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Special meetings of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees were held on November 26, 2013, and December 3, 2013, to discuss and approve plans related to the construction of a new residence hall on campus. Due to time constraints of board members, the meetings were held electronically.

The first item on the agenda at the November 26 meeting was consideration of earthwork and major utilities for the residence hall construction project. Two bids were received. Following discussion, the board approved the lowest bid of $721,680 from Seamus Excavating.

Next on the agenda was consideration of footings and foundations for the residence hall project. The board approved the lowest bid of $143,400 from Jensen Builders.

At the December 3 board meeting, the board held public hearings for topping slabs, precast hollow core plank, masonry, miscellaneous metals, wood framing, joists, trusses, sheathing, building wrap, and windows, as well as for the elevator project, for the new residence hall construction project. No oral or written objections were heard or submitted for either project.

Following the public hearings, the board approved the lowest bid of $587,000, from Lansink Construction, for the construction for topping slabs, precast hollow core plank, masonry, miscellaneous metals, wood framing, joists, trusses, sheathing, building wrap, and windows.

O’Keefe Elevator was approved for the elevator project. O’Keefe had the lowest bid, at $69,500, of two submitted bids.

 Frazee Deb ForWebCRESTON, IOWA (December 2, 2013) – The Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council’s Southwest Regional Hub housed at Southwestern Community College in Creston has announced the placement of the region’s new STEM manager, Deb Frazee.

Frazee comes to the STEM Advisory Council after years of valuable work in education and economic development, including 13 years with Iowa Western Community College as a job training specialist, five years with the Iowa Department of Education as a rehabilitation counselor and a wealth of further experience in the private sector.

Read more: Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Names New Regional Manager

ChamberSingers 2012The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Chamber Singers will be touring in the Des Moines area the week of December 2, 2013, presenting “Holiday Carols in Concert."

The SWCC Chamber Choir features the amazing voices of students from across the country who have come to SWCC in Creston to attend the college’s School for Music Vocations.  The concerts will feature favorite carols and masterworks by Poulenc, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Christiansen, Durufle, Shaw, and Mattson.

Concert dates and locations follow:

Read more: Chamber Singers Performing in Des Moines Area

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., November 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

Public hearings were held for earthwork and major utilities, footings and foundations, and the sale and issuance of dormitory revenue bonds for the new dormitory construction project.  No oral or written objections were heard or submitted.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds November 2013 Meeting

Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. That's exactly what students at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will promise to do during the Community College Completion Challenge (C4) on Mon., November 18, 8-9 a.m. in the Instructional Center, or 5:15-8 p.m. in the Student Center (during women’s and men’s basketball games); Tues., November 19, 8-9 a.m. in the Instructional Center; and Thurs. and Fri., November 21 and 22 at the Osceola Center.

During C4, students will sign a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty, and staff have also been asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

Read more: PTK Hosting Completion Challenge