College News

Published March 3, 2017 8:34 am

Representatives from Southwestern Community College made the trek to the state capitol in Des Moines yesterday, Feb. 28, for 2017 Community College Day on the Hill, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

During this event, community college trustees, presidents, staff, and business partners showcased career and technical education programs from throughout the state.  At the SWCC table, the welding program was featured.  Ben Williamson, second year welding student from Winterset, accompanied the SWCC delegation to the event.  Williamson answered questions related to the welding program from elected officials, community college presidents, and other passers-by throughout the day.

Shown in photo above (L to R) is the group from SWCC:  Cait Maitlen, admissions director; Doug North, CTE recruiter, Ben Williamson, welding student; Dr. Barb Crittenden, college president; Terri Higgins, marketing and enrollment management director; and Tom Lesan, vice president of economic development.

In photo below:  Ben Williamson (at right), SWCC welding student, explains the SWCC welding program to State Representative Joel Fry (R-Osceola).

Student Ben Williamson with Representative Joel Fry

Published March 3, 2017 8:30 am

Beta Eta Nu, Southwestern Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, brought home a number of awards from the Phi Theta Kappa Iowa Region Convention, held Feb. 24-25, at Des Moines Area Community College in Newton.  In attendance at the convention from SWCC were students, Gabe Esser, of Winterset, and Gabrielle Annonson, of Robbinsdale, MN, as well as Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Beta Eta Nu co-advisor. 

Individual and team awards earned by SWCC included:

  • Five Star Level (SWCC representatives pictured above receiving an award from Phi Theta Kappa regional officers) – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College.  Note:  Five star is the top award level chapters may receive.
  • Distinguished Theme Award – Honors in Action Project, Theme 3 – Rights and Responsibilities (Beta Eta Nu’s topic was “What is going on with mental health care in Iowa?”)
  • Honorable Mention, Iowa Region Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College
  • Honorable Mention, Iowa Region Distinguished Honors in Action Project – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College
  • Horizon Award – Justin Mann, Beta Eta Nu chapter, co-advisor
  • Horizon Award – Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Beta Eta Nu chapter, co-advisor

Beta Eta Nu officers for 2016-17 include Valerie Hartman, Blythe Beck, Gabe Esser, Selena Sampson, and Tiffany Simmons-Larson.

Shown in the photo above:
Front row (L to R) - Elizabeth Wantland, Kevin Miller, Tom Hol, and Dakota McKune, 2016-2017 Iowa Regional Officers; Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa International Associate VP of Leadership & International Education; Gabe Esser; Gabrielle Annonson; and Jody Nedley-Newcomb;
Back row - Rich Underwood, Iowa Region executive board president.

Published March 1, 2017 2:36 pm

Southwestern Men’s Basketball, Back at #1, NJCAA DII Poll for February 28, 2017, 27-1, #SpartanNation

It took a game winner with 2.1 seconds left to remove Southwestern from an undefeated season and the #1 ranking in NJCAA DII.  After the loss, Southwestern dropped to #3 nationally for one week and then bumped up to #2 the following week.  The Spartans have now returned to the top spot in the nation in the latest rankings released by the NJCAA.  The Spartans received 10 of a possible 12 first place votes.  It marks the fifth week this season Southwestern has been ranked #1 after spending four consecutive weeks in that spot earlier this year.

Read more: Spartans Back at #1 in the Nation

Published February 27, 2017 10:00 am

Southwestern won a key ICCAC matchup 86-68 over Iowa Lakes on Saturday, Feb. 27, as the team honored their sophomores who moved to 52-7 over the past two years, and 25-1 at home.  The win moved their overall record to 27-1 and their ICCAC record to 9-1. 

Read more: Spartan Men Win on Sophomore Day

Published February 23, 2017 5:07 pm

KeShawn Wilson

It was a record-setting win for Southwestern as they defeated DMACC 98-69 on the road Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.  The victory pushed their season record to 26-1, which breaks the single-season win mark of 25 set by last year’s team and the 1996-97 team coached by Bill Taylor, current SWCC vice president of instruction.

Read more: Spartans Break Win Record at DMACC

Published February 23, 2017 3:44 pm

Student Welding

High school students are invited to compete in a welding competition and explore post-secondary and career opportunities in the welding field.

Thursday, April 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southwestern Community College, Technical Center, welding lab
1501 W. Townline St., Creston, IA  50801


For additional information, or to register for the event, please contact Micah Elefson, welding instructor, or Doug North, career and technical education recruiter.

Read more: Welding Skills Challenge and Industry Career Fair

Published February 23, 2017 11:42 am

In case you missed the SWCC Student Ambassadors' wake-up call on KCCI-TV's morning show, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 5 and 6 a.m., here is your opportunity to see it (video link above)!  Also, below is a version that didn't quite make the cut, but might bring a smile to your face.

Have a great day!

Read more: Student Ambassadors Give Wake-Up Call on KCCI Morning Show

Published February 22, 2017 8:16 am

Ronald Henderson

On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18, the Southwestern Spartans track and field team traveled to the 2017 NJCAA Region XI Indoor Championships hosted by Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. To highlight the competition, the Spartans had four All-Region performances.

Read more: 2017 NJCAA Region XI Indoor Championships

Published February 20, 2017 2:01 pm

The third-ranked Spartans had 12 players score and only two in double figures en route to an 81-61 ICCAC win over Ellsworth Community College on Saturday, Feb. 18.  The win moved their season record to 25-1 overall and 7-1 in ICCAC play.  With their 25th win, the Spartans tied the single-season win record with last year's team (25-6) and the 1996-97 team, coached by Bill Taylor, who also went 25-6.

Read more: Balanced Attack for Spartans Win

Published February 17, 2017 3:52 pm

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus. 

The board set a public hearing for review and approval of the college’s fiscal year 2018 budget.  The public hearing was set for March 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds February 2017 Meeting