SWCC Automotive Programs to Host Open House

Auto Open House 2009 WinnersSouthwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting an Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, March 26, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on SWCC's Creston campus.

During the Open House event, visitors will be able to tour the automotive shops, meet program instructors, compete in welding and tire changing/rotating contests, and meet with tool vendors.  A light lunch will be served. 

Potential students may visit at any time during the Open House hours, but if students are planning to compete in the welding contest they must register from 8:30-9 a.m.  A written test will take place at 9 a.m. and individuals with the top scores will then compete in the hands-on portion at 11 a.m. in SWCC’s technical center. 

SWCC offers two esteemed programs in the automotive areas:  automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish.  SWCC's automotive repair technology instructors are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)-certified and use a hands-on approach in the classroom.  The automotive repair technology curriculum is geared toward ASE certification and meets National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) requirements.

SWCC's collision repair program is the only program in Iowa to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation and is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE/NATEF certification.  

For more information regarding the Open House, please contact any of the SWCC automotive instructors by phone at 641-782-7081 or by e-mail at the following addresses:  Collision Repair Instructor Jeff Magneson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Automotive Repair Instructor Steve Schmalzried at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Automotive Repair Instructor Jeff Sorensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..