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Community Education

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Community Education and Workforce Development
Phone: 541-888-7214
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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 community education 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.

Summer term classes start Monday, June 24, 2024.

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER TERM COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES OPENS MAY 24, 2024 AT 8:00 AM

To register for a class:

  1. You must have an active SWOCC Student ID number. If you have taken classes at Southwestern within the last year, you will have an active SWOCC Student ID number . 
  2. If you have NOT taken a class at Southwestern within the last year, complete the Community Education & Personal Enrichment application form. This will get you an active SWOCC Student ID number. Skip this step only if you have taken classes at Southwestern within the past year.
  3. When you have an active SWOCC Student ID number, call or email:

CONTACT US
Community Education and Workforce Development
Phone: 541-888-7214
Email

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

Coos Campus  In-Person

Fitness & Recreation

PE 0503 65  PILATES® EXERCISE

Pilates® is a body-conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. 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: $77

Days: Tue, Thur

Time: 12:00pm-12:50pm

Dates: 6/25-7/11 and 7/30-8/29 

No Class: 7/15-7/28

 

NEW!  PE 0204 65  ISRAELI FOLK DANCING

This is a class for people who want to learn the basic steps used in Israeli folk dance and a variety of dances for beginners. No partner is necessary, although I do include a handful of couple dances in the repertoire.

Instructor: Stacy Rose

Location: Rec Center 131

Cost: $60

Day: Wed

Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm

 

PE 0507 65  YOGA – Beginning

Stay in yoga practice for flexibility, strength, balance. Safe, gentle class, keeping awareness on breath, while releasing stress and tension. Yoga mats, yoga blocks, yoga straps, and foam rollers are not provided. Patrons may bring their own for use.

Instructor: Linda Laverty

Location: Rec Center 125

Cost: $60

Day: Wed

Time: 1:00pm-2:15pm

Special Interest

DRIV 0622 65  BASIC RIDER TRAINING

Basic Rider Training is a 15-hour (3-day) 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 http://team-oregon.org.

Instructor: Michael Heinen

Location: Newmark 201

Cost: $229

Days: Sat 6/29    Time: 7:00am-4:30pm

Sun 6/30    Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm

 

DRIV 0623 65  INTERMEDIATE 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 while strengthening fundamental street-riding skills. Training motorcycles and helmets are provided. Registration must take place prior to the date of the class at http://team-oregon.org.

Instructor: Michael Heinen

Location: Newmark 201 Cost: $199

Day: Sat 6/29     Time: 7:00am-4:30pm

 

DRIV 0620 65  AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE 

This course offers you the 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. The content of this course can help boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risk, increase confidence, prolong mobility, and maintain independence. Completion of this one-day six-hour driving refresher course can yield discounted auto insurance premiums for individuals. To pre-register call 503-964-5840.

Instructor: Robert Pfenning

Location: Eden 1

Day: Wed 7/17     Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

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

 

NEW!  CIS 0165 65  ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI): EMBRACING THE FUTURE TODAY! 

This course unlocks the world of tomorrow which is being reshaped by artificial intelligence (AI). Starting with a quick look at the captivating history of AI, you will then learn to harness its power for creative pursuits – from writing, art and music, to transforming your home into a tech utopia, revolutionizing travel, and discover the impact AI is having on health and longevity. If you’re eyeing the future job market, we’ve got you covered with AI-driven opportunities. This course offers a blend of foundational knowledge, practical applications, and hands-on experiences. At the conclusion, you’ll be equipped to harness the power of AI in various aspects of life and work. Sign up and start shaping your future today!

Instructor: Dr. Alla Sergueeva

Location: Stensland 201

Cost: $50

Day: Thur 6/27-8/15

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Curry Campus  In-Person

Instructions on how to register for an in-person Curry Campus community class are found at the top of this page (simply scroll up). Contact us at the Curry Campus directly with any questions at 541-813-1667 or Email.

Interested in teaching a class? These classes are taught by the community, for the community. We welcome new course ideas and enthusiastic instructors! Complete this form and we’ll be in touch.

Cooking

NEW!  CRT 0180 99  WALK THROUGH THE ROOTS OF LATIN AMERICA!

Join Chef Monica Almond and learn how spices, fruits and grains give dishes their unique character throughout different cultures! Enjoy a menu rich with complex flavors and visual appeal.

• Guatemalan Pepian de Indio. This succulent chicken stew brings to the palate a bouquet of fresh ground spices with a delightful, toasted, nutty flavor and aroma.

• Experience Uruguay with the evocative flavor of cacao nibs in a green, healthy, and colorful citrus salad.

• Bolivian Quinoa Cake with almonds and carrots is delicious, gluten free, and has the heavenly flavor and aroma of nutmeg.

Chef Monica Almond was born and raised in Peru and is a graduate of Southwestern’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI). She has taught classes since 2009 including at OCCI, the Finley Center in Santa Rosa, the Eureka and Arcata Co-ops, the Ukiah Co-op, Sonoma County Library Cloverdale branch, and at Terra Savia Winery where she is currently the chef.

Instructor: Chef Monica Almond

Location: Curry Campus 137A/B

Cost: $120 per/person

Day: Tue  7/30

Time: 2:30pm-6:30pm

 

CRT 0170 99  EASY COOKING REFRESHER

Learn simple ways to cook for yourself or share with a friend. Each week, learn one new recipe for either lunch, dinner, or dessert, to fix with minimal effort. Gluten- free, dairy-free, and vegetarian alternatives will be discussed. This is an interactive class where you will prep and eat to sample your skills. This three-week class will prepare the following recipes.

• Week 1 – Avocado & Egg Salad, Cheese Biscuits.

• Week 2 – Casseroles – Using meat, pasta, and cheese. Optional add-ins will be discussed.

