College News

Published May 26, 2016 3:00 pm

2016 Administrative Specialist Certificate class with instructor

Southwestern Community College's adult and continuing education department held a reception on Wed., May 25, 2016, from 5-6 p.m., to honor the first three individuals to complete the college's new administrative specialist certificate training, which ran from January 25-May 25, 2016.  Individuals earning certificates for the program included Elisa Cole of Creston, Terri Juhl of Fontanelle, and Ashlie Robb of Creston.

Read more: Administrative Specialist Certificate Awardees Honored

Published May 26, 2016 9:43 am

2016 HS Carpentry Class (Creston)

Southwestern Community College's high school carpentry and building trades Career Academy and Union County Habitat for Humanity hosted an Open House at their student-constructed home on Tues., May 24, from 6-7 p.m.  The house is located at 310 S. Walnut Street in Creston.

Read more: HS Carpentry and Building Trades Hosts Open House

Published May 24, 2016 10:22 am

Shelby Woods article in Tomorrow's Technician

Following a recent field trip to the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, NE, the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive programs were featured in the May 2016 issue of Tomorrow's Technician magazine. 

Read more: SWCC Automotive Programs Featured in Tech Magazine

Published May 20, 2016 9:14 am

Daniel Leonard and Shelby Woods

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish student Shelby Woods and electrical technology student Daniel Leonard took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2016 competition in Ankeny on Fri., April 29, 2016.  They will now represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, KY.

Read more: Students Place at State—Head to National Contest

Published May 17, 2016 9:14 am

Henry Lemke, Kollyn Buch, and Ann Schlapia

May 17, 2016, Des Moines, IOWA -  Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a non-profit initiative spreading the word about gainful career opportunities in manufacturing, has awarded 12-$500 scholarships to recent Iowa high school graduates entering manufacturing-related courses of study at Iowa’s 15 community colleges.  Kollyn Buch of Clarinda, who will attend Southwestern Community College in the fall, is one of the recipients.  Buch will major in industrial technology.

Read more: Scholarships Awarded Statewide for Manufacturing Training

Published May 16, 2016 3:18 pm

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tues., May 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

During the meeting, Tia Samo, SWCC chief financial officer, spoke to the board regarding refinancing of the college’s 2010 dorm revenue bonds due to the availability of lower interest rates.  According to Samo, the new rate would allow the college to save $166,000 over the life of the bonds.  Maggie Burger, senior vice president of Speer Financial, Inc., was in attendance at the meeting.  Burger explained to the board that advanced refunding occurs prior to the scheduled call date on the bonds.  The call date for these particular bonds is June 1, 2017.  Following the explanations provided by Samo and Burger, the board approved the resolution directing the sale and delivery of $2,039,000 dormitory revenue refunding bonds, series 2016, as well as the resolution appointing trustee, approving the trust indenture, and authorizing the execution of same as presented.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board Holds May 2016 Meeting

Published May 12, 2016 8:03 am

Shelby Woods and Daniel Leonard

Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish student Shelby Woods and electrical technology student Daniel Leonard took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2016 competition in Ankeny on Fri., April 29, 2016. They will now represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, KY.

Woods, of Madison, MO, was named gold medalist in automotive refinishing technology. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in collision repair/refinish from SWCC in early-May.

Leonard, of Mount Ayr, won the electrical construction wiring category. He will earn his Associate of Applied Science degree in electrical technology in June.

Other SWCC students medaling in the SkillsUSA state competition included:

  • Harley Baumfalk MG 7247Harley Baumfalk of Afton, carpentry, third place
  • Jonathan Duncan MG 7198Jonathan Duncan of Villisca, electrical construction wiring, third place
  • Adam Steffes MG 6474Adam Steffes of Audubon, collision repair technology, third place

Published May 10, 2016 8:39 am

Drama Camp Logo

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Drama Club is hosting Little Spartan Drama Camp for children ages four through 12 from Mon., June 27-Thurs., June 30 at the Performing Arts Center on the SWCC Creston campus.  The children will be divided into the following age groups:

Read more: Drama Club Hosting Little Spartan Drama Camp in June

Published May 2, 2016 11:28 am

Students relaxing during fall 2015 Stress Free Zone

Take a break from finals and head to the Student Center for the Stress Free Zone on Wed., May 4, 2016, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  There will be food, fun, and activities to get your mind off of the books for a while.

The Stress Free Zone is sponsored by student activities and TRIO-Student Support Services.  For more information, please contact Laurie Besco or Tracey Evans.

Published May 2, 2016 9:02 am

BOGO Sale Graphic

The SWCC Shoppe is having a finals week BOGO sale from May 2-6, 2016.  Buy one SWCC apparel item/souvenir and receive half off the second item of equal or lesser value.  Textbook buyback is also underway this week.  When headed to the SWCC Shoppe for buyback, please have your student ID and original receipt with you at the buy back counter.  Book buyback funds may be used toward BOGO purchases.

NOTE:  The BOGO sale is not valid on textbooks, supplies, candy or ice cream.