College News

Published: Monday, February 8, 2010 9:30 am

Spartans Receive Academic Honors

Creston, IA—A number of Southwestern Community College (SWCC) volleyball and cross country athletes were recently named academic all-region by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

To be named first team all-region, the student-athlete must have earned a 3.5 grade point average or above.  For 2nd team all-region recognition, the student must have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average.

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Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:46 am

SWCC to Host Youth Softball Camps

Softball CampsCreston, IA—Southwestern Community College Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff and the Spartan team will be hosting youth softball camps on Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21.

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Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 4:27 am

Help HaitiSWCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Beta Eta Nu, is collecting donations for the earthquake victims in Haiti throughout this week, January 25-29. Please drop your monetary donations off at the Spartan Coffee Shop in the main hallway of the instructional center from 7-11 a.m. each day. 

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 5:34 am
Caitlyn LesanJake WaddinghamThe 2010 All Iowa Academic Team Honorees have been announced.  SWCC has two students--Caitlyn Lesan and Jake Waddingham—on the list.  Congratulations to you both!  The two will be honored at the 2010 All Iowa Gala Banquet on March 10, 2010, at the downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. 
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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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


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