College News

Published May 24, 2011 4:03 pm

SWCC will be offering Summer Bridge Classes in writing and math during the summer to help students get up-to-speed on their skills prior to the start of fall 2011 semester.  The classes will be offered at the Red Oak Center, May 31-June 10; the Osceola Center, June 13-24; and the Creston campus, July 18-29.  NEW!  An evening option for the course is now being offered.  The course will meet Monday and Thursday evenings from July 25-August 18 from 5:15-8:15 p.m.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Student Success Center instructor/Steps to Success transition specialist, will be the instructor for all courses.  For details on how to sign up for the course, please view the attached pdf.

Students who score 41 or below on COMPASS testing are advised to enroll in the writing course and students who score a 25 or below on COMPASS testing are advised to enroll in the math course.

Published May 23, 2011 3:56 pm


The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will begin providing scholarship funding to students through the Dr. Richard L. & Marilyn E. Provost Endowment.  The endowment was established by the Provosts of Creston. Dr. Provost served as an education and psychology faculty member at Southwestern Community College from 1974 until his retirement in 1987.

Beginning fall 2012, the Dr. Richard L. & Marilyn E. Provost Endowment will award two scholarships to students majoring in pre-psychology and pre-education. Individuals eligible for these scholarships will be full-time SWCC students who have earned 24 credits and have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need. The Provosts decided to give to the SWCC Education Foundation due to their interest in helping students attain post-secondary education.

“Lynn and I want to provide support to students pursuing their education at Southwestern Community College. The college continues to grow and offer more students significant opportunities,” Dr. Provost commented. “We have always believed in the importance of higher education and know this will help many students in the future.”

Published May 19, 2011 11:46 am

2011SkillsIowa_SWCCwinners_WebCRESTON — Two SWCC automotive students were gold medalists at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2011 competition in Ankeny on April 29, 2011, and are now headed to national competition in Kansas City, MO, on June 19-24, 2011.

Josh Rich of Ellston, a Southwestern Community College sophomore, placed first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2011 competition.  Rich will graduate with his associate of applied science degree from SWCC’s collision repair program in June.

Andrew Martin, a second year collision repair/refinish student from Bridgewater, was the gold medalist in the automotive refinishing competition.  Martin will receive his associate of applied science degree in collision repair/refinish in June as well.

Each year, every community college in Iowa can enter one student in each of the two SkillsUSA contest categories.  At nationals, the SWCC students will compete against champion from all 50 states.  Jeff Magneson, SWCC’s collision repair/refinish instructor, is impressed with how SWCC’s students stack up against the competition.

Published May 16, 2011 2:01 pm


For Southwestern, a versatile center is of paramount importance.  Head Coach Mike Holmes was able to land such a center, but had to look West to find him.  Devin Kastrup, a 6'8" center from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, brings inside and outside skill to the Spartans.  Kastrup’s shooting touch first caught Holmes' attention, and then he later impressed with his inside ability to finish.  Holmes said, "I was very pleased with the type of guy we were getting in this season, but we still really needed an impact center.  We hit the jackpot with Devin.  Not only can he score from anywhere, but I am impressed at what an exceptional passer he is."

Published May 16, 2011 7:54 am


Mariah Kruse, a senior volleyball standout from East Union High School, has committed to joining Southwestern Community College’s volleyball team for the fall 2011 season.

Kruse, a 5' 5" hitter, was named third team all-state, all conference for three years, and named all district for two years.  She has also done well off the court, being named to the National Honor Society.

Kruse is the daughter of Lynn and Judy Kruse of Afton.  She plans to earn her associate of arts degree for college transfer while attending SWCC.

Published May 12, 2011 3:03 pm

WeldingStudents_Rail_WebSouthwestern Community College’s welding class, under the direction of welding instructor Darwin Wetzel, recently constructed a sidewalk hand railing for the United Methodist Church in Creston.  The group worked on and completed the project in late-2010.

According to Dennis Carter, chairperson of the trustees at the United Methodist Church, Wetzel and the welding students went above and beyond what the church leaders were expecting for the rail design.  Carter said the church has decided to donate a $500 one-time gift to the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation to be used toward a scholarship for a welding student.

Published May 12, 2011 2:37 pm


CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Zach Wignall of Creston and Trevor Richie of Benton placed sixth overall in the 2011 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.  This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

The two SWCC students qualified for the statewide competition following a written exam administered a couple of months ago.  Wignall and Richie placed first in the written portion of the competition.  The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition.

Published May 11, 2011 3:51 pm

BPAnationals2011_ForWebSWCC students Nora Andrews, Vickie Holste, and Carla Willis recently returned from the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. held May 3-8, 2011.  The SWCC students placed in the top ten for the Administrative Support Team event during the competition and each received a medal for their efforts.  Each student competed in two or more individual events as well.

Andrews is an office systems specialist student.  Holste and Willis are completing dual majors in business administration and accounting.


Published May 10, 2011 11:07 am


Last week, Assistant SWCC Volleyball Coach Rita Schroeder was on the road recruiting for the Spartans 2011 volleyball roster.

Schroeder didn’t have to go far to find Katelyn Coyle, a 5’5” setter/defensive specialist from Lewis Central High School.  Coyle, of Council Bluffs, played on the Attack volleyball club team.  She will be an arts and science transfer student at SWCC and plans to major in pre-veterinary medicine.

SWCC’s most recent recruit, 5’10” Caleigh Fowler, comes to SWCC from Georgia.  Fowler’s high school coach is Jodi Dowden, who was an assistant volleyball coach for Schroeder at SWCC from 2001 to 2004.  Fowler, a middle hitter/right side will graduate from Troup High School in LaGrange, GA, this spring.  She played club volleyball for the Southwest Georgia Volleyball Club under the direction of Dowden, earned all-region honors, and was a scholar athlete.

Fowler will study for her associate of arts degree at SWCC.  She is the daughter of Kim Fowler and the granddaughter of Pam Bruce.

SWCC’s head coach for the 2011 volleyball season is Melissa Blessington.  Currently, Blessington is overseas completing a master’s degree program in Durham City, England.  She will arrive at SWCC this summer.

Published May 10, 2011 10:56 am


The Southwestern Spartans are certainly bringing in players who have experienced success in high school.  The latest signee is Delby Halcomb, a 5'10" guard from Dallas Center-Grimes High School.  Halcomb qualified for the Iowa State Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row this season.  Halcomb has a knack for floor leadership, and his intelligence for the game helped propel Dallas Center-Grimes to the final eight in class 3A.  Ironically, Halcomb met another Southwestern recruit, Marcus Littleton from Norwalk, in the first round.  Now the two will combine their abilities to attempt to help a large freshman class for the Spartans next season.

Photo (L to R): Sitting - Joel Rankin, Dallas Center-Grimes basketball coach, and Delby Halcomb; Standing - Lisa and Clayton Halcomb, Delby's parents