Kulow Beth ForWebSouthwestern Community College (SWCC) announced today Beth Kulow will be the college’s new dean of student services.  Kulow succeeds Dr. Matt Thompson, who recently accepted a position at Indian Hill Community College in Ottumwa.

Kulow, a native of Mediapolis, has served as the southwest regional manager for the Iowa STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education Network since August 2012.  The governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which oversees the Iowa STEM hub, is a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and building a stronger STEM workforce.  In this position, Kulow has traveled a region consisting of 56 southwest Iowa school districts implementing Scale-Up Programs in local school districts to grow STEM educational programming for every learner.  Under Kulow’s direction, the southwest region achieved 98 percent participation during two academic school-years.

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The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tues., August 13, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the college’s Administration Center.  The board meeting was held electronically due to a light agenda.

In personnel, the board approved the employment of Kelly Franklin as English instructor.  Franklin has a master of arts degree in English from Eastern Illinois University.  According to Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, Franklin is an accomplished writer and enthusiastic teacher who blends traditional teaching methodologies with innovative and creative techniques.  Taylor said Franklin has an extensive background in theater and is interested in leading the drama club.

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Stearns Sue WebSue Stearns of Woodburn has been named as director of Southwestern Community College’s Osceola Center. She replaces Dana Seymour, who is headed to Princeton, MO, to be principal of the secondary school.

Stearns worked for 34 years with Juvenile Court Services. She retired from there in July 2010 and finished her master’s degree from Simpson College in 2011. Stearns started teaching classes in criminal justice at Southwestern Community College in August 2011 and continues to do so today. She became SWCC’s criminal justice program advocate in September 2012 with assistance from the Clarke County Development Corporation.

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Garrett Hogue of Lenox placed fifth in the nation for collision repair, at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships held June 24-28, 2013, in Kansas City, MO.

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2013LeadershipAwardsForWeb SBDCCRESTON, IA— Three southern Iowa businesses were honored during Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) Annual Business Conference and Expo held Mon., June 10, 2013, on SWCC’s Creston campus.  

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