College News

Published May 20, 2015 1:38 pm

Maleika Carter and Julanie Carter sign with Spartan women's basketball

Southwestern Community College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Addae Houston inked two more athletes from Des Moines Roosevelt this week for his 2015-16 Spartan team. Maleika and Julanie Carter, two of three triplets (their brother, Jamel, is headed to Southeastern Community College in Burlington) will be donning Spartan uniforms this winter. The Carters join Roosevelt’s Demir Alford, who committed to the Spartans basketball program in April.

Published May 20, 2015 11:58 am

O’Shaye Kirby Signs with Spartan Men's Basketball

Southwestern Community College Head Basketball Coach Todd Lorensen has announced the signing of 6’4” forward O’Shaye Kirby for the 2015-2016 season.  Kirby comes to the Spartans from Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, MO, where he played for Coach Chris Neff. 

Published May 20, 2015 11:22 am

Abigail Ballard signs with Spartan Sports Shooting

Abigail Ballard, a recent graduate of Chariton High School, is headed to Southwestern Community College this fall to compete on the Spartans sports shooting team.

During high school, Ballard participated in SOAR, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), FFA, choir, and theater. She was a member of the cross country team. Ballard finished in the top 5 percent of her class academically.

Published May 20, 2015 11:18 am

Loren Coberly signs with Spartan Sports Shooting

Loren Coberly, a sports shooter from Boyer Valley High School, is headed to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) this fall to become a member of the SWCC Spartans sports shooting team.

Coberly, who will graduate in May 2015, has been a member of his high school’s sports shooting team and has been a regular on the honor roll.

Published May 20, 2015 9:24 am

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has hired Brandi Shay of Tingley to advise and train entrepreneurs and existing businesses for the South Central Iowa SBDC hosted by Southwestern Community College in Creston. Shay will start work for the SBDC as its regional director on June 1, 2015.

“The Iowa SBDC is pleased to announce the hiring of Brandi Shay as director of our South Central Iowa center,” says Iowa SBDC State Director Lisa Shimkat. “We feel Brandi will provide excellent service to the region’s clients, encouraging new business growth and improving partner relations.”

“Brandi has invaluable experience in business and education, as well as a history with the SBDC.  We were fortunate to have a candidate of her caliber.  She knows the region and will undoubtedly hit the ground running,” adds Tom Lesan, Vice President of Economic Development at Southwestern Community College.

Shay is an Iowa State University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA degree with an emphasis in Agricultural Business. She previously worked as an accountant at Crestland Cooperative, plus was a full-time faculty member at Southwestern Community College for ten years. Currently, she is the Controller for Advanced Ag, LLC, an ag retail business serving farmers in Southern Iowa, plus she serves as an adjunct faculty member for Southwestern Community College, Buena Vista University, and Graceland University.  

She has actively worked as an independent consultant for the South Central Iowa SBDC in the past and is passionate about helping small business owners succeed. Her focus is on aiding business owners in creating accounting systems that allow them to manage their businesses effectively and efficiently through financial analysis. Shay and her husband own a farming operation and three other small businesses.

The South Central Iowa SBDC, headquartered at Southwestern Community College in Creston, provides complimentary, customized and confidential business counseling advice, plus affordable, practical workshops, to business owners and entrepreneurs in Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Montgomery, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties.

The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business. Partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the organization has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the Iowa SBDC has helped hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no cost, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training.

For more information on Iowa Small Business Development Center programs or services, call 515.294.2030 or visit

Published May 20, 2015 8:17 am

Clayton Dale signs with Spartan Sports Shooting

Clayton Dale, a senior at Central Decatur High School in Leon, will head to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) this fall as a member of the college’s sports shooting team.

During high school, Dale has participated in FFA for four years including one year as treasurer for his chapter. Athletically, he has lettered in football for three years, wrestling for four years, and the FFA shooting team for four years.

Published May 19, 2015 8:17 am

Weston Brokaw signs with Spartan Sports Shooting

Clarke Community School student-athlete Weston Brokaw has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting program for the 2015-16 academic year.

Published May 18, 2015 9:39 am

Brant Hudson signs with Spartan Sports Shooting

Creston High School’s Brant Hudson has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting program for the 2015-16 year.

Hudson, son of Chris and Diane Hudson, has competed in soccer and cross country during high school. He was a state cross country qualifier. He was an IHSAA excellence in academic achievement award winner as well as an IHSAA distinguished academic achievement award winner.

Published May 18, 2015 9:38 am

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The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Drama Club is hosting Little Spartan Drama Camps for children ages 4-13 from Wed., June 24, through Fri., June 26, at the SWCC Performing Arts Center on the SWCC campus in Creston.  Camps ages, times, and activities follow:

Published May 15, 2015 8:38 am

With the conclusion of the 2015 NJCAA Region XI Division II baseball season completed, the ICCAC has announced its All-Region teams. After a close division title run, five Spartans were given this post-season honor. Named to the Second Team All-Region were sophomores Ethan Westphal, as starting pitcher, and Jason Roberts in outfield. Join them were three teammates named to Honorable Mention All-Region, sophomore pitcher Angelo Rivera, freshman infielder Samuel Vega, and freshman outfielder Erich Gonzalez.