• Week 3 – Magic Cookie Bars.

Instructor Melanie Lavering has taught cooking as part of Adult Life Skills classes in public schools in California. She retired to Brookings after 35 years of teaching and wants to give back to the community.

Instructor: Melanie Lavering

Location: Curry Campus 137A/B

Cost: $70

Day: Wed  7/24-8/7

Time: 3:00pm-5:30pm

Fitness

PE 0504 99  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: Tue

Time: 10:00am-11:20am

 

PE 0504 98  TAI CHI

Location: Curry Campus 137A/B

Cost: $63

Day: Tue

Time: 5:30pm-6:50pm

 

PE 0570 99  LOW-IMPACT AEROBICS

This low-impact Aerobics 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, and boosting your overall fitness level. This is a great class for active seniors no matter your level of fitness. You are encouraged to work at your own fitness level and to modify moves based on your fitness needs. Mats are not supplied and are needed for floor exercises.

Instructor: Mary Whitaker

Location: Curry Campus 138A/B

Cost: $63

Days: Tue, Thur

Time: 8:30am-9:50am

 

PE 0502 99  BETTER BONES AND BALANCE®

Better Bones and Balance® is an exercise program that was developed and tested by researchers at Oregon State University. This program targets strength and balance through key exercises shown to reduce the risk for falls and fractures, and is suitable for ambulatory individuals who are at beginner and intermediate exercise levels.

Instructor: Lisa Reed

Location: Langlois Lions Club

Cost: $89

Day: Mon, Fri

Time: 9:00am-10:20am

 

NEW!  PE 0227 99  AMERICAN TRIBAL STYLE BELLY DANCE

American Tribal Style belly dance, also known as ATS, originated in San Francisco in the early 1980s and has become popular all over the world. There are influences from Flamenco, Egyptian belly dance, and ballet. The format is improvisational, and involves learning a series of fast and slow moves and is danced in formation with other dancers, led by one dancer in the front. This class will teach those moves and their “cues” and participants will practice and then dance those moves in groups of two to six dancers. The movements in belly dance provide a total body workout, cardio exercise, flexibility and strengthening. It also builds camaraderie, confidence, and communication between the dancers. It’s joyous, fun and totally addicting! The instructor will provide some hip scarves for class, or students may bring their own. Those who wish to learn Tribal ‘zils (finger cymbals) will need to purchase them online. Mariann Luna Weed has 20 years of belly dance training and performance with Black Sheep Belly Dance, American Tribal Style Belly Dance and Moon Dancer Troup.

Instructor: Mariann “Luna” Weed

Location: Curry Campus 137A/B

Cost: $85

Day: Thur

Time: 5:30pm-6:20pm

Writing

ENG 0150 99  WHAT MAKES A GOOD STORY

Whether a seasoned, aspiring, or novice writer, you will learn basic writing techniques and untangle the mysteries that make a story come alive! You take home a first chapter that will have you hungry to write the next chapter and the next, and the next! Most importantly, you will walk away with a confidence that your fears and doubts have vanished. In their place, you will have gained a priceless gift of courage to write your story and maybe even change the world!

Instructor: Judy Howard

Location: Curry Campus Room 109

Cost: $50

Day: Wed 6/26-7/24

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Special Interest

NEW!  AG 0506  WHAT IS AGROECOLOGY?

Living in balance with the planet is ever more critical. Our relationship with our environment takes many forms. One form, agroecology, is a current topic of interest. What is agroecology? What’s the difference between agroecology and all the other similar disciplines, such as permaculture, sustainable agriculture, regenerative agriculture, horticulture, Master Gardener, agroforestry, biodynamic agriculture, biomimicry, and others? The course will provide definitions and descriptions, and put agroecology into a context. Scale will also be discussed – individual vs. community vs. the commercial scale and maintaining local food supply chains. Choose from one of two stand-alone sessions offered afternoon and evening. Must be 15 years or older to participate.

Instructor: Linda Pope

Location: Curry Campus Room 206

Cost: $30 per session

AG 0506 99 Thur 7/11     Time: 4:00-8:00pm

AG 0506 98 Tue 7/30      Time: 1:00-5:00pm

 

NEW!  AG 0505  LIFE AND PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Without photosynthesis there is no life. The course describes the necessity of photosynthesis and the many steps required to change energy from the sun into the sugar molecules that sustain both plants and animals. It also outlines the role photosynthesis has played in the past to provide sources of energy for civilizations, and the various hopes there are for a new envisioned future. Two board games are played to experience the photosynthetic processes. Choose from one of two stand-alone sessions offered afternoon and evening. Must be 15 years or older to participate.

Instructor: Linda Pope

Location: Curry Campus Room 206

Cost: $30 per session

AG 0505 99 Mon 8/5       Time:1:00-5:00pm

AG 0505 98 Thur 8/15     Time: 4:00-8:00pm

 

NEW!  AG 0504  SUSTAINABILITY FOR EVERYONE!

Moving the world toward living sustainably is more and more a critical component of our future. Each small step, each activity, each person makes a difference. This introductory course describes the many facets of the topic and how they may be approached. The concept of restoration is introduced. In the second half of the class, students will play the game Paved Paradise: A Tiny House Ecovillage Board Game (developed by the instructor), played over local maps to ground change in our local environment. Choose from one of two stand-alone sessions offered afternoon and evening. Must be 15 years or older to participate.

Instructor: Linda Pope

Location: Curry Campus Room 206

Cost: $30 per session

AG 0504 99 Thur 6/27      Time: 1:00-5:00pm

AG 0504 98 Tue 7/23       Time: 4:00-8:00pm

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 Adjunct Faculty Community Education/Workforce Development Instructor application. 

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