News & Announcements

Scratch Cupcakery’s mobile cupcake truck, Scratch Curbside, is coming to Southwestern Community College (SWCC), 1501 W. Townline Street, in Creston, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, from 12-3 p.m.

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Published August 15, 2019 11:03 am

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, Kattie Lewis, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Red Oak Center coordinator, & Diogenes Ayala, SWCC criminal justice instructor, attended the fourth annual National Night Out in Red Oak at Fountain Square Park, from 6-8 p.m. 

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Published August 8, 2019 9:11 am

Creston— High school students from Southwestern Community College’s region were offered a unique learning opportunity during summer 2019. For the first-time ever, SWCC offered Summer Career Academies in the areas of welding and information technology - programming—and, due to state funding, the students were able to complete the Career Academies free of charge.

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Published July 15, 2019 8:12 am

The SWCCyou app is now available to SWCC students and employees. Download the app to your devices today!

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Published June 27, 2019 3:32 pm

Run to the SWCC Shoppe to get 35 percent off clothing and gifts. This sale ends June 21, 2019.

Cannot be combined with other staff discounts or offers. No adjustment to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. Offer is good while supplies last. Valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

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Published June 4, 2019 10:14 am

CRESTON – The Southwestern men’s and women’s basketball program will be hosting youth camps in June.

The Southwestern Boys Individual Skills camp will be June 5-7 in the SWCC Student Center gymnasium. Youth in kindergarten through second grade will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., with an emphasis on the basic fundamentals and making the game fun. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. The cost is $35.

Youth in grades 3-8 will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a focus on the fundamentals in the morning. The afternoon will include daily contests and games. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. The cost is $90.

The Southwestern men’s program is also holding a high school team camp on June 8-9. The cost is $150 for one day or $250 for both days. Teams can stay overnight in on-campus apartments for $500 (including camp entry fee for both days). Teams will play three games a day. Both JV and varsity teams are encouraged to participate.

More information on the boys basketball camps, as well as online registration, can be found here.

The Spartan Youth Basketball Individual Camps, hosted by the Southwestern women’s basketball program, will be held June 10-12 in the SWCC Student Center gymnasium.

The Elite Skills Camp for girls in grades 8-12 will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Youth Skills Camp for girls in grades 3-7 will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The cost of each camp is $80.

These camps are designed to develop and improve fundamental skills of all players. Specialized camp instruction will include station work in both offensive and defensive areas, position work, and competitive contests. Various competitions such as 1-on-1, 3-on-3, and 5-on-5 will be implemented throughout camp. The camp will be divided by both age and ability groups, complemented by matching instruction and competition. Teamwork and communication skills will be built into station work and competitions. An emphasis will be placed on teaching the game through positive instruction from coaches and positive interaction with other campers.

For more information, or to register online, click here.

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Published May 21, 2019 3:32 pm

Starting Friday, May 3, SWCC Shoppe is holding a buy one get one 50 percent off sale. The sale runs through Friday, May 10.

The sale includes regularly priced clothing, gifts and souvenirs.

The sale cannot be combined with other staff discounts or offers. No adjustment to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. The offer is good while supplies last and is valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

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Published April 30, 2019 4:30 pm

Six students from Southwestern Community College's professional music program are being honored as student music award winners in the June 2019 issue of Downbeat Magazine.

The June issue was mailed last week to subscribers around the world. Awards recipients from Southwestern's School for Music Vocations included:

Vocal Jazz Soloist - Community College Winner
Amanda Ross of Santa Cruz, California

Vocal Jazz Soloist - Community College Outstanding Performance
Annie Kemble of Panora, Iowa

Small Vocal Jazz Group - Community College Outstanding Performance
First Take
Directed by Dr. Jeremy Fox
* Outstanding Soloist: Charisma Carson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on “Summertime”

Pictured above: First Take members Milton Padilla, Kasey Domer, Annie Kemble, Charisma Carson, Lawson Roof, and Amanda Ross.

 

 

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Published April 29, 2019 1:35 pm

The Beta Eta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Southwestern Community College is collecting items to be donated to the Children’s Cancer Connection’s Camp Heart Connection Oncology Camp, which will be held June 9-15, 2019, in Des Moines.

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Published April 19, 2019 10:29 am

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

PROJECT: INSTRUCTIONAL CENTER RNVTN PH 5 AND AG BLD ADDITION BID DATEfflME: 1 :00 p.m. local standard time on the 13th day of May, 2019

LOCATION: Board Room in the Administration Center Southwestern Community College
1501 West Townline Street, Creston, Iowa 50801

Notice is hereby given that there are on file with the Board Secretary of the Board of Trustees (the "Board") of Southwestern Community College (SWCC), Creston, Iowa (the "Community College", proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs (the "Contract Documents") for the construction of the Instructional Center Rnvtn Ph 5 and Ag Bid Addition (the "Project").

Sealed bids for the construction the Project will be received on behalf of the Board at the Board Room in the Administration Center at Southwestern Community College, 1501 West Townline Street, Creston, Iowa 50801 before 1 :00 p.m. local standard time on the 13th day of May, 2019. Offers will be opened publicly immediately after the time for receipt of bids at the above location.

