College News

Published April 27, 2015 8:48 am

Meals from the Heartland Packaging

Thanks to everyone who participated in SWCC's 2015 Pay it Forward (PIF) Week!  Here are a portion of the great activities that happened all week long: 

  • During Thursday's Meals from the Heartland event 65,232 meals were packaged by more than 350 volunteers.
  • Approximately 58 people participated in Wednesday's Red Cross Blood Drive with 51 units collected, exceeding the blood drive goal by 12 units.
  • The Crew, SWCC's electrical technology club, cleaned the yards of two elderly individuals in Creston on Thursday.
  • Cemetery clean-ups took place on Wednesday.
  • The FREE theatre performance of the Drama Club's Gas Light was a packed house!
  • Afternoon on the Farm brought 150 parents, teachers, and children to the ag site.
  • The ag department planted 17 trees and cleaned McKinley Lake.
  • The social psychology class headed to Afton to read to East Union Elementary first graders.
  • Almost 30 people came to the Community CPR/AED Event on Monday.
  • A number of super heroes showed up to give their all during Monday's Superhero 5k Walk/Run.
  • The Psychology Club passed out mental health awareness materials at the All-Campus Cookout on Monday.
  • Students demonstrated a ton of knowledge during Wednesday's Poster Day event.
  • And guess what ... there's still time to PIF
    • The Phi Theta Kappa food drive was extended through today so head to the grocery store if you haven't already donated!
    • The campus clean-up followed by the ice cream sundae bar were moved to this Friday, starting at 1:30 p.m. due to the weather.

See all Pay it Forward Week photos on the SWCC Pay it Forward page on Facebook.

Cleaning up at McKinley Lake


Published April 24, 2015 10:32 am

Due to inclement weather, the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) softball team will begin regional play at noon on Sunday vs. Ellsworth.  The game was originally scheduled for noon on Saturday.  If the Spartans win the first game, they are guaranteed to play again on Monday.  The games will be played at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids.

The Spartans are in the Region XI-A bracket.  For more information, please visit

Published April 22, 2015 4:07 pm

Klarissa McElroy Signs with the Spartans

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Women’s Basketball Coach Addae Houston didn’t travel far to find his latest recruit, Klarissa McElroy of Clarinda.

McElroy, who will graduate from Clarinda High School in May 2015, was named offensive player of the year for her team this year. She also participates in track and was a 4x100 relay state qualifier.

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Published April 22, 2015 9:20 am

2015 Rotary Recipients

Winners of the 2015 Creston Rotary Scholarships to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) were recently announced at a luncheon at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.  Twelve students, all either current seniors or graduates of Creston High School, were awarded $300 scholarships to the college through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation (EF).

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Published April 21, 2015 9:18 am

The Spartan sports shooting team traveled to the Stockdale Gun Club in Ackley this past weekend to compete in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Iowa Collegiate Invitational Championships, a 200 target event.

The Spartans shot 950/1000 to win the team event. One of the Spartan squads shot a near perfect 123/125 on the last round of the day with three members shooting a perfect 25 and the other two only missing a single target each.

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Published April 20, 2015 2:25 pm

Demir Alford signs with SWCC Women's Basketball

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Women’s Basketball Coach Addae Houston headed to Des Moines to land his first recruit for the Spartans’ 2015-16 campaign. Des Moines Roosevelt’s Demir Alford committed to the Spartans basketball program late last week.

Alford, who will graduate from Roosevelt in May, received honorable mention all-conference honors this year in the Central Iowa Metropolitan League. She was named Roosevelt’s 2015 Defensive Player of the Year. Off the court, Alford received the Roosevelt High School Silver Cord for Community Service.

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Published April 17, 2015 1:58 pm

Gas Light Cast

The SWCC Drama Club will be performing Gas Light from April 23-25 at 7 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center theater. As part of Pay it Forward (PIF) Week, there will be a free performance for SWCC employees and students on Wed., April 22, at 7 p.m.

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Published April 17, 2015 8:40 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board set a public hearing for May 12, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center, to review bids for phase three of the Instructional Center renovation project.  Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, said this phase of the project will include installing windows and LED lighting in the classrooms in the 200 bay hallway, as well as remodeling the restrooms in the main hallway to be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible.  The estimated cost for this phase will be $1.375 million.

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Published April 17, 2015 8:33 am

Harmonic Convergence vocal jazz group

The professional music department will be performing at A&G Steakhouse, 211 W. Adams Street in Creston, on Friday, April 17, from 8-11 p.m.

This performance will cap off a week-long tour of the Kansas City area. Instrumental jazz combos and vocal jazz groups will be performing. Admission is free!

Published April 16, 2015 9:40 am

The Spartan sport shooting team traveled to Emmetsburg on Saturday, April 11, to compete in an Iowa Collegiate Shooting Sports Conference shoot hosted by Iowa Lakes. The Spartan teams took home top awards to remain undefeated in conference. 

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