The listings below detail which CEP courses are offered at each of the high schools in Southwestern Community College's region. Course descriptions for these classes are listed below or may be viewed in the SWCC College Catalog.

Bedford High School

BCA 215 Computer Business Applications, 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSC 110 Introduction to Computers or equivalent or instructor approval. This is a course for experienced computer users. This is an upper level applications course utilizing Microsoft Office programs. Special attention will be given to program integration and applying skills to business situations.

CSC 110 Introduction to Computers, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills. This is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, communications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules for Microsoft Office programs.

Clarke High School

MAT 120 College Algebra, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra. Topics to include: the real and complex number systems and Cartesian coordinate system. Additional concepts include polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions as well as matrix algebra, systems of equations, conic sections and sequences/series.

MAT 156 Statistics, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra. Statistics is a non-calculus based course designed to lay a foundation which will enable students to understand statistical thinking and apply basic statistical techniques. The qualitative and quantitative study in statistics will be useful for students pursuing majors in a wide variety of disciplines: psychology, sociology, business, economics, physical science, biological science, education, engineering, journalism, and career and technical programs.

MAT 210 Calculus I, 4 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 127 College Algebra and Trigonometry. This course continues where MAT 127 College Algebra and Trigonometry left off. Topics will include, but are not limited to: 118 limits and continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and integration.

MAT 216 Calculus II, 4 credits. Prerequisite: MAT 210 Calculus I. This course studies transcendental functions, techniques of integration, infinite series, conic sections, parameterized curves, and polar coordinates.

East Union High School

HIS 110 Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern, 3 credits. This course explores the cultural, political, literary, and economic aspects of Western civilization from the first civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the Greeks and Romans. This course also discusses the conflicts of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation.

Mount Ayr High School

ART 101 Art Appreciation, 3 credits. Art Appreciation is an introduction to the visual arts and explores the nature of art and the mechanisms of creativity, the materials and methods of making art, the purpose of art in various cultures both ancient and contemporary, and the significance of visual literacy in today’s world.

BCA 215 Computer Business Applications, 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSC 110 Introduction to Computers or equivalent or instructor approval. This is a course for experienced computer users. This is an upper level applications course utilizing Microsoft Office programs. Special attention will be given to program integration and applying skills to business situations.

CSC 110 Introduction to Computers, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills. This is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, communications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules for Microsoft Office programs.

ENG 105 Composition I, 3 credits. This is an intensive writing course designed to develop skills in the use of language, clear thinking, critical reading, and effective writing within an essay format. Special emphasis will be placed on development of content, clear organization, sentence and paragraph structure, and correctness in usage, grammar, and mechanics. Research documentation is introduced.

ENG 106 Composition II, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 105 Composition I. This course is intended to build upon the skills students develop in ENG 105 Composition I. As such, the course assumes that students have a basic control of paragraphing, mechanics, grammar, and punctuation. The primary focus of the course shifts from the personal writing of ENG 105 Composition I to analytical, persuasive, and research writing. The course emphasizes critical thinking and clear, coherent development of thought. Using their research skills and the ability to organize the results of information gathering, students will be expected to analyze and present the results of their research in clear, organized, persuasive, and interesting writing projects.

Murray High School

MAT 110 Math for Liberal Arts, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra or MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra or recommended COMPASS/ACCUPLACER score. Students will use critical thinking in their study of logic, sets, and statistical reasoning. Students will perform problem-solving and decision-making by studying probability and application of statistical data, modeling, and financial mathematics. Abuses of mathematical data, the history of mathematics, and applications of mathematics in art, music, business, and politics will also be surveyed.

MAT 120 College Algebra, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra. Topics to include: the real and complex number systems and Cartesian coordinate system. Additional concepts include polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions as well as matrix algebra, systems of equations, conic sections and sequences/series.

MAT 156 Statistics, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra. Statistics is a non-calculus based course designed to lay a foundation which will enable students to understand statistical thinking and apply basic statistical techniques. The qualitative and quantitative study in statistics will be useful for students pursuing majors in a wide variety of disciplines: psychology, sociology, business, economics, physical science, biological science, education, engineering, journalism, and career and technical programs.

MAT 210 Calculus I, 4 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 127 College Algebra and Trigonometry. This course continues where MAT 127 College Algebra and Trigonometry left off. Topics will include, but are not limited to: 118 limits and continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and integration.

MAT 216 Calculus II, 4 credits. Prerequisite: MAT 210 Calculus I. This course studies transcendental functions, techniques of integration, infinite series, conic sections, parameterized curves, and polar coordinates.

Nodaway Valley High School

MAT 120 College Algebra, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra. Topics to include: the real and complex number systems and Cartesian coordinate system. Additional concepts include polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions as well as matrix algebra, systems of equations, conic sections and sequences/series.

MAT 156 Statistics, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra. Statistics is a non-calculus based course designed to lay a foundation which will enable students to understand statistical thinking and apply basic statistical techniques. The qualitative and quantitative study in statistics will be useful for students pursuing majors in a wide variety of disciplines: psychology, sociology, business, economics, physical science, biological science, education, engineering, journalism, and career and technical programs.

