College News

Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 8:32 am

Tech Center 1 Construction UpdateProgress continues with the remodeling taking place at the college’s technical center.  While the rain has delayed the project to a certain extent, there are noticeable changes underway.  According to Tom Lesan, vice president for economic development, the footings are being poured and soon the crews will be ready to pour the wall and put the metal frame in place for the glass, which is planned for the south side of the building.  Lesan said the curb on the north side was completed last week.  Once the project is finished, the view should be much improved when entering the Creston campus’ east side.

Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 5:58 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July Meeting

JULY 15, 2009, Creston, IOWA — The Southwestern Community College board of directors met via telephone Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 8:15 a.m.

During the meeting, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, told the board of directors the college administration has been researching the feasibility of building additional on-campus housing facilities on the Creston campus. 

Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of student services, spoke about concerns with the amount of housing currently available to SWCC students and said it can be detrimental to recruiting if on-campus housing is not available for students. Thompson stated there is already a waiting list of approximately 20 individuals for on-campus housing for the fall 2009 semester.  Thompson said in a recent housing survey, 72 percent of SWCC students surveyed said SWCC is in need of addition housing facilities. 

Following Thompson’s report on housing needs, Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, explained potential funding possibilities for the building.  Krejci has been looking in-depth at funding options such as revenue bonds and is confident the new facility would cash flow similar to SWCC’s most recent housing facility—the Spartan Suites, which was built in 2005. 

Tom Lesan then spoke to the board about what the housing facility will look like.  Lesan said the college administration is looking at a 72-unit, three-story, apartment-style facility similar in construction to the Spartan Suites.  The building will likely be located on the rise just west and a little south of the Spartan Suites, making the facility visible from Townline Street.  Lesan is hoping construction could start as soon as fall 2009 with the facility being completed for occupancy during the 2010-11 school year.

Crittenden explained to the board no action was immediately necessary on the housing topic, and said more information will be on the board’s August agenda.

Thompson reported on the college’s summer enrollment.  During the summer 2009, the college has had an increase of nine students from summer 2008.  The nine students translate to an increase of 34 credit hours.

In personnel, the board approved the resignation of Suzanne Carlson, SWCC nursing instructor.  Advertising for Carlson’s replacement is underway with the hope of having a new instructor in place for the start of the school year.

In other business, the board approved the college’s dues of $3,126 to the Higher Learning Commission, SWCC’s external accrediting body. 


Published: Monday, June 8, 2009 6:03 am

SWCC Night at Adams County Speedway on August 22, 2009 


Adams County Speedway

Adams County Speedway

SWCC table

Adams County Speedway

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SWCC Heads to Adams County Speedway in June

JUNE 9, 2009--Southwestern Community College got some great exposure at the Adams County Speedway on June 6, 2009.  With a theme of "Get on Track at SWCC," representatives of the college were on-hand to meet spectators, hand out program information, sponsor a Mario Kart contest on the Wii, and give out T-shirts and other promotional items.  A second event is planned at the speedway on August 22, 2009.

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Playing the Wii on the HHRPart of the SWCC volunteers

Playing the Wii in the HHR 



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Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009 5:25 am

SWCC’s Tech Prep Program Receives Donation From Area
Health Organization

AHEC Donation to SWCCCRESTON — The Southwest Iowa Area Health Education Center (AHEC) recently awarded Southwestern Community College’s Tech Prep program more than $5,500 to assist high school students interested in taking the Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) program.

A portion of the funds will be used to allow low income students to take the CNA exam.  The remaining funds will be used to purchase CNA textbooks and equipment for SWCC’s Career Academy students.  SWCC has health-related Career Academy programs for high school students in Afton, Creston, Greenfield, Lenox, Leon, Mount Ayr, Orient-Macksburg, Osceola, Red Oak, Stanton, and Villisca.

The AHEC office is located in Leon and serves 17 counties in the southern and southwestern parts of the state.  Their purpose is to increase access to healthcare in southern Iowa.  AHEC is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the University of Iowa.

