News Release

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

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds April 2016 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

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Published April 19, 2016 2:23 pm

Talent Search Freshmen Day at SWCC

CRESTON—High school freshmen who participate in the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program will have the opportunity to take part in an overnight campus visit on Tues., May 10, at the Southwestern Community College Creston campus.  Space is limited to the first 20 participants.  

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Published April 11, 2016 11:49 am

SWCC Board Holds March 2016 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tues., March 8, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

A public hearing was held for the college’s fiscal year 2017 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 17, 2016 4:00 pm

Southwestern Hosting 50th Anniversary Open House

Southwestern Community College is celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2016.  The college will host a come and go Open House on Sat., April 16, from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Center, on the Creston campus, 1501 W Townline Street, in celebration of this milestone.  The public is invited.

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Published March 16, 2016 10:47 am

Two SWCC Students Named to All-Iowa Academic Team

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Garrett Abell, of Cromwell, and Blythe Beck, of Sharpsburg, were honored as members of the 2016 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony held Wed., March 2, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines.

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Published March 4, 2016 12:00 am

SWCC Student Elected Phi Theta Kappa Regional Officer

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sophomore Tom Hol, from Osceola, was elected as vice president of the southwest district for the Phi Theta Kappa Iowa Region during the Iowa Regional Convention, held February 26-27, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Urbandale.

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Published March 3, 2016 3:16 pm

Board President Honored for Years of Service

Ken Rech, president of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees, was honored for 35 years of service to community colleges during an Awards Banquet at the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) 2016 Conference at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines on Mon., February 22, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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Published March 3, 2016 8:51 am

The Real Group Headlining Southwestern’s Fox Fest

The Real Group, a world renowned five-member a cappella ensemble from Sweden, will be performing two concerts on Fri., April 8, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., at Southwestern Community College’s Performing Arts Center in Creston.  The performances are open to the public.  Tickets are $25 each.

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Published February 25, 2016 4:36 pm

Southwestern’s Board Holds February 2016 Meeting

Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Wed., February 10, 2016, 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 2017 budget.  The public hearing was set for March 8, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

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Published February 17, 2016 2:28 pm

Scholarships Available for In-Demand Manufacturing Training

February 16, 2016, Des Moines, IOWA - Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a non-profit initiative spreading the word about career opportunities in manufacturing, is offering 15-$500 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors interested in studying a manufacturing-related career at one of Iowa’s 15 community colleges including Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston.  One award will be made per college region.

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Published February 17, 2016 10:18 am

IACCT 28th Student Legislative Seminar

DES MOINES—Nearly 250 community college students and leaders participated in the 28th IACCT Student Legislative Seminar at the Holiday Inn, Mercy Campus, on January 27, and the State Capitol on January 28. The theme of the seminar was "Representing Yourself," focusing on the leadership qualities and personal skills necessary to participate in governance and be successful in a career. Sessions included dialoguing with legislators, understanding security issues and honing Caucus skills.

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Published January 28, 2016 10:30 am

Lenox City Administrator Named SWCC CFO

Creston—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) announced January 19, 2016, Tia Samo of Lenox has been named as the college’s next chief financial officer. Samo replaces Randy Cook, who left the college in December.

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Published January 19, 2016 2:05 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January 2016 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 12, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center. 

In personnel, the board approved the hiring of Susannah Miller as agriculture instructor for the 2016-17 academic year.  Miller has been an agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor at Murray Community High School in Murray since 2006.

The board approved the early retirement requests of SWCC employees Cheryl Blazek, emergency services and health related programs coordinator, and Sarah Smith, Red Oak Center coordinator.  Blazek has served in the college’s adult and continuing education department since 1999.  She was hired at SWCC as an EMS coordinator prior to moving into her current role.  She has also been an adjunct instructor for the college.  Her last day of employment will be February 7, 2016.  Smith, who was hired at the college in 1996 as satellite manager before moving into her current role, will finish at the college on June 30, 2016.  Smith has been an adjunct instructor for the college as well.

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Published January 14, 2016 5:17 pm

Rita Schroeder to be Inducted to Athletic Hall of Fame

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will induct Rita Schroeder, longtime volleyball coach, graduate, and student-athlete, as its third member of the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Sat., January 23, 2016, at approximately 2:30 p.m., prior to the men’s basketball game vs Iowa Lakes, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., in the college’s Student Center gymnasium.

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Published December 22, 2015 2:34 pm

CHS Donates Interactive Whiteboard to SWCC

Creston, IA—CHS Processing and Food Ingredients, Creston, recently donated an Epson interactive whiteboard to Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) agricultural department.  This technology-enabled whiteboard has been installed in a classroom at the college’s Ag Site.

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Published December 21, 2015 4:45 pm

Southwestern’s Board Holds December 2015 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held their regular board meeting on Tues., December 8, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center.

During the meeting, the board appointed Mary Jo Skarda as interim board treasurer, replacing Randy Cook, who recently resigned his position as chief financial officer at the college.  Skarda will serve in this position until a new chief financial officer is hired and appointed.

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Published December 9, 2015 11:56 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds November 2015 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., November 10, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

The board voted to reinstate the college’s early retirement policy for employees. The policy has an April 1, 2016, application deadline for employees. Currently, there are 23 staff members who are eligible to apply for early retirement. The expiration date for this plan is June 30, 2016. This is the same early retirement plan the board has approved since 2010.

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Published November 16, 2015 8:59 am

SWCC Board Meets in Special October 2015 Session

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met in special session on Tues., October 27, at 8 a.m. in the president’s office of the Administration Center.

