College News

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 4:58 am

Schmalzried Demonstrates Hybrid CarCRESTON—When Creston Automotive recently loaned Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) automotive programs a hybrid vehicle for classroom-demonstration purposes, SWCC automotive students had opportunities to see first-hand how the automotive industry is changing as the demand for environmentally-friendly vehicles increases. 

Read more: SWCC Utilizes Creston Automotive Vehicle for Onsite Demo

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 4:40 am

World Renowned Vocal Groups to Headline SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest

RajatonCreston, IOWA—Two world renowned vocal groups, Rajaton from Finland and M-pact from Los Angeles, will headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 13th Annual Vocal Jazz Fest concerts on Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket. 

Read more: World Renowned Vocal Groups to Headline SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 9:49 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the administration center on the Creston campus.

Randy Cook, auditor with Draper, Snodgrass and Mikkelsen, reported on the college’s audit, which was recently conducted by his firm.  Cook commended Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, and the business office staff for their excellent work during the past year.  He stated that the college had received a clean and unqualified opinion.

The board took action to approve the sale of $2.5 million in revenue bonds.  Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, reported that the masonry work on the first floor is 95 percent complete and the top of the first floor will be poured on Monday.  The geo thermal wells are installed and will be tied together when the weather is warmer.  He also noted that the construction is approximately 14 days behind schedule due to the weather.

In personnel, the board approved the early retirement request of Mindy Dresback, Tech Prep coordinator, and Eric Hill, housekeeping supervisor.  Dresback started in her position with the college in 2000.  Hill has been with SWCC’s maintenance department since 1997.

During the president’s report, Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, Buck Scheel, SWCC women’s basketball coach, and Laurie Besco, SWCC Student Support Services director, reported to the board on various community service projects that have taken place in recent months at Southwestern Community College.  Some of these community service activities have included a food drive, a “Stars of Christmas” program to provide gifts for children of needy students, and a continuing Habitat for Humanity project by the Osceola high school carpentry program. 

Scheel spoke about the women’s basketball program’s involvement with the Pink Zone® initiative for breast cancer awareness.  Last February the women’s basketball team raised the most money in the community college category for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™ through the Pink Zone® initiative.  Because of this, Russell Athletics donated pink uniforms for the team to wear during this year’s Pink Zone event scheduled for February 24. 


Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 9:33 am

35 Year HonoreesTwo Southwestern Community College (SWCC) employees were recently honored at the college’s all-staff in-service for achieving 35 years of service to the institution.  Betty Wallace and Sandy Webb, both of Creston, have each been at the college since 1974.

Wallace has spent her career at the college working in the adult and continuing education division.  She began in 1974 as health education coordinator and served in that role until 1999.  At that time, she became the Community Training Center (CTC) coordinator.  Currently she is serving as the American Heart Association Training Center coordinator.

Webb began her career at Southwestern in the role of secretary of student services in 1974.  In July 1994, she became an administrative secretary.  Currently she is serving as the administrative secretary to the dean of student services.

Also recognized at the SWCC in-service was Mary Jo Skarda of Creston, assistant to the president, who has been employed at the college for 30 years.

Read more: SWCC Employees Honored for Years of Service

Published: Friday, December 18, 2009 3:01 am

Automotive Group PhotoCRESTON —Two teams of students from SWCC's Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive program placed fourth and seventh respectively in an Iowa high school automotive hands-on skills contest held December 16, 2009, at DMACC in Ankeny.

A team made up of SWCC students Alex Harlan, a junior at Nodaway Valley High School, and Logan Jenkins, a senior at Corning High School, placed fourth in the competition.  Steven Page, a senior at Orient-Macksburg, and Johnny Mordock, a senior at Creston, competed on the team earning seventh place honors.

Read more: Southwestern's Automotive Students Place in Statewide Contest

Published: Monday, December 14, 2009 7:35 am

DECEMBER 14, 2009--Southwestern Community College's Chamber Choir presented Holiday Carols in Concert last night at the Performing Arts Center theater on SWCC's Creston campus.  The group, who sang for a little more than an hour, performed carols and masterworks from composers such as  Bach, Mendelssohn, Christiansen, Burt, Mattson, Maddux, and Dawson.

Jason Smith, SWCC professional music instructor, was the conductor for the performance.

Holiday Carols in Concert


Read more: Music Department Presents Holiday Carols in Concert

Published: Friday, December 11, 2009 7:19 am

The Dream Team 2009 Intramural VolleyballCongratulations to "The Dream Team" (see photo at right) for placing first in the college's intramural volleyball league!

During the league, teams played a total of six games on Tuesday nights during the fall 2009 semester. The league was capped off with a single elimination tournament on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Members of "The Dream Team" included Celia Bruning, Chris Helm, B.J. Bonamy, Caitlyn Lesan, Marie Wapelhorst, Nicole Hunter, Hunter Aronson, and Paul Singh.

Published: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 2:37 am
ACT Prep Course Available at SWCC

CRESTON — The Trio Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is offering free ACT Test Prep Courses for all ETS high school participants the morning of Saturday, January 9, 2010. 

Read more: ACT Prep Course Available at SWCC

Published: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 4:26 am

Box Top Collection TubsSWCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter is collecting Box Tops for Education for the local elementary schools.  For each boxtop collected, the school will receive 10 cents. 

Box Tops for Education are on a number of products used daily, including brands such as Betty Crocker®, Huggies®, Cheerios®, Chex®, Ziploc®, and Cottonelle®.

Just look for the box top tubs (shown at right) to drop the box tops you collect!  There are collection points throughout the Creston campus.  The group will be collecting box tops through the end of spring 2010 semester.


Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 4:40 am

Pink Zone Game Scheduled for 2010

NOVEMBER 25, 2009--For the second year in a row, the Southwestern Community College women's basketball program is sponsoring a Pink Zone event on the college's campus.  This year, the Spartans Pink Zone game will be vs. Iowa Central Community College on February 24, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. 

Last year's event was a phenomenal success with the SWCC team raising the most funds at the community college level for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund® cancer fund. Watch for more details and be ready to support the SWCC Spartans as they play basketball in support of breast cancer research. 

Take a look at some of the photos from last year's Pink Zone basketball games held Wednesday, February 18, 2009.