Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, talked to the board about the upcoming 20 ¼ Facilities Levy.  The levy, which is a continuation levy that has been in place since the inception of SWCC in 1966, is voted on every 10 years.  The current levy will expire in 2014.  Krejci said funds from the levy may be used for purchase, repairs, renovation, and replacement of physical structures.  Krejci explained the tax is 20 ¼ cents per $1,000 assessed valuation tax on property.  Following Krejci’s presentation, the board voted to authorize the administration to proceed with the necessary arrangements for the facilities levy election on September 10, 2013.

During the meeting, the board approved two new academic programs—an associate of applied science in industrial maintenance technology and an associate of applied science in welding technology—for fall 2013 following a presentation by Lindsay Stoaks, who works in the college’s instructional division.  According to Stoaks, the industrial maintenance technology program will provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully respond to a broad range of work requirements and duties within industrial, manufacturing, processing, and building maintenance environments.  The AAS degree in welding technology program will expand the college’s existing one-year diploma program so students will have the option of continuing on for a second year in the program.  The two-year welding technology program is designed to give students a sound foundation in the principles, practices, and usages of both gas and electric welding in the industrial setting.

During the President’s Report, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, reminded board members the college’s spring commencement ceremony will be held on Fri., May 10, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center gymnasium.

Crittenden reported to the board about the Community College Presidents’ National Meeting on Academic Progression in Nursing, convened by the Robert J. Wood Foundation, that she attended April 9 in Washington D.C.  Discussion stemmed around the future education of the nation’s nursing workforce.

Crittenden noted to the board that June 1, 2013, is the deadline for community college boards to have adopted the redrawn director districts based on the 2010 census.  She said this will be an item on the May 2013 board meeting agenda.

Bill Huntington, SWCC career and technical education recruiter, reported to the board concerning Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day, held on the SWCC campus on April 5, 2013.  More than 450 students from area high schools participated in hands-on activities and contests in the college’s career and technical education program areas.  The high school students also had opportunities to tour housing.  Due to the success of the event, the plan is continue the event on an annual basis.