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Southwestern announces dean of student services

July 29, 2019, CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) announced today Kim Bishop will be the college’s next dean of student services. She will begin overseeing the student services department on Aug. 20, 2019, just in time for the start of the fall 2019 semester at SWCC on Aug. 28, 2019.

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Published July 29, 2019 2:26 pm

Osceola Food and SWCC partner for industrial technology training

CRESTON — Representatives from Southwestern Community College (SWCC) were on-hand Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Osceola Food, a local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), to sign four Osceola Food employees for SWCC’s industrial technology program in Creston.

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Published July 25, 2019 2:25 pm

Summer Career Academies winding down at SWCC

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 4:21 pm

Southwestern’s board of trustees holds July 2019 meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

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Published July 10, 2019 5:10 pm

Students place at 2019 SkillsUSA Championships

CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) welding fabrication team came home from the 2019 SkillsUSA Championship, held June 24-28, 2019, in Louisville, KY, with a third-place national finish.

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Published July 8, 2019 2:51 pm

SWCC ag department co-hosts threshing event

Southwestern Community College's (SWCC's) agricultural department and the Union County Historical Society are co-hosting an Old Time Wheat Threshing Demonstration in July at the SWCC agricultural site, north of the SWCC Creston campus on Green Valley Road, in conjunction with Creston's Sesquicentennial Celebration.

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Published June 24, 2019 9:14 am

Southwestern's Board of Trustees holds June meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for its regular board meeting.

The consent agenda was approved as presented.

In personnel, the board voted to approve the employment of Diogenes Ayala, criminal justice instructor. The board also approved the resignation of Alex Anderson, automotive repair technology instructor, effective June 28, 2019.

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Published June 12, 2019 3:19 pm

SWCC Drama Club hosting 2019 youth drama camp

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Drama Club is hosting the 2019 Joseph Larson Little Spartan Drama Camp from June 24-27 in the college's Performing Arts Center theater.

Age groups will be divided as follows:

  • Ages 5-7 - Monday, June 24-27, 8-10 a.m.
  • Ages 8-10 - Monday, June 24-27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Published May 30, 2019 12:16 pm

SWCC students headed to 2019 National SkillsUSA Championships

Ten Southwestern Community College (SWCC) career and technical education students qualified for the National SkillsUSA Championships following state competition at Iowa SkillsUSA competition on Friday, April 26, 2019.

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Published May 24, 2019 10:07 am

Southwestern hosts boys and girls basketball camps

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

Mt. Ayr High School student receives statewide scholarship

Elevate Advanced Manufacturing has awarded a $500 scholarship to Jacob Hoveland, a senior at Mt. Ayr High School, who will attend Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston this fall.

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Published May 20, 2019 4:40 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees holds May meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for its regular monthly board meeting.

The board recessed to hold a Strategy Session from 5:32 p.m. to 5:37 p.m.

When the board reconvened, Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, presented bids received for the Ag Addition and the Science Lab Renovation. Lesan reported that all bids came in higher than expected. In a meeting with the construction manager, architect and engineer, it was noted that the cost of materials and labor are up and contracts across the state are coming in higher than anticipated. The projects are scheduled for completion at the end of November 2019.

The board authorized the administration to negotiate a contract with the following low bidders for the Ag Addition and Science Lab Renovation projects:

  •     General for the Ag Addition with Grand Construction for an amount not to exceed $1.27 million.
  •     Electrical for the Ag Addition with Keul Electric for an amount not to exceed $268,000.
  •     Mechanical for the Ag Addition with Camblin Mechanical for an amount not to exceed $296,500.
  •     General for the Science Lab Renovation with Grand Construction for an amount not to exceed $760,000.
  •     Electrical for the Science Lab Renovation with Keul Electric for an amount not to exceed $246,000.
  •     Mechanical for the Science Lab Renovation with Camblin Mechanical for an amount not to exceed $482,300.

The board approved a tuition increase of $6 per credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state residents for the 2019-20 school year. With the increase, total tuition and fees will be $190 per credit hour for in-state students and $197 for out-of-state students.

