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jillbiden portrait full lowres WebCreston, IA--Southwestern Community College has confirmed Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, will be the guest speaker for the college’s spring 2012 Commencement Ceremony on Fri., May 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Southwestern is one of only two community college commencement addresses Dr. Biden will deliver this year. Dr. Biden’s first stop will be Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Friday, May 4, 2012.

Dr. Biden works diligently to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future. According to her Web site, she has always said community colleges are “one of America’s best-kept secrets.” During fall 2010, Dr. Biden hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama, and she continues to work on this outreach on behalf of the Administration—frequently visiting campuses and meeting with students and teachers, as well as reaching out to industry representatives around the country.

Dr. Biden, an educator for more than 30 years, has taught English in community colleges for the past 18 years and continues to teach at a community college in Northern Virginia.

JoanBecker PhotoJoan Becker will be at Southwestern Community College’s Creston campus presenting “A Mother’s Story” on Thurs., March 29, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. in room 220 of the Instructional Center. Joan is the mother of Mark Becker, who was convicted in 2010 of the murder of Ed Thomas, a well-known football coach from Aplington-Parkersburg High School.

Joan and her husband, Dave, have been compelled to share their family's story about Mark and the experience their family has had coping with a child having paranoid schizophrenia. Their hope is that the open communication will help other families in some way.

Read more: Joan Becker Presenting “A Mother’s Story” at SWCC

A workshop entitled “Stand out at a Job Fair,” will be offered at Southwestern Community College on Thurs., March 29, 2012, from noon until 2 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center.

The first hour of the event will be spent watching a presentation focusing on the dos and don'ts of job fair participation, etiquette, and other job hunting tactics. From 1-2 p.m., the session will focus on role playing in job fair situations. The participants will receive instant feedback from employers on how they did with the role playing situations.

Read more: Workshop Being Held for Job Hunters

auto Club Donation

Southwestern Community College’s automotive repair technology club presented a check for $125 to the Greater Regional Cancer Center on Friday, March 16, 2012.  The funds were raised during a recent T-shirt fundraiser by the organization.  Pictured are front row (L to R) - Donna Larkin, SWCC automotive club vice president; Javier Rubio, SWCC automotive club president; Jeni Thompson, director of medical oncology for Greater Regional Cancer Center; and Joan Weis, do-director of radiation oncology from Greater Regional Cancer Center and back row – Sue Claiser, SWCC automotive parts clerk; Jeff Sorensen, automotive repair technology instructor; Steve Schmalzried, automotive repair technology instructor; and Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students.

ihireSouthwestern Community College's annual iHire Employment Fair is scheduled for Wed., April 4, 2012, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium on SWCC’s Creston campus.  More than 40 employers are expected, representing business and industry, education, and the military.

During the employment fair, individuals will have opportunities for one-on-one contact with human resources professionals, on-site interviews, career exploration, and possible employment offers.  The services of a sign language interpreter will be available at the fair courtesy of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Read more: Southwestern to Host Annual Employment Fair