Published March 16, 2020

Due to state and federal guidelines changing rapidly, the content on this page is being updated regularly as announcements and cancellations are received. If you know of something that needs added to this list, please email Terri Higgins, director of marketing and enrollment management, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you. 

Updated 3.31.22

COVID-19 Forms

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 college announcements and information (most recent updates are at top of listings):

Event cancellations and postponements

Please check the SWCC website for the most up-to-date event information:

  • March 26, 2020, Welding Skills Challenge and Industry Career Fair, canceled
  • March 26-28, The SMV Real Group Festival, canceled
  • 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, canceled
  • 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 Lana Bartmess, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641.782.1456.

Published March 14, 2020

As a prevention to halt the spread of the coronavirus, effective immediately, the Spartan Cafe will remove all self-service bars including salad bars, hot bars, soups, etc. from the front service area, as well as the food warmer that houses fries, nuggets, and strips. Cafe staff will make salads to order and will have dressing packets, but it will be plated by a cafe team member.

Thank you for your understanding.

Published March 13, 2020

Southwestern students and employees,

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached a global pandemic level. Nationwide, efforts are being implemented to help limit exposure and reduce the spread of the virus.

At Southwestern, we have been monitoring this evolving situation and sharing information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) with students and employees. Today, the decision was made to implement the following actions out of concern for the health and safety of our students, employees, and members of our communities:

Published March 13, 2020

SWCC Drama Club's final performance of "Love Letters," scheduled for 7 p.m. today in Instructional Center, room 220, has been postponed until 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, during the college's Pay It Forward (PIF) Week.

Published March 11, 2020

Southwestern students,

As we continue to monitor and prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak in Iowa, we want to communicate and share as much information as possible regarding our current status and plans. As I mentioned in last week’s email, a campus workgroup is continuing to meet and develop plans as we learn more information from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding the spread of the virus both internationally and within the United States.

Published March 11, 2020

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

The first action item on the agenda was consideration of the fiscal year 2021 budget. A public hearing was held and no oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted. The board approved the budget as presented.

Published March 10, 2020

SWCC All-Iowa Academic recipients with PTK advisors and the college president

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Chase Miner of Leon and Ella Rutherford of Niantic, Illinois, were honored as members of the 2020 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and held Monday, March 2, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

Published March 6, 2020

Southwestern students,

As Spring Break approaches, we want you to continue to be alert and aware in regard to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As mentioned in yesterday’s SWCC Weekly, a campus workgroup met yesterday and will continue to meet in an effort to plan for prevention and response in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in Iowa. We’re working with city and county health officials coordinating plans daily. Currently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 on the Southwestern Community College campus or in the state of Iowa.

Published March 6, 2020

SWCC students posing in PTK T-shirts at conference

Southwestern Community College's Beta Eta Nu chapter officers, members, and advisors attended the Spring 2020 Iowa Region PTK Convention on Feb. 27-28, 2020, in West Des Moines. Beta Eta Nu is SWCC's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.

Published March 6, 2020

SWCC Drama Club's spring play "Love Letters" will be performed March 11-13 in Instructional Center, room 220, at 7 p.m. each night.