Southwestern Oregon Community College

Introduction

Welcome International Students!

Southwestern Oregon Community College is a state, fully accredited, two-year community college that prepares international students to succeed in their education while embracing American culture fully in a vibrant community. Students can earn Associate degrees or complete short-term certificated programs in more than 50 academic subject areas. We also have an on-site Culinary Institute for pursuing a career in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts. For students seeking to complete a Bachelor's degree, Southwestern Oregon Community College is an excellent place to complete the first two years of a Bachelor's degree (2+2 transfer preparation program) before transferring to a four-year university, such as University of Oregon or any of the Oregon State universities and other colleges and universities across the United States.

International Students Programs at SWOCC were created specifically to ensure a successful educational and personal experience among our international students as well as to promote cross-cultural understanding. Services for international students include academic and immigration advising, personal counseling and special events/activities. We are committed to helping international students adjust to a different educational and cultural environment.

Experience Southwestern! You will find a personal and caring atmosphere with faculty and staff who take an interest in you and your future. We are confident that you will soon see that Southwestern is truly a home away from home.

Note:

  • Native speakers of English from Australia Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom are not required to provide proof of English Proficiency.
  • U.S. citizens interested in Study Abroad can contact the International Student Programs Office for more information.

ISP Student Testimonials

Jumpei I. from Japan (transferred to University of Oregon)

Simply put, I cannot imagine a better study abroad program than what SWOCC offers. From the day that I arrived from Tokyo, it has been stimulating living in Oregon and the experience of studying in Coos Bay allowed me to grow as an individual and discover my own talents.

On campus, the smaller class size helped me actively participate in class discussions. Professors were very friendly and engaging and I have been able to maintain great relationships with them. I got to interact and spend quality time with interesting people every single day. The community that SWOCC is in is quite wonderful as well. I had the privilege of getting involved in musical theater and the experience was just invaluable. They were very accepting and caring and always pushed me to achieve more.

I can't fail to mention the beautiful Northwest weather, too, which has brought me mental and physical comfort. I now have a much broader curiosity, a desire to keep myself educated, and no fear of accepting new challenges.

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Yumezo Densaki from Osaka, Japan (transferred to Southern Arkansas University)

My first college in US was in California and I enjoyed American life. But I felt I had to change the circumstance that I was always with many Japanese, speaking my native language. Two years ago, I decided to transfer to SWOCC.

People at SWOCC were awesome and kind, and there was a great environment to study and speak English for me. Also, I was participating in the baseball program. We had practice every afternoon, early morning work-outs three times a week, and I went to classes in the morning. To be honest, it was hard for me to combine baseball and schoolwork, but my days were full of excitement!

This 2013 years season, I was a leading pitcher of the team. and i have transferred to Southern Arkansas University with baseball scholarships from 2013 fall. I'm so exciting to play here and study Business Management. SWOCC made me strong. I’m very glad I came to SWOCC.

Reagan S. from British Columbia, Canada

I came to SWOCC to play basketball and study Criminal Justice, yet I have come out of just my first year with more than only those two things. SWOCC gave me the chance to learn from wonderful professors, play basketball, and also live in a beautiful place.

On the academic end of it, SWOCC let me be interactive in all your classes with small class sizes and a large variety of people from different steps in life. On the athletic end of it, they have wonderful sports facilities with a very prideful program.

SWOCC also gave me the chance to live and experience the beautiful west coast. The lake on campus, vast beaches, and endless hikes add something special to your experience.

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Sarah K. from Japan

I went to Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI). I have learned a lot and also made many friends. I have learned many cuisine from around the world from Europe, Asia, to american.

I loved how small the classes were. My class size was less then 30 and the age varied. It was nice to work with new people and also with people that had many years of experience. I also liked that the chef instructors had time to work with individual student. We not only had a great experience of cooking and baking, but we also had some academic classes such as math, writing, speech, and etc. these classes helped in a long run and made me a better and smarter chef.

I also liked going to OCCI because of the student housing right on campus! I was a five minute walk from school and living on campus was fun. I got to meet new people not only from OCCI but also from Southwestern Community College.

