OCCC Williams Lecture 2017


7pm Thursday, Oct. 26
OCCC Newport • 400 SE College Way
FMI: 541-867-8531

It’s likely that if you’re reading this, you’re standing on ancestral land of coastal Native American peoples, ground that was once deeded to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians by treaties with the United States Government. The rich history of these peoples is the subject of the next Williams Lecture Series, presented by the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation.

The lecture, entitled “A Presentation & Discussion of Siletz Tribal History,” will be presented by Robert Kentta, Cultural Resources Director and member of the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Oregon Coast Community College Central County Campus, at 400 SE College Way in Newport.

Robert Kentta

Robert Kentta

Robert Kentta grew up in Siletz and graduated from Siletz High School 1981. He went on to The Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, graduating with an AFA in Museology (Museum and Collections Management Studies). Later, he worked on construction of the first phase of the Oregon Coast Aquarium along with other construction and reforestation projects before beginning to work for the Siletz Tribe in building a Cultural Resources Program in the early 1990s.

He has worked to gather cultural object collections and archival resources related to the cultures and histories of the Siletz Confederation and its ancestral peoples.

“I work to protect cultural resources of the Siletz people… not just archaeology, but all the resources needed for us to maintain and restore our cultures,” Kentta said, “including reclaiming intellectual property, access to traditional gathering areas and teaching members their responsibilities to maintain those places.”

This presentation will be the 30th in the Williams Lecture Series since its inception in the spring of 1993. Wendy Williams created the Williams Lecture Series in honor of her husband, William Appleman Williams, a noted historian. Williams was known as the “Father of Revisionist History.” He taught American diplomatic history and foreign policy for over 30 years as OSU. His last teaching assignment was at OCCC, where he taught maritime history. Ms. Williams made a donation to the OCCC Foundation to create a fund for the lectures.

For more information about the Oct. 26 lecture or the Foundation, call 541-867-8531 or visit www.oregoncoastcc.org/foundation.

Student Nurses Hold Hygiene Drive

Help with OCCC Nursing’s Hygiene Supply Drive!

Every fall for the last 8 years, Oregon Coast Community College’s Student Nurses Organization has completed a community service project, a “Hygiene Drive.” Conducted at various local businesses, the drive supports the county Homeless Education & Literacy Project (HELP).

The student nurses are stationed at the local sites providing information about homeless youth in Lincoln County and asking our community to help by donating hygiene products for the youth. Last year, our community was so generous that we were able to collect 1,600 pounds of supplies!

The items are distributed to each of the county sites at the local high schools for ease of access. The HELP director is Katey Townsend. We hope you’ll join us this year at one of two locations:
Oct. 21 • BiMart in Lincoln City • 9am-3pm
Oct. 28 • Fred Meyer in Newport • 9am-3pm
Oct. 28 • WalMart in Newport • 9am-3pm

HMSC, OCCC Form Partnership

Sea Stars

HMSCThis Fall, Oregon Coast Community College and OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center are launching a cooperative quarterly outreach/bridge program. The two events scheduled for Fall term are listed below. Check back for more details about future events as they are scheduled.

What: HMSC Guest Speaker Itchung Cheung
Speaking on “Pathways to Careers in STEM: OSU, HMSC and YOU.”
When: Wed. Oct. 25, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: OCCC Community Room (Map it!)

What: Research Fridays
When: Fri. Nov. 3, 2-5pm (Held quarterly)

2:00 – 2:30 The journey through the REU Program – REU Program Director, Mentors and 
2:30 – 2:45 Welcome and Introductions – Bob Cowen, HMSC Director or Jack Barth, MSI
2:50 – 3:10 Research Presentation by faculty or postdoc (20 min)
3:15 – 3:35 Research Presentation by faculty or postdoc (20 min)
3:45 – 4:45 Lab Tours – 3 labs (20 minute rotations) by graduate students
4:45 – 5:00 Conclusion

Location: HMSC (Map it!)

For more information, contact Matthew Fisher, OCCC biology faculty.

