Program News

Joel Hartstack and other national collision repair winners

Joel Hartstack (pictured in photo above, at far right), of Clarinda, a May 2017 Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish graduate, was named the country’s 2017 Collision Repair Technology Champion at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, KY, from June 18-23.   

Read more: SWCC Collision Repair Student Finishes Top in Nation

Joel Hartstack and Jamie Young with awards

Joel Hartstack, of Corning, and Jamie Young, of Humeston, both automotive collision repair/refinish students, recently placed at the SkillsUSA competition at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Read more: Collision Repair Students Place at State Contest

Shelby Woods article in Tomorrow's Technician

Following a recent field trip to the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, NE, the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive programs were featured in the May 2016 issue of Tomorrow's Technician magazine. 

Read more: SWCC Automotive Programs Featured in Tech Magazine

Daniel Leonard and Shelby Woods

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish student Shelby Woods and electrical technology student Daniel Leonard took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2016 competition in Ankeny on Fri., April 29, 2016.  They will now represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, KY.

Read more: Students Place at State—Head to National Contest

Shelby Woods and Daniel Leonard

Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish student Shelby Woods and electrical technology student Daniel Leonard took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2016 competition in Ankeny on Fri., April 29, 2016. They will now represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, KY.

Woods, of Madison, MO, was named gold medalist in automotive refinishing technology. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in collision repair/refinish from SWCC in early-May.

Leonard, of Mount Ayr, won the electrical construction wiring category. He will earn his Associate of Applied Science degree in electrical technology in June.

Other SWCC students medaling in the SkillsUSA state competition included:

  • Harley Baumfalk MG 7247Harley Baumfalk of Afton, carpentry, third place
  • Jonathan Duncan MG 7198Jonathan Duncan of Villisca, electrical construction wiring, third place
  • Adam Steffes MG 6474Adam Steffes of Audubon, collision repair technology, third place
Valve Cover Car Race winners with instructors

Eight cars raced this year in the automotive department's Valve Cover Car Races held during CTE Day on April 8, 2016, on Southwestern Community College's Creston campus. 

Read more: Valve Cover Car Race Winners for 2016