CRESTON —Four teams of students from Southwestern Community College's (SWCC) Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive program received honors during the Iowa high school Auto Skills Contest held December 17, 2010, at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny.
East Union’s team, made up of SWCC students Levi Stonehocker, a senior from Lorimor, and Lewis Ripperger, a junior from Afton, placed second overall in the statewide competition. Creston’s team, which consisted of Zach Wignall, a senior from Creston, and Cody Bristow, a junior from Creston, competed and earned fifth place honors.
Corning’s team of Micheal Avila, a senior from Corning, and Dalton Cormeny, a senior from Corning, placed seventh; and Mt. Ayr’s team of Trevor Richie, a senior from Benton, and Andy Freihage, a senior from Mt. Ayr, placed eighth.
From the Stars of Christmas program to coat donations to a stuffed animal drive, it has been the season of giving at Southwestern!
Student Support Services once again organized the Stars of Christmas program this year. Almost 80 children received gifts from volunteer Secret Santas the the Stars of Christmas program.
The Southwestern Community College Student Senate adopted a family for the holidays. The Christmas family was selected by the Rural Iowa Crisis Center in Creston. Gifts were delivered to the family in mid-December.
Below: SWCC student senate member Amber Thomas on her way to deliver the adopted family Christmas basket.
Southwestern erased the memory of a challenging week with a conference road victory, 75-59, at Iowa Lakes Saturday. The Spartans, with smothering defense which included four charges taken, built a 40-26 halftime lead behind a spark from David Farmer, who drilled two big three-point goals. Iowa Lakes was far from out of it, however, as they stormed back at the beginning of the second half with aggressive offensive rebounding and frigid shooting from Southwestern.
Southwestern's contest with Central (Nebraska) was cancelled Wednesday night due to icy conditions in Nebraska. Central athletic director Jack Gutierrez contacted Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes via cell phone while the team was en route to the game. "Where we were on Highway 34 there was nothing happening, so we never gave the travel a second thought," Holmes said. "They called and said that ice was causing several accidents and very slow travel, recommending that we turn it around." Holmes indicated that finals week made the call even easier. He said, "We didn't want our kids on the road at 3 a.m. again with finals tomorrow, so it wasn't a tough decision to take their advice and return to Creston." The two schools will talk about a possible make-up date later in the season, but also entertained the idea of a cancellation.
The Career Services department recently asked for the assistance of recent SWCC graduates. There were 77 out of 305 graduates who completed the college's graduate placement survey online, showing 25 percent participation. The survey was open from November 22 through December 15. The opportunity was given to all graduates from December 2009, May 2010, and June 2010, with the incentive of winning one of three gift certificates. In the drawing held today, December 15, the first place prize, a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart, went to Tammy Herndon from Chariton; the second prize, a $25 gift card from Maurices, went to Kelly Stull from Claremore, OK; and the third prize, a $25 gift card from Casa De Oro, went to Wesley Rozenboom from Pella.
The remaining graduates (who have not yet completed the online survey) will be receiving surveys to be mailed next week in an effort to obtain the necessary information. These former students will have the option of completing the survey online or mailing the survey to the Career Services office.
Canned donations may be dropped off at the LRC (library) or Rm 815 (Jody Nedley-Newcomb’s office) in the Instructional Center.
Cash donations are accepted; please deliver to Jody Nedley-Newcomb.
Items still needed as of 1/17/11 include (we're updating this list as items come in):
- Hamburger, cooked, 15 lbs still needed
- Cookies/bars, 7 pans still needed
Loyal Winborn, SWCC business systems networking instructor, attended the 2010 IT Olympics competition in April 2010 at Hilton Coliseum
in Ames. Throughout the competition, Winborn mentored high school teams and talked to prospective students from around the state.
CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Johnny Mordock of Creston and Logan Jenkins of Prescott placed second overall in the 2010 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 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 a couple of months ago. Mordock and Jenkins placed first in the written portion of the competition. The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition.
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- SWCC Education Foundation Hosts Annual Donor Reception
- Spartans down Yellowjackets for ninth straight
- Spartans make it a perfect eight
- Southwestern notches sixth straight
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- Spartan defense sparks five-game streak
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