College News

Published January 14, 2016 5:17 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 12, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center. 

In personnel, the board approved the hiring of Susannah Miller as agriculture instructor for the 2016-17 academic year.  Miller has been an agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor at Murray Community High School in Murray since 2006.

The board approved the early retirement requests of SWCC employees Cheryl Blazek, emergency services and health related programs coordinator, and Sarah Smith, Red Oak Center coordinator.  Blazek has served in the college’s adult and continuing education department since 1999.  She was hired at SWCC as an EMS coordinator prior to moving into her current role.  She has also been an adjunct instructor for the college.  Her last day of employment will be February 7, 2016.  Smith, who was hired at the college in 1996 as satellite manager before moving into her current role, will finish at the college on June 30, 2016.  Smith has been an adjunct instructor for the college as well.

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Published January 13, 2016 4:54 pm

Jacob Bolinger Signs with Spartans

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Cross Country Coach Nick Ekel signed Jacob Bolinger, a senior at Lenox High School, to a National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track and field for the Spartans starting with the 2016-17 academic year.  

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Published January 13, 2016 4:40 pm

Despite a road victory on NJCAA DII foe, DMACC, the Southwestern men remain at the #11 spot in the latest rankings released on Jan 12, 2016.  It is the fifth consecutive week in the rankings as they entered the first regular season poll at #20 at peaked at #8 in the final rankings of 2015.

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Published January 13, 2016 9:13 am

There are just two weeks left to help Southwestern Community College’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) club with their "SWCC BPA NLC" fundraising campaign through Schwan’s Cares! Simply head to and place an order before January 27, 2016, to assist with their efforts!

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Published January 13, 2016 3:34 am

Pay It Forward Logo

Pay it Forward (PIF) Week 2016 has been scheduled for the week of April 18-22!  For those of you new to SWCC, during PIF Week SWCC students, faculty, and staff get involved by encouraging positive behaviors and service to the community.  The hope is that these efforts will ripple and spread community-wide in Creston, Osceola, and Red Oak. 

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Published January 12, 2016 9:13 am

The 11th ranked Southwestern Spartans opened up conference play in Boone on Sat., January 9, with a 77-76 win vs 13th ranked DMACC. As both teams got off to a slow starts offensively, Southwestern was able to gain some rhythm giving them a 28-24 lead at the break. In the second half, the Spartans had the lead up to 13 points late in the second half before DMACC made their run to close the gap to five with time winding down.

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Published January 5, 2016 4:22 pm

Spartan MBB Ranked 11th

The first NJCAA Division II men's basketball rankings of 2016 were released and Southwestern checked in at number 11.  Southwestern is 13-3 on the year and returns to action against Pure Prep Academy on Wed., January 6, in Creston with a tip of 6:30 p.m.  In the previous rankings, Southwestern was number eight but dropped a road contest to NJCAA DI number 12 Indian Hills.

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Published January 4, 2016 2:10 pm

The Spartan Cafe is open this week, Mon., January 4, through Fri., January 8, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.  They will be closed on Saturday.  On Sunday the Spartan Cafe will resume their normal hours--Sunday, 4-7 p.m., and weekdays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Published December 22, 2015 5:04 pm

Jenna Faust

Friday, December 18, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Coach Nick Ekel signed Jenna Faust of Earlham Community High School in Earlham to a National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track and field for the Spartans starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Faust owns a personal record of 21:54 in the 5,000m cross country distance, and was a member of the 2012 Earlham High team that finished fourth at the 2012 IGHSU 1A State Cross Country Championships.

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Published December 22, 2015 2:34 pm

Rita Schroeder

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will induct Rita Schroeder, longtime volleyball coach, graduate, and student-athlete, as its third member of the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Sat., January 23, 2016, at approximately 2:30 p.m., prior to the men’s basketball game vs Iowa Lakes, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., in the college’s Student Center gymnasium.

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