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Published March 10, 2011 2:13 pm

Southwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting an Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, April 1, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on SWCC's Creston campus.

During the Open House event, visitors will be able to tour the automotive shops, meet program instructors, compete in welding and tire changing/rotating contests, views automobiles at the car show, and meet with tool vendors.  A light lunch will be served.

Potential students may visit at any time during the Open House hours, but if students are planning to compete in the welding contest they must register from 8:30-9 a.m.  A written test will take place at 9 a.m. and individuals with the top scores will then compete in the hands-on portion at 10 a.m. in SWCC’s technical center.

SWCC offers two esteemed programs in the automotive areas:  automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish.  SWCC's automotive repair technology instructors are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)-certified and use a hands-on approach in the classroom.  The automotive repair technology program received ASE certification and National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certification in the fall of 2010. SWCC's collision repair program is the only program in Iowa to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation and is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE/NATEF certification.

Pre-registration is not necessary.

Automotive Repair Technology Information

Collision Repair/Refinish Information

Published March 3, 2011 4:52 pm


After splitting with Ellsworth during the regular season, the rubber match of the series proved to be a thriller.  Tied at half, Southwestern got command of the game in the second half behind torrid shooting and sound defensive play.  Nursing an eight-point lead with just under five minutes to play, Southwestern got passive against a tenacious Ellsworth press and saw the lead dwindle.  After an offensive rebound on a missed free throw, the Panthers took a late lead.  Down 65-64 with 29 seconds to play at 20 seconds on the shot clock, Southwestern made the decision to defend rather than foul.  Ellsworth connected on a field goal with 12 second remaining to lead 67-64.  Southwestern had two shots at the tie at the end after an Austin Emerson miss was rebounded by Keenan Joiner and kicked back to Emerson for a second try.  When the shot hit off the back iron, Southwestern’s season had ended.  Head Coach Mike Holmes said, “Our guys executed our plan and we had a tremendous opportunity to win.  It hurts more when you feel like you had the game in hand and let it slip away.  They are a tremendously talented team and made big plays when they needed them most.  I feel our players, once time passes, will reflect and feel like their 14 wins were an accomplishment that symbolizes their competitiveness and execution this season.”

Published March 3, 2011 8:22 am


Photo (L to R): Carla Willis, Nora Andrews, and Vickie Holste

Three Southwestern Community College students placed at the Spring Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference in Cedar Rapids, February 21-23, qualifying them for BPA national competition, to be held during the 2011 National Leadership Conference, May 4-8, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

SWCC students qualifying for nationals included Carla Willis, sophomore, accounting major, from Creston; Nora Andrews, sophomore, office systems specialist, 2009 Diagonal High School graduate, from Benton; and Vickie Holste, sophomore, business administration major, from Gravity. 

Willis received first place in fundamental word processing, fourth place in financial math and analysis, fourth place in administrative support concept, and in the top 10 for financial math and analysis.  Andrews placed in the top ten for basic office systems and procedures, and Holste received second place in advanced accounting, second place in banking and finance, fourth place in financial math and analysis, and in the top ten for administrative support concepts.  All three students served as a team competing in administrative support and receiving second place.

SWCC's sponsors for BPA are Barb Brown and Holly Booth, both business and technology instructors.

Published March 1, 2011 8:34 am


Nine SWCC volleyball players were recently named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) academic teams.

The first team consisted of student-athletes earning a 3.5 or above grade point average. SWCC athletes making first team included (in photo left to right) Marie Wapelhorst, sophomore, of Scribner, NE; Amber Thomas, freshman, of Council Bluffs; and Megan Simms, freshman, of Prole.

For second team honors, the student must have earned a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.4. Second team honors went to SWCC Spartans Gabbi Sowers of Henderson, Jamie Anthony of Truro, Marissa Barton of Ottumwa, Nicole Hunter of Indianola, Tracy Swanson of Greenfield, and Josey Ellis of Weldon.

