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Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 6:04 am

SWCC Reps with Tshirt cannonSWCC had a blast at the Adams County Speedway on June 26, 2010!  Representatives from the college were on-hand to give out freebies, register fans for a drawing, assist kids on the Wii, and meet and greet speedway spectators.  It was a great opportunity to educate race fans about all the college has to offer.

For more photos, visit SWCC's Facebook page at

Published: Sunday, June 27, 2010 6:59 am

Kiwanis Scholarships Awarded for 2010-11

Kiwanis Scholarship RecipientsCreston, IA--On Friday, May 7, 2010, Southwestern Community College students received scholarships from the Creston Kiwanis Club.  The club donates $1,000 annually in scholarships to students, with preference given to dependents or relatives of Kiwanis members. 

Photo  (L to R) Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of Southwestern Community College; SWCC student Kilee Kralik; Creston High School students Jennie Best, Ashley McGehee, and Stephanie Routh; and Korina Loudon, Kiwanis member.

Published: Friday, May 21, 2010 10:19 am

2010 All-Region Softball Selections Announced

The 2010 Spartan Softball Team had a record setting year with their spring 2010 season.  It was the first 20 win season in 20 years at SWCC. 

The effort was led by five Spartan players--Nikkie Vreeland, Katie Tew, Cassie Kadel, Amber Brown, and Becky Anderson--who recently received honors from the coaches in the region.  As a team, this year's squad had a record setting 445 hits, 71 doubles, 16 triples, 15 homeruns, and a .325 batting average, which was fourth in the region behind three nationally ranked opponents.  Nikkie Vreeland set two school records with 22 stolen bases and seven triples.  Katie Tew set a new record with the most hits, 59, in a season.

Stats for SWCC's All-Region Softball selections follow:

Nikkie Vreeland  Nikkie Vreeland, Centerfield,  Second Team All-Region
155 at bats, 54 hits, 43 runs, 6 doubles, 7 triples, 1 homerun, 30 RBI’s, 22 walks, .348 batting avg., and 22 stolen bases
Katie Tew

Katie Tew,  Designated Player, Second Team All-Region
149 at bats, 59 hits, 43 runs, 16 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homeruns, 39 RBI’s, .396 batting avg.

Cassie Kadel Cassie Kadel, Utility, Honorable Mention All-Region
132 at bats, 49 hits, 38 runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homeruns, 31 RBI’s, .371 batting avg, and 12 stolen bases
Amber Brown Amber Brown, Third Base, Honorable Mention All-Region
155 at bats, 56 hits, 29 runs, 9 doubles, 5 homeruns, 30 RBI’s, and .361 batting avg.
Becky Anderson Becky Anderson, Shortstop, Honorable Mention All-Region
113 at bats, 37 hits, 19 runs, 10 doubles, 1 homerun, 24 RBI’s, and .327 batting avg.






Published: Monday, May 3, 2010 8:44 am

Volleyball Announcement

CRESTON--Rita Schroeder is stepping down from the head volleyball coaching position at Southwestern Community College.  Schroeder has been at the helm of the Spartans for the past 25 years, earning her 700th win during the 2009 volleyball season.  She will remain on staff as the assistant volleyball coach for the 2010 volleyball season.  The head coach position will be opened in advance of recruiting for the 2011 volleyball team.

Anna Waymaster will be serving as interim head coach for the Spartans volleyball team this fall.  Waymaster played for Schroeder during the 2006 and 2007 volleyball seasons and has been SWCC’s assistant volleyball coach during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  Waymaster will complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services with Buena Vista University in Creston this summer.

Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 3:33 am


As SWCC's 2010 Pay it Forward Week was wrapping up, Creston High School was just getting started.  On Thursday, April 22, 2010, the two groups got together to celebrate and unite. 

Watch the PIF Wrap Up Video!


SWCC PIF Class and CHS students


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Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:27 am

Osceola—Southwestern Community College’s high school carpentry class is hosting a birdhouse-making workshop for children Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to noon at SWCC’s Osceola Center. 

Read more: SWCC's Osceola High School Carpentry Class Hosting

Published: Friday, April 16, 2010 4:55 am

Unity LogoAPRIL 16, 2010--Next week is the week to Pay it Forward (PIF) at SWCC and throughout SWCC communities!! Southwestern's social psychology class will be spearheading efforts to promote positive behaviors and helping others.  On Friday, SWCC will unite with Creston High School and their week of unity will begin.

Complete a PIF-related activity and you'll receive a PIF wristband!

Watch the video!

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Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:20 am

Southwestern's Board of Trustees Holds April Meeting

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the administration center on the Creston campus.

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Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 10:07 am

Collision/Welding Contest WinnersCreston, IA, MARCH 26, 2010--Students from approximately 13 high schools were on Southwestern Community College's campus on Friday, March 26, 2010, for the 2010 Automotive Open House.  As a part of the event, many of the visiting students competed in the college's annual high school collision/welding contest.  Cameron Hester from Panorama High School took first place honors in the competition. Logan Taylor of Villisca placed second and Nick Gross from Panorama High School placed third. 

Two high schools were also big winners at the end of the day.  Panorama High School received a wire welder for having the top student in the welding competition and Villisca High School won a wire welder in a drawing.

The Automotive Open House is held each year during March to give students the opportunity to tour SWCC's automotive facilities and meet with program instructors.  SWCC offers one- and two-year programs in automotive collision repair and automotive repair technology.  Starting with the fall 2010 semester, SWCC will also offer a program in welding.

For more photos from the day, visit SWCC's page on Facebook!

Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:51 am

Caitlyn LesanCongratulations to Caitlyn Lesan, SWCC sophomore, who was selected as a 2010 COCA-COLA BRONZE SCHOLAR! Selection as a Coca-Cola Scholar was based on scores earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Scholars will be listed in a special section of USA TODAY on April 19. Only 50 gold, 50 silver, and 50 bronze scholars are chosen worldwide!!

Read more: SWCC Student Named Coca-Cola Scholar