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Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

During the meeting, the board held a public hearing for phase two of construction for the Instructional Center improvement project.  Phase two will include renovation of the 100 bay classrooms.  Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, presented the bids received.  Lesan explained there were five bids submitted with the lowest bid coming from Camblin Mechanical of Atlantic.  Following review of the bids, the board approved the Camblin Mechanical bid of $761,600 as presented.  Lesan said Accelerated Career Education (ACE) grant funds will be used to pay for the project.  Construction for the project will get underway on March 18, which is prior to the college’s Spring Break.  Classes in the 100 bay will be moved to other areas on the SWCC campus when classes resume following Spring Break.

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

Groove4ThoughtCreston, IOWA—Known most widely for their work on NBC’s hit television show, The Sing-Off, the seven singers of Groove for Thought have been blowing audiences away for more than 10 years. They will be headlining two concerts at Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) Vocal Jazz Festival, known as Fox Fest, on February 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at SWCC.  Tickets for the concerts are $25 each and may be ordered at www.vocaljazzfest.com.

Read more: Groove for Thought to Headline Vocal Jazz Festival

(CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jan. 17, 2013) The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is looking for excellent STEM programs to be offered to Iowa’s PreK-12 students by announcing the launch of the 2013-14 STEM Scale-Up Program Request for Proposal (RFP). The purpose of the application is to identify high-quality projects that have demonstrated success in increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and can be implemented in any size community across the state during the 2013-14 school year.

Read more: Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Seeks STEM Programs for Second Year Scale-Ups

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.  The meeting was held electronically due to a brief agenda.

During the meeting, the board set a public hearing for phase two of construction for the Instructional Center improvement project.  The public hearing will be held February 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.  According to Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, phase two will include renovation in the 100 bay classrooms.  Work on phase one of the Instructional Center project is currently underway. 

In personnel, the board approved the resignation of Dr. Jane Bradley, SWCC associate vice president of instruction, as of January 11, 2013.  Bradley has accepted a position at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo.  Fred Shearer, SWCC board member from Corning, asked how Bradley’s duties would be covered.  Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, explained to the board that for the time being, several staff members would be handling her duties.

December 18, 2012, CRESTON, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced as of today, Steve Tussey of Orient will be the interim head coach for the Spartans’ women’s basketball team.  Tussey succeeds Brett Gilcrist, who has been head coach for the Spartans since 2010.  Earlier this week, Gilcrist cited personal reasons for leaving in his letter of resignation.  

Read more: Spartans Announce Interim Women’s Basketball Coach