President Ryslinge’s Statement on DACA Announcement

Click to read OCCC President Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge’s statement on the Trump administration’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. {En Español}

Fall Community Ed Lineup Announced

Ready to learn something new? Something fun? There’s no better time than Fall 2017, when Oregon Coast Community College’s Community Education program will roll out nearly 50 classes to brighten our favorite season of the year!

Try Mosaics, Zen Meditation, Poetry Writing, Birdwatching or others — and click here to get the first chance to review the Fall Term lineup of classes, and the first chance to register while the most spaces are available! The Fall Term Schedule is now available online.

Use our handy online form to register any time. Our staff here in Newport or Lincoln City will be in touch soon to verify your enrollment and make payment arrangements.

State matches funds for WERC

Legislature approves matching funds for new OCCC facility  

‘WERC’ would house trades, tech and disaster preparedness programs

When the legislature passed Senate Bill 5505 on Friday, July 7, it approved the state’s issuance of a number of general obligation and revenue bonds. Among other things, the bill will provide matching funds for a long list of projects from Oregon universities and community colleges, including $8,140,000 for Oregon Coast Community College’s Workforce Education and Resiliency Center (WERC).

The facility will house programs designed to meet workforce needs for Lincoln County and the coastal region. It will be designed and built in a manner to provide emergency shelter and response for South Beach in the event of a catastrophe such as a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake, damaging storms or other disasters.

“The WERC will allow for the addition of workforce programs which need specialized facilities and labs,” said OCCC President Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge. “These are programs which cannot be delivered in the current, wonderful OCCC facilities – and we sincerely thank Lincoln County for voting to approve our current structures 13 years ago.”

Programs under consideration to be based in the WERC, which will be built at OCCC’s Central County Campus in Newport, include Emergency Preparedness and Management, Maritime Technicians, Applied Technology (trades such as welding), and P-12 Teacher Education. The College will rely on community and industry engagement (along with data such as workforce needs projections) to narrow the list. Programs must be viable and draw sustained enrollment year over year.

In order to receive the $8.1 million in funds approved by the state, OCCC has five years to raise the same amount in matching funds, likely through partnerships, the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation, a capital fundraising campaign, grants and a local bond measure.

“We are very excited that the state has approved matching funds for this important project,” Ryslinge said. “As OCCC has progressed in its effort to become independently accredited, we’ve worked with countless local agencies, groups and stakeholders to identify needs in the community. This proposal would provide a spacious, adaptable facility that could be employed to provide specific programming for trades such as welding, electricians, marine technicians and more, and usage could change with changing community needs over time.”


Support from the community

A number of Lincoln County residents submitted letters of support for OCCC’s proposal to the Oregon Legislature this spring, including Bob Cowen, Bruce Polvi, Jay Roelof, and George Polisner, among others. Georgia-Pacific provided the grant which funded the site plan.

“We’ve been deeply moved by the strong support the community has shown from the outset of the planning process for this facility,” Ryslinge said. “And, the support the project has enjoyed from Senator Arnie Roblan and Representative David Gomberg has been wonderful.”


Next steps

Ryslinge said the College will be planning a series of open forums across the county to explain the proposed workforce training center, and the new programs it would make possible, in the coming months. To learn more, follow OCCC on Facebook, watch for updates here on the College’s website, or call 541-867-8501.

OCCC Announces Summer Enrichment Courses

Registration is open now for five special summer offerings at Oregon Coast Community College. Brew a beer inside, then head outdoors to harvest mussels  – or learn to paint pictures of mussel harvesters! Or, come to OCCC to prepare for natural disasters, or come to learn about one of the most amazing and splendid natural occurrences you’ll ever experience – the Total Solar Eclipse. You’ll find all of this in our busy summer lineup. Register soon – some classes have as few as eight available spots! Email us to register today, or call 541-996-6222


The Yeast, We Can Do

Taught by Rogue Ales’ own Joel Shields, this class for the first-time brewer explains the basic equipment needed to home-brew, and how the process works. Participants will get first-hand experience watching the brewing and bottling process, not to mention tasting the final product.  The class will show you to brew an extract batch of beer from start to finish in three sessions. For the first time, this class will be brewing an all-grain batch – a dry hopped pale ale. The first session, the group will brew a batch of beer using an all-grain system.  The second class, Joel will discuss dry-hopping and equipment.  During the final class, the group will bottle condition some beer to take home, and keg up some of the beer – to be served at The Dog Days of Summer Festival at the Rogue! Participants must be over the age of 21.

