College News

Published October 14, 2011 12:27 pm

Southern Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (SIRC&D) and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) have launched a collaborative effort—the Smart Business Resource Program—to provide workshops, on-site consultation, and online learning opportunities for area business people and entrepreneurs.  The program was partially funded by SIRC&D and a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant.

The Smart Business Resource Program, which will be facilitated through SWCC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will promote rural entrepreneurship and job creation throughout its south central Iowa service area.  SWCC business and technology instructors and professional staff, who have extensive teaching and business consulting experience, will be utilized to provide individualized technical assistance through online training, face-to-face workshops, and on-site consultation.  Initial topics will include business planning, basic small business accounting, basic and advanced QuickBooks, QuickBooks for farmers, reading and understanding financial statements, and marketing.

Published October 12, 2011 4:44 pm

Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a book reading. Head to the SWCC LRC to check out your copy of George Orwell’s 1984. Because there are a limited number of copies (18 total), when you are done with your copy, please return it to the LRC so someone else will have a chance to read it.

The group discussion for this book will occur on two dates:

Mon., October 31, 12-1 p.m., LRC  
Tues., November 1, 12-1 p.m., LRC

Select which date works best for you and feel free to bring your lunch! Please be sure to have your copy of the book back to the LRC by Nov 1, 2011, as they have to be returned to the originating library by November 3.

If questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, at 641.782.1429 or Donovan Richardson, SWCC student and Phi Theta Kappa member.

Published October 12, 2011 4:20 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 11, 2011, in the administration center on the Creston campus.

Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC’s dean of students, reported that fall SWCC enrollment is at 1,762 students.  This is up from 1,753 students last year.  Thompson stated during the past three years enrollment has increased 19.8 percent.  Credit hours have decreased slightly from 17,797 credits in the fall of 2010 to 17,709 credits in the fall of 2011.

Mary Jo Skarda, Southwestern’s board secretary, noted Dr. Tony Cass of Creston, Cindy Cox of Bedford, Susan Lane of Leon, and Fred Shearer of Corning were re-elected for four-year terms to the board during the recent elections.  The board members’ four-year terms began on October 1, 2011.

Published October 12, 2011 10:57 am

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Spartans first exhibition game originally scheduled for this Friday (Oct. 14) has been moved. The Women's Basketball Program will now open up play on October 19 at the Midland University Jamboree. The game versus Doane College has been moved from this Friday to Friday, October 21. The game will be played at 5 p.m. on Doane's campus. Coach Gilcrist added, "Although this change means our girls will play many games in very few days, we are excited for the opportunity to have an overnight trip so early in the season. Team chemistry is very important to any team, but we feel it is especially important for us given the strength of our schedule and the grind this season will have on us. We need to be connected as a family and this trip will help us progress towards that state."

Published October 12, 2011 10:33 am

Southwestern played at #26 DMACC Monday night and lost to the Bears with scores of 25-21, 25-20, and 25-17. Head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington said, "I'm very pleased with our performance tonight. Our team did a great job putting the ball away. We had a few serve receives that we got stuck in and that was the difference in the game. I am very impressed with how our team is coming around. We have played some great teams and we are showing that we are able to do some really great things."

Kills were very balanced with Blake Sullivan leading the way with 8. Followed by Josey Ellis and Sam Weed with six. Megan Simms finished with five and Amber Thomas with three. Sullivan also lead the way in blocks with four. Thomas and Katelyn Coyle each had two. Coyle led the team in assists with 26. In digs Mariah Kruse had 11 followed close by Ellis with nine and Simms with eight.

Southwestern will be playing on October 14 and 15 at the Iowa Central Community College Invitational in Fort Dodge.

Published October 10, 2011 5:23 pm

BaseballAlumni_MG_4395It was a great weekend for Spartan athletics!  Many alumni made it back to town for the Athletic Alumni & Family Reunion Weekend.  To view the complete photo album, please visit SWCC's Facebook page.

Approximately 22 people came to A&G Restaurant in downtown Creston on Friday night when they got to town.  On Saturday, alumni games were played in volleyball, women’s basketball, softball, and baseball.  Then, Saturday night, approximately 60 people came to the Elk’s Lodge for hors d’eouvres and mingling.  Everybody had a good time and Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director, said there were former athletes reunited who hadn’t seen each other since college.

Published October 10, 2011 8:43 am

The spartanheadSouthwestern men's basketball team finally got a chance to play someone other than themselves in practice Sunday when they played three scrimmage games at the JUCO Jamboree in Cedar Falls. The Spartans have been in pre-season workouts since the beginning of September, and official practice since October 1, so Head Coach Mike Holmes likes for his team to get an early exhibition to break the routine. Holmes said, "Even though it is much too early for us to have our offensive reads and defensive decisions perfected, the jamboree is an opportunity for players to see where they are in relation to other teams, and rewards them for a physically demanding pre-season."

Published October 7, 2011 9:56 pm


The Spartans took down the Yellowjackets in a three-game match on Friday, October 7. Starting out the night with a 25-15 win, the Spartans took the momentum and ran with it, finishing the next two games 25-18 and 25-21.

Sophomore Josey Ellis led the Spartans with 14 kills, while Blake Sullivan followed with 10. For digs, Mariah Kruse finished with 10 and Kaley Folkerts with nine. Assists were controlled by Katelyn Coyle who wrapped up the night with 25. Aces were brought in by Ellis with three and Chrystal Olerich and Caleigh Fowler both had two.

The Spartans will play again on Tuesday, October 11, against DMACC in Boone.

Published October 6, 2011 11:11 am

Starting Friday afternoon, there will be many familiar faces returning to Southwestern's campus. The athletic department will host its Second Annual Athletic Alumni & Family Weekend on October 7 and 8. For the complete weekend agenda, visit SWCC's athletic page.

SWCC faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the weekend as well. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 641.782.1437 or ext. 437 and let her know if you plan to eat with the group. Meals cost $5 per person.

Published October 6, 2011 9:38 am

KirkwoodVball_MG_3763The Spartan women took on the Kirkwood Eagles in a three game set on Wed., October 5. With the first game ending with a score of 10-25, the Spartans upped their intensity. The next two games ended with scores of 15-25 and 16-25. Libero Mariah Kruse said this about the night, “We started out kind of rocky and it was hard to get our momentum back. Then we lost our intensity, overall it was a rough night.” 

Freshman Katelyn Coyle led the team in assists with 17.  Sophomore Josey Ellis ended the night with five kills and Blake Sullivan and Samantha Weed both ended with four. Coyle ended the night with 10 digs and Mariah Kruse was right behind with nine. Coyle and Kaley Folkerts were the only two with aces, both ending with one.

The Spartans next game will be this Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m., against Graceland JV. This game will kickoff the Athletic Alumni Reunion Weekend.