Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Junior Chamber of Commerce will host “Step Up & Step Out”, a club fundraiser to support the club’s mission to “Build the Bridge between Business and Education”.

This special dinner event will take place on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Southwestern’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Reservations will begin at 5:00 pm with a final seating at 7:00 pm. The menu will be a Mediterranean feast for $25 per person. Request a gluten free option at time of reservation.

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The students and their club advisor Jessica Engelke are planning a business trip this spring to Portland and Salem, Oregon where they will visit the Capitol, Nike, several marketing firms, and a non-profit organization. Students will also attend a panel discussion with top executives at the Moda Center.

“This takes classroom learning out into the business world, where Southwestern students can network and develop business leadership skills,” Engelke said. “It’s important, because these students are our next generation of entrepreneurial innovators.”

The Junior Chamber is organized around a 4-point mission, to:

  • ·        Create an exclusive portal for opportunities, connections and access to the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, while providing a multi-tiered platform for professional enrichment and readiness.
  • ·        Develop leaders through volunteer work and community services.
  • ·        Build a bridge between generations and bring the community together by combining education with business development.
  • ·        Influence the future of Southwestern Oregon Community College students through civic and community involvement.

Please call 541-888-7309 for reservations. For more information about the Junior Chamber of Commerce or business classes at Southwestern contact Jessica Engelke, Business Instructor, at 541-297-7263.

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College and Executech are co-hosting a Technology Conference. Get answers to your essential Information Technology (IT) questions on topics like cloud storage, cybersecurity, and more!


Executech Technology Conference

Friday - March 22, 2019, 8am – 1pm

Southwestern Oregon Community College

1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay

Empire Hall – Lakeview Rooms E, F, G

Cost is $25 per attendee. Seating is limited.

Breakfast and lunch provided.

Register at


Participants select from two separate tracks that run concurrently:

Business Professionals Track: Includes topics like “Business IT Basics”; “What is the Cloud, how can my business use it”; and “Technology planning for the future”. This session is designed for business owners and managers to help you get up to speed on technology issues for businesses large and small.

IT Professionals Track: Include topics like “Cloud & Azure”; “Endpoint & Network Security”; and “Cybersecurity: Managed Detection & Response”. This session is designed for people already working as an IT professional. Take it to the next level!


Thank you to participating sponsors and speakers: CampusGuard, Executech, Secuvant, Sophos, and Southwestern Oregon Community College.

For more information contact Mike Green at Executech ( or Piper Lisseveld, Computer Information Systems Instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College (

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Technology Career Panel Discussion for students following sessions

Following the sessions, an IT Tech Career Panel Discussion (geared toward high school juniors, seniors, college students, and anyone interested in a career in IT) will take place. Join us for a panel discussion by IT Professionals and Educators. This is a chance for people to explore careers in the IT field. Come learn about opportunities in the tech industry, paths to breaking into tech careers, and skills for success. Panel participants will be telling their individual stories.


Technology Career Panel Discussion

Friday - March 22, 2019, 1pm – 3pm

Southwestern Oregon Community College

1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay

Empire Hall – Lakeview Room E

Attendance is Free.


Persons interested in attending must register by emailing Piper Lisseveld at

For more information call 541-888-7456.

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College's Physics Instructor, Dr. Aaron Coyner, has been chosen by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California as a Solar System Ambassador (SSA) for the southern Oregon coast. He will serve as a volunteer outreach ambassador connecting students and community members with current information on National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) missions, space and planetary science outreach, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. As an ambassador, Dr. Coyner will be available to present to schools, civic organizations, afterschool programs, scout troops, non-profit organizations, museums, and public community events.  All SSA events are free educational outreach and can cover a wide array of solar system and astronomy topics. 

If any organization would like to schedule an event, they can reach Dr. Coyner at or by phone at (541) 294-5992.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers information and excitement about real missions that explore our solar system. Volunteer ambassadors in communities throughout the country are selected by JPL based on their backgrounds and on their plans for public outreach activities. JPL provides ambassadors with educational materials and training. However, the opinions of Ambassadors are not necessarily those of NASA or JPL. Further information about the Solar System Ambassadors Program is available at JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. 

Southwestern hosts Open House to review Master Facilities Plan

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College invites residents of the college district to learn about and offer comments on a proposed 10-year master facilities plan. The college will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute at 1988 Newmark Ave., on the Coos Bay Campus.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to visit with planners and college staff, view conceptual schematics, ask questions and share thoughts.

The plan will guide the college as it develops and adapts programs serving its students and community members on the Coos and Curry campuses, with a vision toward leading and inspiring lifelong learning on the south Oregon coast.

This will include guidance on building renovations and design, branding, historical significance and designations, transportation/circulation and conservation of natural space and wildlife. Other topics for discussion will include open spaces, accessibility, signage, lighting, technology, athletic facilities, student housing and campus safety.

In creating the plan, the college is striving to manage its facilities and campuses with a long-term view toward economic, social and environmental sustainability.

For more information, please contact Anne Farrell-Matthews, Communications Administrator at 541-888-7612 or