, strength, flexibility and stress reduction while calming and quieting the mind. Yoga mats, yoga blocks, yoga straps, and foam rollers will not be provided. Patrons may bring their own for use.

Instructor: Linda Laverty

Location: Rec Center Room 121

Cost: $75

Day: Mon

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

PE 0506 01  YOGA FOR HEALTH – INTERMEDIATE

A more challenging Yoga practice with restorative and therapeutic benefits. Yoga mats, yoga blocks, yoga straps, and foam rollers will not be provided. Patrons may bring their own for use.

Instructor: Linda Laverty

Location: Rec Center 121

Cost: $75

Day: Wed

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

PE 0509 01  Zumba®  

Zumba® Fitness is a global brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an addictive dance-fitness class. Zumba® utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning, and total body toning.

Instructor: Tina Creamer 

Location: Rec Center 131

Cost: $95

Days: Mon, Thur

Time: 5:15pm – 6:05pm

PE 0517 01  JUDO

This course is designed to guide students through basic skill development in the fundamentals all the way through the advanced skills and techniques of Judo. 

Instructor: Clayton Willett

Location: Prosper Hall Mat Room 3

Cost: $75

Days: Tue, Thur

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

PE 0505 01  TURBO KICK

Turbo Kick is a combination of intense kickboxing moves, as well as a unique blend of intense interval strength and endurance training all perfectly choreographed to high energy and motivating music. Turbo Kick requires no previous kickboxing experience or equipment. 

Instructor: Melissa Loudenbeck

Location: Rec Center 121

Cost: $105

Days: Mon, Wed

Time: 5:30pm – 6:20pm

PE 0522  FITNESS FOR RECOVERY

Fitness for Recovery provides a sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose a sober life. This is about rising up together to meet the challenges of recovery and living life to its full potential. Using a peer support model, members heal and rebuild their lives. For more information, please contact Jennifer Stephens at 541-404-6438.

PE 0535 01  DANCE FITNESS

Dance Fitness fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an addictive dance-fitness class. The course utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training.

Instructor: Melissa Loudenbeck

Location: Rec Center 121

Cost: $105

Days: Mon, Wed

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

 

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CE 0505 01  PERFUMERY  

Discover the art and practice of perfumery! Learn the history of the perfume industry and development of the natural perfume niche. Create a custom blend, a bespoke signature scent to bring home and enjoy.  

Instructor: Abigail Houston

Location: Newmark 201

Cost: $40

Day: Sat, 1/14

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

DRIV 0620 01  AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE  

This course offers you an important opportunity to learn how to drive more efficiently and safely. The course contains up-to-date information about changes over time in ourselves, our vehicles, and our roads. For more information and to pre-register call 541-305-6454. 

Location: Newmark 207

Cost: AARP members $20, non-members $25, check or cash is payable to AARP at the class.

Day: Thur 1/19

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

DRIV 0622 01  MOTORCYCLE RIDER TRAINING

From Team Oregon, Basic Rider Training is a 15-hour (3 days) course for novice riders to build fundamental street-riding skills and strategies. Training motorcycles and helmets are provided. For individuals with no riding experience, this is the recommended course. Registration must take place prior to the date of the class at https://team-oregon.org/.

Instructor: Michael Heinen 

Location: Newmark 201

Cost: $229

Days: Fri, Sat, Sun 3/3 – 3/5

Time: Fri 6:00pm – 8:30pm
              Sat 8:00am – 3:15pm
              Sun 8:00am – 3:15pm

DRIV 0623 01  INTERMEDIATE MOTORCYCLE RIDER TRAINING

Intermediate Rider Training is an eight-hour (1 day) course for riders who already know how to get underway, turn, shift and stop a motorcycle or scooter and strengthens fundamental street-riding skills. Training motorcycles and helmets are provided. Registration must take place prior to the date of the class at https://team-oregon.org/.

Instructor: Michael Heinen

Location: Newmark 201

Cost: $199

Day: Sat 3/4

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

G 025CB 01  REGIONAL GEOLOGY – CAPE BLANCO FIELD TRIP

A lecture in the field to highlight the significant geologic features along the southern Oregon Coast with stops focused between Cape Blanco and Brookings. 