JULY 12, 3-6pm • JULY 19, 4-6pm • AUG. 9, 4-6pm
TUITION: $40 • $20 material fee payable to instructor at the start of first class.
Register here, 24 hours a day, or call 541-996-6222 during business hours.

The Master of Disaster

This summer, Oregon Coast Community College brings back its popular two-night disaster preparedness class. Taught by North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District Captain Jim Kusz, the course is designed to take the panic and paranoia out of planning, while it discusses in frank detail the threats facing the Oregon Coast – from damaging storms and power outages to the looming threat of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It will even touch on the disruptions we may face as a result of the throngs of visitors expected for the eclipse. Capt. Kusz uses humor and a superb level of preparedness training to walk participants through the simple steps they can take to be prepared for an emergency, wherever they may be when one should occur.

TUESDAY & THURSDAY • 5:30 – 8:30 P.M. • AUG 8 & 10
Register here, 24 hours a day, or call 541-996-6222 during business hours.

The Eclipse Comes Full Circle

What to expect, where to see it and what about safety?  Sifan Kahale will talk about these and other ‘stellar’ topics.  She will bring along examples of what you can use to safely view or watch the total solar eclipse.  (She may even divulge her secret viewing locations!) This class isn’t about traffic or crowds, though they may be mentioned. Instead, it’s all about the science. And, it’s all about the splendor! Bring the kids!

THURSDAY, JULY 20 • 5:30-7:30PM • $10
Register here, 24 hours a day, or call 541-996-6222 during business hours.

Mussel-Bound? Start Here.

Every day Lincoln County residents drive past rocky outcroppings covered with delectable mussels, on their way to the grocery store. These classes will take you out on the beach in Lincoln City, to harvest fresh mussels. And, if you’re worried you wouldn’t know what to do with a bag full of fresh mussels, have no fear – instructor Paul Robertson will show you a simple recipe that’s sure to please. He’ll even prepare a batch, right there on the beach, for you to try.  All participants must have a valid Oregon Shellfish License.  NOTE: Unsafe surf conditions, inclement weather or shellfish alerts could cause cancellation of this class with short notice.

Monday, July 24 • 9am • NW 15th St. Beach Access • Park at top of ramp.
Register here, 24 hours a day, or call 541-996-6222 during business hours.

STEM Club launches new program

Eclipse marks dawn of new atmospheric
study project for OCCC students  

Students at Oregon Coast Community College are interested in the upcoming total solar eclipse. In fact, they’re so interested that they’re out to get a closer look.

A group of students from the OCCC STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are participating in a research project led by the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium. On the day of the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, the group will send aloft [several] high-altitude balloon to take precise measurements of the atmosphere before, during and after the moon’s shadow passes.

“Similar data will be collected at various points across the country as the eclipse moves along from west to east,” OCCC biology instructor Matthew Fisher said. “Ours will be the first airborne platform to experience the eclipse.”

Fisher, who supports the student STEM club, said the project is just the first in a new atmospheric research program that OCCC students will be pursuing well into the future.

The National Weather Service launches observation stations, called radiosondes, every day from nearly 100 locations across the country. They help provide the baseline data used to create accurate weather forecasts. The OCCC radiosonde would be the first on the Oregon Coast.

According to a National Weather Service web page, radiosondes are small, expendable instrument packages weighing 250 to 500 grams. Each is suspended below a large balloon inflated with hydrogen or helium gas.  As the radiosonde rises at about 300 meters/minute (about 1,000 feet/minute), sensors on the radiosonde transmit pressure, temperature, relative humidity and GPS position data each second.

