Students Place at National Auto Competition

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive collision repair/refinish students Zach Mullen of New Market and Garrett Hogue of Lenox took home second and fifth place finishes respectively at the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships held June 25-26, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish students Garrett Hogue of Lenox and Zach Mullen of New Market took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2014 competition in Ankeny on Fri., May 2, 2014.

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Automotive Programs Hosting Open House

Southwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting the 2014 Automotive Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field this Friday, April 4, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the automotive department on the north side of the Instructional Center, on SWCC's Creston campus.

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

Potential students and their families may visit at any time during the Open House, 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 of the contest at 10 a.m. in SWCC’s Tech Center I.  The car show is open to the public.

Potential students will be visiting other career and technical education programs at SWCC on Friday as well, all part of SWCC’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day

 

SWCC Student Places in National Competition

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Garrett Hogue of Lenox placed fifth in the nation for collision repair, at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships held June 24-28, 2013, in Kansas City, MO.

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation.  Hogue qualified for the national competition by placing first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2013 competition in Ankeny on April 25, 2013.

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Auto Open House Contest Winners

WeldingContest 2013CRESTON—April 19, 2013—Almost 450 high school students were on Southwestern Community College's campus on Friday, April 5, 2013, for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day and the 2013 SWCC Automotive Open House.  This annual open house offers future students the opportunity to tour the shops, meet the instructors, and learn more about SWCC’s automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish programs.

As a part of the event, many of the visiting students, as well as current SWCC automotive students, compete in contests and activities. 

Placings for the contests follow:

High School Collision/Welding Contest Winners

  • Jacob Berkley, Red Oak High School, first place
  • Colton Drake, Villisca High School, second place
  • Remington Tranburger, Red Oak High School, third place

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  • Russell Sinclair, Central Decatur High School, tie for first place
  • Corey Sunderman, Atlantic High School, tie for first place
  • Heath Heller, Atlantic High School, second place

Tire Changing Contest - College Division

  • Kadin Miller, Osceola, Southwestern Community College, first place
  • Alonzo Rodriguez, Osceola, Southwestern Community College, second place

Photos from the events are available on SWCC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/swcciowa.

SWCC Automotive Programs to Host Open House

Southwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting the 2013 Automotive Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, April 5, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the automotive department on the north side of the Instructional Center, on SWCC's Creston campus.

During the Auto Open House, visitors will tour the automotive shops, meet with program instructors, compete in welding and tire changing/rotating contests, views automobiles at a car show, and meet with tool vendors.  The Patriot Chopper from Orange County Choppers will be on display during the car show.  A light lunch will be served.  

Potential students and their families may visit at any time during the Open House, 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 of the contest at 10 a.m. in SWCC’s Tech Center I.  The car show is open to the public.

SWCC offers two esteemed programs in the automotive areas:  automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish.  SWCC's automotive repair technology instructors are Master ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)-certified and use a hands-on approach in the classroom and lab.  The automotive repair technology program has ASE certification and National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certification. 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.  

Collision Repair/Refinish Receives Renewed Accreditation from NATEF

February 13, 2013--Congratulations to the SWCC collision repair/refinish program for their recent renewal of program accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  The program earned renewal accreditation in language/arts, mathematics, mechanical and electrical, non-structural analysis/damage repair, painting and refinishing, science, structural analysis and damage repair.

 

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December 14, 2012--The Automotive Club raised a total of $1,456 through their raffle drawings held at the end of fall 2012 semester. The club will use this money for a scholarship, a field trip to the Kansas City Harley Davidson factory and Topeka Drag Races, and the Skills USA competition, as well as a donation to a needy cause undetermined at this time.

There were 37 students selling tickets and 10 students each sold more than 50 tickets. The top salesman was Colton Nelson, who sold 341 tickets and received a donation from Charlie Brown Auto Salvage for $100. Nelson is a second year automotive student from Osceola.