The Project consists of, but is not limited to the two phased construction of; Phase 1 Ag Building 5,000 SF Addition to house two classrooms for approximately 30 students, two offices, 400 SF of hardened storm area, 800 SF of document storage and mud room. Phase 2 Science Lab renovation of Chemistry, Physics and Biology as well as office and prep space in the 300 Series Wing of the existing Instructional Building. Both phases include HVAC, lighting, electrical, and fire sprinkler upgrades.

No bidder may withdraw their bid for at least thirty (30) days after the scheduled closing time for the receipt of bids. The right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any irregularities is reserved by SWCC.

By virtue of Statutory Authority, the bidder shall give preference to Iowa Domestic Labor and products produced with the State of Iowa according to the provisions of the 1991 code of Iowa.

DATED AT: Southwestern Community College, this 18th day of April, 2019.
BY ORDER OF: Southwestern Community College.
BY: Tom Lesan, SWCC.

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Published April 18, 2019 1:56 pm

The work of numerous Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students will be on display during Spring 2019 Poster Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location for Poster Day has been moved from the Student Center gymnasium to the Instructional Center, room 180.

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Published April 16, 2019 11:24 am

UPDATE: Tonight's Campus Crawl is full! Thanks to all who registered! See you outside Spartan Suites at 7 p.m.

SWCC students, get ready to take a trip across campus you will never forget!  Learn the dangers of alcohol and drugs first-hand during the SWCC Campus Crawl on Thurs., April 25, beginning at 7 p.m. on the basketball court east of Spartan Suites—and get a FREE T-shirt in the process! 

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Published April 11, 2019 11:55 am

SWCC Shoppe is helping raise funds for the upcoming Meals from the Heartland event, which is being held Wednesday, April 24, on SWCC's campus.

Anyone who donates $5 or more to Meals from the Heartland at the SWCC Shoppe between April 5 and April 19 will receive a coupon for 35 percent off his or her clothing/gifts purchase during Pay It Forward Week, April 22-26.

The coupon cannot be combined with other staff discounts or offers. Some exclusions may apply. No adjustments to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. The offer is valid only at SWCC Shoppe's Creston location.

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Published April 9, 2019 10:39 am

The work of numerous Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students will be on display during Spring 2019 Poster Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180.

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Published April 1, 2019 8:59 am

Southwestern Community College had 20 employees in attendance at the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) Spring Conference in Ankeny, from March 24-26, at DMACC’s FFA Enrichment Center. The conference, entitled “Be an Agent of Change,” had sessions for faculty, student services personnel, and administrators.

Southwestern instructors presenting breakout sessions during the conference included Tom Borland, Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Tom Rathmann, Kindra Coleman, Holly Booth, Adam Thiner, and Doug Greene.

Coleman (shown at left, in photo above) was honored as one of four finalists for the e11 Award for excellence in online instruction.

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Published March 29, 2019 2:55 pm

Congratulations to all SWCC students being inducted into the Beta Eta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa this Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 3 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180. 

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Published March 29, 2019 1:59 pm

Southwestern's Drama Club will be performing Neil Simon's "Rumors" at 7 p.m. March 28-30 in the SWCC Performing Arts Center.

The production marks the fifth anniversary of the Drama Club presenting "Rumors" as its first production. Jennie Stamper, one of the original cast members, will be reprising the role of Claire in this year's performance.

This year's performances will be black boxed seating, with only 50 seats available each night, creating a more intimate atmosphere for attendees. To reserve a seat for "Rumors," please email Kelly Franklin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..She will return your email with confirmation of your seats and date. Tickets will be paid for at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for the general public and $5 for students.

"Rumors" is a hilarious farce that is sure to keep everyone laughing. The play takes place at Sneden's Landing townhouse, where the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce as they attempt to figure out what happened to their friend. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into hilarity.

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Published March 20, 2019 11:25 am

The application deadline for Southwestern's Education Foundation scholarships has been extended through Saturday, March 16, because of technical difficulties with the third-party site hosting the application.

Listed below are the steps to complete the application process:

- Visit the scholarship page on the SWCC website or click here to continue an application that has already been started.

If you are unable to resume your application or cannot start a new application, please copy the contents of this file into an email, add ALL the requested information and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to include your essay question answer and attach your letter of recommendation.

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Published March 15, 2019 5:06 pm

The Spartan Cafe will be closed during Spring Break, March 18-22. This Friday, March 15, the Cafe will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., with a limited menu and will then close after that for break. The Spartan Cafe will re-open on March 24 at 4 p.m. 

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Published March 12, 2019 10:36 am

SWCC Shoppe is holding a Spring Break Sale from Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15.
 
The sale includes 30 percent off Spartan gear and 25 percent off gifts.
 
This sale cannot be combined with other staff discounts or offers. Some exclusions apply. No adjustment to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. The offer is good while supplies last. The offer is valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

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Published March 11, 2019 8:37 am