Published April 16, 2020

Students in SWCC's Criminal Justice program hear from a variety of guest speakers over the course of a semester.

Guest speakers for the program include:

January 2020

  • Iowa DNE Special Agent Sean McCullough
  • Greater Regional Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Sam and Taylor

February 2020

  • Deputy Little (Madison County Sheriff's Office) and Officer Mike Wood (Winterset Police)
  • Officer Rumley (DARE officer - Osceola Police Department)

March 2020

  • Kito Bess (Chief probation officer, Minnesota)
  • Deputy Little (Madison County Sheriff's Office) and Officer Mike Wood (Winterset Police)
  • Trooper Flaherty and Sgt. Taylor (Iowa State Patrol)
  • B. Bales (Intelligence community)
  • Sheriff James Mendrick (DuPage County Sheriff's Office, Illinois)

April 2020

  • Chief Jill Lees (Indiana University-Bloomington Police Department)
  • Trooper First Class Kelly Grant (Connecticut State Police)
  • Mike Ferjak (Former special agent with the Iowa Attorney Generals Office human trafficking task force)
  • Trooper Aaron Allen (Pennsylvania State Police)
  • Special Agent Michelle Stevenson (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • Natalie Ammons (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

Published April 16, 2020

Captain wayne Matthews of the Texas Rangers speaks to the SWCC Criminal Justice program via videoconference.

Evidence students in the SWCC Criminal Justice program met with Captain Wayne Matthews of the Texas Rangers over video conferencing on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

The Texas Rangers, a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety, were created in 1823, and will celebrate 200 years of service for the citizens of Texas in 2023.

"This kind of partnership in education is important for students to understand the different agencies that protect the public throughout the United States," said Dio Ayala, director of SWCC's Criminal Justice program.

Captain Matthews talked to students about the importance of evidence collection at a crime scene.

According to Matthews, the most important asset you have at a scene is “patience, don’t rush processing a scene take your time.”

A  methodical process helps make sure that nothing is missed. Rangers carry a crime scene kit with them at all times so they can process a scene without having to call in additional resources. This also depends on the scene; if additional help is needed, Rangers can call in for assistance.

Students were able to ask many questions about the history of the agency, uniforms worn, which includes a Western Style Cowboy hat, white conservative shirt, tie, slacks, western boots, western belt, and a Texas Ranger badge pinned above the left shirt pocket.

The relentless pursuit of fugitives by Rangers is a tradition for over 200 years.  Meeting with Captain Matthews was very informative for students and we look forward to talking with him in the future.

How do you become a Texas Ranger? The following is from the Texas Ranger website:

“Each applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America, in excellent physical condition, and have an outstanding record of at least eight (8) years experience with a bona fide law enforcement agency, engaged principally in the investigation of major crimes. The applicant must be currently employed with the Texas Department of Public Safety, in the position of a commissioned officer with the rank of at least Trooper II.”

Follow Southwestern's Criminal Justice program on social media for more updates. The CJ program is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as swcciowacj.

Published April 9, 2020

2019 Operation PIF crew with inspirational message signs

Southwestern Community College’s annual Pay it Forward (PIF) Week is coming up April 19-25, 2020! Each year in April, during PIF Week, SWCC students, faculty, and staff get involved by encouraging positive behaviors and service in their communities. We don’t want this year to be any different! Anyone reading this can get involved!

Published April 7, 2020

Jill Lees and students on Zoom

During this time of social distancing, guest speakers may not physically be standing in a classroom of students, but with the technology offered through video conferencing, Dio Ayala, SWCC criminal justice instructor, is featuring speakers from across the nation. Today's guest speaker for Ayala's patrol procedures course was Jill Lees, the chief of police for the Indiana University Police Department.

Published April 6, 2020

The following email was sent by Dr. Barb Crittenden, Southwestern Community College president, to Southwestern students and employees on Monday, April 6, at approximately 9 a.m.

We are now starting our third week of online-only delivery of coursework. The manner in which all of you are adapting and responding to the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic has provided encouragement in the midst of this difficult situation. The following adjustments are being made at this time, as a part of our ongoing efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

Published April 3, 2020

The fall 2020 class schedule has been posted and registration for classes is now open. Fall classes begin on August 19 (this date was formerly August 26, but was moved up due to the coronavirus pandemic) and online classes begin on August 24.

Due to the unique circumstances we are currently experiencing, and to take pressure off of our faculty advisors, registration for fall classes is mostly be handled by SWCC’s student services division (admissions, registrar’s office, TRIO-SSS, student development, etc.). Online students may register through the distance education department. Contact information for each department is listed below:

Published April 3, 2020

The summer 2020 class schedule is up and registration for summer classes is open! There are a variety of courses available at the Creston campus, the Osceola Center, and the Red Oak Center.

Published March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020--Southwestern Community College announced today the college will be extending the end date for online delivery of face-to-face classes for spring semester through Friday, April 10.

Due to this extension in online course delivery, the student housing move-in date will be moved to the weekend of April 11-12.

Published March 23, 2020

The Iowa Department of Management and Public Health is pleased to announce the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Parents as Teachers program of Adams, Union, and Adair counties has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential. The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards.

Published March 18, 2020

In light of the declaration by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds that the spread of COVID-19 has reached a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, Southwestern Community College will be modifying how services are provided to students and the general public. These adjustments will enable the college to continue business operations while minimizing direct person-to-person contact and adhering to recommendations regarding gatherings.