Explore Advanced Technologies

Do you like to do hands-on projects, make things, solve problems, be creative? Do you like seeing a finished product for your efforts? If you enjoy hands on projects and working with equipment or technology, the Advanced Technology pathway could be for you. This pathway can lead to careers in computer software and hardware or welding.


Instructor Highlight: Piper Lisseveld

"In today’s world, providing sustainable solutions in information technology demands knowledge not only in specialized technology fundamentals, but also in fields such as psychology, sociology, and economics. Inter-disciplinary skills provide perspective and an ability to work in teams."

Piper Lisseveld teaches Computer Information Systems and Computer Science at Southwestern. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from George Mason University in database design and technology management. Piper grew up in Coos County, graduated from Coquille High School, and attended Southwestern after high school.

Piper found her calling working in the technology field on the East Coast. She spent 20+ years working for mission-based organizations as a database developer, programmer, business/systems analyst, and project manager. Now that she's an educator, she says "teaching fills my mission-based desire to help an organization improve, to give back to a community that helped to build my grit, and share lessons and professional/life experiences."

One of Piper’s main passions in life is travel. She has visited every state in the U.S. with the exception of the Hawaiian Islands. Outside the USA, travel has taken her to 24 countries around the world.