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Coos Bay Longshore union creates scholarship endowment

Henry Hansen, along with other members of ILWU Local 12, successfully advocated for establishment of the college more than 50 years ago, urging the Oregon Legislature to authorize community colleges. Local 12 members collected signatures to bring the issue to a public vote to start the college in Coos Bay. Southwestern was established in […]


College fulfilled longshoreman’s dream

Henry Hansen, ILWU Local 12 longshoreman in undated photo. Local 12 was instrumental in creating the local community college, providing funding and countless volunteer hours to collect more than 10,000 signatures.

When Southwestern Oregon Community College christened Henry Hansen Union Square this spring, it honored not only a longshoreman who championed the creation of […]