Changes approved by the board for other fees for the 2019-20 school year include:

  •     ADN Nursing Fee RN - $25 increase in the annual fee, charged during the student’s first semester, to cover the cost of supplemental teaching and learning resources that are instrumental in improving student success.
  •     PNN Nursing Fee LPN - $25 increase in the annual fee, charged in the student’s first semester, to cover the cost of supplemental teaching and learning resources that are instrumental in improving student success.
  •     International Student Processing Fee - $75 increase per application, to cover the increased costs to remain compliant and to provide quality assistance to such individuals.
  •     Embedded Content Fees – The ICCOC or SWCC may assess additional fees mid-year based on instructor or course requirements.

In personnel, the board extended the contracts of Bill Taylor, vice president of instruction; Lindsay Stoaks, assistant vice president of instruction; and Dr. Barb Crittenden, president, through June 30, 2020, with a salary increase of 2.5 percent.

The board also appointed Tia Samo as board secretary effective June 1, 2019.

During the president’s report, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, reminded the board of the summer commencement ceremony, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28.

MJ Dolan, IACCT executive director, briefed the board on the recent legislative session and distributed informational materials concerning community colleges.

Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, shared results with the board from the recent Iowa SkillsUSA competition. Southwestern students placed well with eight state champions, two second-place winners and two third-place winners. The college had 14 students participating in 10 events. The state champions next compete at the National SkillsUSA June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Following the president’s report, Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola and also SWCC’s Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, reported on the recent IACCT board meeting.  Smith reminded the board of the summer IACCT Conference, to be held July 24-26 in Council Bluffs.

Dr. Tony Cass, SWCC board president, presented Mary Jo Skarda, board secretary, with a plaque in appreciation of her years of service as board secretary. Skarda has served as board secretary since 1987.

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Published May 15, 2019 2:53 pm

SWCC awarded reaccreditation for NACEP

NACEP awards accreditation to 26 concurrent enrollment programs for demonstrating high quality and rigorous standards
Seven programs granted initial accreditation for high levels of academic oversight for college courses taught by high school instructors

May 1, 2019, Chapel Hill, North Carolina - The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Accreditation Commission granted accreditation to 26 concurrent enrollment programs at colleges and universities nationwide. This brings the total number of accredited programs across the country to 112, spanning 22 states.

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Published May 6, 2019 11:35 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds April 2019 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The meeting began with a public hearing for the Science Lab Renovation Project. No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted. The board approved the Science Lab Renovation Project as presented.

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Published April 10, 2019 3:11 pm

Support children’s mental health during Child Abuse Prevention Month

Creston, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Parents as Teachers, the Southern Prairie YMCA, and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa are joining communities across the state during April 2019 to celebrate the importance of social connections and strengthen social well-being during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Published April 9, 2019 5:22 pm

SWCC board holds March 2019 meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

Jo Skarda, board secretary, noted that board of trustees member Jane Ernst, of Greenfield, completed her oath of office affidavit as prescribed by law. Ernst replaces Dennis Davis, of Greenfield, on the SWCC board of trustees.

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Published March 13, 2019 3:57 pm

SWCC and Board of Regents to expand transfer partnership

In Photo (L to R) Steve Warnstadt, WIRRC coordinator; Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president; Deb Pantini, SWCC director of student development and WIRRC transfer specialist; Dr. Rachel Boon, chief academic officer, Board of Regents; and Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction

March 8, 2019, CRESTON, Iowa—Today in Creston, officials from the Iowa Board of Regents, the Western Iowa Regents Resource Center (WIRRC) and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) announced an expanded partnership to help students in southwestern Iowa pursue a degree at one of Iowa’s public universities.

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Published March 8, 2019 4:47 pm

Southwestern’s board of trustees holds February 2019 meeting

Feb. 13, 2019, CRESTON, IOWA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met electronically on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus. The meeting was held electronically due to adverse weather conditions.

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Published February 13, 2019 1:48 pm

Creston and Bedford businesses among first Goldman Sachs Small Businesses

Feb. 7, 2019, ANKENY, IOWA-–Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), along with Iowa’s 14 other community colleges, today announced the scholars selected for the inaugural Iowa class of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Creston's Precast Concrete and Bedford's Zeb's Smokehouse were among the selections. The 37 scholars hail from 20 Iowa counties, ranging from Iowa’s largest city to towns with a population of less than 1,000. They represent a diverse range of business and industry including restaurants, architecture, professional services, and healthcare.

