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Published April 5, 2012 9:09 am

Phi Theta Kappa members, please RSVP as soon as possible for the upcoming Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony.  RSVPs are due by noon this Friday, April 6. Students need to RSVP with Steve Epperson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and staff members should RSVP with Jody Nedley-Newcomb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The formal induction of the 2011-2012 Phi Theta Kappa members is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Family and friends are invited.

Published April 2, 2012 4:14 pm

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Southwestern Community College’s automotive repair technology club presented a check for $125 to the Greater Regional Cancer Center on Friday, March 16, 2012.  The funds were raised during a recent T-shirt fundraiser by the organization.  Pictured are front row (L to R) - Donna Larkin, SWCC automotive club vice president; Javier Rubio, SWCC automotive club president; Jeni Thompson, director of medical oncology for Greater Regional Cancer Center; and Joan Weis, co-director of radiation oncology from Greater Regional Cancer Center and back row – Sue Claiser, SWCC automotive parts clerk; Jeff Sorensen, automotive repair technology instructor; Steve Schmalzried, automotive repair technology instructor; and Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students.

Published April 2, 2012 3:38 pm

Southwestern Community College is hosting a three-day volleyball camp, April 16-18, 2012, after school, for students in grades fourth through sixth.  The cost is $50. 

The camp will be directed by Southwestern Volleyball Coaches Melissa Blessington and Rita Schroeder, with the assistance of the Southwestern volleyball players.

For complete camp information, please visit the SWCC Volleyball Camp page

Published March 29, 2012 5:03 pm

PIF logo redSWCC’s 2012 Pay it Forward (PIF) Week will be held April 16-20, 2012. During PIF Week, SWCC students, faculty, and staff get involved in encouraging positive behaviors and service to the community. Specific details about activities for the week will be available on the SWCC Web site next week.

PIF Week started in 2009 with 10 students and has spread across campus and the community. There are little things you can do--hold the door for someone, thank a mentor, write a note of encouragement to someone with an illness, pay for the next person’s coffee at the drive-up, or help an elderly member of the community with yard work. It is easy to have a positive impact on the community.

Published March 21, 2012 3:17 pm

JoanBecker PhotoJoan Becker will be at Southwestern Community College’s Creston campus presenting “A Mother’s Story” on Thurs., March 29, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. in room 220 of the Instructional Center. Joan is the mother of Mark Becker, who was convicted in 2010 of the murder of Ed Thomas, a well-known football coach from Aplington-Parkersburg High School.

Joan and her husband, Dave, have been compelled to share their family's story about Mark and the experience their family has had coping with a child having paranoid schizophrenia. Their hope is that the open communication will help other families in some way.

Read more: Joan Becker Presenting “A Mother’s Story” at SWCC

Published March 21, 2012 3:00 pm

A workshop entitled “Stand out at a Job Fair,” will be offered at Southwestern Community College on Thurs., March 29, 2012, from noon until 2 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center.

The first hour of the event will be spent watching a presentation focusing on the dos and don'ts of job fair participation, etiquette, and other job hunting tactics. From 1-2 p.m., the session will focus on role playing in job fair situations. The participants will receive instant feedback from employers on how they did with the role playing situations.

Read more: Workshop Being Held for Job Hunters

Published March 16, 2012 11:51 am

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Two Southwestern Community College students, Danna Harlow of Corning and Marilyn Larson of Red Oak, have been named to the 2012 All-Iowa Academic Team.  The two students were honored at the downtown Marriott in Des Moines March 7, 2012, at 6 p.m., during the All-Iowa Academic Team Recognition Ceremony.  The event was hosted by the Iowa Valley Community College District.

Harlow is a December 2011 liberal arts graduate from Southwestern.  She transferred to Northwest Missouri State University where she is working toward her bachelor’s degree.
Marilyn Larson is a sophomore at SWCC’s Red Oak Center.  Larson, who is a business administration major, will graduate in July 2012.

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Sitting - Marilyn Larson and Danna Harlow
Standing - Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC sociology instructor and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president

Published March 16, 2012 11:37 am

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Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Cody Bristow of Creston High School and Robby Campbell of Orient-Macksburg High School placed first on the hands-on portion of the 2012 DMACC/IADA High School Automotive Skills Contest on Friday, March 2, 2012 at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

The two SWCC students qualified for the statewide competition following a written exam administered in December 2011. The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition.

Read more: SWCC Automotive Students Place at Iowa Auto Skills Contest in March

Published March 13, 2012 11:47 am

ihireSouthwestern Community College's annual iHire Employment Fair is scheduled for Wed., April 4, 2012, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium on SWCC’s Creston campus.  More than 40 employers are expected, representing business and industry, education, and the military.

During the employment fair, individuals will have opportunities for one-on-one contact with human resources professionals, on-site interviews, career exploration, and possible employment offers.  The services of a sign language interpreter will be available at the fair courtesy of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Read more: Southwestern to Host Annual Employment Fair

Published March 9, 2012 5:19 pm

Louisiana 3-19  3-20 2011 037The Osceola high school carpentry class will be traveling to Joplin, MO, from March 11-17, 2012, to assist with rebuilding efforts following the Joplin tornados.  Charlie Mundy, SWCC carpentry instructor, organized the trips through the Fuller Center for Housing.  Fourteen students, two chaperones, and Mundy will be making the trip.  This story was recently featured on KCCI-TV, Des Moines. 

The president of the Fuller Center had heard about similar work the Osceola students completed for storm-ravaged homes in Louisiana a couple of years ago.  The Fuller Center is excited about the students’ skill sets and looking forward to putting them to work.  Many times volunteers travel to assist with projects such as this without any prior construction knowledge.  During their time in Joplin, the students will be working on miscellaneous construction projects including construction of bunk beds, tool storage units, and completing the stucco on the exterior of a house.  The group will be staying in a gymnasium at a local church in Joplin.