College News

Published September 5, 2013 8:59 am

cyhawk buttonIMG 4958WHO-TV's (Channel 13's) RVTV is coming to Creston on Mon., September 9, 2013, from 4-10:30 pm! SWCC admissions is leading games for the event and will be set up directly in front of the Creston depot.  If you would like to assist admissions for a couple hours Monday evening, please contact Caitlyn Lesan to sign up.  You'll even get a one-of-a-kind SWCC/ISU/U of I button (pictured at right), because you know a lot of great Cyclones and Hawkeyes start their college adventure right here at SWCC!

RVTV includes nightly family friendly tailgating each week night leading up to the Iowa-Iowa State football game on Saturday in Ames.  This year's RVTV schedule is as follows:

  • Monday - Creston
  • Tuesday - Jefferson
  • Wednesday - Webster City
  • Thursday - Iowa Falls
  • Friday/Saturday - Ames

Published August 22, 2013 4:59 pm


Kulow Beth ForWebSouthwestern Community College (SWCC) announced today Beth Kulow will be the college’s new dean of student services.  Kulow succeeds Dr. Matt Thompson, who recently accepted a position at Indian Hill Community College in Ottumwa.

Kulow, a native of Mediapolis, has served as the southwest regional manager for the Iowa STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education Network since August 2012.  The governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which oversees the Iowa STEM hub, is a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and building a stronger STEM workforce.  In this position, Kulow has traveled a region consisting of 56 southwest Iowa school districts implementing Scale-Up Programs in local school districts to grow STEM educational programming for every learner.  Under Kulow’s direction, the southwest region achieved 98 percent participation during two academic school-years.

Read more: Kulow Named SWCC Dean of Student Services

Published August 21, 2013 8:23 am

Osceola StaffThe SWCC Osceola Center welcomed a nice crowd to their 2013 Open House on Wed., August 14, from 4-6 p.m., at the center in Osceola.

The Open House offered the Osceola staff an opportunity to introduce Sue Stearns, new Osceola Center director, and visit with those attending about what the center has to offer students and community members.  Pictured in the above photo are (left to right):  Lucy Black, Barb Chadwick, Sue Stearns, and Charlie Mundy.

Learn more about the Osceola Center.

Osceola OpenHouse

Published August 15, 2013 4:16 pm

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tues., August 13, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the college’s Administration Center.  The board meeting was held electronically due to a light agenda.

In personnel, the board approved the employment of Kelly Franklin as English instructor.  Franklin has a master of arts degree in English from Eastern Illinois University.  According to Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, Franklin is an accomplished writer and enthusiastic teacher who blends traditional teaching methodologies with innovative and creative techniques.  Taylor said Franklin has an extensive background in theater and is interested in leading the drama club.

Read more: Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees Holds August 2013 Meeting

Published August 7, 2013 9:39 am

Southwestern Community College's Osceola Center will be hosting an Open House on Wed., August 14, 2013, from 4-6 p.m. Students, parents, community members, and friends are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

The Osceola Center is located at 2520 College Drive, Osceola.

Published July 16, 2013 11:25 am

Stearns Sue WebSue Stearns of Woodburn has been named as director of Southwestern Community College’s Osceola Center. She replaces Dana Seymour, who is headed to Princeton, MO, to be principal of the secondary school.

Stearns worked for 34 years with Juvenile Court Services. She retired from there in July 2010 and finished her master’s degree from Simpson College in 2011. Stearns started teaching classes in criminal justice at Southwestern Community College in August 2011 and continues to do so today. She became SWCC’s criminal justice program advocate in September 2012 with assistance from the Clarke County Development Corporation.

Read more: Stearns Named SWCC Osceola Center Director

Published July 15, 2013 3:54 pm

Hogue Garrett ForWeb
CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Garrett Hogue of Lenox placed fifth in the nation for collision repair, at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships held June 24-28, 2013, in Kansas City, MO.

Read more: SWCC Student Places in National Competition

Published June 24, 2013 11:33 am

JoplinHouse 2013On Thurs., June 20, 2013, Charlie Mundy, SWCC high school carpentry instructor from Osceola, attended a dedication ceremony in Joplin, MO, for a house Mundy and the SWCC framed during their Spring Break trip. The carpentry students donated their time to help with home rebuilding taking place due to the tornado that destroyed much of Joplin.

Read more: SWCC Carpentry Instructor Heads Back to Joplin for Ceremony

Published June 14, 2013 10:03 am

2013LeadershipAwardsForWeb SBDCCRESTON, IA— Three southern Iowa businesses were honored during Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) Annual Business Conference and Expo held Mon., June 10, 2013, on SWCC’s Creston campus.  

Read more: Small Businesses Honored During SWCC Business Conference

Published June 13, 2013 2:57 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

The board discussed and approved a board member appointment, as well as a board member resignation.  At the May 24, 2013, special meeting of the board, a sub-committee had been appointed to fill the board vacancy in District 7, which was vacated with the departure of board member Cindy Cox of Bedford who is moving out-of-state with her family.  Rech stated it was the recommendation of this sub-committee that Jan DeMott of Bedford be appointed to the vacant position.  The board voted unanimously to fill the position with DeMott until the September 10, 2013, regular school board election when a board member will be elected.  

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds June 2013 Meeting