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Published: Monday, August 30, 2010 10:11 am

Placement Report Shows SWCC Grads Get Jobs and Stay in Iowa

CRESTON —Information recently compiled by the Southwestern Community College Career Services department shows the majority of SWCC career and technical education and career option graduates are getting jobs and staying in Iowa following completion of their designated programs at the college.

According to the college’s 2009 Graduate Placement Report, 97 percent of SWCC’s 2009 college graduates available for employment are employed, 82 percent of them in a field related to their training/education.  Of the 2009 graduates, 91 percent of those responding are employed in Iowa, more specifically 60 percent are employed in the college’s region—Area XIV.

Southwestern also has a large number of transfer students each year.  Survey results showed 101 associate of arts/general studies degrees were awarded with 82 of those students choosing to continue their education at a college or university.  Of the students in those programs, 100 percent of the graduates with an associate of arts or associate of general studies degree who were available for employment are employed.

The Graduate Placement Report is compiled each year by the college’s Career Services department.  Statistics for the 2009 Graduate Placement Report are based on information from 322 graduates.  Just 3.6 percent of the 334 total graduates could not be located and therefore were not included in the data.

Published: Friday, August 27, 2010 5:10 am

Talent Search Recruiting Begins

CRESTON—The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will begin recruiting sixth grade students for their pre-college program in September.  Parents should watch for sign-up packets coming home from school with their children.

ETS is a federally funded grant program designed to help students go to college.  ETS outreach advisors work in the schools helping sixth-12th grade students prepare for college.  Key services provided by the program include career exploration, study skills reinforcement, college campus visits, aid throughout the college selection process, and assistance with the financial aid application process.

Read more: Talent Search Recruiting Begins

Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:26 am

SWCC and U of I Partnering for Distance Education

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) and the University of Iowa (UI) have partnered to bring UI coursework and degrees to SWCC starting with the fall 2010 semester.

Students who complete their associate of science (AS), associate of applied science (AAS), or associate of arts (AA) degrees at SWCC may continue their education by enrolling in UI degree programs.  SWCC graduates may choose from three degree options:  the bachelor of liberal studies (BLS), the bachelor of applied studies (BAS), or the RN-BSN degree.

With the partnership in place, SWCC students will be able to select from five possible tracks within the bachelor of applied studies degree.  The five tracks are general studies, nonprofit management certificate, the entrepreneurial management certificate, human relations, and political science. A sixth track, justice studies, is also in development.  UI Division of Continuing Education advisors will visit SWCC, as well as provide online support, to help students plan a course of study and achieve their educational goals. 

On August 25, UI President Sally Mason and SWCC President Barb Crittenden formalized this partnership during a signing ceremony that took place on the SWCC Creston campus.

Read more: SWCC and U of I Partnering for Distance Education

Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:33 am

A note from the director . . . 

August 18, 2010--We are very pleased to announce that SWCC's TRIO-SSS grant has been renewed for five more years!  With this new grant, we have a few changes in staff numbers, duties, and titles.  Over the years, students and parents have been confused by our name because it’s so similar to Student Services.  We also discovered that they were not associating us with the national TRIO organization.  Therefore, our name has been changed to TRIO-Student Support Services in the new grant.  So if you see this on our signs and we answer the phone a little differently, you can be assured it’s still us!

Another change that comes with the new grant is that we’ve had to combine some job duties and we’ve eliminated the half-time transfer specialist position.  We now have a position called program/transfer specialist.  This person will be responsible for the majority of academic presentations and transfer assistance.  Jennifer Brown’s title has changed to program/tutor specialist.  She will continue to be responsible for hiring and supervising tutors, but she will also add mentor supervision to her job duties.  Coleen Hogue’s title and duties have changed as well.  Her title is now office manager/FYE coordinator.  In addition to her other duties, she is in charge of setting up our First Year Experience program and recruiting students to it. 

We’re looking forward to starting a new year and will be recruiting heavily during the next few months. 

Laurie Besco, TRIO-SSS Director

Read more: Student Support Services Receives Continued Funding

Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:55 am

Southwestern's Board of Trustees Holds August Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, by phone.

A public hearing was held for a grant being submitted to the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Grant Program. No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted.

Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, reported to the board regarding the application being submitted to the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Grant Program. If received, funds from the grant would be used to assist with purchase of furniture and other items which would complete the remodel of the student center cafeteria. Work has been underway this summer to update the cafeteria into a food court-type area. Krejci stated that bids for the furniture may be brought to the board at the October meeting pending notification of the status of the grant.

The board approved a resolution for Industrial New Jobs Training Agreement with Gunderson Rail Services dba Greenbrier Rail Services for $910,000. Also approved was a resolution authorizing the issuance of $3,520,000 in Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates.

Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:53 am

SWCC’s new disc golf course was installed on campus on Friday, August 6.  Volunteers assisting that day included Scott and Tyler Helm, Loyal Winborn, Mark and Tracey Evans, Mike Holmes, Matt Thompson, Micheal Mark, and Joel Wires.  Hole signs are being ordered for the course. 

A physical education class, taught by Holmes, is being added at SWCC for the fall semester.  Student activities will be purchasing equipment that may be used by students who wish to play. 

A grant of $3,600 from the Disc Golf Foundation matching basket program assisted in making this project a reality on campus.  Thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who donated to make this course possible!

Published: Monday, July 19, 2010 3:39 am

Spartans Announce Women’s Basketball Coach

Secrett StubblefieldCreston, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced Secrett Stubblefield of Fredericksburg, VA, will succeed Jeremiah “Buck” Scheel as the head women’s basketball coach for the SWCC Spartans.

Stubblefield comes to Southwestern from Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO, where she was the assistant women’s basketball coach for one year.  Prior to coaching at Central, she was the head varsity girl’s basketball coach and a teacher for Waynesboro High School in Waynesboro, VA.

Read more: Spartans Announce Women's Basketball Coach

Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 9:39 am

Creston Rotary Scholarship Recipients Named for 2010

Creston Rotary Scholarship RecipientsCreston Rotary Scholarship Recipients for 2010-11 include Sean Snodgrass, Ashley McGehee, Spencer Bakerink, Donovan Richardson, Chris Helm, Bailey Oetken, Morgan Oetken, Payne Horning, and Hannah Finehout.

Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 8:50 am

Creston Fire Department Awards Scholarship 

Fire Department Scholarship RecipientCreston, IA—The Creston Volunteer Fire Department named Kilee Kralik as the recipient of the Creston Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship given through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation. Kralik will receive a $750 scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Photo  (L to R) Matt Thompson, executive director, SWCC Education Foundation; Kilee Kralik, SWCC student; and James Viers, Creston firefighter.

Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 8:36 am

Pearson-Coen-Beaty Funeral Home Scholarship Awarded

Pearson-Coen-Beaty ScholarshipCreston, IA—The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation named Cynthia Miller as the recipient of the Pearson-Coen-Beaty Scholarship given through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation.  Miller will receive a $500 scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Photo  (L to R) Matt Thompson, executive director, SWCC Education Foundation; Bruce Pearson, Pearson-Coen-Beaty Family Funeral Service; Cynthia Miller; SWCC student; and Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of Southwestern Community College.