College News

Published April 5, 2013 5:05 pm

Tons of pictures from a great day on campus!  Auto Open House and CTE Day brought more than 450 high school students and many others to SWCC today.  We loved having you here!  Be sure to check out the photos on SWCC's Facebook page (you don't have to be a Facebook member to see them, so click away!)

Published April 4, 2013 8:32 am

ArtPhotoThe art & design department is holding its second annual SWCC Student Art Exhibition at the Creston Arts: Depot Gallery at the Depot in uptown Creston during the month of April.  The opening reception is Fri., April 5, 2013, from 6-8 pm.  Refreshments will be served.

Read more: SWCC Student Art Exhibition at Depot in Uptown Creston

Published April 1, 2013 1:52 pm

CRESTON—During the past few months, Southwestern Community College has worked hard to expand transfer options related to criminal justice coursework with five four-year colleges in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.  The college has been working closely with Buena Vista University in Storm Lake; Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO; Peru State University in Peru, NE; Simpson College in Indianola; and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.

Read more: SWCC Expands Transfer Options for Criminal Justice Majors

Published March 28, 2013 4:53 pm

PIF logo redDuring Southwestern Community College’s annual Pay it Forward (PIF) Week, Monday through Thursday, April 22-25, 2013, one of the main events will be a Mobile Hunger Fight event through Meals From the Heartland.  The Mobile Hunger Fight will provide the opportunity for SWCC to sponsor a meal packaging event at the SWCC Student Center on Wed., April 24, 2013.  Currently, funds are being raised for the Mobile Hunger Fight.  The more funds we raise, the more meals we package.  Every donation counts!  Currently, through Meals From the Heartland, it costs $.20 per meal.  Blue plastic donation boxes are located around campus or your donation may be given directly to SWCC’s business office, located in the Administration Center.  If your donation is $25 or more, it will be considered tax deductible.  

Through Meals From the Heartland’s partnerships, their meals have fed more than 22 million hungry people in central Iowa, New Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Tanzania.  If you have questions about SWCC’s Mobile Hunger Event, please contact Meghan Kalvig, SWCC admissions representative.
Meals from the Heartland Pizza Ranch Tip Night
On Thurs., April 4, SWCC is hosting a Pizza Ranch Tip Night at the Creston Pizza Ranch.  Funds raised during tip night will go toward SWCC’s Meals From the Heartland Mobile Hunger Fight event to be held at SWCC on April 24.  Please bring your family to enjoy the pizza buffet on the evening of April 4 and help us raise funds for a great cause!  Also, if you would like to volunteer to assist SWCC at the Pizza Ranch tip night, please contact Meghan Kalvig.  There will be two shifts of volunteers:  4:45–7 pm will be first shift and 7–9 pm will be the second shift. Volunteers will be making pizza boxes, waiting/bussing tables, vacuuming, and cleaning up at end of night.

More information about SWCC's PIF Week!

Published March 26, 2013 2:51 pm

Savage JustinJustin Savage, a December 2012 graduate of Southwestern Community College (SWCC), has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.

Savage, formerly of Weldon, earned his associate of arts degree from SWCC.  He is currently enrolled at Iowa State University with a major in civil engineering.  He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa during his time at SWCC.

Read more: Savage Named 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar

Published March 15, 2013 11:36 am

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. 

Published March 14, 2013 9:48 am

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board approved the proposed room and board charges for fiscal year 2014 as presented by Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer.  The rates per semester (if the minimum level of Cafe Cash is selected) follow:

•    Wilson Hall/West Hall    $2,600
•    Spartan Suites/Hall    $2,900

Three levels of Café Cash for the Spartan Café will be offered for fiscal year 2014:  $750, $950, and $1,150.  The minimum level of $750 will be required for all students living in the residence halls.


Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds March Meeting

Published March 14, 2013 8:21 am

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The SWCC carpentry and building trades programs (Osceola high school program, Creston high school program, and SWCC college program) are in Joplin, MO, this week to assist with continued tornado rebuilding efforts. Three instructors, three chaperones, and 15 students left for Joplin on Sunday morning.

According to Charlie Mundy, Osceola high school carpentry instructor, the students have made great progress and the project coordinators “can’t get us materials fast enough.”

Joplin continues to recover from the EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that ravaged their city on May 22, 2011. For additional photos, please visit the SWCC page on Facebook,

Published March 1, 2013 5:13 pm

Daniels DakotaDakota Daniels, a freshman at SWCC, has been elected as the southwest district vice president of the Iowa region for Phi Theta Kappa.  The induction was held Fri., March 1, 2013, at the Iowa Regional Conference at the FFA Center at DMACC in Ankeny. 


Read more: Daniels Named PTK SW District Vice President

Published February 18, 2013 2:15 pm

Volunteers to Help Families Fill Out FAFSA

CollegeGoalSundayWEST DES MOINES, IOWA (Feb. 4, 2013) — Iowa students and their families can get free assistance with forms required for federal financial aid at Iowa College Goal Sunday, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 24, in 29 Iowa cities.  Southwestern Community College in Creston will host a College Goal Sunday event on Wed., Feb. 20, from 2-7 p.m., in room 119 of the Technical Center.

Read more: Free Help Available for College Financial Aid