News & Announcements

 Spartan Spotlight is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019! Interested in being a future Spartan? Register for Spartan Spotlight to learn what life as a Spartan is all about!

At Spartan Spotlight, visitors will hear from a panel of Southwestern student-athletes, meet with coaches, tour campus, and have the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives. Activities will be planned for parents, as well. Dinner is included in the visit and all visitors are invited to attend Southwestern's Community Appreciation Night Presented by Creston Automotive at the men's basketball game vs. Quakerdale Prep at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Gymnasium.


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Published October 9, 2019 4:55 pm

Register your team of four SWCC students now for U DECIDE Tricky Treating, a nighttime trick-or-treating scavenger hunt with a grand prize of $200 (4-$50 gift cards), which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at 7 p.m., as part of SWCC Week.

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Published October 1, 2019 10:13 am

The student activities department is hosting a Campus-Wide Cookout on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Student Center, for SWCC students and employees.

Come enjoy a free barbecue lunch!

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Published September 20, 2019 9:19 am

Fall Assessment Day is Friday, Sept. 27. Due to the training employees will be required to attend, keep the following in mind that day:

  • Staff Assessment Day will be 8-10 a.m. in the Instructional Center, room 180. During this time, SWCC offices will be closed so employees can attend their training.
  • Faculty Assessment Day will be 12:30-3:30 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180. Classes will NOT meet after 12 p.m.

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Published September 19, 2019 9:25 am

Hypnotist Jim Wand will be performing on campus Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, from 12-1 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium.

Always a fan favorite, Wand travels the world with his one-of-a-kind hypnotist show. This event is free to SWCC students and employees.

Everyone in attendance is offered the opportunity to be hypnotized.

This event, which is free to SWCC students and employees, is being organized by Tracey Evans, student activities coordinator.

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Published September 12, 2019 9:59 am

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) criminal justice majors heard and learned from those working in the profession during the first two weeks of classes. 

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Published September 6, 2019 9:04 am

SWCC will host its annual Community Awareness Day on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 9-11 a.m. in the main hallway of the Instructional Center. A variety of community agencies will be on hand to provide information to SWCC students and staff about the services they provide.

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Published September 5, 2019 1:56 pm

 Interested in joining the SWCC Drama Club? If so, plan to attend the first meeting (complete with pizza!) this Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 140.

Each year, the SWCC Drama Club presents a full-length play during the spring semester and a smaller play in the fall. The spring 2020 play will be “Love Letters,” with a March production date (prior to spring break).

This year, there is a new component to the SWCC Drama Club as well. The group will be doing monthly improv meetings and the club is hoping to attend a live showing of Whose Live is it Anyway at Hoyt Sherman in Des Moines on Nov. 23 (tickets are limited and must be ordered soon!).

If you can’t make it to Thursday’s meeting but would still like to join the drama club, please contact Kelly Marcus, SWCC Drama Club sponsor.

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Published September 4, 2019 3:10 pm

Dr. Dennis Goldford, Drake University professor, will be presenting, “A Novel Form of Government: Federalism and Individual Rights” on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at 10 a.m., in the Instructional Center, room 220. 

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Published September 3, 2019 9:20 am

The 2019-20 academic year is about to begin! Here are some announcements from various departments on campus to help you get started:

  • SWCC Shoppe extended hours - The SWCC Shoppe, located in the Student Center, will be open on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1-5 p.m. for your convenience. 
  • Spartan Cafe opens Monday - The Spartan Cafe will open for the school year on Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 a.m. The Spartan Cafe hours for fall semester are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 4-7 p.m.
  • Business Office and Financial Aid extended hours - The SWCC business office, located in the Administration Center, will be open on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1-4 p.m.
  • Move-In Weekend schedule

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Published August 22, 2019 5:02 pm

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


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