SWCC’s Tech Prep Program Receives Donation From Area
CRESTON — 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.
CRESTON — 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.
Southwestern Automotive Student Headed to National Contest
CRESTON — 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.
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.
H1N1 (Swine Flu) Information & Links
In an effort to keep SWCC students and employees informed about the H1N1 (Swine Influenza A) Viruses, Southwestern Community College will post updates and information as they become available. Hand sanitizers are in all campus buildings and student housing facilities. Students and staff are advised to utilize these units frequently and practice proper hand washing skills.
If you think you are ill, the Iowa Department of Public Health advises you avoid close contact with others as much as possible. Stay at home, do not go to work, school, or travel while ill. Seek medical care if you are severely ill (such as having trouble breathing).
10/29/09 - Greater Regional Medical Center director advises people to go to Greater Regional Medical Center's Web site for flu shot availability, information, and updates--October 28, 2009, Creston News Advertiser
Memo to Faculty, Staff, and Students - 9/17/09
NEW for 2009! Information for the Iowa Department of Health
Swine Flu (H1N1) Talking Points - From the Iowa Department of Public Health
PandemicFlu.gov - One stop access to U.S. Government swine, avian and pandemic flu information.
Questions & Answers Regarding the Swine Influenza - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.
Information is being updated regularly on the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has established two call centers. To reach them, please call 800-447-1985. This number will be answered 24-hours a day.
PIF (Pay It Forward) Week April 20-24
APRIL 2009--As of Tuesday, April 21, more than 700 PIF bracelets have been distributed!!
Plan to get involved . . . SWCC Psychology Instructor Kate Burrell and her social psychology class are planning to create a chain of giving starting April 20. “I P.I.F., and It’s Contagious,” as they're calling it, will run April 20-24. The class is hoping a series of good deeds will come in response to their efforts.
SWCC's Osceola high school carpentry class headed for Texas Saturday morning to assist with the Habitat for Humanity home building project. The group, made up of nine students and instructor Charlie Mundy, arrived in Oklahoma at 4:00 p.m. Saturday and reached their destination in Texas by 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Monday was their “day off” when they drove down to Galveston, TX, and took a ferry to Galveston Island. According to Mundy, the damage from hurricanes Rita and Ike was terrible and much of Galveston is still in ruins. He could not believe the condition of the city. When they rode over to the island, they saw wild dolphins following the ferry. It was an amazing day, many of the students (if not all) had never seen the ocean, some had never been outside of Iowa.
Tuesday morning, there was a record low of 39 degrees. They blamed the Iowa kids for bringing the cold weather down with them! When they arrived at the work site, the walls of the new house had been framed and the carpentry students quickly went about stick framing the rafters which they nearly completed on Tuesday. Charlie was proud of their hard work and how clean the job site was when they left for the day.
Mundy will continue to keep us posted as their trip progesses.
Southwestern Community College and Northwest Missouri State University Sign Joint Enrollment Agreement
CRESTON —Southwestern Community College (SWCC) President Dr. Barb Crittenden and Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) Provost Dr. Kichoon Yang met to sign an articulation and joint enrollment agreement on March 31, 2009, at Southwestern. This agreement will create significant new academic opportunities for Southwestern grads seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Jones Wins Statewide Award for Excellence in Online Instruction
Marsha Jones, Southwestern Community College online biology/anatomy instructor, was awarded the e11 Excellence in Online Instruction Award at the 2009 Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) Spring Conference in West Des Moines on Monday, March 30.
Southwestern Announces Welding Contest Winners
CRESTON—Students from seven high schools were on Southwestern Community College’s campus Friday, March 27, 2009, to compete in the college’s 2009 High School Collision/Welding Contest. Justin Willcox, a junior from Clarke High School in Osceola placed first in the individual welding contest. Second place went to Ryan Gibson, a junior from Creston and third place was awarded to Brandon Hildreth, a sophomore from Clarke.
- SWCC Students Place at National Ag Competition
- SWCC Students Honored on 2009 All-Iowa Academic Team
- SWCC Students Headed to National PAS Competition
- Halo 3 Tournament
- SWCC Networking Students Place in National Contest
- Baseball Commitments
- Group from SWCC Travels to State Capitol
- SWCC Board Holds February Meeting
- SWCC Teams Sponsoring Pink Zone Event
- Networking Students Place in Statewide Competition