GED and Adult Basic Ed classes at the Curry Campus

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GED® and Adult Basic Education scheduled for spring term in Curry County
Gold Beach, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College will be offering GED® exam preparation, college and career preparation, and college placement test preparation spring term in Curry County. Students can build a pipeline to enter college, training programs, and jobs in high-demand career areas.
Orientation is scheduled for April 1 and 4 at the Port Orford Library, at the Gold Beach Center for April 1 and 3, and at the Curry Campus for April 2 and 4. Orientation sessions meet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and all new students must attend. GED® and Adult Basic Education classes will be held Monday and Thursday in Port Orford, Monday and Wednesday in Gold Beach, and Tuesday and Thursday at the Curry Campus in Brookings. All classes start the week after orientation and meet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for ten weeks.

Classes are also offered at the Coos Bay Campus. Please call 541-888-1593 for information.
There is a charge of $50 to participate in any combination of these classes, in any location, each term—fee assistance is available. For more information or to register for orientation and classes, please call 541-813-1667. Spring term 2019 is April 1 through June 13.

Learn to use Excel

Learn to Use Excel

Brookings, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering Introduction to Spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. Learn to create simple spreadsheets that include formulas, functions, tables, and custom formatting to solve specific problems.

This course introduces beginning and intermediate concepts, terminology, and applications of spreadsheet tools used for creating tables and analyzing data. Common features of Excel, its application to business uses, and problem solving techniques are covered.

Introduction to Spreadsheets meets from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from April 2 through May 2. The cost for this class is $130 and includes instructional materials. Brian Frizzle will teach the class. He will focus the course according to the needs and interests of the participants.

To register, contact the Curry Campus in Brookings at (541) 813-1667.

Southwestern expands nursing program

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Southwestern expands nursing program

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is growing its capacity to train registered nurses in an effort to provide more workers for the region’s hospitals and medical clinics.

On average, the college graduates 27 registered nurses annually. The College will increase Nursing Program enrollment by eight students this spring term on its Coos Campus and by five students on its Curry Campus in fall 2019.

“Nursing is a good career for those that have a passion for helping people. We have no shortage of qualified students applying to our Nursing Program, but there is a shortage of Registered Nurses and jobs remained unfilled in our region,” said Susan Walker, SWOCC Director of Nursing. “This small gain in our program will help local people train for a nursing career, and assist the five regional hospitals and many medical clinics dealing with the nursing shortage.”

Demand for registered nurses is expected to grow statewide through 2027. Currently, the Oregon Employment Department lists nearly 40 jobs for registered nurses in Coos and Curry counties. The average hourly wage for registered nurses on the South Coast is $39.18 per hour.
In addition to expanding enrollment, the college has added full-time nursing faculty, including Dr. Judy Dornbach, who will teach on the Curry Campus in Brookings, and Shirley Reynolds, who teaches on the Coos Bay Campus. Dr. Dornbach and Reynolds teach labs and clinical instruction for first-year nursing students. They lecture to both first-year and second-year students on both campuses using video technology connecting classrooms. Southwestern has trained nursing students using this model for 10 years, with the majority of its graduates staying on the southern Oregon coast to work in area hospitals and clinics.
“I am very excited to be part of this growing program and for the opportunity help educate future nurses,” said Dr. Dornbach, who has 30 years’ experience in patient care, management and education. The college plans to continue to gradually expand the Nursing Program following completion of the new Umpqua Health & Science Building on the Coos Campus in the 2020-21 school year.

Individuals interested in pursuing a degree in nursing are encouraged to make an appointment to talk to an advisor. The prerequisite courses required to apply to the Nursing Program are offered on both of the college’s campus and many courses are also available online. Anyone interested in learning more about the Nursing Program can go to To make an appointment with an advisor in Brookings, call the Curry First Stop at 541-813-1667. For advising in Coos Bay, call 541-888-7405.

Art Reception at Southwestern’s Curry Campus

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Art Reception at Southwestern’s Curry Campus Brookings, OR—The Curry Campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College is hosting an art reception Thursday, March 14. Featured will be the work of Gary Christensen, Art instructor at Southwestern, and student work from drawing and painting classes at the Curry Campus. Nine works by Christensen are on display in the community wing of the Curry Campus including four paintings in oil, four watercolors, and one pastel. Additionally, student work is on display in a variety of media. “Teaching art is to give the knowledge of fundamentals and materials, encourage creativity through that knowledge and influence, and mentor in a way that allows for self-awareness in one’s own creative sense,” Christensen explained. Christensen is teaching Basic Drawing and Introduction to Painting spring term. Basic Drawing develops technical and conceptual skills by encouraging imagination, innovation, and expressive ideas in drawing. Introduction to Painting explores visual representation using paints for space, division, color, and surface treatment. People with all skill levels are invited to enroll. Christensen holds a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University; a Bachelor of Art in Art Studio from California State University, Sacramento; and an Associate of Arts and Humanities from Folsom Lake College, in Folsom, California. The art reception is Thursday, March 14 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Curry Campus in Brookings. Christensen will be available to discuss his work and answer questions about the classes he teaches. Refreshments will be provided. The works will be on display in the community wing throughout March. Registration for spring term classes is now open. Classes start April 1. For additional information, contact the Curry Campus in Brookings at (541) 813-1667.