Health & Science Technology Building 

Help us inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and health care professionals

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Southwestern Oregon Community College is the leading provider of job training on the South Coast.

To better serve our community, Southwestern is constructing the Umpqua Health & Science Technology Building to expand and modernize labs and classrooms

Our capability for expanding programs to serve career needs in health care and the sciences is limited by 35- and 50-year-old buildings. At the same time, our region's urgent need for health care professionals exceeds our ability to provide them. Nearly one-third of Coos and Curry counties’ health care workers are age 55 or older.

Help our college increase its capacity to prepare students for health care jobs, and fast-evolving careers in science and engineering. 

Come on ... join our students on a Virtual Tour of our existing facilities!


Building cost $24 million

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Leveraging contributions ... doubled donations!

Beetham Family Science Challenge

Longtime Southwestern supporters The Beetham Family challenged the community to invest in science labs and technologyThis local family matched every contribution $1 for $1 up to $1 million to help the college build the highest quality science labs possible to serve our students for the next 50 years.

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The Beetham Family wants to inspire young people to pursue science education and elevate Southwestern as a science-focused community college.

“I came from a very poor family and was the first to graduate  from a university. My degrees in math and chemistry seeded the culture in my children.   All three of them have degrees in science and my older grandchildren are currently in science and engineering disciplines at different universities.” - Dennis Beetham.

“Our hope is that our gift can help SWOCC  continue to encourage and grow the science culture in our community.” - Dennis and Janet  Beetham


Every DONATION funds equipment for science, nursing and EMT/paramedic programs. 

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Broke ground in first quarter 2019.

Complete construction in August 2020.

Building open in late 2020.   


Why is this investment important? 

This building will help the College train more young people for high-wage and high-demand science and health care jobs that will support their families.pull quotes

Ultimately, this investment will improve our economy and quality of life in every community on the south coast from Reedsport to Brookings. 

Our alumni and students explain it best!


Health care is the fastest growing job sector in our region

There is one regional hospital and four community hospitals within the college service district, in addition to multiple medical clinics, pharmacies and public health departments. All must have access to trained professionals. We are training the new generations of health workers, but not enough. 

Southwestern graduates up to 30 associate degree nursing students each year from its Coos and Curry campuses. Each year, 80 to 100 students apply for the Nursing Program, but the majority is turned away because of limited classroom and lab space.


Southwestern will expand its nursing and science programs

With the new building, the Nursing Program could accept 24 additional students, based on clinical locations. This would be a 43-percent increase in the current program size of 56 students for a total of 80 nursing students.

Overall, enrollment could increase over time by 160 students with added space and new programs. Ultimately, it expands the college's ability to inspire tomorrow's scientists, engineers and health care professionals, and improve people's lives.


Here's how you can help!

Donate toward equipment.

Advocate: Our community must invest in higher education to have modern facilities and state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.

Educate: Talk with friends and neighbors about the Health & Science Technology Building and it's vital role in helping people in our communities train to become health and science professionals.


 Contact us and let's talk ...

Elise Hamner, Foundation Executive Director

Kelsey Guenther, Foundation Resource Developer


Please help us thank the following organizations for supporting and endorsing our project.

Al Peirce Co   
Bailey's Health Food Center    
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Bandon School District 
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce   
Bay Area Hospital  
Beetham Family    
Carolyn Thompson CPA LLC
The Caryll M. & Norman F. Sprague Jr. Foundation
CH2M-Hill Engineers Inc. 
Coast Consulting Services LLC  
Connect The Boardwalk 
Coquille School District 
Coos Bay Lions  
Coos Bay Vision Center 
Coos Curry Small Woodlands
Coos (Rotary) Foundation    
Coquille Tribal Community Fund     
DB Western
DR Johnson Lumber
Egyptian Theatre  
Ford Family Foundation
Frontier Communications
Harwood, MacAdam, Wartnik, Fisher and Gorman LLC 
Jordan Cove LNG  
Kyle Electric 
Larry C. Nichols Masonry Inc
League of Women Voters of Coos County 
Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Keiser Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation
Mildred & Harvey Mudd Foundation
North Bend Medical Center 
North Bend School District 
Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
Oregon Dunes Sand Park LLC
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
Oregon Regional Solutions
Oregon Legislature/State of Oregon
Pacific Office Automation Inc.
Philip Matthews Construction
SW Chapter Professional Engineers of Oregon
Roeder  Company LLC 
Roseburg Forest Products
Save Coos Jobs
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
Shoji Planning
South Coast Development Council
South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat
South Coast Education Council
South Coast Education Service District
Southern Oregon Regional Solutions
Southwest Chapter Professional Engineers of Oregon
Southwest Oregon Independent Practice Association
Southwestern Oregon Community College employees
SWOCC Board of Education members
SWOCC Foundation/Trustees/Kean Geology Fund
SWOCC Geology Club
SWOCC Nursing and Science Faculty
Southwest Physical Therapy
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Wegferds' Printing & Publications
West Coast Contractors
Zonta Club of Coos Bay Area
and many, many caring individuals in our region

Inspiring tomorrow’s scientists, engineers
and health care professionals