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).  

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.

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:

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.