College News

Published: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:27 pm

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met in special session on Tues., October 7, at 8:30 a.m. in the president’s office of the Administration Center. 

During the meeting, the board voted to terminate the college’s auditor contract with Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen & Co., P.C.  Prior to the vote, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, explained to the board that Randy Cook, who was recently named SWCC’s chief financial officer, has an ownership interest in Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen & Co., P.C.  Crittenden stated in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest, due to the hiring of Cook, the contract with Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen, & Co would need to be terminated.    

The SWCC board then reviewed bids from four firms for the college’s audit services.  The board approved the lowest bid, from Denman & Company, LLP, of West Des Moines.  Bids from Denman & Company were $36,900 for year ending June 30, 2014, $37,400 for year ending June 30, 2015, and $37,900 for year ending June 30, 2016.

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Published: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:23 pm

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SWCC students, get ready to take a trip across campus you will never forget!  Learn the dangers of alcohol and drugs first-hand during the 2014 SWCC Campus Crawl on Thurs., October 23, beginning at 7 p.m. on the basketball court outside of Spartan Suites—and get a FREE T-shirt in the process! 

Head to www.swcciowa.edu/campuscrawl to register.  You MUST be registered by this FRIDAY, October 10, to get the FREE T-shirt!

Read more: Register NOW for the Campus Crawl

Published: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:44 am

The Spartan Golf team enjoyed two days of golf at Lake Panorama Gold Course in Panora this past weekend to compete in the AIB Invitational on September 26-27. The beautiful weather brought in many low, sub-par scores from the host school, who won the event. The Spartans were led by Sophomore Matt Righi. The rest of the Spartan team struggled to find their stride in competition.

The Spartans will play next Sunday, October 5, at the Waldorf Invitational in Forest City.

Published: Monday, October 6, 2014 9:47 am

The 2014 SmartStart Kickoff for high school students is this Wednesday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the SWCC Creston campus. 

This event is a great way for high school students to check out SWCC and its campus!  Students will be able to sit in on college classes, visit program areas, talk with instructors and students, and tour the residence halls.  High school students in attendance will receive lunch, a SWCC T-shirt, and have the opportunity to win door prizes.  The college will be awarding two-$250 SWCC scholarships for senior attendees.

Read more: Register NOW for the SmartStart Kickoff

Published: Friday, October 3, 2014 4:01 pm

Carmen SubbertSouthwestern Community College (SWCC) freshman Carmen Subbert has been named the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Athlete of the Week. 

According to the ICCAC Web site, Subbert, who plays outside hitter, hit with great efficiency in the Spartans two matches last week. Her 5.67 kills per set were in part because of her near 45 percent hitting rate. She added 1.8 digs per set to solidify her weekly award. 

Subbert is a May 2014 graduate of Stanton High School.

Published: Friday, October 3, 2014 1:13 pm

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The Fraternal Order of Eagles #1398 of Creston presented a check to the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation, thanks to a donation from the Don Mullin Family Memorial, to award scholarships to four SWCC students. 

Read more: Mullin Family Donates to EF

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 3:37 pm

An innovative plan developed by Iowa’s community colleges to train thousands of workers in high-demand fields is being recognized with a $15 million grant announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

A consortium, consisting of all 15 Iowa community colleges, jointly applied for funding to build training capacity in the areas of information technology, healthcare, utilities, and manufacturing – also known as the IHUM Network.  Grant funds will be used statewide to create more than 45 additional training certificates in the IHUM targeted areas.

Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) portion of the grant, $1 million, will be used to assist in the implementation of a high-tech simulation lab on-campus for the college’s esteemed nursing programs—licensed practical nursing and registered nursing—as well as SWCC’s health-related continuing education programs.

Read more: Iowa Community Colleges Receive Federal Grant

Published: Monday, September 29, 2014 8:52 am

On Saturday, September 27, the Spartan sports shooting team traveled to the Ventura Gun Club in Ventura for their first conference meet hosted by NIACC. As a team, the Spartans earned the top spot in trap, winning the event with a score or 246 out of 250.

Shelby Woods, freshman from Madison, MO, grabbed first place in trap for the women, with a score of 49 out of 50. Sophomore Ethan Jolliff from Indianola and freshman Justin Woods from Mt. Pleasant both posted a perfect 50 forcing a shoot-off for first place. In the end, Woods edged out Jolliff for the win.

The Spartans will hit the road again on Saturday, October 11, to compete in another conference meet in Fort Dodge hosted by Iowa Central CC.

Published: Friday, September 26, 2014 2:36 pm

SWCC SoftballShirtsThe SWCC softball team is selling "Property of" T-shirts (see photo above) featuring "The House That Fox Built," a dedication to long-time and always memorable Coach Ron "Fox" Clinton. The cost per shirt is $15.

If you would like to purchase a T-shirt, please contact SWCC Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff.

Published: Friday, September 26, 2014 11:28 am

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The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) marketing department received two Medallion Awards at the District 5 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Conference, held in Des Moines, from September 21-23.

The SWCC team won a Gold Medallion Award in the "Viewbook" category and a Bronze Medallion Award in the “Radio Advertisement/PSA Single” category.  

Read more: SWCC Marketing Receives Regional Awards