SWCC Board Holds January Board Meeting 

Creston, IA--The Board of Directors for Southwestern Community College met in regular session on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

During the meeting, the board accepted the resignation of longtime board member Larry Mark of Creston.  Mark had been on SWCC’s board for 30 years and spent 27 of those years as president of the board.  Jerry Smith, board member from Osceola, made the motion to approve Mark’s resignation.  During his motion, Smith commended Mark for his years of service and stated that Mark had been an outstanding chairman and an outstanding board member.

Following the acceptance of Mark’s resignation from the board, Ken Rech, SWCC board president, stated Smith and Jan Demott, board member from Bedford, have agreed to serve with him on a committee to find Mark’s replacement.  The search and interview process will start immediately and the committee plans to recommend an individual for appointment at the next regular board meeting.  The person appointed to this position will serve on the college’s board of trustees until the next school board election.

Tom Lesan, vice president of economic development, reported to the board that new jobs training agreements are being completed with two area industries:  Farley and Sathers, Inc. in Creston and Cloud 10 in Leon.  These new jobs training agreements involve the creation of approximately 293 jobs at Cloud 10 and 143 jobs at Farley and Sathers.  Lesan reported that most of these positions are in place at this point.

Lesan also spoke briefly about the Tech I Center remodeling project, which will be completed with Accelerated Career Education (ACE) funding from the state.  Lesan stated he will have plans for the remodel at the February board meeting.  At that time, the board agenda will include setting a time for a public hearing to obtain a contractor for the project.

Terri Higgins, SWCC director of marketing and enrollment management, reported to the board on the revamping of the college’s Web site and other marketing updates.  Higgins said following approximately a year of work, the Web site project is complete.  The Web site revamping was completed by a team of college employees including Ann Coulter, Darrell Ellis, Terri Higgins, and Joel Wires.  The site may be viewed at www.swcciowa.edu. 

Higgins also shared the college’s television advertisement and the college’s microsite, swccsmart.com.  Higgins stated students considering Southwestern can actually go to the college’s microsite at swccsmart.com to compare the cost of a public or private Iowa college to SWCC’s tuition and fees. 

During the board meeting, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, explained to the board there were currently no new offers on the sale of the student constructed house.