College News

Published September 27, 2012 4:03 pm

Representatives from the Union County Auditor’s Office will be at the SWCC Student Center on Wed., October 3, 2012, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to assist students with voter registration, requesting absentee ballots, and any other voter questions.  Students should bring a current Iowa driver's license or ID with them when they come.

If you have questions or need additional information about this event, please contact Matt Thompson, dean of student services.

Published September 21, 2012 10:06 am

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Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds was on campus Wed., September 19, 2012, for a STEM Conversations meeting in the Instructional Center at 1:30 p.m. Reynolds was accompanied by Ben Allen, president of the University of Northern Iowa. The two have been traveling the state educating the general public and answering questions about STEM.

Read more: Iowa Lieutenant Governor on Campus for STEM Conversations

Published September 13, 2012 1:25 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president for economic development, spoke to the board regarding the college’s five-year facilities plan, a requirement put in place two years ago by the Department of Education. Lesan explained the five-year facilities plan as an ever-changing document. He noted, for example, the plan includes upgrades to the classrooms in the Instructional Center spread over several years. According to Lesan, an estimate has been sought for a project that would consolidate several of these upgrades into one initiative at a cost of approximately $1.5 million. Work could begin as early as Spring Break 2013.

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

Published September 7, 2012 1:34 pm

ArtDepartmentLogo ForWebThe SWCC Art Club will be holding its first meeting of the year on Wed., September 12, 2012, at 2 p.m., in the art room (room 511 of the Instructional Center).  Everyone who is interested in art is invited to attend.  You DON'T have to be an art major.  If you are interested in becoming involved but can't make it to the meeting, please contact Linda Dainty, SWCC art instructor.

Published September 5, 2012 4:24 pm

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CRESTON—Southwestern Community College will sponsor the 2012 SWCC SmartStart Kickoff for high school students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2012.

The SmartStart Kickoff—an open house for students—will be a great chance for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to check out SWCC and its campus!  Students will be able to sit in on college classes, visit program areas, talk with instructors and students, and tour the residence halls.  High school students in attendance will receive lunch, a SWCC T-shirt, and the opportunity to win door prizes!  The college will be awarding two $250 SWCC scholarships for senior attendees.

Read more: Visit SWCC During the SmartStart Kickoff

Published September 4, 2012 5:21 pm

DrillTeamInfoMeeting ForWebThere will be a Drill Team Information Table set up on Tues., September 11, 2012, 10-11 a.m., in the Instructional Center main hallway and again on Wed., September 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. outside the Student Center in conjunction with the SWCC Club Fair.  Stop by and learn more about the 2012-13 Spartan Drill Team and meet the new coach, Melisa Crook. 

Bring your calendar with you because we will be talking about dates for tryouts.

Published August 30, 2012 2:06 pm

Crook ForWebMelisa Crook of Creston has been named as SWCC's drill team coach. She will soon be announcing dates for a drill team informational meeting and tryouts.

Crook has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Simpson College in Indianola. She is currently enrolled in the master of arts in teaching program at Simpson.

She is a nationally certified C.L.O.G. instructor. She was employed as a dance instructor at Leslie’s Dance Emporium in Creston for the past 10 years. She was also employed by Creston Community Schools as a mentoring coordinator/at risk counselor for four years.

Watch for additional drill team information as it becomes available.

Published August 28, 2012 8:47 am

CRESTON—The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College will begin recruiting sixth grade students for their pre-college program beginning in September.  Parents should watch for sign-up packets coming home with their sixth grade children, review and complete the application forms, and return the applications to the ETS office at Southwestern Community College.

ETS is a federally funded grant program designed to help students go to college.  ETS outreach advisors work in the schools helping sixth-12th grade students prepare for college.  

If parents are interested in enrolling their children for ETS, but do not receive a packet, they should call their school guidance counselor or contact the ETS office at 800.247.4023, ext. 392, or locally at 641.782.1392.

Middle schools and high schools in Area 14 participating in the ETS program include Bedford, Clarke, Corning, Creston, East Union, Lenox, Murray, Orient-Macksburg, and Villisca.  

TRIO Educational Talent Search is 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  More than 800 students are served by Area 14’s ETS program.  The office is located on SWCC’s Creston campus.

Published August 24, 2012 5:20 pm

StudentPlanner CloseUpGet organized for the fall 2012 semester! 

Student planners are available at the SWCC Bookstore

Cost is $5 each.

Published August 23, 2012 10:02 am

StudentPhotoWelcome to college!  We have a great year in store for you at SWCC!  Starting the first week, there are a lot of activities planned.

Sun., August 26

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Student housing move-in. Please report in at the Spartan Suites lobby
  • 5:30 p.m. - Pizza party in the Student Center, student housing activity

Mon., August 27

  • 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Final career and technical education new student orientation
  • 1-5 p.m. - Final arts and sciences new student orientation
  • 7 p.m. - SWCC Movie Night at the Strand Theater, downtown Creston, free with SWCC student ID, movie is The Campaign

Tues., August 28

  • 5:30 p.m. - Cookout for all SWCC students and employees, area in front of Allied Health & Science Center
  • 6 p.m. - Grant Terry Outdoor Concert, area in front of Allied Health & Science Center

Wed., August 29

  • FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
  • 6:30 p.m. - SWCC Spartans home volleyball opener vs. Marshalltown, first 200 fans receive a FREE Spartan 300 T-shirt.  Meet the team and see the schedule at SWCC Spartans Volleyball.

As you learn your way around Creston, be sure to check out the SWCC Zone Web site.  There are a lot of Creston and Osceola businesses that give SWCC students discounts just for showing them your SWCC student ID.

Also, keep up on all SWCC events by bookmarking the college's Master Calendar