The application deadline for Southwestern's Education Foundation scholarships has been extended through Saturday, March 16, because of technical difficulties with the third-party site hosting the application.

Listed below are the steps to complete the application process:

- Visit the scholarship page on the SWCC website or click here to continue an application that has already been started.

If you are unable to resume your application or cannot start a new application, please copy the contents of this file into an email, add ALL the requested information and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to include your essay question answer and attach your letter of recommendation.

Published March 15, 2019 5:06 pm

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

Jo Skarda, board secretary, noted that board of trustees member Jane Ernst, of Greenfield, completed her oath of office affidavit as prescribed by law. Ernst replaces Dennis Davis, of Greenfield, on the SWCC board of trustees.

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Published March 13, 2019 3:57 pm

The Spartan Cafe will be closed during Spring Break, March 18-22. This Friday, March 15, the Cafe will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., with a limited menu and will then close after that for break. The Spartan Cafe will re-open on March 24 at 4 p.m. 

Published March 12, 2019 10:36 am

SWCC Shoppe Spring Break Sale
SWCC Shoppe is holding a Spring Break Sale from Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15.
The sale includes 30 percent off Spartan gear and 25 percent off gifts.
This sale cannot be combined with other staff discounts or offers. Some exclusions apply. No adjustment to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. The offer is good while supplies last. The offer is valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

Published March 11, 2019 8:37 am

Steve Warnstadt, Dr. Barb Crittenden, Deb Pantini, Dr. Rachel Boon, and Bill Taylor

In Photo (L to R) Steve Warnstadt, WIRRC coordinator; Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president; Deb Pantini, SWCC director of student development and WIRRC transfer specialist; Dr. Rachel Boon, chief academic officer, Board of Regents; and Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction

March 8, 2019, CRESTON, Iowa—Today in Creston, officials from the Iowa Board of Regents, the Western Iowa Regents Resource Center (WIRRC) and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) announced an expanded partnership to help students in southwestern Iowa pursue a degree at one of Iowa’s public universities.

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Published March 8, 2019 4:47 pm

SWCC PTK members named to the 2019 All-Iowa Academic Team

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Cassidy Becker of Diagonal and Ashley Myshock of Creston were honored as members of the 2019 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and held Monday, March 4, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

Pictured above, from left to right, are Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president; Cassidy Becker, SWCC student; Ashley Myshock, SWCC student; and Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC Phi Theta Kappa advisor.

Becker, a May 2017 graduate of Diagonal High School, is an elementary education major. During her time at SWCC she has received the following assignments and honors: 2018-19 Phi Theta Kappa Iowa region vice president, Beta Eta Nu president, 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, and Five Star Competitive Edge completer. Becker plans to earn her Associate of Arts degree from SWCC in May 2019 and transfer to Northwest Missouri State University in the fall.

Ashley Myshock is in the nursing program at SWCC. Myshock earned her diploma in licensed practical nursing from SWCC in June 2018. She is currently a student in the registered nursing program and plans to earn her Associate of Applied Science in June 2019. She has been a Phi Theta Kappa member and has made the Dean’s List multiple semesters. Following graduation from SWCC, she plans to transfer to the University of Iowa to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Phi Theta Kappa International serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students worldwide. Beta Eta Nu is SWCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Published March 6, 2019 1:09 pm

Representative Tom Moore of Griswold, Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction; and Henry Lemke, SWCC industrial technology instructor, at the Iowa capitol

Community colleges had their Day at the Capitol yesterday, March 5, in Des Moines. Each of Iowa’s 15 community colleges was in attendance to share information about the work of community colleges throughout the state.

During the event, each community college highlighted a career and technical education program in its display. The colleges coordinated their efforts so a variety of programs were represented. Southwestern Community College’s featured program was industrial technology. Instructor Henry Lemke, President Dr. Barb Crittenden, Vice President of Instruction Bill Taylor, and Board Member Jerry Smith were in attendance representing SWCC.

Pictured in photo (L to R) above: Representative Tom Moore of Griswold, Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction; and Henry Lemke, SWCC industrial technology instructor.

Published March 6, 2019 10:23 am

SWCC Art Club raffle

The SWCC Art Club is selling $5 tickets for its Spring Fling Raffle. Tickets will be sold through March 31, with the drawing being held 2 p.m. April 1.

Raffle prizes include a Char-Broil gas grill ($199 value), Summit Ridge wreath ($100 value), two patio chairs and fire pit set ($75 value), two deluxe hard arm sports chairs ($70 value), Hy-Vee meat bundle ($60 value), and a $20 Fareway gift card.

All proceeds go to the SWCC Art Club fundraiser. Winners will need to pick up items from SWCC's Creston campus.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from any SWCC Art Club member or by emailing Linda Dainty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published March 6, 2019 10:12 am

SWCC Art Club is holding a silent auction for a game table

The SWCC Art Club is auctioning off a game table in a silent auction that runs from now through noon March 15.

The table, which is 24 inches by 24 inches, is on display at the SWCC library. It also includes checker and chess pieces.

To submit bids, email the SWCC Art Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Bids should include the bidder's first and last name, cell phone number and bid total. High bids will be posted, with the bidder's initials only, as often as possible on the SWCC Art Club Facebook page.

The winner will be notified at the close of the auction. In the event of a tie, those bidders will be notified to ask for a final bid. Highest bid wins.

Published March 6, 2019 10:07 am

Returning students who are planning to live in the residence halls during the 2019-20 academic year must complete the online student housing application and submit it no later than April 1, 2019. Any application that is submitted after this date will be placed on the housing list of applicants according to the date submitted. This will reduce students' chances to secure the rooms/dorms they wish to live in for fall semester.

If questions, please contact the student housing office.

Published March 4, 2019 3:52 pm