College News

Published September 9, 2011 3:37 pm


Creston, IA—The announcement came Friday that the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) men’s cross country team is ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation.  The ranking came out in the 2011 NJCAA Division I Hill N Dale Cross Country Rankings.  SWCC rounds out the rankings at number 25 on the list.

Congratulations to the Spartans and their coaches!

Published September 8, 2011 8:43 am


The Southwestern Spartans held Ellsworth's Panthers to four strong games. The Spartans started off winning the first game, 25-21. While the following matches went back and forth multiple times, the Spartans lost their momentum losing the next three games 21-25, 21-25, and 20-25. Though the match didn't end up on top, the Spartans got their feet wet in conference play.

Published September 7, 2011 11:50 am

JoshRich_SWCCwebCRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Josh Rich of Ellston placed third in the nation for collision repair, winning the bronze medal this summer at the 2011 SkillsUSA championships in Kansas City, MO.

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation.  Rich qualified for the national competition by placing first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2011 competition in Ankeny in April.

Published September 6, 2011 8:54 am

Southwestern women's volleyball team traveled to Graceland Saturday for the 26th Annual Graceland University JV/Community College invitational.  The women's team went two and two in play bringing their season record to two wins and three losses.

The Spartans faced Wentworth Military Academy for their first match of the day and won two games to none.  The Scores were 25-15, and 25-17. Leading the way in kills was Sophomore Josey Ellis with seven and followed by Sophomore Blake Sullivan with six. Freshman Katelyn Coyle and Sophomore Amber Thomas lead the team in aces with two each. Coyle also lead the team in assists with 15. Ellis was the leader in digs as well with seven and Freshman Kruse was second with four. Freshman Sam Weed lead the team in blocks with two.

Published September 2, 2011 8:35 am

Estes_AtPianoCreston, Iowa - - Iowa native and internationally renowned bass-baritone Simon Estes will perform a concert at Southwestern Community College in Creston on Sunday, October 23, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Student Center gymnasium.

Estes will sing familiar selections from Broadway and opera as well as inspirational songs and spirituals. In addition, students from local choirs will perform and join Estes to conclude the concert. The concert will also feature an aspiring young artist selected by Estes.


Published September 1, 2011 4:20 pm

communityawarenessdaySouthwestern Community College’s Community Awareness Day will be held on Wednesday, September 14, from 9-11 a.m. in the main hallway of the Instructional Center.  Representatives from the following community agencies will be on-hand to provide students with information about their services:

  • Crossroads Mental Health Center
  • First National Bank
  • Iowa State Savings Bank
  • Iowa Works (WIA)
  • Matura Action Corp.
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
  • Southern Prairie YMCA
  • SWCC Career Services
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • TriUMPH Early Childhood Program
  • Tobacco Prevention Community Partnership
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Bags of information and coupons will be distributed to students during the event.

Students currently enrolled in The College Experience class may be able to use this as one of the required activities for the course.  If you have questions regarding Community Awareness Day, please contact event organizer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 641.782.7081, ext. 458.

Published September 1, 2011 8:20 am


Southwestern Women’s Volleyball team opened up their season play Wednesday night against Southeast Nebraska Community College with a loss. The Spartans dropped the first and second games of the match 14-25, 23-25, but came back to win the third game 26-24.  The fourth game went to the Storm as they won 21-25.

The team was led in kills by Blake Sullivan and Josey Ellis with 12. 

Megan Simms and Amber Thomas both finished with five kills. Freshman Mariah Kruse led the team with 25 digs.  Ellis was second on the team with 16, and freshman Kaley Folkerts finished with 15 digs. Freshman Katelyn Coyle was leading assist maker for the Spartans finishing with 35. Simms led the team in aces for the evening with two.  Both Kruse and Thomas served 100 percent for the evening.  Kruse was 20 for 20 and Thomas was eight for eight.

Southwestern travels to Graceland Saturday for tournament play.  They will have their season opener on September 7 when they will play Ellsworth Community College.

Published August 28, 2011 9:25 pm


For the first time ever, the Spartan men and women gathered on their own turf to run the 2011 Region XI Cross Country Time Trials. More than 100 runners from eight Iowa college teams competed in the event Saturday morning on SWCC's Creston Campus.

The Spartan women showed up ready to run. Kelli McCann, freshman from Osceola, and Regina Hafner, freshman from Panora, were able to crack the top 20 for the women. McCann came in 11th place with a time of 21:37.1 while Hafner came in 14th place with a time of 22:48.6. Chelsi Palmer, the lone returning sophomore from Casey and team captain, ran a time of 26:34.3.

The Spartan men finished fourth with Dave Prchal, freshman from Omaha, NE, leading the team finishing 24th with a time of 18:20.1. Luke Hood, freshman from Marshalltown, followed with a time of 18:50.4 and Jason James was right behind him with a time of 19:21.7.

This meet was the first-ever cross country meet hosted by Southwestern. The Spartans will run at home again on October 29, when SWCC will host the Region XI Championship. The next cross country meet for the Spartans will be September 3, 9:30 a.m. at the Central College Invitational in Pella.

View results: Men's Women's

More photos posted on SWCC's Facebook page.

Published August 25, 2011 4:22 pm


There will be many fresh faces in Southwestern’s basketball program in the upcoming season. Ten freshmen join sophomores Keenan Joiner (Maryville, MO, pictured) and Andrew Pool (Orient, IA) to complete the squad.  While the incoming freshmen represent a good portion of the state of Iowa, there is also a national and international flair with players from Colorado, Minnesota, and Croatia.  See the link for a complete list of players for 2011-12.

Published August 24, 2011 10:55 am

Southwestern's women's basketball team will be holding walk-on tryouts on Wednesday, September 7 at 3:00pm in the Student Center gymnasium. Any and all female students currently enrolled at SWCC are invited to attend the tryout. Students must bring proof of a current physical. Any questions or concerns related to these tryouts can be directed towards Coaches This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via email or their office phone, 641.782.1539.