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Published February 11, 2019 8:58 am

Student activities hosting African-American history presentation

 UPDATE: 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.

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Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will be hosting Outside In: African-American History in Iowa, 1838-2019, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at 11:45 a.m., 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.

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Published January 15, 2019 10:19 am

Barnett honored for 40 years of service to Southwestern

Creston, IA—Dale Barnett, electrician at Southwestern Community College (SWCC), was honored on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the college’s all-staff in-service, for 40 years of service to the institution.

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Published January 14, 2019 11:24 am

ACT Boot Camp to be held at SWCC on Feb. 2

CRESTON — The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is hosting an ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, room 180, to assist high school students in preparation for the ACT Test.

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Published January 10, 2019 2:27 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January 2019 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., for their regular monthly board meeting. 

Dr. Tony Cass, board president, informed the board Dennis Davis, board member from Greenfield, submitted his resignation from the board effective Jan. 31, 2019. Davis has served on the SWCC board since 2001. Cass thanked Davis for his years of dedication and service to the college. The board accepted Davis’ resignation with regret.

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Published January 9, 2019 4:57 pm

Southwestern’s board of trustees holds November 2018 meeting

CRESTON, Iowa--The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center board room.

Iowa community college legislative liaisons Dave Palmer, Jerry Fitzgerald, and Matt Fitzgerald briefed the board regarding the past and upcoming legislative sessions.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, spoke to the board about a proposal related to replacement of the bleachers in the Student Center gymnasium. Lesan said the bleachers currently in the gym are original, making them 44 years old, and have been updated to keep them up to current standards so many times that further repair is becoming difficult. Lesan showed the board plans for new bleachers through Iowa Direct Equipment at an estimated cost of $173,253.11. These new bleachers will seat 1,189 individuals, which is less capacity than the current bleachers, but the new design will allow for additional space behind the team benches on the north side of the facility during athletic events. Lesan said because the bid falls under the state bid, the project would not have to go out for bids. Following Lesan’s report, the board passed the proposal and authorized purchase of the new bleachers. Lesan said the plan is to install the bleachers in mid- to late-March in between athletic seasons and prior to May graduation.

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Published November 14, 2018 4:28 pm

Creston native Katie Davidson named SWCC dean of student services

CRESTON, Iowa—Creston native Dr. Katie Davidson has been named the dean of student services at Southwestern Community College (SWCC).

Davidson, a 2001 graduate of Creston High School, will be coming to SWCC from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, where she has served as the director of The International Center since July 2016. The International Center provides support to the University of North Dakota’s international student population, facilitates study abroad opportunities for students, and promotes cultural awareness throughout the university. Davidson oversees a staff of 14 full- and part-time individuals who welcome more than 750 international students from approximately 88 nations to campus each year.

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Published November 13, 2018 6:17 pm

Chamber Singers Performing in Des Moines Area Nov. 26-30

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Chamber Singers will be touring in the Des Moines area the week of November 26-30, 2018, presenting “Holiday Carols in Concert” with carols and masterworks by Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Mattson; as well as pieces written by director Ryan Howe. The public is invited to attend.

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Published November 2, 2018 10:52 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds October 2018 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tues., October 9, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

During the meeting, Dr. Tony Cass, of Creston, was re-elected as president of the college’s board. Cass, who has served on the SWCC board since February 2009, was the board’s vice president from 2015-17, and was elected as president for the first time in October 2017. Fred Shearer, of Corning, was re-elected as vice president of the college’s board of trustees. Shearer joined the SWCC board in 2002 and became vice president in 2017. SWCC Assistant to the President Mary Jo Skarda was appointed as board secretary and SWCC Chief Financial Officer Tia Samo was appointed as board treasurer.
The board re-appointed the following members to the Education Foundation board for the 2018-19 year: Amy Hook of Creston, Randy Huewe of Creston, Rick Oshel of Osceola, Allen Pohren of Red Oak, Jerry Smith of Osceola, Alec Turner of Corning, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC representative.

