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The SWCC carpentry and building trades programs (Osceola high school program, Creston high school program, and SWCC college program) are in Joplin, MO, this week to assist with continued tornado rebuilding efforts. Three instructors, three chaperones, and 15 students left for Joplin on Sunday morning.

According to Charlie Mundy, Osceola high school carpentry instructor, the students have made great progress and the project coordinators “can’t get us materials fast enough.”

Joplin continues to recover from the EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that ravaged their city on May 22, 2011. For additional photos, please visit the SWCC page on Facebook,

Daniels DakotaDakota Daniels, a freshman at SWCC, has been elected as the southwest district vice president of the Iowa region for Phi Theta Kappa.  The induction was held Fri., March 1, 2013, at the Iowa Regional Conference at the FFA Center at DMACC in Ankeny. 


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Southwestern Community College student Samantha Takes, a sophomore music major and Phi Theta Kappa member, is organizing a community event, Join 1 Billion Rising, which will be held on Thurs., February 14, in two time frames, 11:30 am-1 pm and 6:30-8 pm, in Room 180, of the Instructional Center.

The event will be a part of the international social movement, 1 Billion Rising. The event recognizes and protests the violence against one in three women (more than one billion globally) who are raped and beaten during their lifetimes.  Come support these 1 billion women and those who love them by joining in poetry, live music, a short video, and dancing.  You are welcome to learn "Break the Chain"—a dance millions of others across the world will be doing at the same time. Leslie Tyler of Leslie’s Dance Emporium and Jen Frakes, Zumba instructor, will be teaching the dance portion of the event.

Southwestern’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and the Rural Iowa Crisis Center are sponsors for the event.

Join one billion women rising with us in a global strike this Valentine's Day at SWCC!

MLKdayToday, January 21, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., come to room 220 of the Instructional Center to view videos documenting the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his service and dedication to equality, social justice, economic advancement, and opportunity for all. He taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be and with his leadership our nation made great strides toward increased civil rights.

King believed we should all serve each other, not making this holiday a “day off, but as a day on” of serving others.

Volunteer to go with a group of SWCC students from 1-3 p.m. Monday to Crest Haven nursing home to visit with the residents, maybe read to them, paint their nails, or just give them someone to talk with. Transportation will be provided to nursing home.

Questions may be directed to Tracey Evans, student activities coordinator.

There's still time to register for online classes at SWCC!  Spring online courses begin Tues., January 22. Take one courses or start working on an entire degree program.

For more information and to view Spring 2013 online offerings, please visit the SWCC distance education/online department.

Spring semester starts January 14!  Register now for spring 2013 classes.  To view, the entire schedule of classes visit the Class Schedule page.  If you are considering online classes, learn more at Distance Education.

To set up a schedule of classes for spring, contact your academic advisor, or, if you are not sure of your advisor or are a new SWCC student, contact the admissions department at 641.782.1421 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..