College News

Published September 14, 2011 4:56 pm

The Spartan Coffee Stoppe will be open for business starting Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in the main hallway of the Instructional Center.  Hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30-10 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m.  The Coffee Stoppe will be serve coffee, cappuccino, apple cider, hot tea, and snack items.

The Spartan Coffee Stoppe is a student-run business, operated by the SWCC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Business Professionals of America (BPA) organizations.

Published September 14, 2011 4:53 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC’s dean of students, reported that preliminary fall enrollment is at 1,761 students. This is up slightly from the college’s fall 2010 enrollment of 1,753 students. Thompson will give the final enrollment report at the October board of trustees meeting.

Published September 12, 2011 8:34 am

Six teams faced-off on Saturday in a volleyball tournament hosted by Simpson College JV in Indianola. Splitting their first two matches with a loss vs. Grand View in three games and a win vs. Simpson JV in two games the Spartans finished pool play in first place. In the afternoon tournament, the Simpson JV enacted revenge on the Spartans beating them in three games. In their final match of day, the Spartans defeated Graceland in three games giving them a third place finish for the tournament.

Published September 12, 2011 8:17 am

Kalli McCann and Dave Prchal led their respective teams at the prestigious Les Duke Invitational hosted by Grinnell College over the weekend. Coach Huntington felt it was an incredible showing for Southwestern overall, as each runner set a personal record at the 6K and 8K distances.

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.