Published: Monday, May 18, 2009 10:29 am

Automotive Contest WinnersCRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students David Downey of Afton and William Frey of Creston placed third overall in the 2009 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills-National Quality Care Challenge held in Ankeny earlier this month.  This competition helps recognize some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

Read more: SWCC Automotive Students Place in 2009 Auto Skills Contest

Published: Thursday, May 14, 2009 3:52 am

Southwestern Automotive Student Headed to National Contest

Cody McCunn and Clay MercerCRESTON — Clay Mercer of Corning, a Southwestern Community College sophomore, recently placed first in automotive refinishing at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2009 competition in Ankeny.  Mercer, who is finishing his second year in SWCC’s collision repair program, is now eligible to compete at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, MO, June 22-25, 2009.

Read more: Automotive Student Headed to National Contest

Published: Thursday, May 14, 2009 3:40 am

Southwestern Board Holds May Meeting

Creston, IA-- Southwestern Community College’s board of directors met in regular session on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on SWCC’s campus. 

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Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:50 am

H1N1 (Swine Flu) Information & Links
Updated 10/29/09 

In an effort to keep SWCC students and employees informed about the H1N1 (Swine Influenza A) Viruses, Southwestern Community College will post updates and information as they become available.  Hand sanitizers are in all campus buildings and student housing facilities.  Students and staff are advised to utilize these units frequently and practice proper hand washing skills. 

If you think you are ill, the Iowa Department of Public Health advises you avoid close contact with others as much as possible. Stay at home, do not go to work, school, or travel while ill. Seek medical care if you are severely ill (such as having trouble breathing).

10/29/09 - Greater Regional Medical Center director advises people to go to Greater Regional Medical Center's Web site for flu shot availability, information, and updates--October 28, 2009, Creston News Advertiser

Memo to Faculty, Staff, and Students - 9/17/09  

NEW for 2009!  Information for the Iowa Department of Health

Swine Flu (H1N1) Talking Points - From the Iowa Department of Public Health - One stop access to U.S. Government swine, avian and pandemic flu information.

Questions & Answers Regarding the Swine Influenza - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. 

Information is being updated regularly on the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.

The Iowa Department of Public Health has established two call centers.  To reach them, please call 800-447-1985. This number will be answered 24-hours a day.

Published: Thursday, April 9, 2009 5:19 am

PIF (Pay It Forward) Week April 20-24

SWCC Social Psychology ClassAPRIL 2009--As of Tuesday, April 21, more than 700 PIF bracelets have been distributed!!

Plan to get involved . . . SWCC Psychology Instructor Kate Burrell and her social psychology class are planning to create a chain of giving starting April 20. “I P.I.F., and It’s Contagious,” as they're calling it, will run April 20-24.  The class is hoping a series of good deeds will come in response to their efforts. 

Read more: SWCC Class Organizing PIF Week

Published: Thursday, April 9, 2009 2:24 am

Osceola Carpentry ClassSWCC's Osceola high school carpentry class headed for Texas Saturday morning to assist with the Habitat for Humanity home building project. The group, made up of nine students and instructor Charlie Mundy, arrived in Oklahoma at 4:00 p.m. Saturday and reached their destination in Texas by 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Monday was their “day off” when they drove down to Galveston, TX, and took a ferry to Galveston Island.  According to Mundy, the damage from hurricanes Rita and Ike was terrible and much of Galveston is still in ruins.  He could not believe the condition of the city.  When they rode over to the island, they saw wild dolphins following the ferry.  It was an amazing day, many of the students (if not all) had never seen the ocean, some had never been outside of Iowa.

Tuesday morning, there was a record low of 39 degrees.  They blamed the Iowa kids for bringing the cold weather down with them!  When they arrived at the work site, the walls of the new house had been framed and the carpentry students quickly went about stick framing the rafters which they nearly completed on Tuesday.  Charlie was proud of their hard work and how clean the job site was when they left for the day. 

Mundy will continue to keep us posted as their trip progesses.

Habitat for Humanity Trip

Damaged Home

Habitat for Humanity Class