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.


CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Zach Wignall of Creston and Trevor Richie of Benton placed sixth overall in the 2011 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.  This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

The two SWCC students qualified for the statewide competition following a written exam administered a couple of months ago.  Wignall and Richie placed first in the written portion of the competition.  The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition.

NATEFdonation2011February 17, 2011--The automotive programs at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) recently received a donation of 10 auto digital volt multi meters (DVOMS) from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF).

The DVOMS will be used in the automotive lab areas to test vehicle electrical systems to determine how many volts are running through the vehicle.  Five of the DVOMS will be used by the automotive repair technology program and the other five units will be used by the collision repair/refinish program.

SWCC’s automotive programs received this gift due in part to being nationally certified by NATEF and having Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master certification.  To achieve these recognitions, the SWCC’s automotive programs underwent rigorous evaluation.

SWCC offers a one-year diploma in automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish, as well as a two-year associate of applied science degree program for each area.  In addition, the college offers automotive repair technology coursework for high school students.

Pictured left (L to R):  Kadin Miller, second year automotive repair technology student, from Osceola; Brian Dankert, second year automotive repair technology student, from Blockton; and Salvador Aguilera, first year collision repair/refinish student, from Osceola.

Auto Skills StudentsCRESTON —Four teams of students from Southwestern Community College's (SWCC) Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive program received honors during the Iowa high school Auto Skills Contest held December 17, 2010, at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny. 

East Union’s team, made up of SWCC students Levi Stonehocker, a senior from Lorimor, and Lewis Ripperger, a junior from Afton, placed second overall in the statewide competition.  Creston’s team, which consisted of Zach Wignall, a senior from Creston, and Cody Bristow, a junior from Creston, competed and earned fifth place honors. 

Corning’s team of Micheal Avila, a senior from Corning, and Dalton Cormeny, a senior from Corning, placed seventh; and Mt. Ayr’s team of Trevor Richie, a senior from Benton, and Andy Freihage, a senior from Mt. Ayr, placed eighth.