College News

Published March 17, 2017 11:55 am

National tourney qualifier T-shirt

The men's basketball national qualifier T-shirts have arrived! You may purchase them (or pick up your pre-order) at the SWCC Shoppe in the Student Center!

The SWCC Shoppe will be open during Sunday's send-off as well.  Spartan Send-Off information is available on the National Tourney Info page.

Published March 16, 2017 8:58 am

Selena Sampson

Selena Sampson, a student at Southwestern Community College (SWCC), has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.  The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually.  Each Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.

Read more: SWCC Student Named 2017 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar

Published March 15, 2017 3:45 pm

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

A public hearing was held for the college’s fiscal year 2018 budget.  No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted.  The board approved the budget as presented.

Read more: SWCC Board Holds March 2017 Meeting

Published March 14, 2017 3:47 pm

New PTK Inductees

Beta Eta Nu, Southwestern Community College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, held its Spring Induction Ceremony on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 3 p.m., in the Allied Health and Science Center on SWCC's campus.

Read more: Beta Eta Nu Holds Spring Induction Ceremony

Published March 14, 2017 3:47 pm

Two Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students qualified for the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference after competing at the Iowa Spring Leadership Conference held February 19-20, 2017, in Des Moines.  Shawna Abell, an administrative office technology major from Greenfield, and Jenna Shepherd, an associate of arts/college transfer student from Creston, will be making the trip to the national conference, from May 9-14, in Orlando, FL. 

Students are required to place in the top three at state competition in order to qualify for nationals.  Abell received the following awards during state competition:  Administrative Support Concepts, third place; Basic Office Systems & Procedures, sixth place; and Administrative Support Team (with teammate Shepherd), fifth place.  She will compete in Administrative Support Concepts at nationals.  Shepherd placed in the following categories:  Administrative Support Concepts, first place; Business Meeting Management Concepts, third place; Interview Skills, third place; and Administrative Support Team (with teammate Abell), fifth place.  She will compete in Administrative Support Concepts and Business Meeting Management Concepts at nationals.

Published March 9, 2017 10:36 am

The Beta Eta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will be holding its Spring Formal Induction on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Allied Health and Science Center on Southwestern Community College’s Creston campus.

All Phi Theta Kappa members, families, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.  Questions may be directed to Jody Nedley-Newcomb, co-advisor for the Beta Eta Nu chapter.

Phi Theta Kappa International serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students worldwide.  Beta Eta Nu is SWCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Published March 7, 2017 10:05 am

God's Favorite Play Graphic

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Drama Club will perform Neil Simon's hilarious comedy, God's Favorite, on March 30, 31, and April 1, 2017, at 7 p.m. each evening at the SWCC Performing Arts Center in Creston.  Tickets, $5 for students and $7 for the general public, may be purchased at the door.

Read more: Drama Club Performing Neil Simon's God's Favorite

Published March 3, 2017 1:59 pm

SWCC staff members with SWCC All-Academic selections

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Rebekah Kroese of Lenox, Selena Sampson of Creston, and Ana Vasquez of Osceola, were honored as members of the 2017 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony held Wed., March 1, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

Read more: Three SWCC Students Named to 2017 All-Iowa Academic Team

Published March 3, 2017 8:34 am

Representatives from Southwestern Community College made the trek to the state capitol in Des Moines yesterday, Feb. 28, for 2017 Community College Day on the Hill, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

During this event, community college trustees, presidents, staff, and business partners showcased career and technical education programs from throughout the state.  At the SWCC table, the welding program was featured.  Ben Williamson, second year welding student from Winterset, accompanied the SWCC delegation to the event.  Williamson answered questions related to the welding program from elected officials, community college presidents, and other passers-by throughout the day.

Shown in photo above (L to R) is the group from SWCC:  Cait Maitlen, admissions director; Doug North, CTE recruiter, Ben Williamson, welding student; Dr. Barb Crittenden, college president; Terri Higgins, marketing and enrollment management director; and Tom Lesan, vice president of economic development.

In photo below:  Ben Williamson (at right), SWCC welding student, explains the SWCC welding program to State Representative Joel Fry (R-Osceola).

Student Ben Williamson with Representative Joel Fry

Published March 3, 2017 8:30 am

Beta Eta Nu, Southwestern Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, brought home a number of awards from the Phi Theta Kappa Iowa Region Convention, held Feb. 24-25, at Des Moines Area Community College in Newton.  In attendance at the convention from SWCC were students, Gabe Esser, of Winterset, and Gabrielle Annonson, of Robbinsdale, MN, as well as Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Beta Eta Nu co-advisor. 

Individual and team awards earned by SWCC included:

  • Five Star Level (SWCC representatives pictured above receiving an award from Phi Theta Kappa regional officers) – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College.  Note:  Five star is the top award level chapters may receive.
  • Distinguished Theme Award – Honors in Action Project, Theme 3 – Rights and Responsibilities (Beta Eta Nu’s topic was “What is going on with mental health care in Iowa?”)
  • Honorable Mention, Iowa Region Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College
  • Honorable Mention, Iowa Region Distinguished Honors in Action Project – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College
  • Horizon Award – Justin Mann, Beta Eta Nu chapter, co-advisor
  • Horizon Award – Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Beta Eta Nu chapter, co-advisor

Beta Eta Nu officers for 2016-17 include Valerie Hartman, Blythe Beck, Gabe Esser, Selena Sampson, and Tiffany Simmons-Larson.

Shown in the photo above:
Front row (L to R) - Elizabeth Wantland, Kevin Miller, Tom Hol, and Dakota McKune, 2016-2017 Iowa Regional Officers; Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa International Associate VP of Leadership & International Education; Gabe Esser; Gabrielle Annonson; and Jody Nedley-Newcomb;
Back row - Rich Underwood, Iowa Region executive board president.