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Creston— High school students from Southwestern Community College’s region were offered a unique learning opportunity during summer 2019. For the first-time ever, SWCC offered Summer Career Academies in the areas of welding and information technology - programming—and, due to state funding, the students were able to complete the Career Academies free of charge.

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Published July 15, 2019 4:21 pm

Creston— High school students from Southwestern Community College’s region were offered a unique learning opportunity during summer 2019. For the first-time ever, SWCC offered Summer Career Academies in the areas of welding and information technology - programming—and, due to state funding, the students were able to complete the Career Academies free of charge.

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Published July 15, 2019 8:12 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

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Published July 10, 2019 5:10 pm

SWCC welding fabrication team at nationals

CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) welding fabrication team came home from the 2019 SkillsUSA Championship, held June 24-28, 2019, in Louisville, KY, with a third-place national finish.

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Published July 8, 2019 2:51 pm

For the first time, Southwestern’s Education Foundation is offering a summer application deadline for fall 2019 scholarships. Students taking classes during the fall 2019 semester, who have not already received a scholarship from the SWCC Education Foundation, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is August 1, 2019!

Please head to www.swcciowa.edu/scholarships to apply!

Published June 28, 2019 9:15 am

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The SWCCyou app is now available to SWCC students and employees. Download the app to your devices today!

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Published June 27, 2019 3:32 pm

Threshing equipment

Southwestern Community College's (SWCC's) agricultural department and the Union County Historical Society are co-hosting an Old Time Wheat Threshing Demonstration in July at the SWCC agricultural site, north of the SWCC Creston campus on Green Valley Road, in conjunction with Creston's Sesquicentennial Celebration.

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Published June 24, 2019 9:14 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for its regular board meeting.

The consent agenda was approved as presented.

In personnel, the board voted to approve the employment of Diogenes Ayala, criminal justice instructor. The board also approved the resignation of Alex Anderson, automotive repair technology instructor, effective June 28, 2019.

Uncollectible account write-offs were approved as presented.  According to Tia Samo, SWCC chief financial officer, most of the accounts recommended for write-off were incurred during fiscal years 2015 and 2016 and had been at collections with little or no activity for 18 months or more.  Samo explained although the account balances are written-off, students’ transcripts are held and students cannot register for additional classes until the balances are paid.  A total of $120,966.30 was written off for uncollectable accounts.

Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, reported to the board this is the sixth year of a joint project with Union County Habitat for Humanity. The project is for the high school carpentry and building trades career academy program to construct a home on Habitat for Humanity owned property at 606 S. Elm St. in Creston. The project would allow the college to provide required lab experience for students without incurring the expense and risk associated with building a spec home. The board approved the Building Partnership Contract with Habitat for Humanity as presented.

During the president’s report, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, reminded the board the summer commencement will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the Student Center gymnasium.

Crittenden gave the summer enrollment report. Crittenden reported that summer enrollment is at 544 students and 3,193 credit hours.

Erica Frey, TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) director, provided an overview of the services ETS provides to students in grades 6-12 in eight local school districts. Funding for the program is approved through 2021.

Taylor provided a virtual tour of the carpentry and building trades house in Afton. The house is currently being constructed by the college and high school carpentry and building trades programs.

The board was informed about the Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) conference, scheduled for July 24-26, in Council Bluffs.

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Published June 12, 2019 3:19 pm

James Bourn with toolbox and tools

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student James Bourn, of Elliott, was awarded the Automotive Career Starter Tool Set Award through the college’s Education Foundation.

This award was established by Nile Cornelison, who attended SWCC (at that time known as Creston Junior College) from 1960-62, in conjunction with Advance Auto Parts and the CARQUEST Technical Institute. The award includes the gift of a complete career starter tool set and tool chest.

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Published June 10, 2019 9:25 am

SWCC Shoppe inventory reduction sale

Run to the SWCC Shoppe to get 35 percent off clothing and gifts. This sale ends June 21, 2019.

Cannot be combined with other staff discounts or offers. No adjustment to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. Offer is good while supplies last. Valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

Published June 4, 2019 10:14 am