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Published October 10, 2018 4:39 pm

Iowa Business Owners Encouraged to Apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program

Applications are due Oct. 15; Prestigious program begins in Iowa in Jan. 2019

Creston, IOWA--Iowa’s community colleges, including Southwestern Community College, are calling on Iowa small business owners to apply for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which will come to Iowa for the first time beginning in January 2019. The program, which is provided at no cost, and is offered in partnership with Iowa’s community colleges, includes curriculum developed by Babson College – recently named No. 1 for Entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report for the 22nd year in a row.

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Published October 3, 2018 5:20 pm

High School Students Invited to 2018 Creston College Fair

High school students are invited to attend the Creston College Fair on Wed., October 10, 2018, from 9:30–11 a.m., at the Creston High School Gymnasium, 601 West Townline Street, in Creston.

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Published September 14, 2018 11:49 am

Southwestern’s board of trustees holds September 2018 meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

Following approval of the minutes, Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, spoke about a proposed project between the college’s carpentry and building trades program and Sonntag Development, LLC to construct a townhome in the Cottonwood Estates subdivision in Creston. This would be the third year for a joint project between the college and Sonntag Development. Taylor said the project would allow the college to provide required lab experience for students without incurring the expense and risk associated with building a spec home. Through the agreement, Sonntag Development, LLC will pay for all permits and materials necessary for the construction project. Following Taylor’s report, the SWCC board approved the project as presented.

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Published September 12, 2018 1:47 pm

SWCC offering FAFSA assistance program on October 3

CRESTON, IOWA – (September 6, 2018) – Southwestern Community College’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program invites high school seniors and their parents to attend Creston’s FAFSA Ready Iowa to complete college financial aid paperwork on Wed., October 3, 2018, from 3-7 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, rooms 208 and 210.

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Published September 6, 2018 10:08 am

Southwestern Community College board of trustees holds August 2018 meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met electronically on Tues., August 14, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. in the president’s office in the college’s Administration Center.

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Published August 14, 2018 3:07 pm

Southwestern student named 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Cassidy Becker of Diagonal, a student at Southwestern Community College in Creston, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and receiving a $1,000 scholarship.

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Published August 9, 2018 2:38 pm

Southwestern’s board of trustees holds July 2018 meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

The board approved the hiring of Marilyn Kinsella, of Creston, as a nursing instructor for the 2018-19 academic year. Kinsella comes to SWCC from Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston where she has been a nurse on the medical/surgical floor since 1998. In addition, Kinsella was a clinical instructor for the college from 2000-2007, providing guidance and monitoring for SWCC nursing students as they completed training in the hospital setting. Kinsella will begin her duties at the college in August.

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Published July 12, 2018 11:06 am

Southwestern student wins national SkillsUSA competition

CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) electrical technology student Cory Marquardt, of Creston, came home from the 2018 SkillsUSA Championship, held June 25-29, 2018, in Louisville, KY, with some new hardware, a gold medallion indicating a first place national finish.

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Published July 9, 2018 9:46 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds June 2018 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

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Published June 14, 2018 4:22 pm

SWCC student wins Iowa Health Educators Association Scholarship

CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) nursing student Alexa Losee, of Earlham, was recently selected by the Iowa Health Educators Association (IHEA) as one of two $500 scholarship winners statewide.

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Published June 8, 2018 2:57 pm

SWCC students place at national business contest in Dallas

Southwestern Community College students Shawna Abell, sophomore of Greenfield, and Corissa Davenport, sophomore of Creston, competed and placed at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference held May 9-13, 2018, in Dallas.

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Published May 18, 2018 8:52 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds May 2018 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

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Published May 16, 2018 4:43 pm

Winterset High School student wins statewide scholarship

Elevate Advanced Manufacturing has awarded a $500 scholarship to Brody Neas, a senior at Winterset High School, who will attend Southwestern Community College in Creston this fall.

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Published May 15, 2018 12:01 pm

Six SWCC students headed to national competition

CRESTON, Iowa—Six career and technical education students from Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston will be advancing to national competition at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships, from June 25-29, 2018, in Louisville, KY, after qualifying at state competition on April 27, 2018, in Ankeny.

