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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

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Cassidy Becker of Diagonal and Ashley Myshock of Creston were honored as members of the 2019 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and held Monday, March 4, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

Pictured above, from left to right, are Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president; Cassidy Becker, SWCC student; Ashley Myshock, SWCC student; and Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC Phi Theta Kappa advisor.

Becker, a May 2017 graduate of Diagonal High School, is an elementary education major. During her time at SWCC she has received the following assignments and honors: 2018-19 Phi Theta Kappa Iowa region vice president, Beta Eta Nu president, 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, and Five Star Competitive Edge completer. Becker plans to earn her Associate of Arts degree from SWCC in May 2019 and transfer to Northwest Missouri State University in the fall.

Ashley Myshock is in the nursing program at SWCC. Myshock earned her diploma in licensed practical nursing from SWCC in June 2018. She is currently a student in the registered nursing program and plans to earn her Associate of Applied Science in June 2019. She has been a Phi Theta Kappa member and has made the Dean’s List multiple semesters. Following graduation from SWCC, she plans to transfer to the University of Iowa to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Phi Theta Kappa International serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students worldwide. Beta Eta Nu is SWCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

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Published March 6, 2019 1:09 pm

Community colleges had their Day at the Capitol yesterday, March 5, in Des Moines. Each of Iowa’s 15 community colleges was in attendance to share information about the work of community colleges throughout the state.

During the event, each community college highlighted a career and technical education program in its display. The colleges coordinated their efforts so a variety of programs were represented. Southwestern Community College’s featured program was industrial technology. Instructor Henry Lemke, President Dr. Barb Crittenden, Vice President of Instruction Bill Taylor, and Board Member Jerry Smith were in attendance representing SWCC.

Pictured in photo (L to R) above: Representative Tom Moore of Griswold, Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction; and Henry Lemke, SWCC industrial technology instructor.

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Published March 6, 2019 10:23 am

The SWCC Art Club is auctioning off a game table in a silent auction that runs from now through noon March 15.

The table, which is 24 inches by 24 inches, is on display at the SWCC library. It also includes checker and chess pieces.

To submit bids, email the SWCC Art Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Bids should include the bidder's first and last name, cell phone number and bid total. High bids will be posted, with the bidder's initials only, as often as possible on the SWCC Art Club Facebook page.

The winner will be notified at the close of the auction. In the event of a tie, those bidders will be notified to ask for a final bid. Highest bid wins.

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Published March 6, 2019 10:07 am

Returning students who are planning to live in the residence halls during the 2019-20 academic year must complete the online student housing application and submit it no later than April 1, 2019. Any application that is submitted after this date will be placed on the housing list of applicants according to the date submitted. This will reduce students' chances to secure the rooms/dorms they wish to live in for fall semester.

If questions, please contact the student housing office.

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Published March 4, 2019 3:52 pm

Southwestern’s annual Transfer Day will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180.  At Transfer Day, SWCC students and advisors have opportunities to talk with transfer representatives from many four year colleges and universities all in one place.  No matter where students are in the transfer planning process, Transfer Day allows them to do everything from begin searching for a transfer school to asking those last minute questions before transfer. 

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Published February 19, 2019 8:21 am

High school students are invited to compete in a welding competition and explore post-secondary and career opportunities in the welding field.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southwestern Community College, Technical Center, welding lab
1501 W. Townline St., Creston, IA  50801


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Published February 18, 2019 2:57 pm

SWCC Shoppe is holding an "Out with the old, in with the new" sale from Feb. 15 through Feb. 21. Buy one regularly priced clothing item, get one 50 percent off. The sale also includes 30 percent off all gifts.

Cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or offers. Some exclusions may apply. No adjustments 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 February 15, 2019 1:50 pm

Southwestern Community College and the Union County Development Association’s Lead Union County programs have partnered again this year to bring Meals from the Heartland to Union County. Meals from the Heartland is a meal packaging event held in conjunction with Southwestern’s Pay it Forward Week in April. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the SWCC Student Center gymnasium.

Donations of all sizes are now being accepted for this very worthwhile event. A donation table will be set up at Saturday’s men's and women's basketball games vs. Little Priest Tribal College.

