Southwestern Students Recognized for Academic Honors

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled summer term 2014. These students are being recognized with placement on the college’s Dean’s List (DL), Honor Roll (HR) and Academic Excellence (AE) list. •    Academic Excellence - students must receive a GPA of 4.0 in at least 12 credits
•    Honor Roll – students must receive a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 in at least 12 credits
•    Dean’s List - students must receive a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 in at least 12 credits
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Southwestern Oregon Community College leads and inspires lifelong learning through its campuses on the south Oregon coast in Coos and Curry counties, and through its University Center.

 Southwestern Academic Honors Summer 2014

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC) is pleased to announce center Director Arlene Soto has achieved GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor status. GrowthWheel is a framework for business decision making. The SBDC will be using this tool to assist business clients with gaining perspective in all aspects of operating a successful business including business concept, organization, customer relations and operations.
GrowthWheel is an internationally recognized business growth tool used by almost 1,500 business advisors worldwide. According to David Madie, Founder and CEO of GrowthWheel International, Inc. “The idea behind GrowthWheel is that there are four personal core disciplines that are crucial for the development of a company: You need to have an overview to maintain holistic perspective and understanding of the development.  You need to make progress by focusing on the actions that make a difference for the development of the company.  You need to maintain the passion which is one of the most important resources of an entrepreneur and the reason for high productivity.  Finally, you need to build a community around the company and find areas where other people can help you by means of their specific competencies that you do not have yourself.”
With GrowthWheel SBDC clients will be able to focus their time and energy on the areas of business they need to move forward in.  The tool will be used to find alternative options and create a framework for decision making.  Decisions are then transformed into action steps.  Arlene Soto, Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center Director states, “I see this tool as a way to move our small businesses into diverse opportunities through focused decisions and meaningful actions.”
To make an appointment with a GrowthWheel certified business advisor go to and request counseling assistance from the SBDC office near you.

Civil Rights and BOLI Compliance Training for Contractors

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC) in cooperation with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will host a series of project compliance seminars this month for contractors, subcontractors, local agency partners and consultants with the goal of improving compliance with Oregon’s prevailing wage laws.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries will present information as well. The project compliance seminars are scheduled as follows:
• NORTH BEND Oct. 21: Southwestern Oregon Community College, Small Business Development Center, 2455 Maple Leaf
• MEDFORD Oct. 22: Rogue Community College/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St.
• ROSEBURG Oct. 23: Umpqua Business Center, 522 Southeast Washington Avenue
Each seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an 8:30 a.m. sign in. Seating is limited. There is no cost for this training.  To register, call ODOT Civil Rights Field Coordinator Christie Meacham at 541-957-3698 or email her at
“The seminar is a good review or, if you’re considering bidding on ODOT projects for the first time, to learn the nuts and bolts of project compliance,” said Meacham. “Commercial contractors are also eligible for continuing education credit with Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board.”

Coos Bay, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) a $2.4 million grant to expand specialized technical training for careers in the health care and natural resources industries. It’s the only such grant awarded to a college in Oregon.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT) supports education and training programs of less than two years to improve workers’ skills, ensuring those workers a seamless progression along a career pathway.
“We are very excited about this opportunity for our region and the state of Oregon,” said Dr. Patty Scott, SWOCC president. “This grant helps SWOCC provide direct career pathways for our students to meet industry demands and local employers’ needs for an adaptive, skilled workforce.”
This career training investment gives SWOCC the ability to increase service in its learning center to support students as they work at their own pace through guided instruction in math. SWOCC also will strengthen its allied health programs for students to achieve patient-centered certificates. Those graduates will then be prepared to fill health care service gaps in rural communities. Updated programs will integrate tutoring, supplemental and innovative instruction, and curriculum aligned to industry standards.
With the support of this grant, Southwestern can develop career technical education certificates to address natural resources industry workforce needs, too. SWOCC identified those employment gaps through collaborative efforts in the development of a new associate of science degree with a forestry emphasis that is articulated with Oregon State University’s bachelor of science forestry degree program. Industry partners    said there is an increasing need for technicians with specialized skills in geographic information systems (GIS), forestry and natural resources fields.
“This $2.4 million grant is a solid investment for our region. Not only does it help students obtain skills for 21st century jobs, it simultaneously helps local businesses find the skilled employees they need to compete,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in congratulating SWOCC. “I’m proud to support programs that offer real solutions to put Oregonians back to work.”
Ultimately with this investment, SWOCC will be the lead in building statewide capacity in comprehensive employment databases through this program, helping students who complete their training to find jobs not only statewide, but along the West Coast and even nationally.