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 www.socc.edu/nursing.  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.

 

Coos Bay, OR. – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s new Umpqua Health & Science Technology Building is a go!

The college has signed a $21.6 million contract with Bogatay Construction Inc. of Klamath Falls for the new building on the Coos Campus to modernize and expand science laboratories, and nursing and allied health programs. Preliminary work is scheduled to begin March 18-22.

A community groundbreaking is set for 2 p.m., Friday, April 12, at the student Recreation Center.

“After 20 years of dreaming, this project is reality thanks to an incredible amount of hard work and support from our community,” said Dr. Patty Scott, Southwestern president. “We’re excited to invite the community to the groundbreaking to meet the Bogatay Construction crew and local subcontractors as we launch the college’s largest construction project ever.”

Bogatay has been in operation for more than 35 years and completed numerous builds throughout Oregon and California. Currently, the company is developing a multi-family affordable housing in North Bend – the Deer Spring Terrace project for veterans of the armed forces. The firm also recently completed the Work Skills Technology Center and Founders Hall buildings at Klamath Community College.

The economic benefits of the Health & Science Building project will extend throughout the region. Bogatay is sourcing supplies locally and using local subcontractors when possible, including: Dodge Survey and Planning; Reese Electric; Coastline West Insulation; Johnson Rock Products and Lighthouse Landscape. Overall, it is anticipated 98 percent of the project’s contract value has been awarded to Oregon-based companies, with 80 percent located in Southern and Central Oregon, and from the I-5 corridor to the coast.

Impacts to ADA, Pedestrian and Vehicle Access

The Bogatay Construction crew has begun preparations for site work, and is installing fencing around the site.

The fencing will block a section of Parking Lot #1 off Campus Way next to the site, in addition to removing ADA parking spots in front of the Recreation Center. ADA parking will be open in front of the Rec Center until Monday, March 25. The college will also begin work on designating ADA parking behind the Rec Center and Prosper Hall to be completed in April.

The College urges campus visitors to drive slowly at all times near the construction site. Please be aware that our students, staff and visitors will be learning new circulation routes, and more foot traffic will be shifted onto College Way.

The college will place signs on campus to guide students along alternative sidewalks and is installing new crosswalks near the Rec Center. Signs also will installed to direct the public to the new area for Rec Center ADA parking spaces once that project is completed.

For more information, those interested can contact SWOCC’s Communications Administrator Anne Matthews, at 541.888.7612 or email amatthews@socc.edu, or Foundation Director Elise Hamner at 541.888.7211 or ehamner@socc.edu.

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 www.socc.edu/nursing. 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. ### Southwestern Oregon Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, national origin, age, disability status, gender identity, or protected veterans in employment, education, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.
People having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Vice President of Administrative Services in Tioga 512. Phone 541-888-7206 or TDD 541-888-7368. All other issues, concerns, and complaints should also be directed to the Vice President of Administrative Services for referral to the appropriate administrator.

Beetham Family Scholarship Supports Science Students

Donation creates largest scholarship in Southwestern’s history

 

Photo of Janet & Dennis Beetham

Janet & Dennis Beetham

 

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation and the Beetham Family are pleased to announce the creation of a permanent $500,000 scholarship endowment fund for science students training for careers in engineering, chemistry and physics.

“This is a game-changer. These scholarships will have a huge impact on students and our ability to recruit them into science programs,” said Dr. Patty Scott, Southwestern president.

The largest scholarship donation in the college’s history, the Beetham Family fund will help approximately 20 students or more annually. It is designed to support students enrolled in demanding science and math courses, who want to pursue transfer degrees and specialized careers.

“These students will be our future innovators,” said Dennis Beetham in announcing his family’s investment. “We want local students to have the same opportunities to learn as students from other places. Our goal is for them to have the ability to take on the challenges facing our manufacturing, engineering and energy industries, and solve problems impacting our environment.”

Some of the scholarship funds will be available in the 2020-21 school year, when the college’s new Health & Science Technology Building opens.The college will break ground on the 36,300 square-foot building this spring. In anticipation of the project’s completion, the college already has begun to expand its physics and chemistry classes.

“We desperately needed a scholarship fund for our science students,” said Foundation Executive Director Elise Hamner. “Ninety percent of our first-time, full-time degree-seeking students relying on scholarships, financial aid and loans to make it through college. The Beethams’ fund will have an immediate positive impact, and because this is a permanent endowment, it will help our science students forever.”

The Foundation’s scholarship application season runs January 1 through March 1 annually. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately $130,000 to 100 students. For more information about supporting scholarships or volunteering as a scholarship reader, please call 531.888.7209 or 541.888.7211.

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