College News

Published December 3, 2014 10:31 am

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 10, 2015.    

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Published December 3, 2014 10:08 am

Spartan Men's Basketball Team Photo

Finishing undefeated for the month of November, with a record of 8-0, and adding a road win on Monday to improve to 9-0, the Southwestern men’s basketball team jumped all the way to #11 in the first regular season rankings released yesterday by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). 

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Published December 1, 2014 9:56 am

Defense set the tone for the game as the Spartans only allowed 21 first half points on way to a 49-21 half time lead at home against Central (NE) Community College.  “Having Ahmad Newsome back really improves our defense.  I felt that he and Jok Kut really impacted this game.  Newsome had eight assists and four steals while Jok had eight rebounds,” said Coach Todd Lorensen. 

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Published December 1, 2014 9:51 am

Bill Krejci

Bill Krejci, longtime Southwestern Community College athletic director/athletic fundraiser, coach, and instructor, will be inducted into the Southwestern Community College Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony to be held on Sat., December 6, 2014, at approximately 2:30 p.m., prior to the men’s basketball game vs William Penn, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium.

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Published December 1, 2014 9:09 am

PosterDay 2013

Research and display boards made by SWCC students in various classes will be available for perusing during the fall 2014 Poster Day on Wed., December 3, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the downstairs hallways of the Student Center.  Please stop by to view and evaluate the posters on display. 

The event is sponsored by the SWCC Undergraduate Research Committee (SWCCUR), which promotes innovative, creative use of critical thinking in the process of gaining and developing knowledge.

Published November 28, 2014 9:49 am

The Adelaide Australia team touring the United States played at Southwestern on November 26 and kept the game within one possession for the first 17 minutes of the game before 15 point burst allowed the Spartans to take a 42-26 lead into the break.  “They did a good job of spacing us out and hit some tough contested shots early on.  As we adjusted throughout the game I thought our defense improved,” said Coach Todd Lorensen.

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Published November 26, 2014 8:16 am

Palmer Marie ForWeb
Creston, IA---Southwest Valley High School volleyball star Marie Palmer has signed on for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Spartans volleyball team, starting with the 2015 season.

Palmer, a 6’2” hitter, was a unanimous first team all-conference selection in 2014 and 2013 for the Pride of Iowa Conference.  In 2012, she was named to second team all-conference.  

Palmer, who will be a 2015 graduate of Southwest Valley High School, is the daughter of Marv Palmer of Corning.

Published November 25, 2014 9:07 am

ChamberChoir2013 SWCC

The SWCC School for Music Vocations' Chamber Singers will be on tour performing Holiday Carols in Concert, December 1-5, in the Des Moines area.  Nightly concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. will be open to the public with a free-will donation.  Tommy Boynton will be the conductor.

The Chamber Singers tour schedule follows:

  • Mon., December 1, First Methodist Church, Winterset
  • Tues., December 2, St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Johnston
  • Wed., December 3, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Des Moines
  • Thurs., December 4, Central Presbyterian Church, Des Moines
  • Fri., December 5, Grace Lutheran Church, Des Moines

The Chamber Singers will present their holiday concert locally on Sun., December 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the SWCC Performing Arts Center.  Admission for this event is $10/person.  Students and seniors are $5/person.

Photo above:  2013 SWCC Chamber Singers during last year's holiday tour.

Published November 24, 2014 2:11 pm

IMT classroom
Southwestern Community College’s 2nd Annual Advanced Industrial and Technology (AIT) Exploration Day was a great success!  During the event, a select group of students and their instructors from across southwest Iowa spent the day touring two local industries, Vanmark and Wellman Dynamics.  It was a fantastic learning experience as the tours reinforced in the students the practical applications of the Employability Skills and the Technology Literacy components set out by the Iowa Common Core.

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Published November 24, 2014 11:43 am

Olivia Reifert

The Spartans went on the road on Saturday November 22, to take on the Southeast Community College Storm. To start the game the Spartans fell behind early 6-0 due to some full court pressure from the Storm that forced several costly turnovers.

“This has been our biggest problem in every game this year. We have to find a way as a team and coaching staff to generate better starts to our games,” commented Coach Addae Houston. The Spartans went into half-time down 40-20 struggling to get anything going offensively. “It was a hard fought game in the second half but the deficit was too much to overcome. Our offense and defense improved but it was too little too late and once you get down on good teams they will not let you back in the game.”

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