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
  • 2015 business and farm records
  • Alien registration numbers if not a U.S. citizen

Students and parents will be required to sign up for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) username and password to electronically sign the forms and make future changes. To create a FSA username and password, visit



RAGBRAI's Creston stop is Mon., July 25, 2016! 

The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is bringing its seven-day bicycle journey to Creston in 2016, for a one-night stop, on Mon., July 25.  According to its Web site, this will be RAGBRAI's 43rd year.  It is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will be participating and will have housing available.  

SWCC Housing Information/Room Rental

Housing for the city of Creston will open in May.  If you would like housing information for the Creston RAGBRAI event before this time, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Stop by the SWCC Shoppe this week through Friday, February 19 for their Savings Sale! Save 20 percent on all Valentine’s merchandise and buy one, get one half off on regular-priced apparel.

Southwestern’s annual Transfer Day will be held on Wednesday, February 17, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Student Center.  At Transfer Day, SWCC students and advisors have the opportunity to talk with transfer representatives from many four-year colleges and universities all in one place.  No matter where you are in the transfer planning process, Transfer Day allows you to do everything from beginning to search for your transfer school to asking those last minute questions before you transfer.  

At this year’s Transfer Day, the following colleges and universities will be in attendance:

  • Buena Vista University
  • Bellevue University
  • Central College
  • Clarkson College
  • Drake University
  • Grand View University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Kaplan University
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Midland University
  • Missouri Western State University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Simpson College
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • William Penn University

There will be drawings for door prizes along with a lot of great transfer information, so plan to attend Transfer Day on Wednesday, February 17, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Center.

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.

The SWCC Drama Club will be performing a Mascot Murder Mystery during the Southern Prairie YMCA's Auction Fundraiser on Sat., February 6, 2016, starting at 5 p.m. at the Supertel Inn & Conference Center in Creston.

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