News Releases

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Wed., February 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board set a public hearing for review and approval of the college’s fiscal year 2017 budget.  The public hearing was set for March 8, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board Holds February 2016 Meeting

February 16, 2016, Des Moines, IOWA - Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a non-profit initiative spreading the word about career opportunities in manufacturing, is offering 15-$500 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors interested in studying a manufacturing-related career at one of Iowa’s 15 community colleges including Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston.  One award will be made per college region.

Read more: Scholarships Available for In-Demand Manufacturing Training

SWCC students at Capitol with Fred Shearer and Senator Tom Shipley

DES MOINES—Nearly 250 community college students and leaders participated in the 28th IACCT Student Legislative Seminar at the Holiday Inn, Mercy Campus, on January 27, and the State Capitol on January 28. The theme of the seminar was "Representing Yourself," focusing on the leadership qualities and personal skills necessary to participate in governance and be successful in a career. Sessions included dialoguing with legislators, understanding security issues and honing Caucus skills.

Read more: IACCT 28th Student Legislative Seminar

Creston—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) announced January 19, 2016, Tia Samo of Lenox has been named as the college’s next chief financial officer. Samo replaces Randy Cook, who left the college in December.

Read more: Lenox City Administrator Named SWCC CFO

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 12, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center. 

In personnel, the board approved the hiring of Susannah Miller as agriculture instructor for the 2016-17 academic year.  Miller has been an agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor at Murray Community High School in Murray since 2006.

The board approved the early retirement requests of SWCC employees Cheryl Blazek, emergency services and health related programs coordinator, and Sarah Smith, Red Oak Center coordinator.  Blazek has served in the college’s adult and continuing education department since 1999.  She was hired at SWCC as an EMS coordinator prior to moving into her current role.  She has also been an adjunct instructor for the college.  Her last day of employment will be February 7, 2016.  Smith, who was hired at the college in 1996 as satellite manager before moving into her current role, will finish at the college on June 30, 2016.  Smith has been an adjunct instructor for the college as well.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January 2016 Meeting