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Published May 7, 2018 11:01 am

Creston Rotary Announces 2018 SWCC Scholarship Recipients

The Creston Rotary announced and honored their 2018 Southwestern Community College (SWCC) scholarship recipients on Monday, April 30, 2018, 12 p.m., at a luncheon at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.

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Published May 1, 2018 9:28 am

SWCC honor society holds Spring 2018 Induction

Southwestern Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society held its Spring Induction on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Allied Health and Science Center, room 900, on Southwestern’s Creston campus.

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Published April 19, 2018 11:07 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds April 2018 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

In personnel, the board approved early retirement requests from Steve Schmalzried, automotive repair technology instructor, and Sharon Dunfee, distance education office assistant.

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Published April 12, 2018 4:15 pm

High school welding students compete at SWCC

Southwestern Community College’s welding program hosted their 2018 Welding Skills Challenge and Industry Career Fair for high school students on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in the college’s Technical Center.

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Published April 4, 2018 11:17 am

World renowned vocal group to headline new SMV REAL GROUP FESTIVAL

Creston, IOWA—One of the finest vocal groups in the world, The Real Group, is flying from Sweden directly to Creston to headline the inaugural SMV (School for Music Vocations) Real Group Festival on April 6 and 7, 2018, at Southwestern Community College (SWCC). This is the first festival of its kind in the United States, and The Real Group selected Creston as its home.

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Published March 29, 2018 10:22 am

SWCC board holds March 2018 meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the Administration Center.

A public hearing was held for the college’s fiscal year 2019 budget. No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted. The board approved the budget as presented.

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Published March 16, 2018 11:40 am

Fall 2018 scholarship deadline extended

CRESTON, Iowa—Applicants for scholarships at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) now have more time to complete their applications for fall 2018 scholarship opportunities.

Due to issues with the online scholarship application, the deadline for Southwestern Community College’s Education Foundation Scholarships for fall 2018 semester has been extended from March 15 to March 30, 2018. The admissions department encourages all students who will be attending SWCC this fall to apply for scholarship opportunities.

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Published March 13, 2018 3:26 pm

Amberley Snyder to be at SWCC on March 29

Self-proclaimed, all-around cowgirl and motivational speaker Amberley Snyder will be sharing her inspirational story at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 7 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium. A free-will donation meal will be served prior to Snyder’s presentation, beginning at 6 p.m., in the upstairs of the SWCC Student Center.

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Published March 7, 2018 4:09 pm

Three SWCC Students Named to All-Iowa Academic Team

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Megan Davenport of Diagonal, Jordan Gehlhaar of Humeston, and Tom Hol of Osceola were honored as members of the 2018 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony held Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

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Published March 2, 2018 2:29 pm

Southwestern’s board of trustees holds February 2018 meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus. 

The board set a public hearing for review and approval of the college’s fiscal year 2019 budget. The public hearing was set for March 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

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Published February 16, 2018 2:13 pm

SWCC makes Top 10 Best Online Colleges in Iowa

Creston, IOWA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) was recently announced as one of the top 10 Best Online Colleges in Iowa by Value Colleges, www.valuecolleges.com. Southwestern, who came in eighth on the top 10 list, was the only community college to make the list.

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Published February 7, 2018 4:50 pm

Students Attend Seminar at Capitol

Six Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Student Senate members attended the 30th annual Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) Student Legislative Seminar at the state capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.

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Published January 25, 2018 10:27 am

Camblin Receives 2017 Award of Excellence for SWCC Construction Project

Camblin Mechanical, Inc., of Atlantic, was recently awarded the 2017 Award of Excellence, for projects between $250,000 and $1 million, from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa for the work they completed during the renovation of Southwestern Community College’s Instructional Center, room 220.

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Published January 17, 2018 4:38 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January 2018 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met electronically on Tues., January 9, 2018, at 7:30 a.m., for their regular monthly board meeting. The meeting originated from the president’s office in the Administration Center. 

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Published January 9, 2018 3:22 pm

SWCC Receives Rebate from Alliant for Energy Efficiency

Mason Adams, key account manager for Alliant Energy, visited Southwestern Community College on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, to deliver a $48,634 rebate check to the college. Rebate incentives are available from Alliant for energy-efficient projects in new and existing commercial, industrial, or agricultural facilities. The college has completed a number of energy-saving projects recently, such as adding LED lighting during the 200-bay renovation project and replacing the chiller in the college’s Instructional Center.

