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Updated 06.30.20

Course and department information (most recent updates are at top of listings)

  • 06.30.20 - Southwestern fall semester start date moved up to Aug. 19 
  • 06.17.20 - SWCC emergency financial aid grants for students - CARES Act update
  • 05.22.20 - SWCC emergency financial aid grants for students - CARES Act
  • 05.18.20 - COVID-19 update regarding summer courses and employees returning to work.
  • 05.01.20 - Spring 2020 online textbook buyback information from the SWCC Shoppe
  • 04.24.20 - Summer 2020 schedule adjustments
  • 04.19.20 - Virtual graduation ceremony planning is underway. ALL SWCC graduates are asked to complete the 2020 Virtual Graduation Form by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, April 24.
  • 04.16.20 - Important information from the SWCC Shoppe regarding spring 2020 book buyback and rental returns, as well as textbook purchase for summer term.
  • 04.07.20 - Southwestern implements Pass/No Pass Policy for spring 2020 semester.
  • 04.06.20 - President's email to students and employees regarding additional changes--including the remainder of the spring 2020 semester continuing online, a pass/no pass policy for courses, and the planning of a virtual commencement ceremony to honor graduates--being implemented due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 03.27.20 - The period of online-only instruction for face-to-face classes has been extended through Friday, April 10.
  • 03.27.20 - Due to this extension in online course delivery, the student housing move-in date will be moved to the weekend of April 11-12.
  • 03.25.20 - The fall 2020 student registration schedule has been updated. Visit the Class Schedules page for the updated dates registration opens for students and watch your email for how you may register for classes.
  • 03.22.20 - Video message from Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, to students:  https://bit.ly/3bj86gd
  • Face-to-face classes will transition to an online delivery format beginning Monday, March 23. Classes will be delivered online until Friday, April 3, at which time the situation will be reassessed. Students should watch for communication from their instructors for specific details related to each course.
  • Online classes will continue without interruption.
  • Residence hall check-in has been postponed until April 5 unless other arrangements have been made with the director of student housing.
  • Spring Break will be held March 16-20. All offices will be closed Friday, March 20, as originally scheduled.
  • If students need to make changes to their current class schedules, they should visit the registrar's office page.
  • High school students taking face-to-face concurrent enrollment courses at local high schools will follow the high school calendars.
  • The NJCAA is suspending all athletic competition for spring 2020. Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play.
  • The Spartan Cafe will reopen following Spring Break. Read "Changes in serving at the Spartan Cafe" for additional information.
  • Non-credit classes and other adult and continuing education offerings will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 Event cancellations and postponements

  • March 26, 2020 Welding Skills Challenge and Industry Career Fair
  • March 26-28, The SMV Real Group Festival
  • Tuesday, March 31, Phi Theta Kappa Spring Induction of New Members
  • Thursday, April 2, SSS Honor Banquet
  • Saturday, April 4, ACT Testing, postponed to June 13
  • Saturday, April 4, Southwest Iowa Dance Showcase
  • Wednesday, April 15, Poster Day - Students should watch for instructions from their instructors. Some classes will participate in a virtual Poster Day and some will no longer be participating.
  • Tuesday, April 21, Red Cross Blood Drive, postponed
  • Wednesday, April 22, Meals from the Heartland, no 2020 event will be held. Next event will be April 21, 2021.
  • Thursday, April 30, Health Careers Employment and Education Fair, canceled
  • Friday, May 1, New Student Orientation, students registered will be contacted to reschedule
  • The Light Company will not meet until classes are back in a face-to-face format.
  • IDAP weekly sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

The campus, offices, and the Osceola and Red Oak Centers will remain open. Computer access for students will be available at the Learning Resource Center (library) in the Instructional Center on the Creston campus, as well as in the computer labs at the centers.

Announcements and news releases

Employee Information

Several pieces of legislation have recently been passed by Congress in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). One employees should be aware of is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Please direct any specific questions regarding FFCRA to Jolene Griffith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641.782.1456.