Frazee Deb ForWebCRESTON, IOWA (December 2, 2013) – The Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council’s Southwest Regional Hub housed at Southwestern Community College in Creston has announced the placement of the region’s new STEM manager, Deb Frazee.

Frazee comes to the STEM Advisory Council after years of valuable work in education and economic development, including 13 years with Iowa Western Community College as a job training specialist, five years with the Iowa Department of Education as a rehabilitation counselor and a wealth of further experience in the private sector.

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ChamberSingers 2012The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Chamber Singers will be touring in the Des Moines area the week of December 2, 2013, presenting “Holiday Carols in Concert."

The SWCC Chamber Choir features the amazing voices of students from across the country who have come to SWCC in Creston to attend the college’s School for Music Vocations.  The concerts will feature favorite carols and masterworks by Poulenc, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Christiansen, Durufle, Shaw, and Mattson.

Concert dates and locations follow:

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Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., November 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

Public hearings were held for earthwork and major utilities, footings and foundations, and the sale and issuance of dormitory revenue bonds for the new dormitory construction project.  No oral or written objections were heard or submitted.

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Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. That's exactly what students at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will promise to do during the Community College Completion Challenge (C4) on Mon., November 18, 8-9 a.m. in the Instructional Center, or 5:15-8 p.m. in the Student Center (during women’s and men’s basketball games); Tues., November 19, 8-9 a.m. in the Instructional Center; and Thurs. and Fri., November 21 and 22 at the Osceola Center.

During C4, students will sign a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty, and staff have also been asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

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SWCC PTK RegionalConference ForWebFour members of Beta Eta Nu, Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society, attended the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa Fall Leadership Conference, October 24-25, 2013, at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.

SWCC attendees included students Tom Hol of Osceola, PTK member; Jessica Pieper of Stuart, PTK member; Dakota Daniels of Mount Ayr, PTK member and regional officer; David Livingston of Fontanelle, PTK member and SWCC chapter president; as well as Justin Mann, PTK advisor.

The 2013 conference theme was “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!”  The SWCC delegation said it was an especially memorable event because Dr. Rod Risley, the president of Phi Theta Kappa International, was the keynote speaker for the event.  Having the president in attendance was a first for the Iowa region.