Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center, board room.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, spoke to the board regarding a new jobs training agreement with WDC Acquisition LLC (dba Wellman Dynamics) of Creston. Lesan stated the Industrial New Jobs Training Program would provide $2,750,000 in funding to pay for training for 271 new jobs.

Following Lesan’s presentation, the board approved a resolution directing the publication of notice regarding this issuance. The public notice states the board of directors will meet on June 2, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., in the Administration Center, board room, at SWCC. In addition, the board passed the resolution approving preliminary official statement and approving electronic bidding procedures related to the new jobs training agreement.

Tia Samo, SWCC chief financial officer, presented to the board regarding an increase in tuition and fees for the 2022-23 academic year. Samo told the board SWCC administration had to consider many factors, such as an insurance increase and not knowing where state general aid will be, during the tuition and fees discussion. After Samo explained the proposal, the board approved the request as presented. There will be a $9 per credit hour tuition increase for the 2022-23 academic year. With this increase, SWCC’s in-state tuition will be $198 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition will be $205 per credit hour. Proposed changes to the course fees for the following classes were approved as well: EDU 213 Introduction to Education, $15 course fee, and CPR with Heart Saver Training fee - $55 to $65 course fee increase.

Samo said the Iowa Community College Online Consortium has not yet determined tuition rates for the 2022-23 academic year.

In personnel, the board approved the resignation of Audra Long, nursing instructor. Lindsay Stoaks, SWCC vice president of instruction, said Long has done a tremendous job for the college, but she has made the decision to return to the healthcare industry. The board approved Long’s resignation effective June 24, 2022.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola, gave a brief report regarding the recent Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) meeting he attended. Smith shared Terri Higgins, director of marketing and enrollment management, was selected as one of the recipients of the Community College for Iowa 2022 Outstanding Staff Member Award and Jeff Magneson, auto collision repair/refinish instructor, trades and industry department chair, was selected as one of the recipients of the Community College for Iowa 2022 Outstanding Faculty Member Award. In addition, Smith will be recognized for receiving the Community College for Iowa 2022 Quarter Century Award, for 25 years of service as an IACCT Trustee. The awards will be presented at a banquet held during the Community Colleges for Iowa annual conference, July 21, 2022, in Sioux City.