The eclipse will provide a rare opportunity to measure the effects of the moon’s shadow on temperature, wind speed and other conditions at altitudes of as high as 115,000 feet. After the eclipse, Fisher said OCCC hopes this group of students, and future students who join the volunteer STEM club, will continue the College’s ongoing atmospheric study efforts.

Preparing for launch

This summer, the OCCC STEM club is hard at work preparing for the eclipse monitoring project. Later this month, from July 20 to 23, the group will travel to the University of Montana in Missoula to train and conduct test balloon launches. That preparation will continue with more tests in Oregon in August. After the eclipse, in November, the OCCC group plans to present its findings at the Oregon NASA Space Grant Student Consortium at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

To learn more, follow the OCCC STEM Club on Facebook or contact Fisher, at matthew.fisher@oregoncoastcc.org.

OCCC Students Honored in Salem

OCCC students honored at All-Oregon Academic Team

Zoe Teplick & Brooke Foiles meet Gov. Brown in Salem

Two of Oregon Coast Community College’s shining stars traveled to Salem last month, representing the school at the All-Oregon Academic Team. At a ceremony in Salem, Zoe Teplick and Brooke Foiles met Governor Kate Brown and were honored at a luncheon along with Academic Team representatives from the 16 other community colleges in the state.


Zoe Teplick

Both students are in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and both are on the OCCC Dean’s List. In June, Foiles – who is carrying a 4.0 GPA – will graduate with her Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree the same month that she graduates from Newport High School, and will head on to Oregon State University. Teplick, who is majoring in sociology with a 3.91 GPA, will also be transferring to OSU. Teplick graduated from Taft High School last year.

Zoe Teplick was born in Utah and raised by her grandparents, before moving to the Oregon Coast at age 10. She took her first courses at OCCC as a sophomore at Taft High School, and then her grandfather passed away. “Though devastated, I decided to do everything in my power to make him proud,” she said. “After graduating from Taft with honors, I continued studying at OCCC on a full scholarship. Despite my life’s challenges, I maintain a motivation to succeed and to make my grandfather and grandmother proud.”

Brooke Foiles

Brooke Foiles began taking college classes online as a freshman at Newport High School. After earning her AAOT degree this June, she plans “to attend Oregon State University this Fall to study human development and family sciences with a focus in human services. After that,” she said, “I plan to complete a master’s degree in social work or counseling. I hope to help others someday, as that is one of my favorite things to do.”

This month, Oregon Coast Community College celebrates 30 years of service to students throughout Lincoln County. Students can complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at Oregon Coast, earn an associate degree, take courses to obtain employment, prepare to start a small business, get a GED, learn English as a second language, or take courses for personal enrichment. Oregon Coast offers credit and non-credit courses at its centers in Lincoln City, Newport and Waldport, and a variety of other locations throughout the county.

Follow Oregon Coast Community College on Twitter, or find OCCC on Facebook for regular updates and news about special events and new classes

Transfer Degree Programs

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Oregon Coast Community College provides Lincoln County students with the opportunity to earn the first two years of a four-year degree here at home. By doing so, students are able to:

• Live at home for an extra two years, supporting families and saving on housing expenses

• Maintain existing employment through the first two years of their college careers

• Keep in touch with friends, relatives and support networks during their first two years

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree is an opportunity for students to complete lower division degree requirements at OCCC. Students who complete this degree will be able to transfer into upper division courses for a baccalaureate degree at any institution in the Oregon University System, having met all lower division general education requirements and being granted junior standing for university registration purposes.

Course, class standing or GPA, and requirements for specific majors, departments or schools are not necessarily satisfied by an AAOT degree. All courses should be aligned with the student’s intended program of study and the degree requirements of the baccalaureate institution to which the student plans to transfer. Work with an advisor to ensure the most appropriate selection of courses.

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Associate of Science Oregon Transfer in Business

The ASOT-Business is a transfer program focusing on courses in Business Administration. It provides students with a marketable degree, while keeping their options open for transfer to a baccalaureate program at the junior level. OCCC also offers degrees and less-than-one-year certificates in Accounting and Administrative Assistant.

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