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Creston, IA—Three teams of students from Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) agricultural department represented the college at statewide competitions, during the Post-Secondary Ag Student Organization (PAS) Spring Conference, held February 6-7, 2014, at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.  

Read more: SWCC Ag Students Place at Statewide Contest

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (Feb. 4, 2014) — Iowa students and families can get free assistance with forms required for federal financial aid at Iowa College Goal Sunday, held throughout February and March in 38 Iowa locations.  Southwestern Community College in Creston will host a College Goal Sunday event on Wed., February 19, 2014, from 3-7 p.m. in room 119 of the Technical Center.

Read more: Free Help Filing College Financial Aid Papers

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 14, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

The board tentatively approved the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of total cost for paving, walks, and site amenities; landscaping; slabs and stair pan fill; gypcrete; masonry; finish carpentry; insulation; EIFS; siding, soffits, fascia, gutters, and downspouts; roofing; aluminum entrances and storefront; gypsum board; acoustical ceilings; flooring; painting; fire sprinkler; mechanical; and electrical for the dormitory project subject to final approval following public hearings which were set for February 11, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the board room at Southwestern Community College.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January 2014 Meeting


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 Sat., January 11, 2014.    

Two options are available for students who choose to attend:  
Option 1 – 8 a.m. to noon.  Students who choose Option 1 will be participating in a mock exam consisting of the same conditions as the official ACT exam.  
Option 2 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Students who choose Option 2 will attend three break-out sessions (math, English/reading, and science).  

Read more: ACT Prep Course Available in January

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.