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Published December 15, 2017 8:48 am

Southwestern’s Board Holds December 2017 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center.

The board heard a report by Tia Samo, SWCC chief financial officer, regarding the college’s Early Retirement Policy. Samo said there are 17 employees eligible for early retirement under the policy. The policy has an April 1, 2018, application deadline for employees. Following Samo’s presentation, the board approved the proposed plan. The expiration date for this plan is June 30, 2018.

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Published December 13, 2017 4:14 pm

ACT Boot Camp Feb. 3 at SWCC

CRESTON — The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is hosting an ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, room 180, to assist high school students in preparation for the ACT Test.

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Published December 11, 2017 1:25 pm

Student Research on Display for Fall 2017 Poster Day

The academic work of Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students will be on display during Fall 2017 Poster Day, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the SWCC Student Center gymnasium.

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Published November 17, 2017 4:43 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds November 2017 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met electronically on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. in the president’s office in the college’s Administration Center.

The board approved corporate authorization resolutions for Houghton State Bank, First National Bank, Clarke County State Bank, and Iowa State Savings Bank.

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Published November 15, 2017 10:04 am

Southwestern’s Sara Sanson Named 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Jackson, MS – Sara Sanson, of Lorimor, a student at Southwestern Community College, in Creston, IA, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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Published October 12, 2017 9:22 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds October 2017 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tues., October 10, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

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Published October 11, 2017 3:22 pm

SWCC Offering FAFSA Assistance Program Oct. 25

CRESTON, IOWA – (September 28, 2017) – Southwestern Community College’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program invites high school seniors and their parents to attend Creston’s FAFSA Ready Iowa to complete college financial aid paperwork on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, from 3-7 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, rooms 208 and 210.

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Published September 28, 2017 10:52 am

College’s Six-Cent Levy Looks to Pass

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is anxiously awaiting final results from the school election held Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. On the ballot was the college’s Six-Cent Levy, in place since 2007.

Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, said initial reporting is looking good for the college.

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Published September 15, 2017 1:55 pm

ACT Boot Camp to be held October 21 at SWCC

CRESTON — The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is hosting an ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, room 180, to assist high school students in preparation for the ACT Test.

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Published September 15, 2017 9:13 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds September 2017 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

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Published September 14, 2017 4:13 pm

Southwestern Board of Trustees Holds August 2017 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met electronically on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. in the president’s office in the college’s Administration Center.

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Published August 8, 2017 1:58 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July 2017 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met electronically on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. in the president’s office in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.
The board approved the hiring of Brooke Owen, nursing instructor, and Josh Keul, electrical technology instructor, for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Published July 11, 2017 4:34 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds June 2017 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

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Published June 14, 2017 4:18 pm

Business Students Place at National Contest

Two Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students traveled to Orlando, FL, from May 10-14, 2017, to compete and place in the top 10 during the 2017 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference.

Jenna Shepherd, arts and sciences college transfer/business administration major from Shannon City, and Shawna Abell, administrative office technology major from Greenfield, represented SWCC at the national conference. During the conference, Shepherd and Abell participated in a number of business-related contests. Shepherd placed eighth in the “Interview Skills” category. Abell placed 10th in “Fundamental Word Processing.” They qualified for the national competition by placing in the top three at state competition in Des Moines in February. 

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Published May 30, 2017 9:09 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds May 2017 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

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Published May 11, 2017 2:52 pm

SWCC Students Headed to National 2017 SkillsUSA Competition

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) came home with four gold medal finishes following the Iowa SkillsUSA competition on Friday, April 28, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.  These first place finishes qualify the students for national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY, from June 18-23.

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Published May 5, 2017 2:48 pm

College Student Research on Display April 26 at SWCC

The academic work of Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students will be on display during Spring 2017 Poster Day, on Wed., April 26, 2017, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the SWCC Student Center gymnasium.

