College News

Published: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:16 am

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Creston, IA---Southwest Valley High School volleyball star Marie Palmer has signed on for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Spartans volleyball team, starting with the 2015 season.

Palmer, a 6’2” hitter, was a unanimous first team all-conference selection in 2014 and 2013 for the Pride of Iowa Conference.  In 2012, she was named to second team all-conference.  

Palmer, who will be a 2015 graduate of Southwest Valley High School, is the daughter of Marv Palmer of Corning.

Published: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 9:07 am

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The SWCC School for Music Vocations' Chamber Singers will be on tour performing Holiday Carols in Concert, December 1-5, in the Des Moines area.  Nightly concerts will be open to the public with a free-will donation.  Tommy Boynton will be the conductor.

The Chamber Singers tour schedule follows:

  • Mon., December 1, First Methodist Church, Winterset
  • Tues., December 2, St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Johnston
  • Wed., December 3, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Des Moines
  • Thurs., December 4, Central Presbyterian Church, Des Moines
  • Fri., December 5, Grace Lutheran Church, Des Moines

The Chamber Singers will present their holiday concert locally on Sun., December 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the SWCC Performing Arts Center.  Admission for this event is $10/person.  Students and seniors are $5/person.

Photo above:  2013 SWCC Chamber Singers during last year's holiday tour.

Published: Monday, November 24, 2014 2:11 pm

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Southwestern Community College’s 2nd Annual Advanced Industrial and Technology (AIT) Exploration Day was a great success!  During the event, a select group of students and their instructors from across southwest Iowa spent the day touring two local industries, Vanmark and Wellman Dynamics.  It was a fantastic learning experience as the tours reinforced in the students the practical applications of the Employability Skills and the Technology Literacy components set out by the Iowa Common Core.

Read more: SWCC Hosts AIT Day for High School Students

Published: Monday, November 24, 2014 11:43 am

Olivia Reifert

The Spartans went on the road on Saturday November 22, to take on the Southeast Community College Storm. To start the game the Spartans fell behind early 6-0 due to some full court pressure from the Storm that forced several costly turnovers.

“This has been our biggest problem in every game this year. We have to find a way as a team and coaching staff to generate better starts to our games,” commented Coach Addae Houston. The Spartans went into half-time down 40-20 struggling to get anything going offensively. “It was a hard fought game in the second half but the deficit was too much to overcome. Our offense and defense improved but it was too little too late and once you get down on good teams they will not let you back in the game.”

Read more: Spartans Fall to Storm on the Road

Published: Monday, November 24, 2014 11:30 am

TJ Bower

Despite shooting 25 percent from the arc and 58% from the FT Line the Spartan basketball team won 67-64 at Southeast (NE) Community College on Saturday, November 22nd. “Road wins are hard to come by. I think it showed a lot about our young team to win a road game when we didn’t play our best. Southeast did a lot of things that caused us problems that we will have to fix when they come to our place on December 13,” said Coach Todd Lorensen.

Read more: Spartans Pick Up Close Road Win

Published: Monday, November 24, 2014 8:30 am

The Spartan women could not hold on in yet another close loss on the road facing Grand View for second time this season falling to the Vikings 68-64.  Grand View took an early lead in the game 7-2 on consecutive three-pointers. The Spartans fought back to regain the lead at the half 35-32 behind great bench play from Jazzlyn WimbushPeyton Russell and Cambry Schluter who combined for 32 of the Spartans 64 total points. The bench was great for us but we have to find a way to put it all together from our starters and bench to finish these close games.  

Read more: Late Lead Slips Away From Spartans

Published: Friday, November 21, 2014 4:44 pm

RitaSchroeder HallOfFameLong-time SWCC volleyball coach Rita Schroeder was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Wednesday night in Phoenix, AZ, during the 2014 NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championships.

Read more: Schroeder Joins NJCAA Hall of Fame

Published: Friday, November 21, 2014 10:42 am

Congratulations to the following winners in the SWCC Week contests!

SWCC Bingo:

  • Jessica Pieper
  • Katrina DeVore
  • Lyndi Niehaus
  • Carmen Subbert
  • Emilie Palmer
  • Madison Walston

SWCC Bingo winners may pick up their prizes in the SWCC Bookstore!

Cookie Decorating Contest:
1st Place – Haley Woods (Haley’s cookie received 49 LIKES)
2nd Place – Shyla Harper (Shyla’s cookie received 42 LIKES)

Cookie Contest winners may pick up their prizes at the Friday Fun Zone or after that sometime in Terri Higgins’ office in the Administration Center.

Step Up @ SWCC:
1st Place – Sports shooting team (receiving 127 LIKES)

Remember the Friday Fun Zone is TODAY in the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Also, clothing is 20 percent off today only in the SWCC Bookstore!!
Published: Friday, November 21, 2014 3:49 am


Game Day Camp

Who: Boys grades K-6

When: January 24, 2015, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Gymnasium in Student Center on campus of Southwestern Community College

Cost: $25 which includes a meal and admission to the January 24 home game

What to expect: We will have on-court instruction that covers the basic fundamentals from 9:30-11 a.m.  At 11 a.m. campers will be invited to take part in the team pre-game meal.  Each camper will get two slices of pizza, chips, dessert, and drink.  All campers are invited to attend that day’s home game vs. Kirkwood at 3 p.m.

Please download and fill out this form and mail, along with a check (payable to Southwestern Men’s Basketball) to:

Men’s Basketball
1501 Townline St
Creston, IA 50801

Please call 402.802.2683 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Published: Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:33 am

SWCC PATcredential

The Iowa Department of Management and Public Health is pleased to announce that the SWCC Parents as Teachers (PAT), Southwestern Community College of Adair and Union counties has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential.  The SWCC PAT program is the 54th Iowa program to earn this honored distinction.  The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards.

Read more: SWCC Parents as Teachers Earns Iowa Credential