SWOCC halfway to new building goal

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) is trying to raise $8 million in the next four years for a building project.

After years of waiting, SWOCC is finally elegible for construction money from the state.

Dr. Patty Scott, the president of SWOCC, says they already have half of what's needed. "We got half the money from the state, we just need to come up with the other half."

If they can raise the money to match the state's funding, they know exactly what they want to build.

"We're using facilities that are native to the building, to the campus, that were built in the 1960s," Scott said.

They hope to build a new 40,000 square foot building for health sciences and technology, to accommodate a fast growing industry.

Small science classrooms have limited enrollment in the past.

With a new and bigger building, officials say those numbers could go up. "We'll be able to expand our capacity during the day, during the evening and get more students in," Scott said. "Also, expand our offers to different programs."

Scott says they have a couple of ideas for raising the money and they're confident they can do it.