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Published April 17, 2017 4:02 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds April 2017 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

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Published April 13, 2017 2:46 pm

SWCC Happiness Sprinkling Project is Part of PIF Week

Students and employees from Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will be sprinkling happiness in Creston on Monday, April 17, from 8-10 a.m., at the Stalker Chevrolet corner (corner of Hwy 25 & Hwy 34) and on the SWCC campus from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Published April 12, 2017 12:35 pm

Spartans Win National Basketball Championship

Creston, IOWA—The Southwestern Community College men’s basketball team made history on Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Danville, IL, by earning the college's first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship!  The Spartans defeated Louisburg College, from North Carolina, with a score of 77-53, to become the 2017 NJCAA DII National Men's Basketball Champions. 

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Published April 4, 2017 11:29 am

SWCC Student Named 2017 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar

Selena Sampson, a student at Southwestern Community College (SWCC), has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.  The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually.  Each Silver Scholar receives a $1,250 scholarship and a special medallion.

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Published March 16, 2017 8:58 am

SWCC Board Holds March 2017 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

A public hearing was held for the college’s fiscal year 2018 budget.  No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted.  The board approved the budget as presented.

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Published March 15, 2017 3:45 pm

Three SWCC Students Named to 2017 All-Iowa Academic Team

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Rebekah Kroese of Lenox, Selena Sampson of Creston, and Ana Vasquez of Osceola, were honored as members of the 2017 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony held Wed., March 1, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

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Published March 3, 2017 1:59 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds February 2017 Meeting

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus. 

The board set a public hearing for review and approval of the college’s fiscal year 2018 budget.  The public hearing was set for March 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

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Published February 17, 2017 3:52 pm

Study Highlights Impact Community Colleges have on Economy

Iowa Department of Education
News Release
Feb. 10, 2017    
Contact:    Staci Hupp
staci.hupp@iowa.gov

Impact contributed $5.4 billion in income, equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs

DES MOINES – Iowa’s community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to a statewide analysis of the colleges’ economic impact. The newly released study, Analysis of the Economic Impact and Return on Investment of Education, found that Iowa’s community colleges collectively contributed $5.4 billion into the state’s economy and supported 107,170 jobs - roughly 6 percent of all jobs in Iowa - during fiscal year 2014-15.

The independent study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), utilized academic and financial reports from the community colleges, as well as earnings and employment outcomes data from the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development.

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Published February 13, 2017 10:18 am

Lesan Honored for 35 Years of Service at SWCC

Creston, IA—Tom Lesan, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) vice president of economic development, was honored at the college’s all-staff in-service, held on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, for achieving 35 years of service to the institution.  

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Published January 18, 2017 2:37 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January 2017 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 10, 2017, at 8 a.m. in the president’s office in the Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting. 

During the meeting, the board approved the early retirement request of Jason Smith, SWCC professional music instructor, at the end of his current contract.  Smith has been a music instructor at the college since August 1992.    

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Published January 10, 2017 11:25 am

Southwestern’s Board Holds December 2016 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center.

During the meeting, board members voted to receipt and file the college’s Audit Report as presented.

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Published December 15, 2016 2:35 pm

ACT Boot Camp to be held at SWCC

CRESTON — The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is hosting an ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, room 220, to assist high school students in preparation for the ACT Test.

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Published December 7, 2016 12:07 pm

National Apprenticeship Awareness Week is November 14-20

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds & Director Townsend Highlight Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week - Events planned throughout Iowa Nov. 14-20, 2016

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend encourage Iowans to explore registered apprenticeship opportunities, including those offered by Southwestern Community College's electrical technology program, during Registered Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week, November 14-20, 2016.

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Published November 14, 2016 10:55 am

Board of Trustees Holds November 2016 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met electronically on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at 8 a.m. in the president’s office in the college’s Administration Center.

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Published November 9, 2016 10:10 am

Chamber Singers Performing in Des Moines Area

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Chamber Singers will be touring in the Des Moines area the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2016, presenting “Holiday Carols in Concert” with carols and masterworks by Mendelssohn, Rutter, Poulenc, Mattson, Hogan, and Sirett.  The public is invited to attend.

