College News

Published May 19, 2014 2:46 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tues., May 13, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

During the meeting, the board approved a resolution directing the sale and delivery of $5.34 million in Dormitory Revenue Bonds to D.A. Davidson & Co. in Des Moines.  Larry Burger, vice president of Speer Financial, Inc., spoke with the board, stating that following Speer Financial’s examination, it was their recommendation for approval of the bid.  It was noted that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a rating of A3 to the bonds, which have a true interest rate of 3.8748 percent.

Published May 16, 2014 9:38 am

After almost six years at the helm of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) baseball program, Brian “Bull” Smith has announced he is stepping down to pursue other interests.

Published May 14, 2014 5:09 pm

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish students Garrett Hogue of Lenox and Zach Mullen of New Market took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2014 competition in Ankeny on Fri., May 2, 2014.

Hogue was named gold medalist in collision repair technology and Mullen was named gold medalist in automotive refinishing technology.  They will now head to represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 23-27, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.  The two SWCC students were honored at the state contest for outstanding academic achievement as well, due to maintaining 3.5 or higher cumulative college grade point averages.

Published May 8, 2014 10:46 am

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T.J. Bower, the all-time leading scorer in Nodaway Valley history, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Southwestern.  Bower’s numbers are gaudy.  He ranks number one all-time with 1,463 points and 245 steals.  He is second on the all-time list with 627 career rebounds, and third in assists.  Bower averaged 20.4 points per game in his senior season, but scoring is not what Head Coach Mike Holmes feels is his greatest asset. 

Published May 8, 2014 10:32 am

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds (shown in photo above) were at Southwest Valley High School in Corning for a town hall meeting to talk about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) on Tues., May 6, 2014.

The discussion was followed by STEM-related activities and demonstrations by students and their teachers.

For more information related to the Southwest Iowa STEM Region, please visit

Published May 7, 2014 8:29 am

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Natali Donahue, Clarinda High School senior, has signed on for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) volleyball team starting with the 2014 season.

Donahue, a 5’ 1” Libero and defensive specialist, was named all-conference for the Hawkeye 10. She also received the Cardinal defense award for her team.

She is daughter of Wendy Donahue and Donni Donahue.


Published May 5, 2014 4:47 pm

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The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team took top honors earning High Overall Team at the Iowa Collegiate Invitational on Sat., April 26, and Sun., April 27, at the Izaak Walton League in Ames and Nevada. College teams participating in the shoot included Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, Simpson College, and Southwestern Community College.

Ethan Jolliff (left), SWCC freshman from Indianola, won High Overall Individual for the tournament. In singles trap, Jolliff took first hitting 48 of 50 targets. He won skeet as well hitting 43 of 50. Trenton Cheers (right), SWCC freshman from Indianola, won sporting clays with 72 of 100.

Published May 5, 2014 11:28 am

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After Day One at the Region XI Men’s Golf Tournament, Jake Speer (pictured) was four strokes back of a qualifying bid for the National Tournament, but fell short in Round Two when he was unable to gain any ground on the field. Southwestern finished seventh as a team, playing short-handed with four players instead of five. The other golfers representing the Spartans were Chasen Selsor, Jared Theis, and Angga Edwards. The men increased their position in the regional tournament by one place from a year ago, and hope to keep the progress moving forward for 2015. Iowa Central was crowned the champion of Region XI. The tournament was held at Lake Panorama Golf Course in Panora.

Published May 1, 2014 3:23 pm

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Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Women’s Basketball Coach Addae Houston headed to Wilton to find his latest recruit, Olivia Reifert.

Houston is anxious to get Reifert on the court for the Spartans to help with a key game changer--rebounding. Reifert averaged 13.2 rebounds per game during her senior season in high school.

Reifert, who will graduate from Wilton High School later this month, was named 2013 Cedar Valley Conference honorable mention and 2014 River Valley Conference second team. She was selected to play in the 2014 River Valley Conference senior all-star game. Academically, Reifert was named 2014 Academic All-State, received the Governor’s Scholar Award, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has been on the honor roll throughout high school and will be valedictorian of her graduating class. In addition, she served on the National Council on Youth Leadership.

Published May 1, 2014 2:44 pm


Attention students! Textbook buyback is coming. The SWCC Bookstore will be buying back used textbooks during finals week, May 5-9, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your used textbooks, student ID, and original bookstore receipt to get money for your used books.