Brookings, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to invite the community to attend a Curry Campus Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 29, at  96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings. Campus staff are eager to meet people of all ages, share information, and share our campus with you! The Open House offers six different 25-minute sessions designed to help community members learn about classes, career pathways, teaching opportunities and more. Go to one or go to all!

This open house is designed to address the hopes and dreams for the Curry Campus people shared during the community forum held in July 2022. First and foremost, people asked for more Community Education classes, now that classes are returning to in-person gathering.

People also wanted more workforce and CTE courses, and the Open House provides an opportunity to check out the new Heavy Equipment Simulators. The Student Services Scavenger Hunt activity will show participants where on campus to find helpful information. People also wanted to know how to sign up to teach academic classes. The Calling All Experts activity is the opportunity for individuals to bring their curriculum vitae and share about their areas of expertise. There’s also a Q & A session with current faculty.

(Please note: We will be collecting information about your area of expertise. Individual interviews will happen at a later date.)


The descriptions below provide additional information about the sessions and activities.

SWOCC Talk with Dean Jill te Velde – Here’s your chance to meet te Velde and learn about her vision and plan to champion the Curry Campus’ role as a valuable resource to the community.

PITCH FEST (it’s like Shark Tank, but without the bite) Bring your ideas for Community Education or Workforce Training classes and PITCH them to those in attendance. Participants will have between 5 – 10 minutes to explain a proposed class to the audience. The PITCHES will be grouped by category and placed on the wall for people to vote for their favorite classes. Vote for the topics that interest you. Pitches with the most votes will be developed into Community Education or Workforce Training classes or courses.

PITCH FEST forms are available at https://forms.gle/JKndxXjSmvSpF9Tz6.  Forms will also be available onsite.

Heavy Equipment Simulators Want to try your hand at operating a forklift? How about a wheeled excavator, harvester, dozer or grader? Southwestern’s new customized training program combines best-in-class simulations, curriculum, equipment assessments, and training equipment that accurately represents current heavy equipment systems and features industrial-grade components found in modern vehicles.

Nursing Lab Tours – Get Blood Pressure CheckedVisit the high-tech nursing lab. See the life-like manikins or SIMS students practice on. While you’re there, have your blood pressure checked by one of the college’s nursing students.

Q & A with Curry Campus Faculty Talk to faculty about their programs and the degrees offered through the Curry Campus. Learn about the benefits of teaching and what it is like to work as part of the Curry crew.

Zoom Room Demonstration – Explore Southwestern’s hi-tech classrooms and learn how the college connects the Curry and Coos Bay campuses so students can participate in real time classes with their peers.

Student Services Scavenger Hunt – This fun activity will have you exploring the campus searching for the many services available to students. Not sure what you want to do when you grow up? The Career Coach can help. Need a job? Need money? Need food? We have resources for those too. Find all the services and spin the prize wheel for cool SWOCC prizes. At SWOCC – Curry Campus we offer our students more than just an education (#CurryCares).

Calling All Experts – It is no secret that Brookings is a retirement town, which means there are many experts in our midst. The college wants hear from you if you are seeking an opportunity to share knowledge and skills with Curry students.

The college is looking for experts in the following areas: Psychology, Geology, Speech, Chemistry, Sociology, Math and Nutrition. To teach lower division collegiate classes, Oregon requires faculty must have a Master’s degree in a subject area closely related to that in which the instructor will be teaching (OAR 589-008-0100) or at least 12 master-level credits in the subject area.

This hands-on Open House event will have something for everybody. Arrive early to get a SWOCC swag bag loaded with goodies including vouchers for free Community Education classes. The Curry crew looks forward to seeing you on April 29!

For more information about the Open House, contact the Curry Campus us at 541-813-1667.


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