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Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 3:47 am

Southwestern Community College Enters Transfer Student
Partnership with Graceland University

Presidents signing agreementSEPTEMBER 7, 2009, Creston, IA – The presidents of Graceland University (GU) and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) met September 4, 2009, to make official a new partnership that will benefit SWCC students preparing to transfer to Graceland upon graduation.

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Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 11:49 am

AUGUST 12, 2009— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, August 11, 2009, in the administration center on the Creston campus.
Construction of a new apartment-style dormitory on campus was again a topic on the board agenda.  The board adopted the proposed plans for construction of a new residence hall and scheduled a public hearing for September 8, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at Southwestern Community College.

Prior to the board’s approval, the college administration had presented on the need for additional student housing on SWCC’s campus.  Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of student services, reported that as of May 15, 2009, the college’s residence halls were full for fall 2009 semester.  Currently, the SWCC dorms have a capacity of 116 students.  For fall 2009, there are 152 students who have applied to live in the dorms.  

Following Thompson’s presentation, Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, covered the financial aspects of the project.  Krejci stated that revenue bonds and possibly a no-interest loan from CIPCO would be used to finance the residence hall.  The college is also eligible to apply for Build America Bonds.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, showed the board initial drawings of the building.  This residence hall would be similar floor plan to Spartan Suites.  The goal is to have the project completed for the fall 2010 semester.  Contractors may contact the architect directly if they are interested in the project.

Lesan also reported on the remodeling project currently taking place at the college’s technical center.  The targeted completion date for this project is November 2009.

The board approved the employment of Elizabeth Hensley for the position of nursing instructor for the 2009-10 academic year.  Hensley was hired at a salary of $37,847 for a 194-day contract.  Most recently, Hensley was a registered nurse for Adair County Health Systems.  She has served as a nursing clinical instructor for Southwestern, as well as Kaplan University in Des Moines. 

During the president’s report, Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of student services, explained the new College Experience Course to the board.  This course is an eight-week course designed to give SWCC students strategies for creating success in college and in life.  All new SWCC students will be required to enroll in the course.  The class will meet twice each week and will provide students with information on financial aid, career services, and support services available at the college.


Published: Monday, August 10, 2009 11:22 am

Daycare GroupAUGUST 10, 2009--A group of approximately 25 children from I Think I Can Daycare's before and after school program spent the morning on campus.  During their time at Southwestern, the group spent time completing a project in a computer lab, playing dodgeball in the gym, eating ice cream at the student center, and visiting the dorms. 

The group often has field trips to visit businesses and organizations throughout the area.

Thanks, kids, for visiting SWCC!

Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 8:32 am

Tech Center 1 Construction UpdateProgress continues with the remodeling taking place at the college’s technical center.  While the rain has delayed the project to a certain extent, there are noticeable changes underway.  According to Tom Lesan, vice president for economic development, the footings are being poured and soon the crews will be ready to pour the wall and put the metal frame in place for the glass, which is planned for the south side of the building.  Lesan said the curb on the north side was completed last week.  Once the project is finished, the view should be much improved when entering the Creston campus’ east side.

Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 5:58 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July Meeting

JULY 15, 2009, Creston, IOWA — The Southwestern Community College board of directors met via telephone Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 8:15 a.m.

During the meeting, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, told the board of directors the college administration has been researching the feasibility of building additional on-campus housing facilities on the Creston campus. 

Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of student services, spoke about concerns with the amount of housing currently available to SWCC students and said it can be detrimental to recruiting if on-campus housing is not available for students. Thompson stated there is already a waiting list of approximately 20 individuals for on-campus housing for the fall 2009 semester.  Thompson said in a recent housing survey, 72 percent of SWCC students surveyed said SWCC is in need of addition housing facilities. 

Following Thompson’s report on housing needs, Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, explained potential funding possibilities for the building.  Krejci has been looking in-depth at funding options such as revenue bonds and is confident the new facility would cash flow similar to SWCC’s most recent housing facility—the Spartan Suites, which was built in 2005. 

Tom Lesan then spoke to the board about what the housing facility will look like.  Lesan said the college administration is looking at a 72-unit, three-story, apartment-style facility similar in construction to the Spartan Suites.  The building will likely be located on the rise just west and a little south of the Spartan Suites, making the facility visible from Townline Street.  Lesan is hoping construction could start as soon as fall 2009 with the facility being completed for occupancy during the 2010-11 school year.

Crittenden explained to the board no action was immediately necessary on the housing topic, and said more information will be on the board’s August agenda.

Thompson reported on the college’s summer enrollment.  During the summer 2009, the college has had an increase of nine students from summer 2008.  The nine students translate to an increase of 34 credit hours.

In personnel, the board approved the resignation of Suzanne Carlson, SWCC nursing instructor.  Advertising for Carlson’s replacement is underway with the hope of having a new instructor in place for the start of the school year.

In other business, the board approved the college’s dues of $3,126 to the Higher Learning Commission, SWCC’s external accrediting body. 


Published: Monday, June 8, 2009 6:03 am

SWCC Night at Adams County Speedway on August 22, 2009 


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SWCC Heads to Adams County Speedway in June

JUNE 9, 2009--Southwestern Community College got some great exposure at the Adams County Speedway on June 6, 2009.  With a theme of "Get on Track at SWCC," representatives of the college were on-hand to meet spectators, hand out program information, sponsor a Mario Kart contest on the Wii, and give out T-shirts and other promotional items.  A second event is planned at the speedway on August 22, 2009.

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Playing the Wii on the HHRPart of the SWCC volunteers

Playing the Wii in the HHR 



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Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009 5:25 am

SWCC’s Tech Prep Program Receives Donation From Area
Health Organization

AHEC Donation to SWCCCRESTON — The Southwest Iowa Area Health Education Center (AHEC) recently awarded Southwestern Community College’s Tech Prep program more than $5,500 to assist high school students interested in taking the Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) program.

A portion of the funds will be used to allow low income students to take the CNA exam.  The remaining funds will be used to purchase CNA textbooks and equipment for SWCC’s Career Academy students.  SWCC has health-related Career Academy programs for high school students in Afton, Creston, Greenfield, Lenox, Leon, Mount Ayr, Orient-Macksburg, Osceola, Red Oak, Stanton, and Villisca.

The AHEC office is located in Leon and serves 17 counties in the southern and southwestern parts of the state.  Their purpose is to increase access to healthcare in southern Iowa.  AHEC is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the University of Iowa.

Published: Monday, May 18, 2009 10:29 am

Automotive Contest WinnersCRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students David Downey of Afton and William Frey of Creston placed third overall in the 2009 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills-National Quality Care Challenge held in Ankeny earlier this month.  This competition helps recognize some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

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Published: Thursday, May 14, 2009 3:52 am

Southwestern Automotive Student Headed to National Contest

Cody McCunn and Clay MercerCRESTON — Clay Mercer of Corning, a Southwestern Community College sophomore, recently placed first in automotive refinishing at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2009 competition in Ankeny.  Mercer, who is finishing his second year in SWCC’s collision repair program, is now eligible to compete at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, MO, June 22-25, 2009.

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Published: Thursday, May 14, 2009 3:40 am

Southwestern Board Holds May Meeting

Creston, IA-- Southwestern Community College’s board of directors met in regular session on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on SWCC’s campus. 

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