Automotive Repair Technology News
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 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.
Published April 22, 2021 4:19 pm
Tractor Supply Co. of Creston recently donated outdoor equipment, valued at $3,000, to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive repair technology program.
Published September 30, 2020 4:23 pm
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.
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.
Published September 6, 2018 9:04 am
The Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education recently awarded Southwestern Community College’s automotive programs a $5,700 grant to purchase a refrigerant recovery machine to be utilized by students in the programs.
Published June 25, 2018 1:37 pm
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.
Published June 13, 2018 3:49 pm
Southwestern Community College automotive repair technology student Dawn Roach (pictured above, at right) recently wrote an article that has been published in Tomorrow's Technician magazine and on tomorrowstechnician.com.
Roach and her SWCC automotive classmates and instructors traveled to Lincoln, NE, late last year to tour the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed. The article talks about their trip to the museum, as well as about Roach's decision to enter the automotive field.
Read Roach's article: "Why Auto Technology? New Experiences Every Day"
SWCC offers programs in the automotive field--auto collision repair/refinish and automotive repair technology.
To see additional information about the SWCC automotive programs' field trip to Lincoln, NE, read "Historic grounding at the Museum of American Speed."
Published March 9, 2018 4:03 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.
Published December 22, 2017 11:13 am
Eight cars raced this year in the automotive department's Valve Cover Car Races held during CTE Day on April 8, 2016, on Southwestern Community College's Creston campus.
Published April 25, 2016 1:18 pm
Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Richard Welsch and Travis Stalder, both juniors from Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield, placed eighth in the hands-on portion of the 2015 Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)/Iowa Automobile Dealers Association (IADA) High School Automotive Skills Contest on Friday, December 11, 2015, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.
Published December 31, 2015 9:36 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.
Published January 16, 2015 12:06 pm
Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Fulton Abraham and Ty Marker of Osceola placed fifth and Dillon Bailey and Kyle Wynn of Creston placed eighth in the hands-on portion of the 2014 DMACC/IADA High School Automotive Skills Contest on Friday, December 12, 2014, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.
Published December 18, 2014 2:06 pm
Southwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting the 2014 Automotive Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field this Friday, April 4, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the automotive department on the north side of the Instructional Center, on SWCC's Creston campus.
Published March 31, 2014 10:36 am
Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Wyatt Hensley of Orient and Waylan Sorensen of Greenfield placed fifth overall in the 2013 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tues., May 7, 2013, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.
Published May 9, 2013 2:10 pm
CRESTON—April 19, 2013—Almost 450 high school students were on Southwestern Community College's campus on Friday, April 5, 2013, for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day and the 2013 SWCC Automotive Open House. This annual open house offers future students the opportunity to tour the shops, meet the instructors, and learn more about SWCC’s automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish programs.
As a part of the event, many of the visiting students, as well as current SWCC automotive students, compete in contests and activities. Placings for the contests follow:
High School Collision/Welding Contest Winners
- Jacob Berkley, Red Oak High School, first place
- Colton Drake, Villisca High School, second place
- Remington Tranburger, Red Oak High School, third place
Tire Changing Contest - High School Division
- Russell Sinclair, Central Decatur High School, tie for first place
- Corey Sunderman, Atlantic High School, tie for first place
- Heath Heller, Atlantic High School, second place
Tire Changing Contest - College Division
- Kadin Miller, Osceola, Southwestern Community College, first place
- Alonzo Rodriguez, Osceola, Southwestern Community College, second place
Photos from the events are available on SWCC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/swcciowa.
Published April 23, 2013 9:57 am
Southwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting the 2013 Automotive Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, April 5, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the automotive department on the north side of the Instructional Center, on SWCC's Creston campus.
During the Auto Open House, visitors will tour the automotive shops, meet with program instructors, compete in welding and tire changing/rotating contests, views automobiles at a car show, and meet with tool vendors. The Patriot Chopper from Orange County Choppers will be on display during the car show. A light lunch will be served.
Potential students and their families may visit at any time during the Open House, but if students are planning to compete in the welding contest they must register from 8:30-9 a.m. A written test will take place at 9 a.m. and individuals with the top scores will then compete in the hands-on portion of the contest at 10 a.m. in SWCC’s Tech Center I. The car show is open to the public.
SWCC offers two esteemed programs in the automotive areas: automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish. SWCC's automotive repair technology instructors are Master ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)-certified and use a hands-on approach in the classroom and lab. The automotive repair technology program has ASE certification and National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certification. SWCC's collision repair program is the only program in Iowa to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation and is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE/NATEF certification.
Published March 15, 2013 11:36 am
The Automotive Club raised a total of $1,456 for the automotive club through their raffle drawings held at the end of fall 2012 semester. The club will use this money for a scholarship, a field trip to the Kansas City Harley Davidson factory and Topeka Drag Races, and the Skills USA competition, as well as a donation to a needy cause undetermined at this time.
There were 37 students selling tickets and 10 students each sold more than 50 tickets. The top salesman was Colton Nelson, who sold 341 tickets and received a donation from Charlie Brown Auto Salvage for $100. Nelson is a second year automotive student from Osceola.
Congratulations to the automotive club raffle winners:
1st place - Justin Brown
2nd place - Denny Loudon
3rd place - Karl Olson
4th place - Gary Davis
5th place - Salvador Aguilera
6th place - Mary Adams
Published January 17, 2013 1:29 pm
CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Hunter Brown of Mt. Ayr and Cody Bristow of Creston placed seventh overall in the 2012 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.
Published May 22, 2012 8:25 am
Southwestern Community College’s automotive repair technology club presented a check for $125 to the Greater Regional Cancer Center on Friday, March 16, 2012. The funds were raised during a recent T-shirt fundraiser by the organization. Pictured are front row (L to R) - Donna Larkin, SWCC automotive club vice president; Javier Rubio, SWCC automotive club president; Jeni Thompson, director of medical oncology for Greater Regional Cancer Center; and Joan Weis, co-director of radiation oncology from Greater Regional Cancer Center and back row – Sue Claiser, SWCC automotive parts clerk; Jeff Sorensen, automotive repair technology instructor; Steve Schmalzried, automotive repair technology instructor; and Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students.
Published April 2, 2012 4:14 pm