Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July Meeting

JULY 15, 2009, Creston, IOWA — The Southwestern Community College board of directors met via telephone Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 8:15 a.m.

During the meeting, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, told the board of directors the college administration has been researching the feasibility of building additional on-campus housing facilities on the Creston campus. 

Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of student services, spoke about concerns with the amount of housing currently available to SWCC students and said it can be detrimental to recruiting if on-campus housing is not available for students. Thompson stated there is already a waiting list of approximately 20 individuals for on-campus housing for the fall 2009 semester.  Thompson said in a recent housing survey, 72 percent of SWCC students surveyed said SWCC is in need of addition housing facilities. 

Following Thompson’s report on housing needs, Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, explained potential funding possibilities for the building.  Krejci has been looking in-depth at funding options such as revenue bonds and is confident the new facility would cash flow similar to SWCC’s most recent housing facility—the Spartan Suites, which was built in 2005. 

Tom Lesan then spoke to the board about what the housing facility will look like.  Lesan said the college administration is looking at a 72-unit, three-story, apartment-style facility similar in construction to the Spartan Suites.  The building will likely be located on the rise just west and a little south of the Spartan Suites, making the facility visible from Townline Street.  Lesan is hoping construction could start as soon as fall 2009 with the facility being completed for occupancy during the 2010-11 school year.

Crittenden explained to the board no action was immediately necessary on the housing topic, and said more information will be on the board’s August agenda.

Thompson reported on the college’s summer enrollment.  During the summer 2009, the college has had an increase of nine students from summer 2008.  The nine students translate to an increase of 34 credit hours.

In personnel, the board approved the resignation of Suzanne Carlson, SWCC nursing instructor.  Advertising for Carlson’s replacement is underway with the hope of having a new instructor in place for the start of the school year.

In other business, the board approved the college’s dues of $3,126 to the Higher Learning Commission, SWCC’s external accrediting body. 


SWCC Night at Adams County Speedway on August 22, 2009 


Adams County Speedway

Adams County Speedway

SWCC table

Adams County Speedway

Raffle Winner

SWCC Heads to Adams County Speedway in June

JUNE 9, 2009--Southwestern Community College got some great exposure at the Adams County Speedway on June 6, 2009.  With a theme of "Get on Track at SWCC," representatives of the college were on-hand to meet spectators, hand out program information, sponsor a Mario Kart contest on the Wii, and give out T-shirts and other promotional items.  A second event is planned at the speedway on August 22, 2009.

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Playing the Wii on the HHRPart of the SWCC volunteers

Playing the Wii in the HHR 



SWCC’s Tech Prep Program Receives Donation From Area
Health Organization

AHEC Donation to SWCCCRESTON — The Southwest Iowa Area Health Education Center (AHEC) recently awarded Southwestern Community College’s Tech Prep program more than $5,500 to assist high school students interested in taking the Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) program.

A portion of the funds will be used to allow low income students to take the CNA exam.  The remaining funds will be used to purchase CNA textbooks and equipment for SWCC’s Career Academy students.  SWCC has health-related Career Academy programs for high school students in Afton, Creston, Greenfield, Lenox, Leon, Mount Ayr, Orient-Macksburg, Osceola, Red Oak, Stanton, and Villisca.

The AHEC office is located in Leon and serves 17 counties in the southern and southwestern parts of the state.  Their purpose is to increase access to healthcare in southern Iowa.  AHEC is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the University of Iowa.

Southwestern Automotive Student Headed to National Contest

Cody McCunn and Clay MercerCRESTON — Clay Mercer of Corning, a Southwestern Community College sophomore, recently placed first in automotive refinishing at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2009 competition in Ankeny.  Mercer, who is finishing his second year in SWCC’s collision repair program, is now eligible to compete at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, MO, June 22-25, 2009.

Southwestern Board Holds May Meeting

Creston, IA-- Southwestern Community College’s board of directors met in regular session on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on SWCC’s campus.