There is a lot to do on campus sports, clubs, and we also have a lake. My most favorite memory other than cooking with my friends was indoor soccer club. There is a lot to do for everyone to enjoy.

Ryohei K. from Shiga, Japan

When I was 18, I decided to go to the U.S. to study English and to play baseball there after graduation from high school. Going to other country and living there by myself was not easy for the 18-years-old boy who always had been with his family and friends. Being supported by many people, however, I was able to go to the U.S.

SWOCC is the most impressive place for me. Everything was new there. I met many new people, and had a lot of chances that I would never had if I stayed in Japan. I was one of a member of SWOCC baseball team, and what I got from this program can’t be explained by words. I had great teammates and great coaches. Of course, getting good grades and playing baseball at the same time was not easy, but the days I spent in this team with my teammates and coaches are obviously my treasure.

I’m so grateful to everyone who had supported me while I was in the U.S. Thank you so much, and I really hope I can see people I met there again someday.

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Shelby P. from Colorado, USA

The professors at SWOCC are really outstanding! There's a nice balance of professional and casual that's really conducive to learning. That, along with the awesome student body, has made my stay worthwhile and one that I'm not likely to forget.

Ningxin S. from Shanghai, CHINA

It is amazing to study in SWOCC. When I first came here, I felt it is a great place to study. The campus is big, and the people are friendly. The class is small so that you can have a lot of chance to speak to your teacher. Moreover, it is easy to become a friend to them. The students here are easygoing, and they really welcomed the international like me. So far, I have already had many American friends, and I love them so much.

If you have are good at one subject, you can have a chance to become a tutor in the tutoring lab. It is a valuable experience for everyone. The housing also is good. It’s peaceful and safe. You will love the way you come here.

Anyway, if you are seeking a college education, SWOCC is your best choice. You can learn everything you want here, and become a better person. I love SWOCC so much, and I will finish my second year study here and get my associate degree. I will not forget the time when I spent in the SWOCC.

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Programs

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Associate Degree

Associates in Culinary and Baking Pastry Arts

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Coos Bay

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to an affordable culinary school on the West coast and the only culinary school in Oregon located on the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean. As you know, it is a fabulous time to join this industry. As the culinary arts field continues to grow at a vigorous pace, OCCI offers the practical, competitive skills necessary to ensure a rewarding career. Because of our small class sizes, students receive individualized, hands-on learning. [+]

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to an affordable culinary school on the West coast and the only culinary school in Oregon located on the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean. As you know, it is a fabulous time to join this industry. As the culinary arts field continues to grow at a vigorous pace, OCCI offers the practical, competitive skills necessary to ensure a rewarding career. Because of our small class sizes, students receive individualized, hands-on learning. Our certified chef/instructors have years of professional and teaching experience, accompanied by first-hand knowledge of what leading food service employers are looking for in graduates. They have used this knowledge to prepare an intensive, fully accredited associates degree program designed to place students in a career-track culinary position within a very short time. CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM The Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts program offers chef training (basic and advanced) as well as restaurant management skills. After studying the fundamentals of classical and contemporary cuisine and restaurant procedures, students will develop advanced skills in Garde Manger and a la carte cooking. Students will have the opportunity to choose between a local or distant externship during their final term in the program. The graduate will have the necessary training to work in a variety of culinary establishments such as Sous Chef, Garde Manger, Kitchen Supervisor, and Restaurant Manager. In the spring of 2013 the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) at Southwestern was granted a seven-year accreditation with distinction by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The ACF is the premier professional chefs’ organization in North America, focusing its efforts on offering education, apprenticeship and industry certification. During a three-day visit the federation reviewed the OCCI facility, curriculum, policies and procedures and OCCI was given an exemplary status. OCCI’s graduates will automatically gain the title of Certified Culinarian upon graduation, along with their associate’s degree. BAKING & PASTRY ARTS PROGRAM The Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts provides a broad foundation of baking and pastry theory and practical training necessary for success in the food service industry. Students will learn the art of creating exquisite baked goods, pastries, and confections, from traditional bread baking to masterful showpieces fit for the most elegant dessert finales imaginable. Students will also learn to use sugar, syrups, icings, and chocolate to create feasts for the eye and palate. Prepare for a career as a professional baker or pastry chef in a bakery, fine restaurant, resort, or on a cruise ship. [-]

