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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.

Read more: Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees Holds August 2013 Meeting

Stearns Sue WebSue 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.

Read more: Stearns Named SWCC Osceola Center Director

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Garrett Hogue of Lenox placed fifth in the nation for collision repair, at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships held June 24-28, 2013, in Kansas City, MO.

Read more: SWCC Student Places in National Competition

2013LeadershipAwardsForWeb SBDCCRESTON, IA— Three southern Iowa businesses were honored during Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) Annual Business Conference and Expo held Mon., June 10, 2013, on SWCC’s Creston campus.  

Read more: Small Businesses Honored During SWCC Business Conference

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

The board discussed and approved a board member appointment, as well as a board member resignation.  At the May 24, 2013, special meeting of the board, a sub-committee had been appointed to fill the board vacancy in District 7, which was vacated with the departure of board member Cindy Cox of Bedford who is moving out-of-state with her family.  Rech stated it was the recommendation of this sub-committee that Jan DeMott of Bedford be appointed to the vacant position.  The board voted unanimously to fill the position with DeMott until the September 10, 2013, regular school board election when a board member will be elected.  

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