Auto Collision Repair/Refinish News

The Iowa Automobile Dealers Association (IADA) Foundation for Education recently awarded Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) automotive programs a $6,294 grant to purchase a ProSpot SP-2 Smart MIG welder to be utilized by students in the auto collision repair/refinish and automotive repair technology programs.

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Published September 16, 2022 9:35 am

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!

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Published July 21, 2021 4:24 pm

April 22, 2021, CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish student Sergio Sandoval of Osceola was honored as a SWCC Tech Achiever during a ceremony held on Thursday, April 15, 2021, in the college’s automotive department. The presentation happened during SWCC’s Pay it Forward Week, an annual event on campus that promotes kindness and giving.

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Published April 22, 2021 4:19 pm

Arnold Motors Automotive Parts Store of Creston recently donated sandpaper, valued at $2500, to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish program.

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Published May 28, 2020 10:05 am

CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) welding fabrication team came home from the 2019 SkillsUSA Championship, held June 24-28, 2019, in Louisville, KY, with a third-place national finish.

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Published July 8, 2019 2:51 pm

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student James Bourn, of Elliott, was awarded the Automotive Career Starter Tool Set Award through the college’s Education Foundation.

This award was established by Nile Cornelison, who attended SWCC (at that time known as Creston Junior College) from 1960-62, in conjunction with Advance Auto Parts and the CARQUEST Technical Institute. The award includes the gift of a complete career starter tool set and tool chest.

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Published June 10, 2019 9:25 am

Southwestern Community College students came home with a third place finish in the Summit Racing Pedal Car Challenge at the World of Wheels Car Show in Omaha, NE, from March 15-17, 2019. 

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Published April 1, 2019 9:25 am

Students and instructors from Southwestern Community College's automotive programs took time from their schedules to pose for a photo to thank the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education (IADA) for a $5,700 grant awarded to SWCC for the purchase of a refrigerant recovery machine.

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Published September 6, 2018 9:04 am

Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish student James Bourn, of Red Oak, recently received a $2,000 scholarship for fall 2018 semester from the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education (IADA).

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Published June 25, 2018 9:23 am

Two Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students— Jacob Kinyon, second-year automotive repair technology student, of Corning, and Jamie Young, second-year auto collision repair/refinish student, of Humeston—recently benefitted from the generosity of a former SWCC student.

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Published June 13, 2018 3:49 pm

MAY 10, 2018--Today was the final day of classes for SWCC's second-year collision repair/refinish students. They were just a few days short of having this team project complete--a PPG Hot Rod semi gloss black with BASF orange dye/metal flake accents.

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Published June 5, 2018 3:30 pm

MARCH 30, 2018--The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish program is one of 163 career and technical education programs nationwide recognized by The Collision Repair Education Foundation through its new designation program called the Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation launched the Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark in 2016. Through the program, the foundation classifies schools in three tiers: Tier 1, advanced; Tier 2, proficient; and Tier 3, developing. SWCC is one of 17 schools receiving Tier 1 designation.

Jeff Magneson, SWCC auto collision repair/refinish instructor, said this recognition is a huge testament for the quality of SWCC’s program.

“This benchmark validates the work SWCC and the program’s advisory committee have put into the collision repair program to make it one of the best for future technicians,” Magneson stated. “We are especially excited to extend this program to area high school students next fall.”

Starting fall 2018 semester, SWCC’s auto collision repair/refinish program will be offered as a Career Academy to high school students in SWCC’s region, meaning high school students will be able to enroll in collision repair/refinish college classes and receive credit at both their high school at SWCC. Upon high school graduation, students will then have the option to continue on to a full program in collision repair/refinish. SWCC offers a one-year diploma program and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program in auto collision repair/refinish.

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Published March 30, 2018 3:52 pm

Students from the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive programs headed to the Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, NE, on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, for a great day of fun and learning.

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Published December 22, 2017 10:48 am

Joel Hartstack (pictured in photo above, at far right), of Clarinda, a May 2017 Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish graduate, was named the country’s 2017 Collision Repair Technology Champion at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, KY, from June 18-23.   

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Published June 28, 2017 3:25 pm

Joel Hartstack, of Corning, and Jamie Young, of Humeston, both automotive collision repair/refinish students, recently placed at the SkillsUSA competition at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny on Friday, April 28, 2017.

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Published May 4, 2017 9:46 am

Following a recent field trip to the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, NE, the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive programs were featured in the May 2016 issue of Tomorrow's Technician magazine. 

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Published May 24, 2016 10:22 am

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish student Shelby Woods and electrical technology student Daniel Leonard took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2016 competition in Ankeny on Fri., April 29, 2016.  They will now represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, KY.

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Published May 20, 2016 9:14 am

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish programs have announced the 2015 Automotive Open House will be held Fri., April 10, 2015, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the automotive area in the Instructional Center.

During the Automotive Open House, visitors will be able to tour the automotive shops, meet the instructors, participate in a welding contest, compete in a tire changing contest, meet vendors, view vehicles in the car show, and enjoy food and fun.  Pre-registration is not required.

The Automotive Open House will be held in conjunction with SWCC's CTE Day, an event that gives potential students opportunities to explore the career and technical education programs at SWCC.

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Published March 9, 2015 11:35 am

Southwestern's auto collision repair/refinish program came home with first place honors in the Pedal Car Challenge, part of the 60th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels, held February 27-March 1, at the Century Link Center in Omaha, NE.

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Published March 5, 2015 9:26 am

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive collision repair/refinish students Zach Mullen of New Market and Garrett Hogue of Lenox took home second and fifth place finishes respectively at the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships held June 25-26, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.

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Published June 30, 2014 11:35 am