Program News

Mickey Anderson and James Bourn in SWCC collision repair lab

Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish student James Bourn, of Red Oak, recently received a $2,000 scholarship for fall 2018 semester from the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education (IADA).

Read more: Southwestern collision repair/refinish student receives statewide scholarship

Dr. Barb Crittenden, Steve Schmalzried, Jeff Sorensen, Jacob Kinyon, Jeff Magneson, and Cait Maitlen

Two Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students— Jacob Kinyon, second-year automotive repair technology student, of Corning, and Jamie Young, second-year auto collision repair/refinish student, of Humeston—recently benefitted from the generosity of a former SWCC student.

Read more: SWCC students awarded tool chests and sets

Refurbished '61 Ford Uniside

MAY 10, 2018--Today was the final day of classes for SWCC's second-year collision repair/refinish students. They were just a few days short of having this team project complete--a PPG Hot Rod semi gloss black with BASF orange dye/metal flake accents.

Read more: 2017-18 collision repair students complete team project

collison repair-refinish

MARCH 30, 2018--The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish program is one of 163 career and technical education programs nationwide recognized by The Collision Repair Education Foundation through its new designation program called the Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation launched the Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark in 2016. Through the program, the foundation classifies schools in three tiers: Tier 1, advanced; Tier 2, proficient; and Tier 3, developing. SWCC is one of 17 schools receiving Tier 1 designation.

Jeff Magneson, SWCC auto collision repair/refinish instructor, said this recognition is a huge testament for the quality of SWCC’s program.

“This benchmark validates the work SWCC and the program’s advisory committee have put into the collision repair program to make it one of the best for future technicians,” Magneson stated. “We are especially excited to extend this program to area high school students next fall.”

Starting fall 2018 semester, SWCC’s auto collision repair/refinish program will be offered as a Career Academy to high school students in SWCC’s region, meaning high school students will be able to enroll in collision repair/refinish college classes and receive credit at both their high school at SWCC. Upon high school graduation, students will then have the option to continue on to a full program in collision repair/refinish. SWCC offers a one-year diploma program and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program in auto collision repair/refinish.