Published May 1, 2020

MBS Book Buyback Graphic

Spring 2020 semester is winding down and it will soon be time to sell your textbooks! The SWCC Shoppe, Southwestern Community College's bookstore, has partnered with MBS Textbook Exchange, the nation's largest textbook wholesaler, to offer you the best prices for your used books online. This online buyback will be open from May 4-8, 2020. 

The process is simple! Head to the MBS/SWCC Online Buyback and follow these steps:

  1. Find and add the books you want to sell by searching your purchase history or by entering ISBN numbers.*
  2. Print your packing list and the free pre-paid shipping label that will be sent to you as an email link once you finalize your quote.
  3. Pack and send your books free of charge using the pre-paid shipping label. Once your books are received, you will be paid via PayPal or check within three weeks.

Rental book reminder! Students who rented books at the beginning of the spring semester will need to return their books to the SWCC Shoppe. The due date is being extended until June 5, 2020. Please do not sell your rental books online to MBS! If you have any questions, please call the SWCC Shoppe at 641.782.1430 or email Jana Scott, SWCC Shoppe manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Summer Books - The SWCC Shoppe is here to help with all summer book and supply needs. An online form, the SWCC Shoppe Textbook Order Form, is available for students taking summer classes. The SWCC Shoppe will be shipping textbooks for the summer term beginning May 4, 2020.


Published April 30, 2020

Dr. Jeremy Fox

A new video by the Boston Children's Chorus (Robbie Jacobs, director of artistic programming) features an arrangement, by Southwestern's School for Music Vocations Faculty Member Dr. Jeremy Fox, of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." This virtual choir video features more than 200 children from around the world – from Boston, Massachusetts; Washington DC; Capetown, London, UK; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Southend, UK; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Princeton, U.S.; and Tallin, Estonia; Denver, Colorado; Singapore International School in Hong Kong; Tucson, Arizona – and a wonderful soloist named Andrea Baker, who resides in Dublin, Ireland.

Published April 30, 2020

Kaprice Maxwell

School for Music Vocations sophomore Kaprice Maxwell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been announced as DownBeat Magazine's 2020 blues/pop/rock soloist winner in the community college division.

Published April 30, 2020

SWCC student's bacteria poster

Southwestern students, faculty, and staff, the 2020 Virtual Poster Day projects have been submitted and are up for viewing on SWCCyou!

Take time to log in and review students' research. A variety of topics are included in the Poster Day forum including biology, environmental science, nutrition, philosophy, religion, and renewable energy. In addition to traditional posters created for Poster Day, many students have prepared PowerPoint presentations summarizing the research they completed.

To view Poster Day projects, login to SWCCyou, look on the top navy bar for "Poster Day" (NOTE: If you don't see "Poster Day" you may have to select "More" to see the "Poster Day" header). 

Southwestern instructors with students participating include Todd Daily, Mindy Skarda, and Clint Williams. Great job, instructors and students!

PosterDay2 2020


Published April 29, 2020

2020 Awards Ceremony graphic

April 29, 2020, CRESTON, IOWA—Congratulations to the 2020 Southwestern Community College Student Awards and Recognition recipients! These student award winners are normally announced during an awards ceremony held at Southwestern’s Creston campus during Pay it Forward (PIF) Week in late-April; however, due to the nation’s current social distancing requirements, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the college was not able to hold its annual face-to-face ceremony. Award recipients’ certificates and a ceremony program will be mailed to their home addresses on file at the college.

Published April 24, 2020

The following email was sent on April 24, 2020, to SWCC students, faculty, and staff regarding the summer 2020 class schedule ...

Published April 21, 2020

At left, Clarke County Emergency Management with SWCC donation. At right, Union County Emergency Management with donation.

During these unprecedented times, created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwestern Community College has been working closely with its regional partners to give back when the college is able to do so.

Published April 21, 2020

PIF Bingo Card

Pay it Forward (PIF) Week is underway April 19-25, 2020, at Southwestern Community College! PIF Week is held annually at SWCC to encourage positive behaviors, kindness, community service, and giving. We may not be together this year, but there are still plenty of ways for students and employees to pay it forward from wherever they are.

Published April 16, 2020

As the spring semester comes to an end, the SWCC Shoppe would like to update you with some changes that are being implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Book Buyback
In the past, the SWCC Shoppe has offered a face-to-face buy back option for SWCC students. A book buy back will still be offered this spring, it is just going to look a little different due to COVID-19. Instead of a face-to-face buy back, the SWCC Shoppe will be offering an online buyback. Follow the video link to help explain:

Watch the SWCC Shoppe’s webpage for the link after May 1, 2020. The online buyback will be open from May 4-8, 2020.

Published April 16, 2020

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met electronically for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was held electronically due to social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.