COOS BAY -- New and returning students are preparing for the start of fall term at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

SWOCC's Laker Welcome activities run Sept. 26-30. Students begin moving in to student housing 9 a.m. Sept. 26. That night, the annual parent orientation and dinner starts at 5 p.m. at Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. College staff and faculty will help check in students throughout the weekend leading up to the first day of classes Sept. 29.

Laker Welcome begins Sept. 27, with check-in at 9 a.m. in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts. All new students must attend. This event gives new students information about college and community resources and student activities.

The day includes a presentation from SWOCC alumnus Nik Edmondson, information sessions and the annual free Welcome Expo and Barbecue, which start at noon in Union Square, between Randolph and Sitkum Halls.

During lunch, local businesses and organizations will be stationed around the square to introduce themselves to new students.

Campus services will be available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27 for new students.

New students need to finish placement testing before classes begin. Call 541-888-7405 for more information.

When testing is finished, call your assigned advisor, or an advisor in Stensland Hall, to register for classes. If you need accommodations due to a physical or learning disability, talk to Susan Anderson in Stensland Hall or call 541-888-7405.

The Coos Campus Student First Stop Center and Bookstore will offer extended hours Monday through Wednesday during the first week of classes.

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