College News

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. 

Read more: SWCC Board Holds May Meeting

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

PandemicFlu.gov - 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

Published: Thursday, April 2, 2009 10:20 am

Southwestern Community College and Northwest Missouri State University Sign Joint Enrollment Agreement

SWCC and Northwest Missouri State Sign Partnership Agreement

CRESTON —Southwestern Community College (SWCC) President Dr. Barb Crittenden and Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) Provost Dr. Kichoon Yang met to sign an articulation and joint enrollment agreement on March 31, 2009, at Southwestern.  This agreement will create significant new academic opportunities for Southwestern grads seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Read more: SWCC and Northwest Sign Joint Enrollment Agreement

Published: Thursday, April 2, 2009 9:49 am

Jones Wins Statewide Award for Excellence in Online Instruction

Marsha Jones Wins Statewide AwardMarsha Jones, Southwestern Community College online biology/anatomy instructor, was awarded the e11 Excellence in Online Instruction Award at the 2009 Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) Spring Conference in West Des Moines on Monday, March 30.

Read more: Jones Wins Statewide Award

Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 11:26 am

Southwestern Announces Welding Contest Winners

Welding Contest WinnersCRESTON—Students from seven high schools were on Southwestern Community College’s campus Friday, March 27, 2009, to compete in the college’s 2009 High School Collision/Welding Contest.  Justin Willcox, a junior from Clarke High School in Osceola placed first in the individual welding contest.  Second place went to Ryan Gibson, a junior from Creston and third place was awarded to Brandon Hildreth, a sophomore from Clarke.

Read more: Southwestern Announces Welding Contest Winners

Published: Monday, March 30, 2009 5:21 am
Southwestern Students Place at National Ag Competition

Read more: SWCC Students Place at National Ag Competition

Published: Friday, March 27, 2009 12:39 pm
SWCC Students Named to 2009 All-Iowa Academic Team

Read more: SWCC Students Honored on 2009 All-Iowa Academic Team