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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Sheldon Triggs of Mt. Ayr placed fourth in the nation for collision repair, at the 2012 SkillsUSA Championships held June 23-27, 2012, in Kansas City, MO.

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation.  Triggs qualified for the national competition by placing first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2012 competition in Ankeny in April.

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CRESTON — Following a field trip to an electrical supply distributor in Cedar Rapids, Southwestern Community College’s Electrical Technology Club, also known as “The Crew,” brainstormed an energy savings idea related to the vending machines on SWCC’s campus.  

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Huntington ForWebCreston, IA—After an extensive external search, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) looked within to find the right person to lead the college’s new track and field program.  Bill Huntington, who has been the Spartans cross country coach for the past six years, was announced as the head coach for the college’s new track and field program that will begin this fall.  Huntington is wrapping up his duties as dean of students at Orient-Macksburg High School and will start full-time at Southwestern on July 9.

SWCC has had a cross country program in place since 2006.  The Spartans’ men’s and women’s cross country teams, under the direction of Huntington and Assistant Coach Cari Stalker, have been national contenders throughout the years.  They have led the Southwestern cross country team to a national ranking for the past six years.

Read more: Spartans Look Within to Fill Track and Field Position

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Dr. Jane Bradley, Southwestern Community College’s associate vice president of instruction, poses with Governor Terry Branstad at the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Co-Chairs Reception on Monday, May 14, 2012, at Terrace Hill in Des Moines. The reception was a prelude to the Iowa Statewide STEM Summit that took place on Tues., May 15. Southwestern was recently selected as one of six regional network hubs to promote STEM education and economic development across Iowa. The college is actively seeking a dynamic person to fill the position of STEM hub manager. This person will serve as an advocate for public schools, colleges, universities, business and industry to facilitate the STEM efforts in southwest Iowa. STEM areas include science, technology, engineering and math.

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular board meeting.
During the meeting, the board approved a bid of $215,000 from Bill Messerole and Devon Leith for the sale of the student-constructed carpentry house at 1301 N. Mulberry Street in Creston.

Uncollectible account write-offs were approved as presented by Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer.  Krejci said the accounts presented to the board, most of them from fiscal year 2009-10, had been at collections with little or no activity for 18 months or more.  Krejci explained although the account balances are written-off, students’ transcripts are held and students cannot register for additional classes until the balance is paid.

Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, spoke to the board concerning negotiations underway with the Union County Development Association (UCDA) for construction of a home by the 2012-13 college carpentry program.  Taylor explained the property, which will be located in Creston, would be owned by UCDA.  Taylor said within 60 days of completion, the home would be purchased by UCDA if it was not already sold.  Taylor reminded the board that the college has three remaining lots in the College Park Subdivision as well.  Following Taylor’s summary, the board authorized the SWCC administration to enter into a Building Partnership Contract with UCDA for the construction of the home.

During the president’s report, Charlie Mundy, SWCC Osceola high school carpentry instructor, presented to the board concerning the many service projects his students have completed.  The group has traveled to locations affected by disaster to assist with rebuilding efforts.  Trips have included locations such as Louisiana, Texas, South Dakota, and Joplin, MO.

Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, and Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, presented to the board regarding the recovery effort that has been underway on the Creston campus following the April 14 tornado.  Crittenden showed the board a presentation outlining the damage on campus and Lesan updated the board about progress-to-date, as well as upcoming reconstruction that will take place.  According to Lesan, reconstruction quotes are due from contractors by Friday and reconstruction could start as early as next week.

Crittenden reminded the board about Spring 2012 Commencement, which will take place Fri., May 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, will be the guest speaker.

Other upcoming events Crittenden mentioned included Summer 2012 Commencement, which is scheduled for Fri., June 29, at 7:30 p.m. and the 13th Annual Athletic Golf Tournament, scheduled for Sat., May 19, at Crestmoor Golf Club in Creston.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member and Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, reported the annual IACCT Retreat will be held at Okoboji from July 25-27.