New Evening & Weekend Classes added for Winter Term

Call the Student First Stop Center 541-888-7352 or Register online at myLakerLink (24/7).

Classes start January 7!


MTH*20 Basic Mathematics
Tues. & Thurs. 5:00-6:50 pm
Jesse Yeager

MTH*98 Math Literacy
Tues. & Thurs. 7:00-8-50 pm
Jesse Yeager

PS*202 American Government Policy Issues
Thursday 6:00-8:50 pm
Fred Brick

PSY*202 General Psychology
Tuesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Nate Douda

PSY*232 Psychology of Humor
Wednesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Bill Simon

SPAN*102 First Year Spanish
Mon. & Wed. 4:00-5:50 pm
Michael Campbell

WR*115 Introduction to Expository Writing
Michael Winston

WR*115 Introduction to Expository Writing
Saturday 9:00-11:50 am

WR*121 English Composition
Wednesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Vistoria Ramirez

WR*122 English Composition
Tuesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Michael Winston

WR*242 Imaginative Poetry Writing
Tuesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Nicole Freim

BI*102 General Biology
Tues. & Thurs. 6-8:50 pm
Amy Burgess

BA*110 Group Dynamics for Teams (Hybrid)
Monday 6-7:50 pm
Machelle Maddox

CIS*120 Concepts of Computing (Hybrid)
Tuesday 6-7:50 pm
Steve Ryan

Southwestern to host eSports Community Overwatch Tournament

Coos Bay, OR  –  Southwestern Oregon Community College is excited to host our first ever eSports Community Overwatch Gaming Tournament and the public is invited to come watch the action! Esports is competitive video gaming and Southwestern is the first community college in Oregon to join the National Association for Collegiate Esports (NACE).

The tournament will take place in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts and Empire Hall on the Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Opening ceremonies begin at noon on November 27, 2018 and will include team introductions and a gaming music video to kick off the tournament. The competitions will run until 5 pm on Tuesday and start again Wednesday, November 28th at 9 am and end at 5 pm. The event is open to the public for viewing and will be live-streamed via our website as well.

Overwatch, is owned by Blizzard Entertainment. Southwestern has five teams confirmed for the tournament and over 70 students involved. The eSports club plans to form Varsity and JV teams in fall 2019.

For additional information, please contact Tasha Livingstone at 541-888-7284 or

First Generation College Student Celebration

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On November 8, Southwestern Oregon Community College joins the Council for Opportunity in Education, NASPA’s Center for First-Generation Student Success, the American Association of Colleges and Universities and higher education institutions across the country in recognizing the National First-Generation College Celebration.

This second-annual celebration falls on the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. Among the many resources and initiatives connected to the legacy of HEA is the recognition of the experience of those who are first in their families to attend college.

To promote the celebration and demonstrate to students that many in our community have experienced similar pathways in higher education, faculty and staff on Southwestern’s Coos and Curry campuses are invited to wear “I’m First” buttons. Beginning November 8 and throughout the academic year, students, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to participate using the hashtag #celebratefirstgen in social media posts and pictures.

First-generation students comprise approximately 70% of Southwestern’s enrollment. As an institution we take great pride in supporting their experiences within our community. In an effort to highlight the diverse experiences and strengths they bring to campus, the celebration will include a "Human Library Project" where first-generation students and graduates are on loan to chat with readers and share their stories. There will also be an ice cream social, a slide show of notable first-generation college graduates, as well as “I’m First” buttons for students, faculty and staff to wear with pride.

Activities will take place in the Hales Center lobby on Thursday, November 8, from 11am – 1pm.

For more information or to learn about ways you can participate please contact Michelle Benoit at or call 541-888-7421.

Southwestern Dining Launches Green Box Initiative

kelseygreenbox01Southwestern’s Dining Services is piloting a new reusable container system program in an effort to reduce waste. The SWOCC Green Box is replacing the polystyrene and paper disposable to-go containers that were thrown away after single use. Staff and students can now purchase a $10 Green Box or $5 Green Soup Container in the exchange program and get a fresh container every time they pick up a meal. 

Lynne Whitley, Director of Catering, said the process is really simple.

“Buy your first box, rinse it and then return it for a fresh box or a card to exchange for a fresh box when you need one later.”

Whitley said the new program is an initiative to be more earth friendly.

“We have tried many different to-go options in the past with varied success- some compostable and some styro and lots of in-betweens. The Green Box program will require more labor and expense in dishwashing but in the long run, I think it will be a winning program,” she said.

Staff will no longer be offered other forms of reusable to-go containers at the Café. The health department dictates that reusables have to be washed and managed by our operation for food safety.

Whitley said that although the program will not reduce costs for Dining Services this year, she expects it to in the future as spending on disposables will be significantly decreased. One thing is certain, the new system will substantially reduce the amount of waste the college sends to the landfills.

“In my travels I was noticing that many university campuses have successfully gone to reusable to-go containers. So, of course, I was interested because I want our operation to be forward thinking.”

Although it will require some getting used to, Whitley said the first month of the program has been well received on campus. To purchase your first Green Box, visit Dining Services at Empire Hall during regular hours. For more information contact Lynne Whitley at (541) 888-7189.