Published July 21, 2021

Sergio Sandoval

Southwestern Community College is excited to announce Sergio Sandoval of Osceola has been selected as a Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship recipient. Recipients receive $6,600 awards toward their studies!

Published July 20, 2021

The 2021 issue of the Southwestern Magazine is now available online! The magazine is a joint effort of the SWCC Education Foundation and the college's marketing department. Features in this year's issue include Dr. Barb Crittenden's retirement as SWCC president, an introduction to SWCC's incoming president Dr. Marjorie Welch, an overview of Spartan athletics during 2020-21, an article detailing how the COVID-19 pandemic affected SWCC courses, and a feature on Chris Guess, SWCC alumni and the 2021 All-Iowa Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year.

Published July 19, 2021

Payton Luther

Jackson, Mississippi — Payton Luther, a student at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, and Creston High School graduate, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

Published July 16, 2021

Osceola Food employees who will be taking classes at SWCC this fall

CRESTON — Representatives from Southwestern Community College (SWCC) were on-hand Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at Osceola Food, a local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), to sign five Osceola Food employees for SWCC’s industrial technology program and one Osceola Food employee for SWCC’s electrical technology program in Creston.

Published July 14, 2021

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., for its regular board meeting.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, shared with the board information about the agreement reached with the Education Association. The agreement included a salary increase of 2.54% to last year’s base, plus $2 per day. Full-time regular contracts are based upon 167 days of employment. The board moved to approve the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the SWCC Education Association and SWCC as presented.

In personnel, the board accepted the resignation of Jina Checketts, nursing instructor, and Elyse Lovell, psychology instructor. The board also approved the employment of Jenni Downing as psychology instructor.

Lindsay Stoaks, SWCC vice president of instruction, shared information with the board about SWCC’s building partnership contract with Habitat for Humanity. This is the eighth year of the joint project, which will see the construction of a home on Habitat for Humanity owned property at 509 S. Maple St. in Creston. The project provides required lab experience for students without incurring the expense and risk associated with building a spec home. The board moved to approve the building partnership contract with Habitat for Humanity.

The board moved to approve amendments to three board policies: Speech and Expression at Public Institutions, Executive Limitations: Budgeting, and Executive Limitations: Financial Condition.

During the president’s report, Stoaks provided a virtual tour of last year’s Habitat for Humanity home located at 706 N. Jarvis St. The home is 1,092 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Board Member Jerry Smith provided a brief update of June’s virtual IACCT meeting. Emily Shields, executive director at IACCT, will attend the September board meeting.


Published July 9, 2021

Work Here -> BUNN Receive a Full Scholarship to take classed here -> SWCC

Southwestern Community College announced a partnership with Bunn-O-Matic Corporation to provide full tuition scholarships to Southwestern students who work at BUNN. This program will begin with the fall 2021 semester.

Published June 9, 2021

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., for their regular board meeting.

In personnel, the board moved to extend the contracts of Lindsay Stoaks, vice president of instruction, and John Franklin, assistant vice president of instruction, through June 30, 2022, with salary increases of 3.25 percent.

Published June 9, 2021

New Student Orientation Course Home Page--Start Here

New students for fall 2021, we can't wait to have you on campus!! If you haven't already done so, please check your email for information from the SWCC admissions department about SWCC's Online New Student Orientation. All new students are required to complete orientation prior to starting classes on August 25 (NOTE: High school students registered for dual enrollment courses will receive information in August regarding their orientation from the secondary programs office). 

Published June 4, 2021

Dr. Barb Crittenden

The community is invited to attend a retirement reception in honor of Dr. Barb Crittenden, Southwestern Community College president, on Thursday, June 24, from 2-4 p.m., in the Allied Health & Science Center on the SWCC Creston campus, 1501 W. Townline Street, Creston.

Published May 21, 2021

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has signed and returned the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) which provides additional emergency financial aid grants to students.