Congratulations to the automotive club raffle winners:
1st place - Justin Brown
2nd place - Denny Loudon
3rd place - Karl Olson
4th place - Gary Davis
5th place - Salvador Aguilera
6th place - Mary Adams

 

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Collision Repair/Refinish Program Implements 3-D Paint System

OCTOBER 5, 2012--The Southwestern Community College collision repair/refinish program recently received an exciting delivery--the SiM Spray 3D Virtual Paint System. SimSpray is an immersive virtual reality painting simulator. It will assist SWCC instructors in the teaching of spray painting and coating fundamentals.

With the system in place, students will learn correct body positioning and movement for proper painting and coating techniques. The student operating the system will use a simulated paint gun and headgear to enter an immersive virtual reality environment where he/she will apply "paint" to specific areas of automobiles. The student will view the simulator through the head gear as it tracks his or her motion and painting techniques.

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SWCC Student Places Fourth at National Competition

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Sheldon Triggs of Mt. Ayr placed fourth in the nation for collision repair, at the 2012 SkillsUSA Championships held June 23-27, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. 

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation.  Triggs qualified for the national competition by placing first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2012 competition in Ankeny in April.

At the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,600 contestants competed in 96 events.  During the collision repair technology contest, Triggs was asked to demonstrate his ability to perform jobs and skills based on a task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  The competition included a series of workstations to assess skills in metal straightening, welding, plastic repair, and structural analysis; a personal interview; and a written test.

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Automotive Open House Scheduled for March 30, 2012

AutoContestWinnersSouthwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting an Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, March 30, 2012, 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.  Pictured at right are last year's contest winners.

Southwestern Automotive Student Headed to National Contest

2011SkillsIowa_SWCCwinners_WebCRESTON — Two SWCC automotive students were gold medalists at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2011 competition in Ankeny on April 29, 2011, and are now headed to national competition in Kansas City, MO, on June 19-24, 2011.

Josh Rich of Ellston, a Southwestern Community College sophomore, placed first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2011 competition.  Rich will graduate with his associate of applied science degree from SWCC’s collision repair program in June.

Andrew Martin, a second year collision repair/refinish student from Bridgewater, was the gold medalist in the automotive refinishing competition.  Martin will receive his associate of applied science degree in collision repair/refinish in June as well.

Each year, every community college in Iowa can enter one student in each of the two SkillsUSA contest categories.  At nationals, the SWCC students will compete against champion from all 50 states.  Jeff Magneson, SWCC’s collision repair/refinish instructor, is impressed with how SWCC’s students stack up against the competition.

“I am extremely proud of how our students perform each year at this competition,” Magneson stated.  “This is the third year we have competed in these contests and the first year SWCC has come home with gold medalists in both competitions!”

Southwestern is one of 11 community colleges in Iowa with an automotive collision repair program.  SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) certification and the only program in the state to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation.  SWCC's collision repair/refinish program is based on the I-CAR Enhanced Delivery curriculum and offers hands-on experiences in the classroom.  Courses are taught by ASE-certified instructors who have platinum level I-CAR designations.

 

Automotive Programs to Host Open House on April 1

AutoOpenHouse_2011posterSouthwestern 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. 

SWCC Announces Addition of Waterborne Refinish Technology

December 2, 2010--Southwestern Community College's collision repair/refinish program is pleased to announce the addition of PPG’s AquaBase Waterborne Refinish Technology to its curriculum. SWCC is the first program in Iowa to offer this environmentally friendly process for refinishing automobiles.

Instructor Jeff Magneson stated, "In keeping with our commitment to offer the latest technology in collision repair to our students and SWCC’s desire to implement 'the green factor' wherever possible – the decision was a win/win."

Magneson said the improved color matches and cycle reduction times have proven to be a positive result and a big hit with students.  SWCC strives to be on the cutting edge of training students to be tomorrow’s technicians. Already a handful of shops in southwest Iowa, Omaha, and Des Moines have gone with waterborne finishes. The college will also continue to teach a solvent-borne finish utilizing the BASF RM Diamont system for those students who may not be employed by a shop using waterborne finishes.

