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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.

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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.  To watch the story, visit

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.

Published March 9, 2012 3:09 pm

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Riding high off an upset of Ellsworth in regional tournament play on Tuesday, Southwestern tried to keep the magic rolling against #3 seed Iowa Central on Thursday.  For a while, it looked like the ride might continue.  In a slow-paced and methodical game, Iowa Central shooters could not get on track early.  For the Spartans' part, they too had trouble finding offensive conversions early, but with 12 minutes left in the first half had built a 12-7 lead. The Tritons kept attacking, but could not get a good flow going until just before the half when they grabbed a 17-16 lead going into intermission. 

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Published March 7, 2012 8:38 am

Tuesday night, the Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Keokuk to face off against second-place Southeastern Community College. The Blackhawks, having defeated Southwestern just a week earlier, took control of the game early once again and never looked back.

After opening the game on a 10-0 run over the first four minutes of action, the Spartans of Southwestern did their best to keep the game in manageable distance. As both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm (Southwestern shot 26 percent from the floor in the first half), the Blackhawks used stymie defense to get their offense going. SCC forced Southwestern into 13 first half turnovers, seven of which they translated into 14 points. Clinging to a 22-15 halftime advantage, the focus for the Spartans was understandably on ball security at intermission.

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Published March 7, 2012 8:29 am

Littleton Marcus IMG 4004To upset Ellsworth, ranked number two in the region, AT Iowa Falls, the Spartan youngsters knew they would have to rebound and be good with possession of the ball—they did both on their way to a 62-61 upset victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night. Ellsworth came out of the gate strong, jumping to a 10-4 advantage on the strength of two three-point goals early. Southwestern stayed methodical, keeping the pace slow, and got key baskets from Delby Halcomb and  Devin Kastrup to stay within striking distance at the half, trailing 36-28. When the Spartans found  Marquealis Edwards cutting to the basket for a lay-up in the first possession of the second half, Southwestern seemed to be in the game for the long haul.

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Published March 6, 2012 2:54 pm

Creston, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) recently announced the addition of men’s and women’s track and field starting with the 2012-13 school year.

According to Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, the decision to add an intercollegiate sport was made after a lot of thought and consideration by the college’s administration.  SWCC has had men’s and women’s cross country programs in place since 2006.  The Spartans’ cross country teams, under the direction of Head Coach Bill Huntington and Assistant Coach Cari Stalker, have been national contenders throughout the years.  During the 2011 season, the women’s team was ranked in the top 20 nationally.

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Published March 6, 2012 2:50 pm

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College’s adult and continuing education department is offering coaching authorization in a fast track format from March 26-April 7, 2012, at Murray Community School.  The course will meet Monday through Friday evenings from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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Published March 5, 2012 4:04 pm

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CRESTON, IA, March 5, 2012—Five Southwestern Community College students placed at the Spring Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference in Des Moines, February 26-27, qualifying them for BPA national competition, to be held during the 2012 National Leadership Conference, April 25-29, in Chicago, IL.

SWCC students qualifying for nationals included Nora Andrews, sophomore, office systems specialist major, from Benton; Jacqueline Castillo, sophomore, medical transcription major, from Lenox; Amber Graciano, sophomore, liberal arts major, from Lenox; Melissa Villarreal, sophomore, medical transcription major, from Lenox; and Carla Willis, sophomore, business administration major, from Creston.

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Published March 1, 2012 4:20 pm

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Wednesday night, Coach Gilcrist and the Spartan Women’s Basketball team had the honor of recognizing their three sophomores while also raising money and awareness for breast cancer research. The event, sponsored by Wal-Mart, Curves, Greater Regional Medical Center, Iowa State Savings Bank, First National Bank, Great Western Bank, and State Savings Bank (as well as having a raffle item donated by Kelly’s Flowers), was held to raise money for the Cancer Center at Greater Regional Medical Center. With t-shirt sales, raffle items, and smoothies for sale throughout the night, the Lady Spartans donned pink uniforms. Before the game, the team honored its three sophomores and their families by presenting the girls with flowers and other gifts. At halftime, Jenny Thompson spoke on behalf of the Cancer Center of Greater Regional Medical Center about important cancer statistics in our area!

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Published March 1, 2012 4:12 pm

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In an intense battle in which the Spartans did not let the fourth-ranked team nationally out of their sights, Kirkwood eventually prevailed, 60-54. Southwestern used long offensive possessions, multiple screens, and key rebounds from Trevor Kayser to get a late first-half push, going into intermission trailing 31-28.  In the second half, the Eagles pushed the lead to 9 with just more than 10 minutes to play when a Southwestern turnover led to a run-out opportunity for Kirkwood.  Marquealis Edwards then followed a three-point goal with a dribble attack and feed to Kayser to trim the lead back down.

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