News & Announcements

A wide variety of upcoming virtual events are scheduled for the months of November and December! These events are brought to you by the SWCC student activities department.

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Published October 27, 2020 9:33 am

Congratulations to the 2020 SWCC Week TikTok Challenge winners! Originally, we were going to select two winners, but because the competition was so fierce, and so plentiful, we selected four. And to all of the participants, your videos were amazing … and hilarious … and full of school spirit! It was wonderful to have so many to choose from!

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Published October 23, 2020 1:37 pm

During 2020, Southwestern Community College’s criminal justice program partnered with the Union County attorney’s office to create a unique internship opportunity for the college’s criminal justice students. The collaboration began following a discussion between Diogenes Ayala, Southwestern criminal justice instructor, and Tim Kenyon, Union County attorney.

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Published October 23, 2020 10:20 am

The SWCC Computer Club is hosting a National Nacho Game Night for ALL SWCC students on Friday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m., in the Technical Center II on the SWCC Creston campus.

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Published October 22, 2020 10:22 am

SWCC students, we're waiting on your TikTok videos! Show your Spartan Spirit in a TikTok video contest. Prizes will be awarded for the best and most creative SWCC Week TikToks (prize baskets are shown above). Videos must be clean! And humor gets extra points! Use #swcciowa and #swccweek when you post your video.

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Published October 20, 2020 11:11 am

It's SWCC Week 2020! SWCC has a number of face-to-face and virtual activities set up for students throughout the week. And be sure to pay attention to the Spirit Week days so you'll know what to wear.

And remember, when you are on campus or at the centers, use the SWCC Week Snapchat filter!!

Head to the official SWCC Week page for complete details!

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Published October 19, 2020 10:32 am

Congratulations to the week one SWCC Media Prefs survey drawing winners!

Winners for week one (names were drawn on Friday, Oct. 9) included:

  • Kimberly Bowers - $50 VISA gift card and SWCC T-shirt
  • Sydney Pantini – SWCC T-shirt
  • Morgan Pierce – SWCC T-shirt
  • Jill Wallace – SWCC T-shirt
  • Kathleen Menjivar – SWCC T-shirt

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    Published October 12, 2020 1:31 pm

Southwestern Community College administrators announced to students, faculty, and staff on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, the college will be modifying the spring 2021 semester calendar eliminating Spring Break due to continued proactive mitigation strategies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Published October 12, 2020 8:56 am

The SWCC Ag Club is selling SWCC agriculture department apparel. The club is offering T-shirt, hat, jacket, and vest options. The order form above includes pricing and design details.

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Published October 8, 2020 9:20 am

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has signed and returned the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act certification and agreement form and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50 percent of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

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Published October 7, 2020 9:48 am

A wide variety of upcoming virtual events are scheduled for the month of October! These events are brought to you by the SWCC student activities department.

Contact Tracey Evans, student activities coordinator, if you have questions. Follow the links below to the SWCC Master Calendar for event login info and to add event reminders to your calendar.

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Published October 1, 2020 4:41 pm

Community Awareness Day logoCommunity Awareness Day is held each year at SWCC to help educate SWCC students and employees about services provided by community agencies and businesses. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people from these agencies will not physically come to campus this year, but have provided the following information for SWCC students and employees. Please feel free to make contact with them for additional information.

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Published October 1, 2020 3:16 pm

Apply NOW to participate in the TRIO-Student Support Services (TRIO-SSS) program! TRIO-SSS provides so many wonderful services to the students in its program and can be a huge asset in college completion. 

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Published September 25, 2020 3:02 pm

Creston Community High School and Southwestern Community College will both be hosting cross country meets on campus this week. 

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Published September 22, 2020 10:07 am

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has signed and returned the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act certification and agreement form and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50 percent of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

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Published September 8, 2020 5:02 pm

The SWCC Computer Club is hosting a GAME NIGHT on Friday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m., in Technical Center 2! This event is open to ALL SWCC students; being a member of the computer club is not a requirement, but being a student or staff at SWCC is.