Students Place at National Contest

Skills USA WinnersCRESTON--Larry Kuster of Shannon City, representing Southwestern Community College (SWCC), placed seventh in the collision category at the National SkillsUSA 2010 competition held in June. Kuster qualified for nationals by placing first in statewide competition held in Ankeny this spring.

Kuster graduated from SWCC in June with his diploma in collision repair/refinish and is continuing on for his associate of applied science degree during the 2010-11 school year.

Southwestern also had a second place finisher at the Iowa statewide competition. Alex Bear of Russell placed second in the refinish category. Bear received his diploma in collision repair/refinish in June 2010 as well.

Southwestern is one of 11 community colleges in Iowa with an automotive collision repair program. SWCC's collision repair/refinish program is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation)and the only program in the state to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation SWCC's collision repair/refinish program is based on the I-CAR Enhanced Delivery curriculum and offers hands-on experiences in the classroom. Courses are taught by ASE-certified instructors who have platinum level I-CAR designations.

SWCC Student Wins I-CAR Tool Grant

John St. DennyMay 14, 2010, CRESTON, IA--Southwestern Community College (SWCC) collision repair student John St. Denny has been named the winner of the I-CAR Education Foundation’s 2010 Craftman Tool Grant.

Denny was selected for the grant after writing an essay about his goals in the collision industry. As the grant winner, Denny receives a 268 piece mechanic tool set, a Craftsman 7-piece fiberglass handle body and fender repair tool set, and a Craftsman 20-piece super-duty punch and chisel set.

Denny, a 2009 graduate of Clarinda High School, is completing his first year of SWCC's collision repair/refinish program. He will receive his diploma in collision repair/refinish in June. Denny will return to SWCC in August for the second year of SWCC's collision repair/refinish program.

SWCC Automotive Department Receives Donation

3M DonationNOVEMBER 9, 2009--Southwestern Community College recently received a donation from 3M™ through the I-CAR Education Foundation. With the gift, the college received 3M™ Dent Filling Compound and an Applicator Gun for the Dynamic Mixing System.

According to Jeff Magneson, SWCC collision repair/refinish instructor, the gift is valued at approximately $4,000.

Shown in photo at right (L to R): SWCC students John St Denney and Cody Fisher, both of Clarinda, pose with the 3M™ donation.

SWCC Marketing Creates Poster Featuring Recent Collision Repair Contest Winners

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Southwestern Automotive Student Places Sixth at National Contest
Clay Mercer CompetingCRESTON, June 2009 — Clay Mercer of Corning, representing Southwestern Community College (SWCC), placed sixth in automotive refinishing at the National SkillsUSA 2009 competition held June 22-25, 2009, in Kansas City, MO.  Mercer qualified for nationals by placing first in statewide competition held in Ankeny this spring.  Mercer graduated from SWCC in May with his associate of applied science degree in collision repair/refinish and received his diploma in June for auto repair technology.

During the national competition, Mercer and other contestants were asked to demonstrate hands-on skills such as panel painting, spot/blend refinishing, masking, and color analysis; write a damage estimate; complete a 75-question ASE-style (Automotive Service Excellence-style) exam; and submit a current resume.

Mercer, a 2005 Corning High School graduate, is the son of Doug & Janet Mercer of Corning.

Southwestern is one of 11 community colleges in Iowa with an automotive collision repair program.  SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) certification and the only program in the state to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation.  SWCC's collision repair/refinish program is based on the I-CAR Enhanced Delivery curriculum and offers hands-on experiences in the classroom.  Courses are taught by ASE-certified instructors who have platinum level I-CAR designations.

Southwestern Automotive Student Headed to National Contest

Cody McCunn and Clay MercerMAY 14, 2009, 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.

During the statewide competition, which was held during SkillsUSA’s Statewide Leadership Conference at Des Moines Area Community College in early-May, Mercer was asked to demonstrate hands-on skills such as panel painting, spot/blend refinishing, masking, and color analysis; write a damage estimate; complete a 75-question ASE-style (Automotive Service Excellence-style) exam; and submit a current resume. Mercer was nominated by his instructors for a state leadership award as well.  SWCC's automotive instructors received word after returning home from competition that Mercer received the leadership award and an academic award.

