CRESTON—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will sponsor the 2013 SmartStart Kickoff for high school students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013, on the SWCC Creston campus.
The event—an open house for students—will be a great chance for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to check out SWCC and its campus! Students will be able to sit in on college classes, visit program areas, talk with instructors and students, and tour the residence halls. High school students in attendance will receive lunch, a SWCC T-shirt, and the opportunity to win door prizes, including an iPod Shuffle! The college will be awarding two-$250 SWCC scholarships for senior attendees.
Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.
The board approved the college’s five-year facilities plan, which had been given to them for review at the August 2013 board meeting. The Department of Education requires the board to review and approve the plan on an annual basis.
Southwestern Community College (SWCC) announced today Beth Kulow will be the college’s new dean of student services. Kulow succeeds Dr. Matt Thompson, who recently accepted a position at Indian Hill Community College in Ottumwa.
Kulow, a native of Mediapolis, has served as the southwest regional manager for the Iowa STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education Network since August 2012. The governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which oversees the Iowa STEM hub, is a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and building a stronger STEM workforce. In this position, Kulow has traveled a region consisting of 56 southwest Iowa school districts implementing Scale-Up Programs in local school districts to grow STEM educational programming for every learner. Under Kulow’s direction, the southwest region achieved 98 percent participation during two academic school-years.
The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tues., August 13, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the college’s Administration Center. The board meeting was held electronically due to a light agenda.
In personnel, the board approved the employment of Kelly Franklin as English instructor. Franklin has a master of arts degree in English from Eastern Illinois University. According to Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, Franklin is an accomplished writer and enthusiastic teacher who blends traditional teaching methodologies with innovative and creative techniques. Taylor said Franklin has an extensive background in theater and is interested in leading the drama club.
Sue Stearns of Woodburn has been named as director of Southwestern Community College’s Osceola Center. She replaces Dana Seymour, who is headed to Princeton, MO, to be principal of the secondary school.
Stearns worked for 34 years with Juvenile Court Services. She retired from there in July 2010 and finished her master’s degree from Simpson College in 2011. Stearns started teaching classes in criminal justice at Southwestern Community College in August 2011 and continues to do so today. She became SWCC’s criminal justice program advocate in September 2012 with assistance from the Clarke County Development Corporation.