Published December 16, 2020

Creston Police officers holding the donated bears

As part of a Criminal Justice Club fundraiser, SWCC criminal justice students delivered customized teddy bears to local police departments this week for use when comforting young victims of crime or tragedy. 

The criminal justice program had been accepting monetary donations since October for this fundraiser.

PHOTO ABOVE: Creston police officer Mitch Pashek and Sgt. Jared Auten pose with two of the donated bears.

PHOTO BELOW: SWCC criminal justice students ready to deliver the bears.

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Published November 2, 2020

Paula Ebersole speaking to SWCC criminal justice class

Paula Ebersole, assistant special agent in charge for the Omaha field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was a guest speaker in SWCC's criminal justice classes on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2020. Ebersole discussed cases, talked about career opportunities within the FBI, and answered student questions.

Published October 28, 2020

Dio Ayala with FBI Academy completion certificate

Diogenes "Dio" Ayala, Southwestern Community College criminal justice instructor, of Winterset, graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizens Academy program on Oct. 14, 2020.

Published October 23, 2020

Dio Ayala, Blaize Reha, and Tim Kenyon

During 2020, Southwestern Community College’s criminal justice program partnered with the Union County attorney’s office to create a unique internship opportunity for the college’s criminal justice students. The collaboration began following a discussion between Diogenes Ayala, Southwestern criminal justice instructor, and Tim Kenyon, Union County attorney.

Published September 14, 2020

The criminal justice department is hosting two state troopers from the Kansas Highway Patrol on the Creston campus on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The state troopers will be in the Student Center to visit with students and educate them about a career with the state patrol from noon to 1 p.m. They will be guest speakers in the criminal justice courses during the morning hours.