CRESTON—During the past few months, Southwestern Community College has worked hard to expand transfer options related to criminal justice coursework with five four-year colleges in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.  The college has been working closely with Buena Vista University in Storm Lake; Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO; Peru State University in Peru, NE; Simpson College in Indianola; and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.

Savage JustinJustin Savage, a December 2012 graduate of Southwestern Community College (SWCC), has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.

Savage, formerly of Weldon, earned his associate of arts degree from SWCC.  He is currently enrolled at Iowa State University with a major in civil engineering.  He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa during his time at SWCC.

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

The board approved the proposed room and board charges for fiscal year 2014 as presented by Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer.  The rates per semester (if the minimum level of Cafe Cash is selected) follow:

•    Wilson Hall/West Hall    $2,600
•    Spartan Suites/Hall    $2,900

Three levels of Café Cash for the Spartan Café will be offered for fiscal year 2014:  $750, $950, and $1,150.  The minimum level of $750 will be required for all students living in the residence halls.


Volunteers to Help Families Fill Out FAFSA

CollegeGoalSundayWEST DES MOINES, IOWA (Feb. 4, 2013) — Iowa students and their families can get free assistance with forms required for federal financial aid at Iowa College Goal Sunday, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 24, in 29 Iowa cities.  Southwestern Community College in Creston will host a College Goal Sunday event on Wed., Feb. 20, from 2-7 p.m., in room 119 of the Technical Center.

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.