MAT 210 Calculus I, 4 credits. Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER score or MAT 127 College Algebra and Trigonometry. This course continues where MAT 127 College Algebra and Trigonometry left off. Topics will include, but are not limited to: 118 limits and continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and integration.

Red Oak High School

BIO 105 Introductory Biology (w/lab), 4 credits. This course is an introduction to basic biological principles with emphasis on topics and issues of current interest and applications of biology related to the medical, ethical, and social dilemmas of humans integrating with the biosphere. The required laboratory will stress the process of science and exposure to living organisms. Topics to be considered are structure, function, and metabolism of cells, genetics, impact of molecular biology and genetic engineering, plants, animals, diversity, and evolution. Three lecture hours, two lab hours.

IND 114 General Industry Safety, 1 credit. This course provides instruction on general industry safety and health topics. The course will provide students with the knowledge to recognize the hazards of the workplace and to work safely in or around such hazards.

WEL 111 Welding Blueprint Reading, 3 credits. A course concerned with basic fundamentals of interpreting drafting as applied in the welding trade. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to interpret blueprints from which the welder must work. Special emphasis is placed on lines, views, material descriptions, welding symbols, and terms.

WEL 114 Introduction to Fabrication, 3 credits. This course develops the skills needed in a manufacturing atmosphere such as tool usage, layout methods and material estimating.

WEL 139 Introduction to Oxyacetylene Welding, Cutting and Brazing, 2 credits. This course provides a thorough technical understanding of metallurgy, oxyacetylene welding, flame cutting and brazing fundamentals and develops skills necessary to produce high quality fillet and square groove welds in 3/16" plate. Students will develop understanding of weld hazards and safety procedures throughout the course.

WEL 162 Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), 3 credits. This course provides a thorough technical understanding of shielded metal arc welding fundamentals, weld hazards and weld safety, power sources and electrode selection. Provides ample time and direction to develop skills necessary to make high quality welds on 16 gauge to 1/4" mild steel in all positions.

Southwest Valley High School

BCA 215 Computer Business Applications, 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSC 110 Introduction to Computers or equivalent or instructor approval. This is a course for experienced computer users. This is an upper level applications course utilizing Microsoft Office programs. Special attention will be given to program integration and applying skills to business situations.

CSC 110 Introduction to Computers, 3 credits. Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills. This is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, communications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules for Microsoft Office programs.

ENG 105 Composition I, 3 credits. This is an intensive writing course designed to develop skills in the use of language, clear thinking, critical reading, and effective writing within an essay format. Special emphasis will be placed on development of content, clear organization, sentence and paragraph structure, and correctness in usage, grammar, and mechanics. Research documentation is introduced.

ENG 106 Composition II, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 105 Composition I. This course is intended to build upon the skills students develop in ENG 105 Composition I. As such, the course assumes that students have a basic control of paragraphing, mechanics, grammar, and punctuation. The primary focus of the course shifts from the personal writing of ENG 105 Composition I to analytical, persuasive, and research writing. The course emphasizes critical thinking and clear, coherent development of thought. Using their research skills and the ability to organize the results of information gathering, students will be expected to analyze and present the results of their research in clear, organized, persuasive, and interesting writing projects.

LIT 101 Introduction to Literature, 3 credits. As a study of the nature and purpose of literature in our culture, this course will include reading, discussion, and evaluation of literary works (including short stories, drama, and poetry) from different countries and different time periods.

Enrollment Process

The following checklist will serve as a guide to take classes through SWCC’s Concurrent Enrollment Program:

  • Students must meet proficiency requirements as evidenced by standardized test or alternative measure of proficiency as approved the local district’s Board of Education.
  • Students must also meet the same admission and placement policies as traditional college students, as outlined in the SWCC College Catalog.
  • Students must complete the Southwestern application for admission (available online www.swcciowa.edu/apply)
  • Students must complete their high school’s respective registration form (available from your guidance counselor.) If a student is under 18, a parent or guardian must also sign the form.
  • Students must complete the ACCUPLACER test by the first day of SWCC classes (unless the student has a documented score of 19 or higher on his/her ACTs). For ACCUPLACER cut off scores.
  • If a student does not meet the eligibility requirements after taking the ACCUPLACER, the high school may recommend the student be allowed to take the course by completing the SWCC High School Acceptance of Responsibility Form.
  • Receive approval from the Southwestern secondary programs coordinator for course selection and registration.

Concurrent Enrollment classes follow the respective school district’s academic calendar for meeting dates. All other important dates will follow Southwestern’s schedule.

Registration Timeline
May - Fall registration forms submitted to Southwestern after student completes online application for admission and placement testing.

June - Registration completed for fall semester. Acceptance and orientation information mailed to students.

Important Dates- Fall 2018 
August 20 - Online classes begin
August 22 - Face-to-face classes begin
August 23 - Concurrent enrollment classes begin