Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the administration center on the Creston campus.

Randy Cook, auditor with Draper, Snodgrass and Mikkelsen, reported on the college’s audit, which was recently conducted by his firm.  Cook commended Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, and the business office staff for their excellent work during the past year.  He stated that the college had received a clean and unqualified opinion.

The board took action to approve the sale of $2.5 million in revenue bonds.  Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, reported that the masonry work on the first floor is 95 percent complete and the top of the first floor will be poured on Monday.  The geo thermal wells are installed and will be tied together when the weather is warmer.  He also noted that the construction is approximately 14 days behind schedule due to the weather.

In personnel, the board approved the early retirement request of Mindy Dresback, Tech Prep coordinator, and Eric Hill, housekeeping supervisor.  Dresback started in her position with the college in 2000.  Hill has been with SWCC’s maintenance department since 1997.

During the president’s report, Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, Buck Scheel, SWCC women’s basketball coach, and Laurie Besco, SWCC Student Support Services director, reported to the board on various community service projects that have taken place in recent months at Southwestern Community College.  Some of these community service activities have included a food drive, a “Stars of Christmas” program to provide gifts for children of needy students, and a continuing Habitat for Humanity project by the Osceola high school carpentry program. 

Scheel spoke about the women’s basketball program’s involvement with the Pink Zone® initiative for breast cancer awareness.  Last February the women’s basketball team raised the most money in the community college category for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™ through the Pink Zone® initiative.  Because of this, Russell Athletics donated pink uniforms for the team to wear during this year’s Pink Zone event scheduled for February 24. 


ACT Prep Course Available at SWCC

CRESTON — The Trio Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is offering free ACT Test Prep Courses for all ETS high school participants the morning of Saturday, January 9, 2010. 

Pink Zone Game Scheduled for 2010

NOVEMBER 25, 2009--For the second year in a row, the Southwestern Community College women's basketball program is sponsoring a Pink Zone event on the college's campus.  This year, the Spartans Pink Zone game will be vs. Iowa Central Community College on February 24, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. 

Last year's event was a phenomenal success with the SWCC team raising the most funds at the community college level for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund® cancer fund. Watch for more details and be ready to support the SWCC Spartans as they play basketball in support of breast cancer research. 

Take a look at some of the photos from last year's Pink Zone basketball games held Wednesday, February 18, 2009.










Growth and Change at SWCC Osceola Center

Creston, IA—Southwestern Community College’s Osceola Center has seen growth and change during the fall of 2009.  The center’s enrollment swelled to 210 students for fall 2009 semester, which is the highest enrollment on record for the center.  College-wide, SWCC’s enrollment is at an all-time high of 1,680 students.

SWCC Drafting Program Assisting Corning High School

SWCC and Corning partnering through drafting softwareCreston, IA—Corning High School Industrial Arts Instructor Tracy King recently visited Southwestern Community College’s Creston campus to receive five computers and the SDS/2 program software to implement steel detailing into the high school’s drafting curriculum.

The SDS/2 software was donated by Design Data, a company that produces innovative software for the steel industry’s fabrication, detailing and engineering sectors.  SWCC works closely with Design Data and has graduates working for the company, which is headquartered in Lincoln, NE.