Published February 28, 2011 8:41 am

 Registration for summer 2011 classes begins the week of March 7.  Specific registration dates follow:

  • Thursday, March 10 - Career & technical education registration for summer 2011
  • Friday, March 11 - Career & technical education registration for summer 2011
  • Monday, March 14 - Registration for arts & sciences students begins


The summer 2011 schedule of classes is available online! It is updated regularly.  Please view for course availability.

Fast track sessions are available in May and August.  Start looking at classes and talk to a SWCC advisor about registering.

Published February 25, 2011 1:27 pm

Area eighth grade students were on campus for the semi-annual 8th Grade Careers Conference on Wednesday, February 23, 2011.  Approximately 180 students toured campus visiting career and technical education program areas, learning about various careers, and listening to guest speakers.

Schools represented at Wednesday's conference included Bedford, Corning, Diagonal, East Union, Mormon Trail, Orient-Macksburg, St. Malachy, and Villisca.  Lindsay Stoaks, coordinator of secondary programs, organized the event.

Published February 25, 2011 8:06 am


The Spartans headed into their final home game of the season with a big task at hand, playing the conference leaders, the Kirkwood Eagles. Looking to notch a second loss in the Kirwood season, the Spartan men played hard takeing a three point deficit into the half, 24-27. Continuing their tough play in the second half, the Spartans stayed within striking distance until the Eagles when on a scoring run for nine points. Final score for the game left the Spartans on the bottom and the Eagle with a single conference loss for the season.

UPDATE: The Spartans will lead off their post-season play vs. Ellsworth at 7 pm. on Wednesday, March 2. All tournament pairings and final season standings can be viewed on the ICCAC Web site. Go Spartans!

Published February 17, 2011 10:28 am


Pictured above (L to R):
Front row:  Jerry Wagner, Courtney's father; Courtney Wagner; Trisha Wagner, Courtney's mother; Kyleigh Wagner, Courtney's sister
Back row:  Lindsay Stumpff, SWCC head softball coach; Darin Monroe, SWCC assistant softball coach

Position: Pitcher
High School: Ottumwa High School
High School Honors/Awards:  Courtney was two-time all CIML conference selection, pitched for the 2010 Ottumwa High School team that placed fourth at the state tournament, is a member of the National Honor Society as well as a Torch Club member, and is ranked in the top 10 percent of her senior class. 
Comments from Coach Stumpff:  Courtney has put up outstanding numbers as a pitcher in arguably the toughest conference in the state of Iowa.  She has a mid-level fastball to go along with one of the best change-ups I have ever seen out of a high school player.  Her strengths are keeping hitters off balance as she has excellent movement on all pitches.  I believe she has the ability to really dominate at the next level, especially with the defense we will have behind her. 

Published February 17, 2011 10:18 am


Pictured above (L to R):
Front row:  Jason Tolle, Dominique's father; Dominique Tolle; Alisha Tolle, Dominique's mother
Back row:  Lindsay Stumpff, SWCC head softball coach; Darin Monroe, SWCC assistant softball coach

Position: Outfield
High School: Pekin High School
High School Honors/Awards: Dominique was two-time all conference selection for Pekin High School.  
Comments from Coach Stumpff: Dominique is an outstanding softball player with great character.  She adds much need power from the left side of the plate to our team next season.  In the outfield, she gets tremendous jumps on balls to the gap and isn't afraid to get dirty if that is what it takes to get to the ball. 

Published February 17, 2011 10:05 am


Pictured above (L to R):
First row:  Stacey Powers, Taylor's mother; Taylor Powers; Joe Powers, Taylor's father
Back row:  Lindsay Stumpff, SWCC head softball coach; Darin Monroe, SWCC assistant softball coach

Position: Catcher/Utility
High School: Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln High School
High School Honors/Awards: Taylor was a three-time 4A honorable mention all-state honoree, three-time all-district west class selection, two-time all western Iowa, two-time all-conference. two-time all city, and four-time letter winner.  
Comments from Coach Stumpff:  Taylor has had one of the most decorated high school careers in terms of awards of anyone who has ever joined our program.  She is very well respected offensively as she can hit for both power and average.  Defensively, she has the arm strength to shut down even the fastest base stealers in our league.  She knows and understands the game of softball, which is exactly what you look for in your catcher as they are the leaders of your team.