College News

Published February 5, 2016 10:44 am

Iowa students and their families are invited to get free assistance with forms required to file federal financial aid during an Iowa College Goal Sunday event, at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston on Wed., February 24, from 3-7 p.m., in room 119 of the Technical Center.  Students planning to attend any college are welcome to participate in this event. 

“Iowa College Goal Sunday events provide opportunities for students and families to receive professional guidance and assistance with financial aid forms, helping ensure a student has the best chance at the maximum amount of financial aid available to them,” said Brittania Morey, state coordinator of Iowa College Goal Sunday. “For many the financial aid process is a scary thing and getting free help from a professional financial aid expert helps them relax a bit and reduces the overall stress planning for college can have on a family.”

Volunteers for Iowa College Goal Sunday,SM which will be held throughout February and March in 38 Iowa locations, will help students and their families fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of a national program that helps students qualify for federal financial aid. The FAFSA, which is available in free paper and electronic forms from the U.S. Department of Education, is the first step in the qualification process.

To complete the FAFSA, families should bring, for both the student and parent, the following:

  • Social Security number, driver’s license number and date of birth
  • Most recent federal and state tax returns
  • W-2 forms or other records of income earned last year
  • Current bank statements and investment records
  • Records of untaxed income received last year
  • 2014 business and farm records
  • Alien registration numbers if not a U.S. citizen

Students and parents may also register in advance for federal personal identification numbers (PINs) to electronically sign the forms and make future changes. To request a PIN, visit

Published February 4, 2016 3:49 pm

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff recently added Maryville High School’s Amanda Volner to the Spartan line-up for the 2016-2017 softball season. Volner, who can play pitcher, shortstop, and left field, will provide a lot of versatility for the Spartans.

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Published February 3, 2016 11:34 am

Spartans Break into top 5

Southwestern only played one game last week due to their bye in the league schedule and it was a 68-66 road win at Iowa Central.  The win pushed their record to 20-3 overall and 6-0 in league play to have sole possession of first place in the ICCAC.  The NJCAA released its rankings today and Southwestern moved into the #5 spot after checking in at #6 last week and received one vote for the #1 spot in the nation.  Kirkwood is #10 and right on the Spartan's heels at 5-1 in league play while Iowa Lakes is 4-2 and earning votes in the polls.

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Published February 1, 2016 2:01 pm

SWCC TRack & Field at Central College

This past weekend saw the Southwestern track & field program compete at two meets in two states.  On Fri., January 29, the Spartans made the trek to the University of Kansas to compete at the Jayhawk Classic.  In Kansas, sophomore Anthony Simmons, from Kennesaw, GA, finished sixth in the men’s 400m dash with an indoor track personal record of 49.99 seconds.  Sophomore Seth Starks, from Springfield, NE, finished fifth in the men’s high jump with a leap of 6-6.

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Published January 28, 2016 1:39 pm

It came down to the final seconds as Southwestern held on for 68-66 win at Iowa Central on Wednesday night.  With the win the #6 ranked Spartans remained undefeated in league play at 6-0 and pushed their overall record to 20-3.  After Jordan Johnson split two free throws, Marcus Baldwin put up an 18 footer that bounced off the iron just before the buzzer sounded to preserve the win for Southwestern.

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Published January 28, 2016 10:44 am

Mixed Blood Theatre's Daughters of Africa will Visit SWCC Monday February 15, 2016

What:          Daughters of Africa
A music-driven history of African American women celebrating their triumphs and accomplishments;
                      fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah and many others.
                      Written by award-winning playwright Syl Jones
                      Sponsored by Student Services

When:         Monday, February 15, 2016 - 8:30 a.m.    
Student Center (upstairs) - Southwestern Community College

Tickets:        FREE to Southwestern students and staff

Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre's production of Daughters of Africa will be performed at Southwestern Community College's Student Center (upstairs) on February 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Student Activities will serve breakfast pizza and donuts during this event.

This music driven history of the triumphs and accomplishments of African American women was written for Mixed Blood Theatre by award winning playwright Syl Jones. It is a striking collection of profiles of both famous and forgotten remarkable women, celebrated and overlooked by history.

Daughters of Africa is an exuberant celebration fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, and many others. This one-woman show, directed by Warren C. Bowles, features Tatiana Williams.

Daughters of Africa is one of four culturally-specific productions toured this season by Mixed Blood Theatre, a Minneapolis-based multicultural theatre company founded in 1976. The others include the Chicano program MinnecanosDr. King's Dream, a biography of civil readers leader drawn from his own words; and Theory of Mind, a look at a college-bound high schooler on the autism spectrum.

Published January 28, 2016 10:30 am

SWCC students at Capitol with Fred Shearer and Senator Tom Shipley

DES MOINES—Nearly 250 community college students and leaders participated in the 28th IACCT Student Legislative Seminar at the Holiday Inn, Mercy Campus, on January 27, and the State Capitol on January 28. The theme of the seminar was "Representing Yourself," focusing on the leadership qualities and personal skills necessary to participate in governance and be successful in a career. Sessions included dialoguing with legislators, understanding security issues and honing Caucus skills.

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Published January 27, 2016 8:38 am

Spartans Ranked #6

Southwestern improved their overall record to 19-3 and Region XI record to 5-0 this past week with an 80-72 road win over Ellsworth and an 83-78 home victory against Iowa Lakes.  The two wins help push their national ranking from #7 to #6.  It is the seventh consecutive week Southwestern has appeared in the NJCAA DII polls and it is the highest ranking for the program this millennium.  Last year the Spartans appeared in six consecutive polls and were ranked as high as #9.

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Published January 25, 2016 2:26 pm

The Southwestern track & field teams competed at the Cornell Invitational on Saturday, January 23 with the Men placing fifth of nine scoring teams, and the women sixth of seven. Highlighting the meet was sophomore Seth Starks’ (Springfield, NE) second place finish in the High Jump with a mark of 6'7" which qualifies him for the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championship in March.

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Published January 25, 2016 1:43 pm

Despite not possessing the lead for much of the first half a portion of the second, the Spartans defeated the Iowa Lakes CC Tritons 83-78. This win improves the Spartans to 19-3 on the season.

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