College News

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.

Published February 23, 2017 3:44 pm

Student Welding

High school students are invited to compete in a welding competition and explore post-secondary and career opportunities in the welding field.

Thursday, April 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southwestern Community College, Technical Center, welding lab
1501 W. Townline St., Creston, IA  50801

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

For additional information, or to register for the event, please contact Micah Elefson, welding instructor, or Doug North, career and technical education recruiter.

Read more: Welding Skills Challenge and Industry Career Fair

Published February 23, 2017 11:42 am

SWCC student ambassadors giving wake up call

In case you missed the SWCC Student Ambassadors' wake-up call on KCCI-TV's morning show, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 5 and 6 a.m., here is your opportunity to see it (video link above)!  Also, below is a version that didn't quite make the cut, but might bring a smile to your face.

Have a great day!

Read more: Student Ambassadors Give Wake-Up Call on KCCI Morning Show

Published February 17, 2017 3:52 pm

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus. 

The board set a public hearing for review and approval of the college’s fiscal year 2018 budget.  The public hearing was set for March 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds February 2017 Meeting

Published February 15, 2017 4:05 pm

Following are the instructions to bidders and bid documents for the Southwestern Community College Instructional Center Chiller Improvement Project.  Bids are due on Wednesday, March 1, at 2 p.m.

Read more: Bid Documents for College Chiller Improvement Project

Published February 15, 2017 12:11 pm

Tyler Waddingham

On Sunday, Feb. 12, five members of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Livestock Judging Team headed to the Iowa Beef Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines to compete with students from across the state.  SWCC student Tyler Waddingham (shown above), sophomore of Creston, came home with a first place finish!

Read more: Waddingham Places at Iowa Beef Expo

Published February 15, 2017 9:38 am

BOGO Sale Ad

Stop by the SWCC Shoppe on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, from 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., for buy one get one 50 percent off!

The sale is good on all clothes, gifts, and souvenirs.

No rain checks.  Prices good for one day only.

Published February 13, 2017 10:18 am

Iowa Department of Education
News Release
Feb. 10, 2017    
Contact:    Staci Hupp
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Impact contributed $5.4 billion in income, equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs

DES MOINES – Iowa’s community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to a statewide analysis of the colleges’ economic impact. The newly released study, Analysis of the Economic Impact and Return on Investment of Education, found that Iowa’s community colleges collectively contributed $5.4 billion into the state’s economy and supported 107,170 jobs - roughly 6 percent of all jobs in Iowa - during fiscal year 2014-15.

The independent study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), utilized academic and financial reports from the community colleges, as well as earnings and employment outcomes data from the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development.

Read more: Study Highlights Impact Community Colleges have on Economy

Published February 8, 2017 9:56 am

Community by Design workshop graphic

The Community by Design workshop scheduled for today has been postponed until a later date due to the weather.  Any registration fees already received will be refunded.

Watch for updates when the event is rescheduled.

Published February 6, 2017 9:12 am

Sarah Nolte, Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center (CIAC) advocate, will have office hours at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in the Instructional Center, room 727 (upstairs, across from the TRIO-SSS offices), every Friday during the spring 2017 semester, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., or by appointment, to provide advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, as well as their supporters.

Read more: Crisis Center Advocate has Services Available on Campus