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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.”

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.