College News

Published August 2, 2011 8:58 am

Staff will collect ideas on how to rebuild the middle class in America

DES MOINES– Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that his aide, Laura Sands, will visit Union County, Thursday, August 11, 2011, to host a “listening post” for local residents.  The event is part of a state-wide summer tour Harkin staff is hosting to hear directly from Iowans on how the economy is impacting families across the state.  The listening tour, “Rebuilding America’s Middle Class: Stories from Around Iowa,” aims to collect ideas for rebuilding the middle class in America across all sectors – from recent college graduates looking for employment to working Iowans needing to secure their retirement. Senator Harkin’s staff will visit all 99 counties during this tour.  The media is invited to attend.

Published August 1, 2011 10:25 am

TRiO_WebCRESTON—Southwestern Community College recently received word from the United States Department of Education that funding has been renewed for the college’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program.  The grant will be in the amount of $230,000 for the first budget period, from September 1, 2011-August 31, 2012.  It is anticipated that the grant will be continued for a total of five years.

The ETS program identifies and assists students (grades sixth through 12th) from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.  The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants. The goal of ETS is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

ETS has been operating at Southwestern Community College since 2001.  During the 2011-12 school year, ETS will be serving the following school districts:  Bedford, Clarke, Corning, Creston, East Union, Lenox, Murray, Orient-Macksburg, and Villisca.  More than 800 students are served by Area 14’s ETS program.  Their office is located on SWCC’s Creston campus.

TRiO Educational Talent Search is 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Published July 29, 2011 10:38 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. for their regular board meeting.

The SWCC board approved a bid of $205,000 from Milicent E. Young for the sale of the 2009 student-constructed carpentry house at 1303 N. Mulberry Street in Creston.

In personnel, the board approved the employment of five new instructors for the college.

Blair Croan was hired as an English instructor.  Croan comes to Southwestern from the University of Illinois, where she has been a teaching assistant since 2008.  She has her master of fine arts from the University of Illinois, her master of arts from Pittsburg State University, and her bachelor of arts from Pittsburg State University.

Megan Weis was hired as the instructor for SWCC’s new health information technology program.  Weis has her associate’s degree in health information technology from Northeast Iowa Community College and will be working toward her bachelor’s degree.  Once she has completed her bachelor’s degree, the application for accreditation of the program will be completed.  For the past two years, Weis has worked as a business analyst for Relay Health.  Prior to that, she worked as a certified medical coder for Medical Associates Clinic.

Published July 19, 2011 7:34 am

With two returning players, seven new players, a new head coach, and a new assistant coach, the Spartan women's basketball season is set. The 2011-2012 schedule has been posted and lady Spartans will start their season on October 22 in Omaha, NE. The Spartans will make their first home appearance on November 9 against William Penn JV. Mark your calendars now and plan to come cheer on the Spartans in their upcoming season. Go Spartans!

Published July 18, 2011 3:26 pm


Name: Matt Todd
Aurelia, IA
High School:
Sioux Cnetral High School

Pictured above (L to R): Julie Todd, Matt's mother; Andy Peterson, SWCC golf coach; Matt Todd; Les Todd, Matt's Father.

Published July 18, 2011 8:57 am


Player Name: Amber Thomas
High School: Council Bluffs St. Albert High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: A former teammate of Hannah Sneed’s and one of only two returners this season, Amber Thomas is someone I am really happy I get the opportunity to coach. Amber has received plenty of recognition for her contributions on the volleyball court and in the classroom last year. Nonetheless, I am more proud of her improvement as a basketball player last season. She not only improved technique and intensity, she showed up every day with a smile on her face and the heart of a lion inside. I know Amber is going to be a great leader for me this year and I know she is going to help us in the paint defensively and rebounding.

Published July 18, 2011 8:49 am


Player Name: Kylee Loftus
High School: Logan-Magnolia High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Kylee is an exceptional student, a great athlete, and an even better person. Kylee plans to pursue a degree in nursing during her time at SWCC and will play a huge role for the women’s basketball program at the same time. She will be the post player we build around as I believe she can set the tone on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Under the tutelage of Coach Kevin Patterson (now at Ottumwa High School), Kylee received great instruction. I hope to build upon that coaching to help Kylee prepare for wherever her next stop in life takes her.

Published July 18, 2011 8:41 am


Player Name:Shannon Smith
High School: East Union High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: I am very excited to have Shannon coming into this program next year. As quiet as she is, I was amazed at the compliments she received from area coaches. She has a knack for finding the ball off the glass and it's difficult to coach her length on the inside. Shannon has the potential to accomplish anything she wants in life and in the game of basketball; I am blessed with the opportunity to help her along the way.

Published July 18, 2011 8:32 am


Player Name: Heylee Horn
High School: Winterset High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Heylee is the other returner from last year’s squad. A regular starter, Heylee has shown the ability to play a very nice offensive game. After battling injuries last year, I am dedicated to helping Heylee improve her confidence and tenacity so that she can move on to play at the four-year level. One of the nicest persons you will ever meet, Heylee is a competitive bulldog who wants to win. I am hopeful her hard work and dedication will rub off on her teammates and she can help lead us this year.

Published July 18, 2011 8:23 am

Player Name: Kristine Smith
High School: Webster City High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Kristine comes to us from Ellsworth Community College. After a stellar high school career at Webster City, things did not work out for Kristine at Ellsworth. I am hopeful that SWCC and the tight-knit family of the basketball program will help make this year an experience she will always remember. With the ability to play anywhere on the floor, Kristine has the potential to really blossom in our up-tempo style of play. She can shoot, ball-handle, and guard…what more could I have asked for? Even though it will be her first year at Southwestern, pressure will be on Kristine to take on a leadership role right away.