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Published November 7, 2016 10:09 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds October 2016 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

During the meeting, Ken Rech of Red Oak was re-elected as president of the college’s board.  Rech has been president of the board since 2008.  Dr. Tony Cass of Creston was elected as the board’s vice president.  Cass was first elected to the role of vice president in 2015.  SWCC Assistant to the President Mary Jo Skarda was appointed as board secretary and SWCC Chief Financial Officer Tia Samo was appointed as board treasurer.

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Published October 12, 2016 3:22 pm

SWCC Offering FAFSA Assistance Program

CRESTON, IOWA – (October 4, 2016) – Southwestern Community College’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program invites high school seniors and their parents to attend Creston’s FAFSA Ready Iowa to complete college financial aid paperwork on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, from 3-7 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, rooms 208 and 210.

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Published October 4, 2016 10:30 am

High School Students Invited to Creston College Fair

High school and college students are invited to attend the Creston College Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, from 9:30–11 a.m., at the Creston High School Gymnasium, 601 West Townline Street, in Creston.

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Published September 19, 2016 2:36 pm

Board of Trustees Holds September 2016 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

Phil Tyler, Tyler Insurance Services, Inc., spoke with the board about the college’s insurance coverage.  Tyler noted an increase of 2 percent in the college’s property blanket coverage due primarily to an across-the-board inflation guard on the policy.  Tyler said the college’s Worker’s Compensation Modification Factor decreased from 1.04 to 1.03.

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Published September 15, 2016 3:57 pm

College Board Holds August 2016 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tues., August 9, 2016, at 8 a.m. at the president’s office in the college’s Administration Center.

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Published August 10, 2016 11:25 am

SWCC Talent Search Program Grant Renewed at $1.8 Million

CRESTON—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) recently received word from the United States Department of Education that funding has been renewed for the college’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program.  The grant, for $1.8 million, will be funded at $379,200 per year for five years.  This is an increase of $149,300 per year from the previous grant, which was a total of $1.15 million over five years.

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Published July 22, 2016 9:27 am

SWCC to Implement New LMS for Online Classes

The Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC), of which Southwestern Community College is a member, recently adopted Canvas by Instructure as its new Learning Management System (LMS).  

A Learning Management System is an online learning platform for teaching and learning.  Prior to this switch, the ICCOC utilized Pearson Learning Studio as its platform.  A pilot will begin in the spring of 2017 and Canvas will be fully deployed by fall 2017.

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Published July 18, 2016 4:41 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July 2016 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

A public hearing was held on the remodeling project planned for room 220 of the Instructional Center.  No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted.

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Published July 15, 2016 9:44 am

SWCC Student Wins National Competition

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Daniel Leonard of Mount Ayr placed first in the nation for electrical construction wiring at the 2016 SkillsUSA Championships held June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, KY. 

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Published June 27, 2016 4:13 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds June 2016 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

The board recessed early in the meeting to hold a Collective Bargaining Strategy Session.

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Published June 17, 2016 8:36 am

Scholarships Awarded Statewide for Manufacturing Training

May 17, 2016, Des Moines, IOWA -  Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a non-profit initiative spreading the word about gainful career opportunities in manufacturing, has awarded 12-$500 scholarships to recent Iowa high school graduates entering manufacturing-related courses of study at Iowa’s 15 community colleges.  Kollyn Buch of Clarinda, who will attend Southwestern Community College in the fall, is one of the recipients.  Buch will major in industrial technology.

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Published May 17, 2016 9:14 am

Southwestern’s Board Holds May 2016 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tues., May 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

During the meeting, Tia Samo, SWCC chief financial officer, spoke to the board regarding refinancing of the college’s 2010 dorm revenue bonds due to the availability of lower interest rates.  According to Samo, the new rate would allow the college to save $166,000 over the life of the bonds.  Maggie Burger, senior vice president of Speer Financial, Inc., was in attendance at the meeting.  Burger explained to the board that advanced refunding occurs prior to the scheduled call date on the bonds.  The call date for these particular bonds is June 1, 2017.  Following the explanations provided by Samo and Burger, the board approved the resolution directing the sale and delivery of $2,039,000 dormitory revenue refunding bonds, series 2016, as well as the resolution appointing trustee, approving the trust indenture, and authorizing the execution of same as presented.

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Published May 16, 2016 3:18 pm

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