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Coos Bay

The Associate of Applied Science CIS Digital Design degree is designed to successfully prepare students for careers in the expanding fields of digital design and media productions through an integrated curriculum exposing students to design principles and technical strategies. [+]

The Associate of Applied Science CIS Digital Design degree is designed to successfully prepare students for careers in the expanding fields of digital design and media productions through an integrated curriculum exposing students to design principles and technical strategies. Upon successful completion of the AAS CIS Digital Design degree, students are prepared for a variety of entry level positions in numerous digital design fields. Students attain knowledge and learn skills to seek careers in creative and support professions within such media industries as film and video, graphic design, production, game development, animation, and web design. Some of the careers available in media include: production designer, camera operator, visual effects production, multimedia producer, duplication, production assistant, graphic artist, art assistant, web designer, and other emerging opportunities. PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to: • Demonstrate professional design principles and practices. • Plan, design, develop, and edit digital images and graphics. • Plan, design, develop, and edit digital time-based media • Plan, design, develop, and edit interactive web pages. • Work effectively as part of a design team. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a minimum of 94 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS CIS Software Development degree is awarded. Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term). The Associate of Applied Science Computer Information Systems (AAS CIS) degree offers a program that provides students a curriculum consisting of a broad foundation of courses focused on technical support in a networked environment. This degree prepares students for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the computer information services industry. The program offers students the opportunity to gain a combination of knowledge and practical hands-on experience to support both an organization's information technology infrastructure and the people who use it. The CIS program additionally provides a broad variety of professional continuing education, classes and certificates for professionals already working in the field and provides technology service classes for students studying in other disciplines. Students completing the AAS CIS will be prepared to seek entry-level employment and entrepreneurial in occupations such as network administrators, systems administrators, support technician, and applications specialist/trainer. Students planning to earn a bachelor's degree are responsible for researching the departmental requirements of the school to which they plan to transfer. Students planning to transfer may want to consider the AA/OT, AGS or AS degree options. PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to: • Install, configure, use and maintain commonly used business software. • Install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot workstation hardware, operating systems and network environments. • Apply project life cycle concepts to assist in finding solutions to business needs. • Research, interpret and communicate technical information in written, graphic, diagrammatic, electronic and oral forms. • Demonstrate the ability to work independently or in a group environment with sensitivity to the needs of customers and coworkers. • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to install, configure, and maintain end-user computer systems. • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to install, configure and maintain network servers. • Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement both wired and wireless networks sufficient for home or small business use. • Demonstrate basic ability to develop new products and services to meet the needs of a changing economy. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a minimum of 95 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree is awarded. Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term). The Associate of Applied Science CIS Software Development program represents a broad exposure to multiple disciplines across various contemporary technologies. Students will be offered opportunities to explore computing systems from small micro-systems to enterprise solutions. Courses in this degree represent meaningful tools used in industry and mastery of them brings personal value to each student. Graduates of this program are capable of entering the workplace as a junior level developer, mobile application development. Software developers are one of the most in-demand careers throughout the world. As technology grows and engrosses more of the American life, more automation and software systems are needed. The future is very bright. PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to: • Demonstrate the skill and knowledge to install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot workstation and server hardware, and software in a network environment. • Research, interpret and communicate technical information in written, graphic, diagrammatic, electronic and oral forms. • Demonstrate the ability to work independently or in a group environment with sensitivity to the needs of customers and coworkers. • Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement both wired and wireless networks sufficient for small business use. • Demonstrate basic ability to develop new products and services to meet the needs of a changing economy. • Plan, write, and debug software applications within multiple programming environments. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a minimum of 93 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS CIS Software Development degree is awarded. Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term). [-]

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Coos Bay, Oregon, 97420 US
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