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Iowa Department of Education
News Release
Feb. 10, 2017    
Contact:    Staci Hupp
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Impact contributed $5.4 billion in income, equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs

DES MOINES – Iowa’s community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to a statewide analysis of the colleges’ economic impact. The newly released study, Analysis of the Economic Impact and Return on Investment of Education, found that Iowa’s community colleges collectively contributed $5.4 billion into the state’s economy and supported 107,170 jobs - roughly 6 percent of all jobs in Iowa - during fiscal year 2014-15.

The independent study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), utilized academic and financial reports from the community colleges, as well as earnings and employment outcomes data from the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development.

Read more: Study Highlights Impact Community Colleges have on Economy

Tom Lesan receiving award from Dr Barb Crittenden

Creston, IA—Tom Lesan, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) vice president of economic development, was honored at the college’s all-staff in-service, held on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, for achieving 35 years of service to the institution.  

Read more: Lesan Honored for 35 Years of Service at SWCC

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 10, 2017, at 8 a.m. in the president’s office in the Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting. 

During the meeting, the board approved the early retirement request of Jason Smith, SWCC professional music instructor, at the end of his current contract.  Smith has been a music instructor at the college since August 1992.    

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The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center.

During the meeting, board members voted to receipt and file the college’s Audit Report as presented.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board Holds December 2016 Meeting

CRESTON — The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is hosting an ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, room 220, to assist high school students in preparation for the ACT Test.

Read more: ACT Boot Camp to be held at SWCC