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Shaking things up in the lab!

Matt Fisher
Oregon Coast Community College

OCCC to fill its beakers, 
thanks to Siletz Tribal Fund

For colleges and universities of any size, raising funds to place modern, cutting-edge equipment inside science and chemistry laboratories can be, well… laborious.

Thus, when Oregon Coast Community College faculty Matthew Fisher set out to provide students with those cutting-edge opportunities, he knew he’d need help raising the necessary funds.

“I want OCCC students to have lab experiences that are just as good, if not better, as what is offered at larger universities,” said Fisher, who also acts as the chair of the science department. “But scientific equipment can be really, really expensive.”

That’s where the generosity of the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund (STCCF) stepped in.  Recently, the STCCF announced a $19,000 grant to OCCC to purchase laboratory equipment for biology and chemistry courses.  Thanks to the donation, OCCC can now offer the year-long sequence of introductory chemistry courses. These classes are required for a variety of degrees in science, technology, and engineering. The new chemistry sequence will begin in the Fall of 2021 (with courses including CH 221/222/223). With the new lab equipment, students will be able to collect and analyze data in real-time using digital sensors and computers.

“We’re very excited to offer these new chemistry courses,” said Dan Lara, Vice President of Academic Affairs at OCCC, and a chemist by training. “There are so many talented people in Lincoln County, and we want to help them achieve their goals of becoming scientists, engineers, and doctors.”

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