College News

Published March 16, 2016 10:47 am

SWCC 50th Anniversary Logo

Southwestern Community College is celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2016.  The college will host a come and go Open House on Sat., April 16, from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Center, on the Creston campus, 1501 W Townline Street, in celebration of this milestone.  The public is invited.

Read more: Southwestern Hosting 50th Anniversary Open House

Published March 15, 2016 10:04 am

Spring 2015 PTK Induction Ceremony

Southwestern Community College's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Beta Eta Nu, will be hosting its formal induction for new members on Sun., April 3, 2016, at 3 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180.  All new Phi Theta Kappa members for the 2015-16 school year, their families, and friends are invited to attend.  Southwestern faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend as well.

Read more: Formal Induction Planned for New PTK Inductees

Published March 14, 2016 4:33 pm

SWCC Nursing Graduates

Attention SWCC Nursing Graduates! You are invited to attend a Nursing Alumni Gathering on Sat., April 16, 2016, from 1-2 p.m. in the college's Allied Health & Science Center at 1501 W. Townline Street in Creston.

This informal gathering will give you the opportunity to reunite with classmates, as well as past and present nursing faculty members. During the event, the nursing department's new simulation lab will be open for tours.

Read more: Nursing Alumni Gathering

Published March 4, 2016 12:00 am

2016 All-Iowa Academic Team SWCC

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Garrett Abell, of Cromwell, and Blythe Beck, of Sharpsburg, were honored as members of the 2016 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony held Wed., March 2, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines.

Read more: Two SWCC Students Named to All-Iowa Academic Team

Published March 3, 2016 3:16 pm

2016 PTK Regional Officers

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sophomore Tom Hol, from Osceola, was elected as vice president of the southwest district for the Phi Theta Kappa Iowa Region during the Iowa Regional Convention, held February 26-27, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Urbandale.

Read more: SWCC Student Elected Phi Theta Kappa Regional Officer

Published March 3, 2016 10:16 am

Richard Lewis speaking to group

Representatives from the University of Iowa, Southwestern Community College (SWCC), and the Creston Community School District came together on Wed., March 2, 2016, at 10 a.m., at Creston High School, to discuss a new statewide scholarship program available to high school students in the Creston district who plan to go directly to the UI or transfer to the UI after graduating from SWCC.

Read more: New Micro-Scholarships Available to Creston Students at SWCC

Published March 3, 2016 8:51 am

Jerry Smith and Ken Rech at Awards Banquet

Ken Rech, president of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees, was honored for 35 years of service to community colleges during an Awards Banquet at the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) 2016 Conference at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines on Mon., February 22, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Read more: Board President Honored for Years of Service

Published February 25, 2016 4:36 pm

The Real Group

The Real Group, a world renowned five-member a cappella ensemble from Sweden, will be performing two concerts on Fri., April 8, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., at Southwestern Community College’s Performing Arts Center in Creston.  The performances are open to the public.  Tickets are $25 each.

Read more: The Real Group Headlining Southwestern’s Fox Fest

Published February 22, 2016 10:44 am

College Goal Sunday poster

Iowa students and their families are invited to get free assistance with forms required to file federal financial aid during an Iowa College Goal Sunday event, at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston on Wed., February 24, from 3-7 p.m., in room 119 of the Technical Center.  Students planning to attend any college are welcome to participate in this event. 

“Iowa College Goal Sunday events provide opportunities for students and families to receive professional guidance and assistance with financial aid forms, helping ensure a student has the best chance at the maximum amount of financial aid available to them,” said Brittania Morey, state coordinator of Iowa College Goal Sunday. “For many the financial aid process is a scary thing and getting free help from a professional financial aid expert helps them relax a bit and reduces the overall stress planning for college can have on a family.”

Volunteers for Iowa College Goal Sunday,SM which will be held throughout February and March in 38 Iowa locations, will help students and their families fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of a national program that helps students qualify for federal financial aid. The FAFSA, which is available in free paper and electronic forms from the U.S. Department of Education, is the first step in the qualification process.

To complete the FAFSA, families should bring, for both the student and parent, the following:

  • Social Security number, driver’s license number and date of birth
  • Most recent federal and state tax returns
  • W-2 forms or other records of income earned last year
  • Current bank statements and investment records
  • Records of untaxed income received last year
  • 2015 business and farm records
  • Alien registration numbers if not a U.S. citizen

Students and parents will be required to sign up for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) username and password to electronically sign the forms and make future changes. To create a FSA username and password, visit



Published February 17, 2016 2:28 pm

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Wed., February 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board set a public hearing for review and approval of the college’s fiscal year 2017 budget.  The public hearing was set for March 8, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board Holds February 2016 Meeting