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Published September 4, 2020 9:50 am

The SWCC marketing department is looking for current SWCC students to appear in the next SWCC TV ad and social media campaign. If you are interested in being considered for these ads, please submit a 10-second (or less) video of yourself telling us why SWCC is the place for you! Remember, creativity and energy will be important for you to stand out from the competition!

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Published August 28, 2020 4:29 pm

The Allies Club is new at Southwestern Community College for the fall 2020 semester! The club's first meeting is Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., in the Instructional Center courtyard gazebo (the outdoor area in the middle of the Instructional Center). All SWCC students are invited to attend.

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Published August 20, 2020 9:50 am

Shot of Reality for students living in student housing is today! 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86726644170?pwd=d1BtQ2Y3S253NFBDSUZMUzFGaHJkZz09

 

Followed by Sex Signals Educational Presentation for Students:

Here is the link to register for the webinar - 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4440230782848210703

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Published August 18, 2020 8:53 am

August 2020 COVID-19 question and answer for students

Q: What should I do if I am not feeling well?

  1. Stay home and do not attend class.
  2. Contact your instructor/s to let him/her know you will not be attending class and to develop a plan for completing course requirements.
  3. Self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include:
    a. Fever or chills
    b. Cough
    c. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    d. Fatigue
    e. Muscle or body aches
    f. Headache
    g. New loss of taste or smell
    h. Sore throat
    i. Congestion or runny nose
    j. Nausea or vomiting
    k. Diarrhea
  4. If symptoms persist, seek an evaluation by a healthcare provider or get tested for COVID-19 through Test Iowa. There is a Test Iowa location at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, across from the main campus. To initiate the process, go to the Test Iowa website, www.testiowa.com. You will be asked to complete an assessment, be assigned a unique identifier, and be provided with instructions regarding testing.
  5. While you wait for your test results, please continue to self-isolate at home and do not return to classes.
  6. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please notify the dean of student services, Kim Bishop, at 641.782.1413 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must self-isolate until the following have occurred:
    a. No fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fever), AND
    b. Symptoms have improved (e.g., cough and shortness of breath have improved), AND
    c. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  7. If you receive a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result or an alternative diagnosis by a health care provider, you may return to classes after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicines) and symptoms have improved.

Q: What if I have been exposed to COVID-19?

  1. Stay home and do not come to class.
  2. Contact your instructor/s and let him/her know you will not be attending class and to develop a plan for completing course requirements.
  3. Notify the dean of student services, Kim Bishop, at 641.782.1413 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  4. Self-isolate for 14 days.
  5. Self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include:
    a. Fever or chills
    b. Cough
    c. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    d. Fatigue
    e. Muscle or body aches
    f. Headache
    g. New loss of taste or smell
    h. Sore throat
    i. Congestion or runny nose
    j. Nausea or vomiting
    k. Diarrhea
  6. If you become symptomatic, seek an evaluation by a healthcare provider or get tested for COVID-19 through Test Iowa. There is a Test Iowa location at Greater Regional Health in Creston, across from the main campus. To initiate the process, go to the Test Iowa website, www.testiowa.com. You will be asked to complete an assessment, be assigned a unique identifier, and be provided with instructions regarding testing.
  7. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please update the dean of student services of your test results. You must self-isolate until the following have occurred:
    a. No fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fever), AND
    b. Symptoms have improved (e.g., cough and shortness of breath have improved), AND
    c. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  8. If you do not receive a positive test result and remain symptom free for 14 days, you may return to classes.

Will I be notified if I have been exposed to COVID-19 at SWCC?
If an individual is diagnosed with COVID-19, the Department of Public Health will conduct a case investigation to identify those who have been in close contact with the individual and make contacts to notify them of the exposure.

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Published August 17, 2020 9:19 am