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.

The board approved the hiring of Grant Cupp as an automotive repair technology instructor for the college. Cupp, a graduate of SWCC’s automotive repair technology program, has been employed as an automotive technician at Roy’s Auto Repair in Earlham since 2014. He is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified master technician, has air conditioning compliance certification, and has an ASE G1 – automotive maintenance and light repair certification.

The board reviewed and approved college ends policies. There were no revisions made to the policies.

During the discussion of monitoring process, a short discussion took place concerning the house being constructed in Afton by the carpentry and building trades program.

During the president’s report, Kristie Nixon, early childhood program director, spoke to the board regarding initiatives of the early childhood education and Parents as Techers programs.

Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, and Tia Samo, SWCC chief financial officer, presented to the board regarding the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship. This statewide and state-funded program was put in place to cover any remaining gap between federal and state grants/scholarships and tuition and qualified fees. It is available to qualifying students in 16 of SWCC’s career and technical education programs. These scholarships will be available for the first time during the fall 2019 semester.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, briefed the board on the Instructional Center science lab and ag site renovation projects. Lesan said construction is now underway at both sites and moving along according to plan.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola and Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, talked briefly to the board about IACCT’s recent meeting and mentioned the annual IACCT Conference will be held July 24-26 in Council Bluffs.