College News

Published July 5, 2011 10:34 am

NEW for FALL 2011!  Criminal justice classes!  Check out the fall 2011 schedule of classes for three criminal justice courses being offered at SWCC.  Also, take a look at the transfer plan for criminal justice majors.

  • Introduction to criminal justice (CRJ 100), taught by Sue Stearns, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays in Creston from 10:30-11:55 a.m. or at the Osceola Center on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Criminology (CRJ 200), taught by Laurie Besco, will be offered in Creston and at the Osceola Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-6:30 p.m.  This course will count as social sciences credit toward the associate of arts degree.
  • Juvenile delinquency (CRJ 201), taught by Sue Stearns, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays in Creston from 12:30-1:55 p.m.

Published June 29, 2011 1:09 pm


There was a packed house last Friday, June 24, 2011, as graduates, family, friends, students, faculty, and staff gathered in the SWCC Student Center Gymnasium for summer commencement. The crowd heard from Sarah Goode, student speaker, and recently retired SWCC instructor Marsha Jones.  Jones encouraged the graduates to always strive for “A” grade work in their chosen profession.  Photos from before, during, and after the ceremony are available for viewing on the SWCC page on Facebook.

Congratulations to all of the 2011 SWCC graduates!

View Graduation Photos on Facebook

Published June 28, 2011 8:23 am


The Spartan coaching staff got a look at some promising high school players as it hosted the 2011 Southwestern Team Camp last weekend, June 25-26.  Participating teams included Creston, Nodaway Valley, Orient-Macksburg, Panorama, Adair-Casey, Saydel, and Mt. Ayr.  It is the third year Southwestern has run its team camp in attempts to revitalize efforts to bring high school players to campus over the summer.

Published June 21, 2011 8:59 am

The 2011 Creston Relay for Life event is just days away!!!  SWCC's Relay for Life team is sponsoring a can drive to raise additional funds for the team's Relay for Life effort.  From June 20 through July 6, a donation box will be available in front of the administration center for can drop off (in case of inclement weather, the donation box will be inside the west doors of the administration center). 

The Creston Relay for Life event is scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2011.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SWCC director of marketing and enrollment management, for additional information.

Published June 20, 2011 2:07 pm


SWCC's Phi Theta Kappa organization recently made their donation of food items to the Children's Cancer Connections Summer Oncology Camps.  Phi Theta Kappa member Brenda Hair transported the food items to the camp and volunteered to work at the opening day carnival on Sunday, June 12, 2011. Hair volunteered as a day counselor for the oncology camp held June 12-18.  She will also be assisting with the siblings’ camp from August 14-20.

The donated food items were purchased with proceeds from the group's pizza lunch held on April 26, 2011, at SWCC. Pizza for the fundraiser was donated by Pizza Ranch and Breadeaux Pizza, both of Creston.  Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, donated the bottled water.

Thanks to everyone who was involved!

Pictured above (L to R):  Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, and Brenda Hair, SWCC student and Phi Theta Kappa member

Published June 14, 2011 11:51 am


Southwestern's 2011-12 men's basketball schedule was announced today by Head Coach Mike Holmes, and features contest against three Division I opponents, junior colleges in Nebraska and Missouri, and a Thanksgiving Tournament.  Once again, Southwestern will challenge itself with Division I schools Iowa Western, Marshalltown, and State Fair.  Around a grueling conference schedule, including home games against three teams that were nationally ranked last season (Kirkwood, Des Moines Area, and Iowa Central), Southwestern will travel to Nebraska twice to play Central Nebraska and Southeast Nebraska.  The Spartans will also continue their home and home contests with North Central Missouri.  See the schedule page for the full Southwestern basketball schedule for 2011-12.

Published June 3, 2011 4:31 pm


SWCC Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff has received word four of her players—Maegan Ellis, Amber Brown, Laura Ramsey, and Ashley West—have been selected by the Region VI Conference coaches to receive all-region honors.


Published June 1, 2011 9:06 am

CRESTON, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) and Iowa Small Business Development Centers are sponsoring a Business Conference and Expo on June 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Instructional Center on SWCC’s Creston campus.

The goal of the conference is to provide education and networking opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs, who are interested in growing their businesses or starting new businesses.  The day includes 12 concurrent breakout sessions, an exhibit hall, and a networking lunch.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, is impressed with the caliber of presenters lined up for the event.  “The event features an impressive array of experts in areas such as marketing, branding, pricing, exporting, government contracts, and technology,” explained Lesan.  “Attendees will no doubt go home with extensive knowledge on the latest trends and best practices in these areas.”

According to Dave McLaren, Iowa Small Business Development Center regional director at SWCC, the conference will provide opportunities to learn, share best practices, and network with like-minded colleagues from across the region who understand the importance of working on their businesses.

For more information or to register for the conference and expo, please visit SWCC’s Web site at or contact McLaren at (641) 782-1483, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.”