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(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

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 Saturday, January 5, 2013.    

Two options are available for students who 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).  

Read more: ACT Prep Course to be Offered in January

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CRESTON, IA—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) admissions department recently announced the 2012-13 SWCC student ambassador team. The SWCC student ambassadors assist the admissions department by giving campus tours, meeting with prospective students and their families, performing telemarketing services, accompanying recruiters to college fairs and on high school visits, and participating in other public relations efforts.

Front row (L to R):  Leah Day, freshman, Creston, graphic design major; Tara Norman, freshman, Van Wert, elementary education major; Megan Doubleday, freshman, Mount Ayr, elementary education major; Hannah Clear; sophomore, Afton, liberal arts major; and Kaley Folkerts, sophomore, Bedford, nursing major.  Second row:  Michael Chachere, freshman, Omaha, NE, liberal arts major; Ben Burkhead, freshman, Afton, liberal arts & business systems networking double major;  Rayvonne Brown, freshman, Davenport, liberal arts major; Adam Pool, sophomore, Orient, liberal arts major; Nick Ray, sophomore, Orient, liberal arts major; and David Prchal, sophomore, Omaha, NE, business major.  Back row: Alex Duffy, freshman, Bondurant, communications major;  Caleigh Fowler, sophomore, Lagrange, GA, liberal arts major; Samantha Borland, freshman, Lenox, pre-nursing major; Madellyn Wagler, freshman, Panora, liberal arts major; and Alexandra Levetzow, freshman, Bettendorf, elementary education major.

Lisa Carstens, SWCC admissions coordinator, is the advisor for the student ambassador program.