News & Announcements

SConcert choir packaging mealsThe SWCC Concert Choir took a break from their Holiday Carols in Concert tour last week to assist Kids Against Hunger with a project to package meals for starving people in third world countries.  During one morning (approximately 2 1/2 hours), the group assembled at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Des Moines and put together 8,066 meals.

Jeremy Fox, SWCC music instructor, directed the choir during their week-long choral tour which included stops at four schools and five churches in the Des Moines area.

FruitA bank of computers will be assembled in the Instructional Center next Wednesday, December 10, for students who are interested in completing an online health assessment. The survey was designed by Protocol Driven Healthcare of Des Moines and is provided free to the college's students.

Surveys will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Once complete, the surveys will be tabulated and the college will receive the results. Student information in the results will be anonymous.

Students should check your e-mail for information regarding the surveys.

After students complete the online assessments, they will be treated to fruit smoothies and further wellness materials.

Student ambassadors at paradeDespite the temperature being at approximately 14 degrees, downtown Creston was hopping December 4, 2008, for the annual Lighted Holiday Parade. 

Southwestern student ambassadors particated in the living window displays at downtown shops early in the evening and the college had a lighted float in the holiday parade at 7 p.m.  Students are shown here in front of the college's float.  The SWCC shuttle was also driven in the parade.  This provided a warm viewing spot for students and staff alike. 

TRIO logoSWCC's Student Support Services (SSS) program recently completed its annual report to the U.S. Department of Education.  They have a lot to be proud of in their efforts to support SWCC students.  The following statistics will give you a glimpse of how SWCC's grant-funded program is doing.
 
• The grant requires that 65 percent of SSS students served by the project in the 2007-2008 academic year be retained to the 2008-2009 academic year, graduate, or transfer from a 2-year to a 4-year institution.  Our rate was 86.6%.
• The grant requires that 75% of SSS students will remain in academic good standing at the institution…however we set our standard higher at a GPA of 2.20.  88.8% of our students met this standard.
• The grant requires that 45% of SSS students that began with us in 2005-2006 will graduate with an associate’s degree by 2007-2008.  Our rate was 51%.
• The grant requires that 20 percent of SSS students that began with us in 2005-2006 transfer to a 4-year institution by 2007-2008.  Our rate was 33.3%.

The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides support and assistance to help college students complete their academic studies at Southwestern Community College and transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. The SSS professional staff provides individualized services that address specific needs of students as they confront the challenges of completing a college degree. SSS is funded 100% ($263,066) by the U.S. Department of Education and serves 180 participants each academic year. A variety of services are provided to assist students.

 

 

Lighted Christmas Parade FloatInterested in being a part of the Lighted Christmas Parade Thursday night in downtown Creston?  The college will have a lighted float, driven by Bill Taylor.  Matt Thompson will be following the float in the SWCC Shuttle. Employees of the college are invited to participate in the parade by riding in the Shuttle. 

 

If anyone would like to experience the parade from inside the warm confines of the Shuttle, they are welcome to meet Thompson in front of the Administration Center at 6 p.m.

The Creston campus is currently experiencing difficulties with its on-campus television monitor message system. The television monitor system posts various campus-wide messages in the Instructional Center. At this time, the college is not planning to replace this system. Instead, faculty and staff will communicate more information to students through e-mail, the SWCC website, and beginning Spring 2009 semester, we plan to introduce the SWCC Weekly Student Edition, a weekly electronic communication to students featuring campus news, announcements, and events. These forms of communication will effectively replace the monitoring system and save the institution money during this difficult economic time.

In addition to these forms of communication, we continue to promote the use of our campus-wide text messaging service. The text messaging service alerts students of instructor absences, school closings or delays, and on-campus emergencies. If you have not signed up for the text messaging services, you are encouraged to do so at this time. Please check your student e-mail for instructions on how to sign up for the text messaging service.