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A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held on October 28, 2013, at 7:30 a.m., to discuss and approve plans related to the construction of a new residence hall on campus.  Due to time constraints of board members, the meeting was held electronically.  

The first item on the agenda was consideration of the contract for the architect for the residence hall project.  Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, presented to the board regarding a proposed contract with INVISION Architecture of Des Moines.  Crittenden noted the college has collaborated with INVISION throughout strategic planning and the creation of the college’s master facilities plan.  Following discussion, the board approved the contract with INVISION Architecture.

The board then moved to consideration of the contract for a construction manager for the residence hall project.  A team of SWCC administrators made up of Crittenden; Tom Lesan, vice president for economic development; and Teresa Krejci, chief financial officer, had conducted interviews with potential construction managers in advance of the board meeting.  Following their research, SWCC’s administrators recommended Story Construction Company of Ames, largely due to their recent completion of a similar project.  Following discussion, the board approved Story Construction as construction manager for the residence hall project.

During the board meeting, public hearings were set for phases related to the construction project, including earthwork and major utilities, footings and foundations, and sale and issuance of dormitory revenue bonds.  The public hearings will each be held on November 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the Administration Center on the SWCC campus.



Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board welcomed new trustee Zach Gunsolley of Diagonal, who was elected during the September 10, 2013, school elections.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds October 2013 Meeting


NEWTON, IA–October 3, 2013--Officials from the Iowa Speedway were in Creston on Tuesday afternoon, October 1, to donate and plant 60 trees on the campus of Southwestern Community College (SWCC) on behalf of the NASCAR Green program.

Read more: Iowa Speedway, NASCAR Green Plant Trees at SWCC

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College’s Early Childhood and Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is looking for donations of disposable diapers and wipes during the month of October. PAT is offering an incentive program to families targeting children ages three and under. Families can earn points for diapers, wipes, formula, and various safety items.

Diaper donations may be dropped off at the following locations in Creston beginning October 1: Hy-Vee, Fareway, Creston High School, Iowa State Savings Bank—uptown or branch locations, or the SWCC adult and continuing education offices. In Adair County, donations may be dropped off at the Greenfield Fitness Center, the Fontanelle Library, or the Adair Boys and Girls Club.

Read more: SWCC Parents as Teachers Hosting Diaper Drive

CRESTON—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will sponsor the 2013 SmartStart Kickoff for high school students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013, on the SWCC Creston campus.  

The event—an open house for students—will be a great chance for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to check out SWCC and its campus!  Students will be able to sit in on college classes, visit program areas, talk with instructors and students, and tour the residence halls.  High school students in attendance will receive lunch, a SWCC T-shirt, and the opportunity to win door prizes, including an iPod Shuffle!  The college will be awarding two-$250 SWCC scholarships for senior attendees.

Read more: High School Students Invited to SmartStart Kickoff at Southwestern