Instructor: Ron Metzger

Location: To be determined and sent via Email

Cost: $60

Date: Sat 1/28

Time: TBD

G 025DU 01  REGIONAL GEOLOGY – DUNES FIELD TRIP

A lecture in the field to highlight the significant geologic features along the Oregon Coast with stops focused between Coos Bay and Yachats. 

Instructor: Nadia McLaughlin

Location: To be determined and sent via Email

Cost: $60

Date: Sun 2/5

Time: TBD

HD 0964  INTERPERSONAL PROBLEM SOLVING 

This is a 16-week program supported by The SAFE Project for Coos County. This program provides men and women with information on how to build healthy relationships with significant others, children, friends, co-workers and others. Registration is by appointment only. A fee of $50 is due at the appointment time. The fee covers registration, a workbook and class materials. A fee of $15 per class is due at each class. To schedule an appointment contact Chuck Stepping at 541-808-7436. Prices are subject to change and are paid directly to ATV program reps.

IND 0905  MARINE SAFETY

This is an Oregon State Marine Board approved course that will provide the instruction (with prior study) to pass the Oregon Boater Education Card test. Pre-registration is required and is completed by calling 541-267-6152.

Instructor: George Tinker

Location: Columbia Pacific Maritime

Cost: $15  

Day: March TBA

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Curry Campus  In-Person

Special Interest

Fitness

PE 0504 01  TAI CHI

This course in Tai Chi is a gentle, relaxed, non-sweat, personal exercise (translated as the “Grand Ultimate”) for any age.  The ‘Yang Form’ will be taught along with ‘Chi Gwa’ (circulating breath) and ‘Silk Cocoon Chen’ (fine intertwining energy). This course is noncompetitive and will start with the basics, and then individuals will progress at their own rate.

Instructor: Deane McConnell

Location: Curry Campus 137A/B

Cost: $63

Day: Tues

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

PE 0570 01  LOW-IMPACT AEROBICS

This class uses easy to follow dance steps and rhythmic movements that are choreographed to upbeat music. This is a fun way to get you moving while improving your cardiovascular system, muscle strength, flexibility, and balance, while boosting your overall fitness level. This is a great class for active seniors no matter your level of fitness. Bring a mat for the floor exercises.

Instructor: Mary Whitaker

Location: Curry Campus 138A/B

Cost: $63

Day: Tue, Thur

Time: 8:30am – 9:45am

Online Community Classes

Online courses are accessed through mylakerlink.socc.edu.
After registering, log into myLakerLink and click on eLearning Courses under Quick Links for access to your class.

Special Interest

G 025CB 02 REGIONAL GEOLOGY – CAPE BLANCO FIELD TRIP

A lecture in the field to highlight the significant geologic features along the southern Oregon Coast with stops focused between Cape Blanco and Brookings. The course consists of a virtual field trip.

Instructor: Ron Metzger

Location: Online-On Demand

Cost: $60

G 025DU 02 REGIONAL GEOLOGY – DUNES FIELD TRIP

A lecture in the field to highlight the significant geologic features along the Oregon Coast with stops focused between Coos Bay and Yachats. The course consists of a virtual field trip. 

Instructor: Nadia McLaughlin

Location: Online-On Demand

Cost: $60

WR 0100 01  WRITING YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Who better to tell your story than YOU?  Come and learn how to put together all of your stories into a book.  Your autobiography is sure to be something cherished. This course will introduce you to the techniques of writing an autobiography.  

Instructor: Sally Harrold

Location: Live Online Zoom

Cost: $105 

Day: Mon

Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

 

 

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Classes
Online classes start every month and are typically six-weeks long. With 24-hour access to your class, you choose the right time to be engaged. Check out the variety of courses to choose from and complete registration here.

Teach A Class

Our vision at Southwestern is to lead and inspire lifelong learning. Do you have a skill, hobby or interest that you would like to share with others? Do you want to offer a course that is going to harness inspiration and give others an opportunity to learn? Does it support personal enrichment, enhance a life skill, or meet a need in our local workforce? Community Classes are taught by people in our community, for our community.

 We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to combine an interest in serving the community with the benefit of supplementing their income. Depending on the class, certification and/or formal education may not be required. The first step is filling out the Community Education/Workforce Development Instructor application which you can find here.

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