SWOCC Plans New Student Orientation – September 26-30, 2014

Coos Bay, OR – New and returning students are preparing for the start of fall term at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). The influx of new students signals the start of Southwestern’s Laker Welcome activities, September 26-30, 2014. New student orientation activities and student life programs throughout the year will focus on a commitment to completing student goals, programs, and degrees.  

Students will begin moving into Student Housing on Friday, September 26th at 9:00 a.m. That evening is the annual Parent Orientation and Dinner at OCCI starting at 5 p.m. College staff and faculty will be helping checking students in throughout the weekend leading up to the first day of classes on September 29th.  

Following the move-in, Laker Welcome will begin Saturday September 27th. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts and all new students must attend. Laker Welcome provides all new students—those living on-campus and throughout the community—with the chance to learn about college and community resources and about student activities. The information provided will help the new student feel more confident while making the transition into college life. The day is highlighted by a presentation from Southwestern Alumni Nik Edmondson, information sessions, and the annual free Welcome Expo and Barbeque. The BBQ and Welcome Expo begin at 12:00 p.m. in Union Square (between Randolph and Sitkum Halls). During the lunch, local businesses and organizations will be stationed around the square to introduce themselves to the College’s new students.

Campus services will be available Saturday, September 27 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to serve new students as they prepare for the start of school.  

Before classes start, it is vital new students complete several tasks.  Each should begin with placement testing (541-888-7405 for more information). When testing is complete, they should see their assigned advisor, or an advisor in Stensland Hall, to register for classes. Those needing accommodations due to a physical or learning disability should speak with Susan Anderson in Stensland Hall, 541-888-7405. The Coos Campus Student First Stop Center and Bookstore will offer extended hours Monday through Wednesday during the first week of classes.

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) is pleased to announce a new cooperative agreement between the College and the Oregon State University (OSU) School of Forestry. A ceremony to mark the first-ever such agreement between OSU Forestry and a community college is scheduled at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, in Tioga 505 at SWOCC, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  

SWOCC and OSU have developed a direct articulation agreement between the new Associate of Science degree with Forestry emphasis program at SWOCC and the Bachelor of Science degree in the Professional Forestry program at OSU. This articulation agreement allows SWOCC students completing the two-year Associate of Science degree with a Forestry emphasis to transfer directly course-by-course to OSU’s Professional Forestry program with full junior status.  

Dr. Claire Montgomery, Professor and Interim Department Head, OSU Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management; and Dr. Thomas Maness, Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean, College of Forestry, will attend the forestry articulation agreement signing from OSU.  Dr. Ross Tomlin, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services and Diana Schab, Dean of Career Technical Programs, will sign the articulation agreement for SWOCC.  

SWOCC will be offering the new Forestry program beginning this fall.  Registration for fall classes is under way, with class beginning September 29.  Private donors and natural resources industry-related companies are assisting with two years of start-up funding through the SWOCC Foundation for the program, which is targeted to enroll 20 students annually. Following two years of program development, the college will be able to sustainably fund the program through tuition, fees and state reimbursement on a full-time equivalent basis.

OCCI Students Make the 2016 Culinary Youth Team USA

Coos Bay, OR – The American Culinary Federation (ACF) has selected two Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) students to join the 2016 ACF Culinary Youth Team following the national convention in Kansas City last month.  More than 1,000 chefs, cooks, students and foodservice professionals attended the 2014 ACF National Convention, hosted by the ACF.

OCCI’s students, Megan Bamford and Trae Shriner, excelled in the rigorous competition. Megan scored a gold medal and Trae scored a silver medal; the second and third highest scores in the country.  

The OCCI duo will join the national culinary team as it represents the United States at the Expogast Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup, Nov. 22–26, 2014, in Luxembourg, Germany; and at the American Culinary Classic, July 30–Aug. 2, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. All the teams will be competing at the 2016 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Exhibition, also known as the “culinary Olympics,” in Erfurt, Germany.  

Earlier in the year, both Megan and Trae competed at the ACF Western Regional Conference in Oakland, CA.  Megan, a former student who specialized in baking and pastry at OCCI, scored a silver medal. Trae, a current culinary student, earned a bronze medal. Their wins propelled them into the next phase of the tryouts at the Hot Food Competition at Nationals. Trae prepared and presented a cold platter. Megan, as a Pastry Chef, prepared plated desserts.  The students worked for many months in preparation for the competitions.