College News

Published August 24, 2011 9:27 am

folkerts_kaley_MG_1423Player Name: Kaley Folkerts
High School: Bedford High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Like her volleyball teammate Amber Thomas, Kaley Folkerts will be joining the Spartan Women’s Basketball program as a two-sport athlete this winter. Highly regarded as one of the best pure athletes in Iowa last season, the recommendations not only came from coaches but even parents in the local community. Coach Gilcrist had this to say about his latest commit, “Kaley will fit well into our up-tempo, aggressive system and we will look for her to provide much needed depth to our team. She one was of the first girls I tried to contact when I took this position and I feel blessed that she has decided to try to play multiple sports at SWCC.”

Published August 22, 2011 8:50 am


It was a great night, Saturday, at the Clarke County Speedway!  It was SWCC Night and the college had games, prizes, T-shirts, and temporary tattoos for the kids.  The weather was perfect and the crowd was large!  SWCC's HHR even led the main races as the pace car!

Thanks to the SWCC volunteers Amanda and Rumy Kabir, Terri and Alyssa Higgins, Charlie Mundy, Jana Scott, Dana Seymour, Jeff and Nora Stuber, and Bill Taylor.

Check out the photos on SWCC's Facebook page

Published August 18, 2011 11:48 am

Estes_HandsFoldedSimon Estes Concert Information
October 23, 2011
2 p.m., SWCC Student Center Gymnasium (campus map)
Doors open at 1 p.m.

Concert Ticket Pricing
Premium seating on floor, $25
Adult general seating, $10
Student seating, $5

To purchase tickets, visit one of the following ticket locations (tickets will be on sale Monday, September 19, at most locations): 

  • Corning:  Iowa State Savings Bank branch office
  • Creston:  Creston Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State Savings Bank (all locations), Southwestern Community College, and Tyler Insurance
  • Diagonal:  Iowa State Savings Bank branch office
  • Lenox:  Iowa State Savings Bank branch office
  • Mt. Ayr:  Tyler Insurance
  • Osceola:  SWCC Osceola Center
  • Red Oak:  SWCC Red Oak Center

To purchase tickets by credit card, please contact the Southwestern Community College business office at 641.782.1448.

The concert will raise funds for the Simon Estes Iowa Educational Foundation and the SWCC Education Foundation.  If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, which includes tickets to a reception with Simon Estes following the concert, please contact Phil Tyler at 641.782.5503 or Bill Krejci at 641.782.1459.  Sponsorships may also be purchased at the ticket locations above (To be listed in the concert program, sponsorship must be purchased by Fri., October 14).

Simon Estes is an internationally renowned bass-baritone.  He enjoys the acclaim of audiences and critics around the globe.  Since his debut with the Deutsche Opera Berlin in 1965, Simon Estes has performed with major international opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Lyric Opera, Chicago; San Francisco Opera; La Scala Milan; Deutsche Opera, Berlin; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The Washington Opera; L'Opera de Paris; Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; the States Opera of Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and Zurich and at the Bayreuth, Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals.

Published August 15, 2011 1:59 pm

CRESTON —Jeff Stuber, Southwestern Community College’s electrical technologies instructor, has hit the ground running since arriving in Creston last month.  He is working to build a brand-new electrical technologies program with the start of the fall 2011 semester.

Stuber has been a training director for an electrical trades center in Canton, OH, for the past nine years.  He comes to SWCC with a bachelor’s degree in labor education from National Labor College in Maryland and has a U.S. Department of Labor journey-level electrician certificate.  He is an authorized OSHA construction outreach trainer and was recently certified to teach the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Curriculum.


Published August 5, 2011 8:12 am

Sandquist_TimFollowing the departure of Assistant Coach Andy Peterson, Head Coach Mike Holmes was not sure if he would be replaced, or if all of the assistant coaching duties for the men's basketball program would fall to Assistant Coach Thad Tussey. Holmes then got a phone call from the University of Nebraska- Omaha's coaching staff.  Tim Sandquist, a graduate assistant last year at UNO, will serve as an assistant for Southwestern for the upcoming season.

Holmes said, "We have a special set of teaching principles here, so we can't just bring in anyone and expect them to contribute.  Coaches I trust at Nebraska- Omaha spoke very highly of Tim, and after speaking with him, I knew he would be a tremendous asset to what we are trying to accomplish."

Sandquist has been in the UNO program since 2006.  Prior to his time at Nebraska- Omaha, he was an assistant coach at Omaha Christian Academy.  Sandquist recently completed his master of arts at UNO, and received his bachelor of arts there as well.

Published August 2, 2011 4:39 pm

GoldStarSouthwestern Community College has been named the Creston Chamber of Commerce's August Gold Star Business.  Ellen Gerharz, Creston Chamber director, presented the college with a Gold Star Certificate and a sign that will be displayed at the college during the month of August.  The college will be recognized in the chamber's monthly newsletter, as well as in the Creston News Advertiser.

Each month the chamber honors a business or businesses in Creston that maintain their appearance both inside and out and keep their areas clean.

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!