College News

Published September 4, 2012 11:50 am

WaubonseeMeet Sept2012 ForWebSugar Grove, IL-- The Southwestern Spartans used their first road trip of the season to run some outstanding times at the Waubonsee Chiefs Cross Country Meet in Sugar Grove, IL.  The Spartan women got a muggy Saturday morning started off by finishing third overall in the team race while placing three runners in the top 18.  Leading the way for the Spartans was Kalli McCann who finished third overall in the 5K with a time of 19:03.  She was closely followed by Regina Hafner who finished 12th in the race with a time of 21:00. 

Coach Huntington was very impressed with the times posted by the Southwestern women.  “The improvement from last week to this week was incredible," Huntington explained.  "Courtney, Kristin, and Brei on average took off minutes from last week’s race.  That has nothing to do with training that is just a mental commitment to excellence.  They were awesome.” 

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Published September 4, 2012 9:08 am

The SWCC Spartans finished 3-1 on Saturday, September 1, at the Graceland Tourney. 

First up, the Spartans faced Baker University from Kansas.  The Spartans won in two with scores of 25-11 and 25-16.  The team had a very balanced hitting attack with freshmen Molly Schimp, Ashley Strong, Mel Mangrum, Lily Lower, and Alex Duffy all having five kills.  Freshman Jacelle Neil led in digs with six while Strong had five and sophomore Mariah Kruse had four.  Schimp led in assists with 15.  Strong led the team in aces with three and sophomore Katelyn Coyle was right behind Strong with two.

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Published August 31, 2012 4:04 pm

MobileSite IconYou can now check out Southwestern Community College on your cell phone or mobile device. The SWCC mobile site, located at, is up and running!

The SWCC mobile site features the latest SWCC news, upcoming events, the daily menu for the Spartan Cafe, and much, much more.

Published August 30, 2012 2:06 pm

Crook ForWebMelisa Crook of Creston has been named as SWCC's drill team coach. She will soon be announcing dates for a drill team informational meeting and tryouts.

Crook has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Simpson College in Indianola. She is currently enrolled in the master of arts in teaching program at Simpson.

She is a nationally certified C.L.O.G. instructor. She was employed as a dance instructor at Leslie’s Dance Emporium in Creston for the past 10 years. She was also employed by Creston Community Schools as a mentoring coordinator/at risk counselor for four years.

Watch for additional drill team information as it becomes available.

Published August 30, 2012 10:22 am

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Two-year starter Trent Fisher has returned to familiar ground as he has been named as the assistant for the men’s basketball program.  Fisher was Head Coach Mike Holmes’ first signee when he took the position in 2008.  Fisher distinguished himself in the conference as one of the premier centers, using his ability to score off the dribble with his trademark baby hook shots.  Fisher was part of teams that won 17 and 15 games in his two seasons, and in his freshman season the Spartans received national rankings as high as 14th.  Fisher will also serve as the housing director of Wilson Hall on campus.  He completed his playing career at Buena Vista University.

Published August 30, 2012 8:41 am

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After a strong start, Southwestern lost in four games tonight Marshalltown Community College.

Leading in kills tonight was Ashley Strong with 13 followed by Alex Duffy with nine. Both Mel Mangrum and Lily Lower had eight kills.  Lower led in blocks with three. Jacelle Neill led in digs with 13. Lower led the team in aces with three. Molly Schimp who was hurt in the match led in assists with 28.

Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "The match started off well because the girls came out with a lot of fire. With a young team oftentimes it is hard to keep the intensity. We were playing well in the fourth game but with an injury to Schimp we had to do some adjustment that threw our team off kilter a little bit. The girls should bounce back. It is early and we know with a lot of freshmen that we will have our ups and downs."

The Spartans will head to Lamoni on Saturday, September 1, to play in the Graceland Tournament.

View more photos on SWCC's page on Facebook.

Published August 28, 2012 8:47 am

CRESTON—The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College will begin recruiting sixth grade students for their pre-college program beginning in September.  Parents should watch for sign-up packets coming home with their sixth grade children, review and complete the application forms, and return the applications to the ETS office at Southwestern Community College.

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.  

If parents are interested in enrolling their children for ETS, but do not receive a packet, they should call their school guidance counselor or contact the ETS office at 800.247.4023, ext. 392, or locally at 641.782.1392.

Middle schools and high schools in Area 14 participating in the ETS program include Bedford, Clarke, Corning, Creston, East Union, Lenox, Murray, Orient-Macksburg, and Villisca.  

TRiO Educational Talent Search is 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  More than 800 students are served by Area 14’s ETS program.  The office is located on SWCC’s Creston campus.

Published August 28, 2012 8:15 am

Last night, the Spartan volleyball team kicked off their season by traveling to Southeast Nebraska Community College in Beatrice, NE. After dropping the first two games 14-25 and 13-25, the Spartans rallied to take the final three games 25-21, 29-27, and 15-12. The strong play in the second half of the match gave them their first win on the season.

Lily Lower led the team in aces with three and also led the team with four assist blocks. Mel Mangrum had three blocks and five kills. Ashley Strong led in kills with 11 followed by Molly Schimp with nine and Alex Duffy with eight. Mariah Kruse led in digs with 21 and Jacelle Neill was second with 20.

The Spartans will make their home debut on Wednesday, August 29, at 6:30 p.m. when they host Marshalltown CC.

Published August 24, 2012 5:20 pm

StudentPlanner CloseUpGet organized for the fall 2012 semester! 

Student planners are available at the SWCC Bookstore

Cost is $5 each.

Published August 23, 2012 10:02 am

StudentPhotoWelcome to college!  We have a great year in store for you at SWCC!  Starting the first week, there are a lot of activities planned.

Sun., August 26

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Student housing move-in. Please report in at the Spartan Suites lobby
  • 5:30 p.m. - Pizza party in the Student Center, student housing activity

Mon., August 27

  • 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Final career and technical education new student orientation
  • 1-5 p.m. - Final arts and sciences new student orientation
  • 7 p.m. - SWCC Movie Night at the Strand Theater, downtown Creston, free with SWCC student ID, movie is The Campaign

Tues., August 28

  • 5:30 p.m. - Cookout for all SWCC students and employees, area in front of Allied Health & Science Center
  • 6 p.m. - Grant Terry Outdoor Concert, area in front of Allied Health & Science Center

Wed., August 29

  • 6:30 p.m. - SWCC Spartans home volleyball opener vs. Marshalltown, first 200 fans receive a FREE Spartan 300 T-shirt.  Meet the team and see the schedule at SWCC Spartans Volleyball.

As you learn your way around Creston, be sure to check out the SWCC Zone.  There are a lot of Creston and Osceola businesses that give SWCC students discounts just for showing them your SWCC student ID.

Also, keep up on all SWCC events by bookmarking the college's Master Calendar