College News

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:28 pm


CRESTON — The TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is offering free ACT Test prep courses for all ETS high school participants the morning of Sat., January 11, 2014.    

Two options are available for students who choose to attend:  
Option 1 – 8 a.m. to noon.  Students who choose Option 1 will be participating in a mock exam consisting of the same conditions as the official ACT exam.  
Option 2 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Students who choose Option 2 will attend three break-out sessions (math, English/reading, and science).  

Read more: ACT Prep Course Available in January

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 4:41 pm

Special meetings of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees were held on November 26, 2013, and December 3, 2013, to discuss and approve plans related to the construction of a new residence hall on campus. Due to time constraints of board members, the meetings were held electronically.

The first item on the agenda at the November 26 meeting was consideration of earthwork and major utilities for the residence hall construction project. Two bids were received. Following discussion, the board approved the lowest bid of $721,680 from Seamus Excavating.

Next on the agenda was consideration of footings and foundations for the residence hall project. The board approved the lowest bid of $143,400 from Jensen Builders.

At the December 3 board meeting, the board held public hearings for topping slabs, precast hollow core plank, masonry, miscellaneous metals, wood framing, joists, trusses, sheathing, building wrap, and windows, as well as for the elevator project, for the new residence hall construction project. No oral or written objections were heard or submitted for either project.

Following the public hearings, the board approved the lowest bid of $587,000, from Lansink Construction, for the construction for topping slabs, precast hollow core plank, masonry, miscellaneous metals, wood framing, joists, trusses, sheathing, building wrap, and windows.

O’Keefe Elevator was approved for the elevator project. O’Keefe had the lowest bid, at $69,500, of two submitted bids.

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 10:01 am


The Spartans struggled in the first half with turnovers and poor shooting in the first half against the visiting Simpson JV. They headed into the locker room at the half trailing the Storm by three, 27-24. The Spartans continued to struggle in the second half and eventually the game slipped away, 76-62.

Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We shot the ball well to begin the second half and were able to get a few defensive stops early on that allowed us to take the lead at one point in the game. Unfortunately, our defensive effort got worse as the game went on and we were unable to get enough stops to overcome Simpson and win the game.”

The Spartans had three players score in double figures. Morgan Knorr led the Spartans with 18 points, Darian Polson added 17 points, and Jill Vanderhoof scored 11 points.


Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 1:38 pm

Larry Mason

Southwestern played its game throughout a holiday weekend contest, giving itself a chance to win, but fell to 12-1 Southeast Nebraska, 65-60. Southwestern took a 34-27 advantage to half behind a torrid offensive performance from Mataika Koyamainavure and big defensive rebounds from Larry Mason (pictured) and Jared Theis.

The biggest difference for the Spartans in the second half was their possession of the ball. The Spartans ballooned from three turnovers in the first half to nine in the second half, and they proved costly as Southeast benefitted with two run-outs off the miscues to get them back into the game and eventually the lead. The Spartans also missed three key free throws down the stretch.

Trailing by three with 45 seconds, the Spartans elected to guard rather than foul due to the strong free-throw percentages for the Storm on the floor. The Spartans knocked the ball out of bounds with one second on the shot clock and ten on the game clock. Southwestern then failed to communicate a hand-off and Southeast was able to knock in a mid-range jumper to put the game out of reach.

Southwestern next plays Wednesday, December 4, in Des Moines against Grand View. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 12:00 pm

 Frazee Deb ForWebCRESTON, IOWA (December 2, 2013) – The Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council’s Southwest Regional Hub housed at Southwestern Community College in Creston has announced the placement of the region’s new STEM manager, Deb Frazee.

Frazee comes to the STEM Advisory Council after years of valuable work in education and economic development, including 13 years with Iowa Western Community College as a job training specialist, five years with the Iowa Department of Education as a rehabilitation counselor and a wealth of further experience in the private sector.

Read more: Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Names New Regional Manager

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 11:41 am

Darian Polson

After taking a first half lead, including 12 points from Darian Polson, against the visiting Southeast CC Storm, 36-28, the Spartans struggled on the defensive end of the court in the second half. Coming out of the locker room the Spartans were outscored 45-27. This left them on the losing end of a 63-73 final score.

Head Coach Addae Houston said, “Not enough effort on the defensive end in the second half cost us the game. We gave up too many second chances points from offensive rebounds. Southeast picked up their intensity on defense in the second half and forced us to turn the ball over which lead to easy transition points.”

Polson led the team in scoring, finishing the game with 20 points and seven rebounds. Jill Vanderhoof also added 16 points and three rebounds, while Morgan Knorr had 12 points and five rebounds.


Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 10:07 am

Morgan Knorr

The Spartans squeezed in one more road game before the Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, November 26. They traveled to Columbus, NE to play the Central Community College Raiders. The Spartans struggled to get their offense moving in the first half, heading to the locker room at the half down 48-18.

Taking the court in the second half, the Spartans found their groove scoring 34 points. The much improved second half effort was too little to catch the Raider’s large first half lead. The final score was 89-52.

Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We started the game off slow, and did not do a good job of handling Central's pressure. They were able to force turnovers and get easy transition points. They scored 28 of their points off of our turnovers.”

The team was led in scoring by sophomore Morgan Knorr with 31 and contributed six rebounds.

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:05 am

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Facing a team that had knocked off three Division I teams in the early going of the season, Southwestern could not conjure enough offense to stay with Central Nebraska on the road Tuesday night, dropping the contest 81-55. A cold start from the floor overshadowed a nice defensive effort early on for Southwestern. The Raiders were primarily scoring on transition off turnovers or offensive putbacks on rebounds. The Spartans made an uncharacteristic 11 turnovers in the half, which is around their game average.

In the second half, Southwestern controlled defensive rebounds better and took care of the ball, and looked much more efficient in their offensive attacks. The damage had been done, however, and the lead was too great to overcome at that stage. Southwestern got a nice game from Larry Mason, who made some strong basket attacks and was turnover free for the game. Matt Orchard, moving well without the ball, benefitted from several good cuts and finishes to the basket as well. Nikola Drobnjak had his best minutes of the year for the Spartans off the bench.

Southwestern will next host Southeast Nebraska at home Saturday, November 30. Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:35 am

Little changed for the Spartans from the previous week when they traveled to play the eighth ranked Highland Community College on Saturday, November 23. The Scotties early defensive pressure gave them a solid 36-9 lead going into the locker room at the half. The Spartan were able to make some offensive improvements in the second half, scoring 24, but it was far too little too late. The Scotties won the game 83-33.

Head coach Addae Houston said, “Highland’s pressure once again took us out of the game early with consistent trapping from start to finish. Handling pressure is definitely a weakness of ours that we have to get better at as we approach the conference season.”

Read more: Spartans Struggle in Kansas

Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 11:24 am

ChamberSingers 2012The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Chamber Singers will be touring in the Des Moines area the week of December 2, 2013, presenting “Holiday Carols in Concert."

The SWCC Chamber Choir features the amazing voices of students from across the country who have come to SWCC in Creston to attend the college’s School for Music Vocations.  The concerts will feature favorite carols and masterworks by Poulenc, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Christiansen, Durufle, Shaw, and Mattson.

Concert dates and locations follow:

Read more: Chamber Singers Performing in Des Moines Area