College News

Published: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 2:37 am
ACT Prep Course Available at SWCC

CRESTON — The Trio Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is offering free ACT Test Prep Courses for all ETS high school participants the morning of Saturday, January 9, 2010. 

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Published: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 4:26 am

Box Top Collection TubsSWCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter is collecting Box Tops for Education for the local elementary schools.  For each boxtop collected, the school will receive 10 cents. 

Box Tops for Education are on a number of products used daily, including brands such as Betty Crocker®, Huggies®, Cheerios®, Chex®, Ziploc®, and Cottonelle®.

Just look for the box top tubs (shown at right) to drop the box tops you collect!  There are collection points throughout the Creston campus.  The group will be collecting box tops through the end of spring 2010 semester.


Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 4:40 am

Pink Zone Game Scheduled for 2010

NOVEMBER 25, 2009--For the second year in a row, the Southwestern Community College women's basketball program is sponsoring a Pink Zone event on the college's campus.  This year, the Spartans Pink Zone game will be vs. Iowa Central Community College on February 24, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. 

Last year's event was a phenomenal success with the SWCC team raising the most funds at the community college level for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund® cancer fund. Watch for more details and be ready to support the SWCC Spartans as they play basketball in support of breast cancer research. 

Take a look at some of the photos from last year's Pink Zone basketball games held Wednesday, February 18, 2009.










Published: Friday, November 20, 2009 2:41 am
Growth and Change at SWCC Osceola Center

Creston, IA—Southwestern Community College’s Osceola Center has seen growth and change during the fall of 2009.  The center’s enrollment swelled to 210 students for fall 2009 semester, which is the highest enrollment on record for the center.  College-wide, SWCC’s enrollment is at an all-time high of 1,680 students.

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Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009 5:34 am

  Osceola Hammer to CancerOSCEOLA, November 19, 2009--The Osceola high school carpentry and building trades class spent the last few weeks "Putting a Hammer to Cancer."  The students donned pink hard hats in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.

Individuals and/or businesses sponsored the hard hats, totaling more than $1,000 raised in support of cancer research.

Charlie Mundy is the instructor for SWCC's Osceola high school carpentry program.

PHOTO BELOW:  Three Osceola high school carpentry students are shown at the carpentry site in their pink hard hats. 

Osceola Carpentry

Published: Monday, November 16, 2009 8:48 am

SWCC Athletic Fundraiser 2009 Buffet

Thank you to everyone who helped make last Friday’s SWCC Athletic Fundraiser a record-breaking success!  More than $13,000 was raised, which becomes a record for this annual event.  Approximately 190 people attended the event, which was held at the Creston Elk's Lodge.  This year’s event came close to breaking the athletic fundraiser’s attendance record as well. According to Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director, this was the highest netting, one-night fundraising event in SWCC history.

Krejci would like to extend a special thanks to the attendees, the local businesses who contributed in various ways for the event, committee members for help planning and selling tickets, and private parties for donating personal collection items for raffle and auction. We hope that you will be able to join us again next year. 

Rita Schroeder, Head Volleyball Coach, receives a framed photo commemorating her 700 career match wins.

Rita Schroeder, Head Volleyball Coach, receives a framed photo commemorating her 700 career match wins.


Ron "Fox" Clinton helps get the raffle started by calling ticket numbers.

Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:28 am

NOVEMBER 11, 2009--Thanks for a great time, Lenox!!  SWCC students and staff were on-hand to send the Lenox football team off to state.  We hope you come home with a victory!

Lenox Football Team

Lenox Football Sendoff

Lenox Football Sendoff

Lenox Football Loading Bus



Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:39 am

Yes, at this point it's called "New Dorm," but construction is underway and soon the new facility will have a name.  Watch this page to see the new 75-unit, apartment-style dormitory being constructed on Southwestern Community College's Creston campus.  The dorm is scheduled to be completed in time for the fall 2010-11 school year so if you're planning to live on campus, get your dorm application in soon!


 October 2009 Construction on New SWCC Dorm
 Construction begins on the new SWCC dormitory
 October 2009 Construction on New SWCC Dorm
 Dorm Construction - October 2009
 October 2009 Construction on New SWCC Dorm
 Pinnacle Construction Group - Urbandale
 October 2009 Construction on New SWCC Dorm
Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:50 am

The Southwestern Community College Student Senate hosted activities throughout the week of October 19, 2009, to bring awareness to National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.


 Monday - Save a life, don't drink and drive.  Students handing out lifesavers.  Mocktails in the Student Center
 Tuesday - Mocktails in the student center.  Come sample mocktails during your lunch hour!  The winner of the mocktail contest will receive two free movie tickets with free popcorn.  Students making mocktails
 Wednesday - Information booth on alcohol and its effects.  
 Thursday - Union County Sheriff's Department presentation by Brian Bolton and drunk driving simulation.  Alcohol Awareness Activity
 Friday - Orange ribbon day.  Wear orange to support alcohol awareness.  Alcohol Awareness Table


Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009 3:25 am

Rita Schroeder 700 WinsCreston, OCTOBER 22, 2009--Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Coach Rita Schroeder hit a huge milestone at the conclusion of the Spartans’ home volleyball match-up against Clinton Community College on Wednesday night.  The Spartans’ victory over the Cougars put Schroeder’s coaching record at 700 wins. 

In the most recent documents published by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Schroeder ranks in the top five active coaches for winning records in Division II of the NJCAA.  This makes her the highest ranking active volleyball coach in the state of Iowa. 

Following the game, Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director, presented Schroeder with a trophy marking the occasion.  Schroeder thanked Southwestern and the Creston community for supporting her during her career at the helm of the Spartan team.  She mentioned how thankful she is for the players, former players, and parents she has gotten to know throughout the years.  Schroeder gave a special thank you to her friend and longtime SWCC coach Ron “Fox” Clinton for helping her get her start in coaching.  

Read more: SWCC Coach Hits Milestone in Wins