Southwestern Community College continues to plan for the start of the fall 2020 semester. The college’s academic calendar has been revised, reflecting changes in scheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Southwestern is encouraging flexibility and communication among college instructors, staff members, and students to ensure students reach their educational goals while maintaining health and safety practices for all students, faculty, and staff.

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Published June 30, 2020 1:50 pm

Southwestern's criminal justice program offers MANY opportunities for students to hear from professionals in the field and visit departments and agencies. During the 2019-20 academic year, the program had more than 30 guest speakers and heard from 11 state agencies outside of Iowa! The criminal justice program has partnerships with numerous agencies. 

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Published June 25, 2020 9:24 am

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has signed and returned the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act certification and agreement form and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50 percent of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

SWCC has $293,694 available for the HEERF student portion.

As of June 17, 2020, $243,495 of emergency financial aid grants have been awarded and disbursed.

We estimate that 607 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.

As of June 17, 2020, emergency financial aid grants have been awarded and disbursed to 469 students.

SWCC feels that those students most impacted by the disruption of campus operations are those students enrolled in face-to-face courses on March 13, 2020, and housing students. Since SWCC already issued credit adjustments and café cash refunds to housing students, that leaves students enrolled in face-to-face courses.

1. SWCC will award $45 for each credit hour of face-to-face courses a Title IV eligible student with a FAFSA on file was enrolled in on March 13, 2020.

2. The remaining amount after the distribution in #1 above will be available for students enrolled in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 terms who complete the CARES Act emergency financial aid grant application. Applications will go through a reasonableness review approval process to ensure compliance with the CARES Act and awards will be distributed as they are approved. The maximum award will be $3,097 per student per term. The application will be available online soon.

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants was strictly informative that the check was a CARES Act emergency financial aid grant. If students have an amount due to SWCC an account statement was included in the envelope with instructions on how to pay their bill.

SWCC CARES ACT APPLICATION 

Published June 17, 2020 1:42 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met electronically on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., for their regular board meeting. The meeting was held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Published June 15, 2020 4:53 pm

Ethan Pitt

AMERICA’S SBDC IOWA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT OF RISING STAR AWARD

AMES, Iowa – Ethan Pitt, regional director of the South Central Iowa Small Business Development Center, at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston, has been named as the America’s SBDC Iowa Rising Star for 2020.

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Published June 8, 2020 10:20 am

New Student Orientation graphic with male student at computer

Will you be a new student at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) this fall? If so, please check your email inbox! We have moved summer new student orientation to an online format to avoid having large groups on campus this summer. We will set dates for you to come to campus and take care of the “final details” such as student IDs and parking registration in August before classes begin. Until then, you will be able to complete orientation and register for classes from the comfort of your own home.

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Published June 2, 2020 2:32 pm

Cameo Gerken of Eagleville, Missouri, a recent Southwestern Community College practical nursing graduate, was selected as one of 15 Phi Theta Kappa members in the United States to receive the Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship to help cover the cost of NCLEX exam fees and study materials.

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Published June 2, 2020 2:06 pm

SWCC collision repair/refinish students Sergio Sandoval and Artemio Sanchez with the donated sandpaper

Arnold Motors Automotive Parts Store of Creston recently donated sandpaper, valued at $2500, to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish program.

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Published May 28, 2020 10:05 am

SWCC nursing student at computer with patient simulator in background

High school students from Southwestern Community College’s region have a unique online learning opportunity this summer! Beginning June 8, Southwestern is offering three credit courses from the pre-nursing outline; due to state funding through the Summer College Credit Program, students are eligible to complete these courses free of charge!

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Published May 22, 2020 3:56 pm

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has signed and returned the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act certification and agreement form and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50 percent of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

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Published May 22, 2020 11:47 am