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Drop-In Computer Labs

Coos Bay Public Library will be offering FREE Drop-in Computer Labs for users with general questions about computers and devices. The June labs will be on Wednesday June 13 and Wednesday June 27 from 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Coos Bay Library’s Cedar Room.

Labs are for computer owners who have general computing questions. These labs are open to questions regarding apple devices, windows devices, mobile devices, and eBook questions. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops or mobile devices, but a couple additional laptops will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no formal lecture, but we will be here to answer your questions!

Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program. These labs are free of charge and registration is not required.


Oregon Learners Permit Prep-class

Coos Bay Public Library, in collaboration with MCZ Drivers Ed’s state certified instructor, Mike Zinno, will be offering an OREGON LEARNERS PERMIT PREP-CLASS for individuals who need help with passing the Oregon DMV Permit Test. These classes will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 9:00am-2:30pm and Friday, July 6 from 9:00am-2:30pm in the library’s Myrtlewood Room.

Mike will go through the entire manual in a one-day session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and eat while they learn!

No registration required.  This FREE class is open to everyone.  Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program.


Get A Head-start On Your Business with Southwestern

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (Southwestern SBDC) is offering people a chance to explore their dreams of starting a business. The Southwestern SBDC is offering a workshop titled “Ready Set Start Your Business” weekly in June 2018.

The 2-hour workshop provides information on important steps that can contribute to a new venture’s success. Participants learn about licensing, business legal structure, financing, business planning, business resources and more.  Handouts in the class are informational and provide all the contact information needed to register a business and get started.

The workshop is designed to answer general questions. If, after completing the workshop, you are interested in pursuing your new business idea, the Southwestern SBDC can set you up with a business advisor to discuss specific questions you may have that pertain directly to your venture.  SBDC advising services are free and confidential.

The “Ready Set Start Your Business” workshop is scheduled on a variety of dates and times throughout the month. Starting Tuesday, June 19th, from 3:00pm-5:00pm, Wednesday, June 27th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

A fee of $20 per person covers materials. Preregistration is required.  All workshops will be held in Coos Bay at the Newmark Center, Room 207 on the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus, 1988 Newmark Ave. The classes are available using interactive video in Curry County and Douglas County if pre-arranged by calling the SBDC at 541-888-7026.  To register go to www.Bizcenter.org.  Contact the Southwestern SBDC at 541-888-7026 or email Mary Loiselle at mloiselle@socc.edu for more information.


Southwestern to Offer Study Abroad Program

COOS BAY, Ore. – Southwestern Oregon Community College students will have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program within the criminal justice or history programs during spring term of 2018-2019. This is the first study abroad program for Southwestern’s criminal justice students. The College is partnering with Clackamas Community College for this exciting opportunity.

The course, titled “Criminal Justice in the United Kingdom”, will examine the English and Irish criminal justice systems from the 1100’s until today. Students will travel to Ireland on June 10, 2019. While in Ireland they will have lectures by Irish professors on the Irish legal system and the civil rights issues of Northern Ireland. They will tour the Dublin courts, Kilmainham jail, and see the bogs and bog bodies as part of the National Museum. The students will then travel to London where they will have lectures by English lawyers on the history and current court system of Great Britain. Students will also have an opportunity to observe court proceedings in the Westminster Magistrates Court, the Royal Court of Justice, the Old Bailey, the Court of Appeals, and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. A lecture and tour on the social history and investigation of the “Jack the Ripper” case is planned, as well as tours of old English prison sites including the Tower of London, the Clink prison museum, and the currently operating Her Majesty’s Prison Wormwood Scrubs.

Students will need to cover travel expenses and obtain a passport prior to departure. Planning and fund raising for the trip will occur throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Any business, organization or person interested in attending the class or assisting financially to help students to attend are asked to contact Gary Will, Criminal Justice Instructor at Southwestern at 544-888-1571 or by email at gary.will@socc.edu.




SNAP Recipients Eligible For Free Career Services Through Southwestern

Coos Bay, OR – SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Recipients are eligible for free Career Coaching services from Southwestern Oregon Community College through a new program called STEP (SNAP Training & Education Program).

 Individuals and families receiving SNAP Benefits can contact Genavieve Sharkey at 541-888-1647 or Genavieve.sharkey@socc.edu with questions and to determine eligibility.

 Services include:  Employer Connections, Resume and Cover Letter Assistance, Interview and Job Search Skills, College Readiness and Education Planning, Financial Aid and Scholarship Navigation, Community Resources and Referrals, and more!



South Coast Business Employment Corporation (SCBEC)/WORKSOURCE Oregon at the Langlois Library

A representative from South Coast Business Employment Corporation (SCBEC)/WORKSOURCE Oregon will be available the third Tuesday of every month at the Langlois Library.  Job Seekers and business representatives are encouraged to stop by to discuss available services. Classroom training and On-the-Job Training programs are available for eligible individuals. SCBEC currently provides Certified Nurses Assistance training at the Coos Bay Corporate Headquarters.  Appointments may be made by calling Mo Aakre at 541 751-8506.


Tech Soup Friday

Maybe we can Help! Bring your device and/or technical questions to the North Bend Public Library for some friendly advice. (No repairs, please). Every Friday from 2-4 pm at the North Bend Public Library.

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