Southwestern Oregon Community College is no stranger to service; over the past year SOCC’s capacity to civically engage its campus in the surrounding community has blossomed. An example, Service Saturdays provide an opportunity for students, faculty and community to work together on monthly, local volunteer projects. And in October, 2008 SOCC hosted an overwhelmingly successful 1st annual Community Involvement Fair, connecting the campus and surrounding community to 15 service organizations. Much of this is a direct result of the hard work of Oregon Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA member, Julia Rose, during the 2007/08 school year.
Currently, SOCC is preparing to celebrate MLK Day for an entire week (January 19 – 23, 2009) with presentations, speakers, entertainment and service opportunities. Through a partnership with Human Rights Advocates of Coos County, SOCC students, faculty and the surrounding community will come together to:
-View and discuss films focusing on social justice
-Volunteer with Habitat Build and Bay Area Senior Center
-Raise awareness around local poverty, hunger and homelessness at the Hunger Banquet and Faces of Homelessness Panel
-Learn about the impact of the historic Negro Baseball League through singer, filmmaker, author and speaker Byron Motley
And more. For details, click on the image below.
Fast Facts: Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC)
President: Dr. Patty Scott (Interim President as of 10/08)
School Formed: 1961
Type: Public community college
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
Enrollment: 14,500 annually
School Mascot: Lakers
School Colors: Red and blue
Mission Statement: Southwestern leads and inspires lifelong learning and provides quality learning opportunities.
SOCC includes two-year transfer programs, one and two-year professional/technical programs, short course occupational programs, adult education, a high school diploma program, and adult enrichment courses.