College News

Published September 27, 2010 6:04 am

SWCC Student Selected to Visit NASA This October

Creston, IA - Cynthia Miller of Southwestern Community College in Creston has been selected to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston October 20-22, 2010, to participate in a three-day on-site event.

She has been selected as one of 89 community and junior college students from across the nation to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Students completed four Web-based assignments during the school year, maintaining a 93 average to qualify for the experience.  They will apply what they have learned during the year to work with NASA engineers.

The program is a three-day, on-site event at Johnson and offers students from across the nation opportunities to interact with each other as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at Johnson, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each company is responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of the rover, and forming the company infrastructure including budget, communications, and presentations.

Miller learned of this opportunity through her membership in Phi Theta Kappa at Southwestern.

Published September 9, 2010 4:21 am

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its Division I cross country polls for week one. The Spartan men's cross country team landed in 19th place. The Spartan women find themselves sitting in 23rd place. Both teams will be running for the third time this season on Saturday, when they head to Grinnell for the Les Duke Invitational. Go Spartans!

See the complete poll results here (PDF) (external link no longer available).

Published September 7, 2010 3:09 am

bolingo-walter_mg_7824.jpgThe Spartan Men were on their game Saturday as they took on some tough competition at the Dutch Invite in Pella, Iowa. The Spartan Men finished 2nd among the Junior Colleges and 6th overall. Leading the Spartans was Walter Bolingo (pictured) finishing 27th in a solid time of 20:46. Close behind him were Sam Mckinney 29th and Clayton Fritz 35th. DeAndre Ingram, went 21:29 to finish 38th and Ethan Warrior finished 41st in 21:44 to round out the top 5. Caleb Allen, Matt Carr and Kevin Bailey finished 45,47 and 122. "Based on how hard the workouts were the week leading up to the meet, I was not sure how fresh we would be. But the men responded with some great times and placings. This was a big meet competition-wise and we were outstanding from top to bottom in our line up," commented Coach Huntington after the meet. The Spartan Men and Women are up again next Saturday as they head up to the Les Duke Invite at Grinnell College.

Published September 7, 2010 3:06 am

palmer-chelsi_mg_7818.jpgThe Spartan Women attacked the course at the Central Dutch Invite with a passion on Saturday as every member of the newly formed Spartan Harriers established season personal records. Coach Cari Stalker was especially pleased with these performances. "To see the improvement these ladies have made over the last week is nothing short of incredible. Each runner improved 2-3 minutes over last week's time and that is fantastic. Coach Huntington and I were very encouraged on how much we improved on other Region XI schools," remarked Coach Stalker. Chelsi Palmer (pictured) of Casey, Iowa, led the Spartans with a 39th place finish at 23:00, Kellie DeJong 43rd at 23:54 in at 47th was Kaylee Tucker of Prescott Iowa at 24:38 rounding out the top five were Jess Lamb at 48th in 24:50 and Amy Waddingham at 50th in 27:15.

Published September 2, 2010 3:42 am

Airgas HelmetsSouthwestern Community College’s collision repair/refinish program was recently awarded three welding helmets from the I-CAR Education Foundation. 

The helmets were donated by Airgas.

Published 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 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.

Published 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.

Published 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

Published 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.