Mercer, a 2005 Corning High School graduate, is the son of Doug & Janet Mercer of Corning.

Cody McCunn of Elliott, a SWCC second-year collision repair student, also fared well in the Iowa SkillsUSA championships bringing home third-place honors in the collision repair competition.  Like Mercer, McCunn received the competition’s academic award.

McCunn, a 2001 Griswold High School graduate, is the son of Tony McCunn of Red Oak and Becky Keith of Mountain Center, CA.

According to Jeff Magneson, SWCC collision repair instructor, the SkillsUSA competition gave SWCC students opportunities to compete against the best-of-the best from Iowa’s community colleges.

"I am extremely proud of how our students performed during the competition,” Magneson stated.  “We went in hoping to finish in the middle of the pack and came out as the only community college to have medalists in both categories.”

This was the first time Magneson had taken students to the SkillsUSA contest.

Southwestern is one of 11 community colleges in Iowa with an automotive collision repair program.  SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) certification and the only program in the state to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation.  SWCC's collision repair/refinish program is based on the I-CAR Enhanced Delivery curriculum and offers hands-on experiences in the classroom.  Courses are taught by ASE-certified instructors who have platinum level I-CAR designations.

SWCC's Collision Repair/Refinish Program is now SkillsUSA Professional Member

SkillsUSA logoAPRIL 10, 2009, CRESTON--Jeff Magneson, Southwestern Community College collision repair/refinish program instructor, recently established status as a professional member of SkillsUSA.

Within SkillsUSA, students can acquire academics, technical skills, and employability skills to become true SkillsUSA Champions at Work.  SWCC students will compete annually in SkillsUSA competitions.

SkillsUSA has served more than 9.5 million people since 1965.  Through their integrated student programs, competitive events, and leadership training, SkillsUSA helps educate tomorrow's skilled workers to meet the demands of the changing workplace.

SWCC’s Automotive Programs Receive National Certification

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College’s automotive collision repair/refinish program recently received recognition for its quality and excellence through I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair), NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation), and ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence).  SWCC’s program is one of two programs in Iowa to have the NATEF certification and the only program in the state to have both the certifications and the I-CAR designation.

To achieve these coveted certifications/designations, SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program underwent rigorous evaluations.  The program was evaluated and rated on standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment.  Through I-CAR, SWCC is rated as an I-CAR Gold Class Professional. With NATEF, SWCC has achieved the highest level of achievement recognized by ASE—the ASE Master certification.

Jeff Magneson, SWCC collision repair/refinish instructor, has been key to SWCC’s certification achievements.  According to Dr. Linda Wild, SWCC vice president of instruction, “Jeff’s leadership and commitment to providing quality curriculum have taken SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program to the next level.”  Wild continued, “The students this program is graduating are highly employable not only in the Creston area, but throughout the region.”

With the certifications and designation in place, Magneson says SWCC students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.  Most employers are now advertising for I-CAR and/or ASE-certified technicians, according to Magneson.  With these certifications in place, SWCC graduates will now have both.

Our students will have such a leg up on the competition,” Magneson stated.  “A lot of their work is done by the time they complete our program.”

As an instructor, Magneson has strived for individual certifications as well.  Magneson has recently achieved the I-CAR Platinum Level designation as a combination lead collision repair/refinish Instructor.  He is also an ASE master collision repair/refinish technician.

SWCC offers one-year and two-year collision repair/refinish programs.  Students completing the one-year program receive a diploma at completion and students who return for the second year receive their associate of applied science degree.  Each year, the college has approximately 16-19 first-year students and 8-10 second-year students.

I-CAR is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to research, develop, and deliver quality technical educational programs on collision repair, thereby raising the level of available knowledge and improving communication throughout the collision repair, insurance and related industries, for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.

NATEF has been in place since 1978.  It is a 501 (c) (3) foundation, which develops and administers an evaluation plan for automotive training programs.  NATEF recommends automotive training programs for ASE program certification.  The primary goal of certification is program improvement.