College News

Published November 5, 2012 8:47 am

Get involved!  SWCC Week starts today.  Reminder, please sign your team up by noon if you are participating in the dodge ball tourney tonight.  To register for dodge ball, contact Tracey Evans.  There's still time to register for Tuesday night's SWCC's Got Talent as well.  To register for SWCC's Got Talent, please contact Lisa Carstens.  Keep in mind the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive takes place all week!  If you haven't already donated, you may bring your donation to Wednesday night's basketball games.

Monday activities include:

8:15-8:40 a.m., SWCC Greet

Get your agenda for SWCC Week.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., President’s Chili Cook-off, LRC, Instructional Center

Faculty and staff volunteers will test their chili-making skills by competing in a chili cook-off with a panel of judges.  Plan to come help eat their creations.

7 p.m., Dodge Ball, SWCC Gym

Co-ed teams of up to 10 individuals (must have at least three females and only six on court at one time) will compete in a dodge ball tournament.  Top three teams will receive awards and bragging rights for the rest of the year.  Register with student activities (Tracey Evan’s office in Student Center) or in the Spartan Suites office.  Please have teams there by 6:30 p.m. to go over rules.

8:30 p.m., Call of Duty Game Night, Student Center, upstairs

Come play and compete in Call of Duty at Game Night for SWCC Students.  The SWCC Student Ambassadors are the sponsor for this event. Sign up with Admissions in the Administration Center.

Complete SWCC Week Schedule

Published October 26, 2012 11:28 am

SWCCweek_logoThe college’s second annual SWCC Week will be held November 5-9, 2012!  Fun events are being planned for SWCC students throughout that week.  Some of the events will include a dodge ball tournament, Creston-wide scavenger hunt, and turkey bowling.  See the complete agenda below to plan your week of fun!

Read more: SWCC Week 2012

Published October 26, 2012 11:24 am

A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held Fri., October 26, 2012, at 8 a.m. in the Administration Center on the college’s Creston campus.  During the meeting, the board held a public hearing for phase one of the Instructional Center improvement construction project.

The board of trustees reviewed bids from three contractors.  Ken Rech, SWCC board of trustees president from Red Oak, called for any oral or written objections or petitions.  No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted.  The board approved the bid of $388,300 from Proctor Mechanical Corporation of West Des Moines.

Phase one of the Instructional Center project includes installation of a new boiler and sprinkler system.  Work on the project will begin this fall.


Published October 24, 2012 11:45 am

HolidayOpenHouse Bookstore2012 ForWebThe SWCC Bookstore has announced their Holiday Open House will be Tues., November 6, from 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Get a jump on your holiday shopping by stopping in.  There will be plenty of gift ideas and holiday decor.  Be sure to sign up for the door prizes while you're there. 

Get started on your holiday shopping early with a trip to the SWCC Bookstore!

Published October 17, 2012 2:46 pm

CRESTON, IA—Beth Kulow, area regional manager for the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative has announced more than 170 teachers and community leaders will be participating in Scale-Up programs for the STEM initiative. Statewide, more than 800 schools and community organizations will have the opportunity to experience STEM programming and activities.

Read more: Southwest Iowa STEM Region to Announce Recipients of STEM Scale-Up Grants

Published October 15, 2012 4:48 pm

ArtKioskSouthwestern Community College's art & design department recently received notification they were the recipient of a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.  The grant funds were used to purchase a kiosk, which will be utilized as a virtual art gallery for the art & design department.  The kiosk in position (shown in photo at right) is located in the main entry of the Instructional Center.  Two additional kiosks will be located in the SWCC Student Center and in uptown Creston, possibly at the restored depot. 

Once the kiosks are fully functional, the kiosks will provide details about current art venues and events in and around the area; information regarding SWCC's art & design programs; biographical sketches of local artists and their work; display exhibit work of SWCC students, local artists, and other students in the college's region; and much more.  The kiosks feature a large monitor to display artwork, as well as a touch screen viewers will use to browse through the galleries.

Published October 11, 2012 4:36 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 10, 2012, in the administration center on the Creston campus.

During the meeting, Ken Rech of Red Oak was re-elected as president of the college’s board. Dennis Davis of Greenfield was re-elected as the board’s vice president. SWCC Assistant to the President Mary Jo Skarda was re-appointed as board secretary and SWCC Chief Financial Officer Teresa Krejci was re-appointed as board treasurer.

The board re-appointed members to the Education Foundation board for the 2012-13 year. Education Foundation board members re-appointed include Patti Bricker of Greenfield, Randy Huewe of Creston, Karl Knock of Creston, Rick Oshel of Osceola, Allen Pohren of Red Oak, Jerry Smith of Osceola, Alec Turner of Corning, Larry Giles of Mt. Ayr, Amy Hook of Creston, Connie Purdum of Creston, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC representative.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds October 2012 Meeting

Published October 10, 2012 5:42 pm

The SWCC Education Foundation hosted a breakfast for SWCC retirees on Wed., October 10, 2012, in the Student Center. Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, and administrative cabinet members talked to the retirees about current happenings at the college, as well as offered them a summary of tornado recovery.  They dined on breakfast from the Spartan Cafe.

RetireePhoto 2012

Read more: Retirees Welcomed Back to Campus

Published October 10, 2012 2:13 pm

schroeder rita ForWeb 0478OCTOBER 10, 2012—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) athletics department has announced the college’s volleyball court will be named “Rita Schroeder Volleyball Court,” in honor of the Spartans’ long-time SWCC volleyball coach.  The court insignia will be unveiled in a ceremony prior to the Spartans’ Wed., October 24, 6:30 p.m. volleyball match against Grand View JV.  The game, which is the last home game of the season, is also Parents’ Night for the team.

Read more: SWCC Volleyball Court Being Named After Long-Time Coach Rita Schroeder

Published October 5, 2012 9:33 am

3dSimulator CollisionRepairOCTOBER 5, 2012--The Southwestern Community College collision repair/refinish program recently received an exciting delivery--the SiM Spray 3D Virtual Paint System. SimSpray is an immersive virtual reality painting simulator. It will assist SWCC instructors in the teaching of spray painting and coating fundamentals.

With the system in place, students will learn correct body positioning and movement for proper painting and coating techniques. The student operating the system will use a simulated paint gun and headgear to enter an immersive virtual reality environment where he/she will apply "paint" to specific areas of automobiles. The student will view the simulator through the head gear as it tracks his or her motion and painting techniques.

Read more: Collision Repair/Refinish Program Implements 3-D Paint System