If there are clubs, groups or organizations interested in sponsoring teams for the event, they should contact Mindy Stalker, Union County Development Association, 641.782.2003, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Cait Maitlen, SWCC admissions director and Education Foundation executive director, 641.782.1453, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The cost per team is $475. Team payments are due by April 3, 2019.

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Published February 7, 2019 10:19 am

SWCC Shoppe is holding a Valentine's Day Sale from Wednesday, Feb. 6, through Thursday, Feb. 14.

Customers can receive 25 percent off any item that has red, pink or purple.

This offer cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or offers. Some exclusions may apply. No adjustments to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. Offer is good while supplies last. Offer is valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

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Published February 5, 2019 2:17 pm

Because of the dangerously cold temperatures Wednesday and Thursday, the day of the Outside In presentation has been changed to Friday, Feb. 1. The presentation will be held 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the Instructional Center, room 220.

This presentation is being co-sponsored by the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau and the SWCC student activities department. The public is invited to attend.

Outside In is an 18-minute audio-visual program which takes the audience on a journey through the highlights of Iowa’s African-American history from its territorial beginning in 1838 to the present via images and a synchronized recorded narrative. Dr. Hal Chase, one of the contributors to Outside In, will be the presenter. Following the presentation, there will be a question-answer period. The audience is encouraged to share their own stories and pieces of African-American heritage during this time.

The underlying theme of Outside In is that African-American history is a history of an inseparable, intertwined, and intimate relationship between so-called “black” and “white” Americans which has ranged from marriage to murder in the heart of our nation’s history. Most of the photographs in the presentation come from family collections revealing the truth that all of us make history, that all of our stories are one story, and that Outside In is a story for all Iowans.

Chase was born in Des Moines, but grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, from age eight to 18, when it was still a legally segregated state. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Washington & Lee University, a Master of Arts degree in history from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Chase taught courses in United States and African-American history for 43 years. He was one of 37 contributors to Outside In and its content is the basis of his presentation.

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Published January 29, 2019 8:24 am

The online application is now available for SWCC Education Foundation scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year.  The deadline is March 15, 2019.  Many scholarships are awarded and the criteria varies, so take the time to apply. Scholarships are available for new and returning Southwestern Community College students.

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Published January 28, 2019 2:54 pm

UPDATED AGAIN! Due to dangerously cold wind chills, the tryouts on Tuesday, Jan. 29, have been canceled. Tryouts will be held on the following dates:
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
UPDATED AGAIN! Due to inclement weather, the tryouts on Thursday, Jan. 24, have been canceled. Tryouts will be held on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the tryouts on Tuesday, Jan. 22, have been canceled. Tryouts will be held on the following dates:
  • Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

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The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Drama Club will hold auditions for Neil Simon's "Rumors," the 2019 spring play, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and Jan. 24 in the SWCC Performing Arts Center (PAC), located at Southern Prairie YMCA.

"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.

Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Students, faculty and drama club alumni are encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the PAC. Performances will be March 28-30.

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Published January 17, 2019 4:43 pm

The Spartan Café is now offering all-you-can eat options for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

The all-you-can eat breakfast costs $6.98 and includes a variety of options (approximately 12 selections) for customers who have a hearty appetite. The Caf' still offers a la carte breakfast items as well. The lunch and dinner all-you-can-eat buffet option includes all stations (pizza, pasta, wraps, entrees, and soup and salad bar) for $8.98. All buffets will include the soda and coffee bars.

The Spartan Café is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m.) and from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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Published January 16, 2019 9:59 am

Check-in for all students living in the residence halls is Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, and Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All students need to report to the housing office to receive access to their rooms.

See you this weekend!

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Published January 9, 2019 8:23 am

The offices of Southwestern Community College are closed for winter break from Dec. 24-Jan. 2. Offices will re-open on Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. 

Classes for spring 2019 semester begin on Jan. 14. There is still time to get registered! Complete the SWCC application for admissions to get started!

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Published December 21, 2018 4:19 pm

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center.

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Published December 12, 2018 4:56 pm

The Southern Prairie YMCA in Creston is now offering a student rate for all Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students. The student membership cost is $30 per semester/six-month period.

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Published December 10, 2018 3:28 pm