During the meeting, the board reviewed quotes from two companies for completion of the asbestos abatement project in the 200-bay of the Instructional Center.  College administration had first explained this project to the board during the regular October board meeting, following discovery of the presence of asbestos in ceiling materials during renovation of the 200-bay.

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Published October 29, 2015 9:31 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds October 2015 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

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Published October 16, 2015 8:10 am

SWCC Launches Online Career Search Tool

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is pleased to announce the launch of Career Coach, a free online tool that allows students and community members to explore potential careers.  Career Coach may be accessed by visiting the Career-Related Services page on SWCC’s website. 

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Published September 30, 2015 10:22 am

Southwestern’s Board Holds September 2015 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

Jolene Griffith, SWCC director of human resources, briefed the board regarding revisions made to the Quality Faculty Plan.  The Quality Faculty Plan, in accordance with Iowa Code, has been in place since 2003 to assure the hiring and developing of quality faculty members at the college.  Following Griffith’s presentation, the board approved the Quality Faculty Plan as presented.

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Published September 9, 2015 4:55 pm

Comedian Ricky Smith to Visit SWCC

Scientific studies reveal a strong link between random acts of kindness and overall good health, including stress reduction and happiness. Students at four of Iowa’s community colleges will get the opportunity to benefit from this when Ricky Smith, comedian, visits campus this month.  One of his stops will be Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston, where he will perform Tues., September 15, at noon in the Student Center.

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Published September 2, 2015 10:31 am

SWCC Board Holds August 2015 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tues., August 11, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

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Published August 12, 2015 4:19 pm

Smith Honored with Statewide Leadership Award

Creston, IA—Jerry Smith, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees member from Osceola, received the 2015 John P. Kibbie Award during the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) annual conference held at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa from July 22-24, 2015.

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Published August 10, 2015 11:58 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July 2015 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met electronically on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in the president’s office of the Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

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Published July 16, 2015 10:26 am

Board of Trustees Holds June 2015 Special Session

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met in special session, by phone, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 5 p.m.

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Published June 24, 2015 1:55 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds June 2015 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

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Published June 10, 2015 4:24 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds May 2015 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tues., May 12, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

During the meeting, the board held a public hearing for phase three of the Instructional Center Renovation Project, which will include renovation of the classrooms in the 200-bay hallway.  Three bids were received for the project.  According to Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, architects estimated the project cost at $1.375 million.  Following review of the bids, the board approved the lowest bid of $841,365 from Camblin Mechanical of Atlantic.  Lesan told the board a completion date of September 14, 2015, or sooner is projected.

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Published May 15, 2015 8:36 am

Southwestern Business Students Compete at State and National Competition

CRESTON, IA— Five Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students placed at the Business Professionals of America (BPA)--Iowa Association, Spring Leadership Conference, February 22-24, 2015, in Des Moines.  These students earned the right to compete at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, from May 6-10, 2015. 

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Published May 13, 2015 2:54 pm

Southwestern Students Headed to National Contest

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) came home with two gold medal finishes following the Iowa SkillsUSA 2015 competition in Ankeny on April 30-May 1, 2015.  Daniel Leonard of Clearfield, a first year electrical technology student at SWCC, finished first in the electrical construction wiring division of competition.  Asa Denton of Creston, a first year carpentry and building trades student at SWCC, finished first in the carpentry division of the contest.

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Published May 12, 2015 10:26 am

Creston Rotary Announces SWCC Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the 2015 Creston Rotary Scholarships to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) were recently announced at a luncheon at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.  Twelve students, all either current seniors or graduates of Creston High School, were awarded $300 scholarships to the college through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation (EF).

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Published April 22, 2015 9:20 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds April 2015 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board set a public hearing for May 12, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center, to review bids for phase three of the Instructional Center renovation project.  Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, said this phase of the project will include installing windows and LED lighting in the classrooms in the 200 bay hallway, as well as remodeling the restrooms in the main hallway to be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible.  The estimated cost for this phase will be $1.375 million.

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Published April 17, 2015 8:40 am

FREE CPR/AED Training Planned for Union County

Creston’s local insurance agents, Greater Regional Medical Center, and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) are combining forces to provide FREE education and training for individuals in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

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Published March 23, 2015 5:33 pm

SWCC Board Holds March 2015 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tues., March 10, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

A public hearing was held for the college’s fiscal year 2016 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 11, 2015 5:09 pm

SWCC Students Named to All-Iowa Academic Team

Southwestern Community College students Dawn Daily and Zack Peppmeier were honored as members of the 2015 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony held Wed., March 4, 2015, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines.

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Published March 5, 2015 3:20 pm

Collision Repair Students Place First in Pedal Car Challenge

Southwestern Community College's (SWCC’s) auto collision repair/refinish program came home with first place honors in the Pedal Car Challenge, part of the 60th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels, held February 27-March 1, 2015, at the Century Link Center in Omaha, NE.

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Published March 5, 2015 2:54 pm

Huntington Leaving Southwestern

Creston, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) cross country and track and field coach Bill Huntington has announced he is leaving the college for a position as high school principal (grades seven-12) at Sidney Community School in western Iowa.  Huntington will be exiting the college in May and begin his position in Sidney in July 2015.

Huntington has coached cross country for the Spartans since inception of the program in 2006.  In 2012, he was hired by the college’s admissions department as a career and technical education recruiter.  Track and field was added during the summer of 2012 and Huntington began coaching that team as well.

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Published February 27, 2015 4:23 pm

SWCC Announces Additional Scholarships for Students

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Education Foundation is excited to announce the addition of ten annual scholarships, through the H. Dale and Lois Bright Foundation, allowing qualifying students to graduate from college debt-free.  The Bright Scholars of Iowa awards are available to Iowa high school seniors who are strong academically but may lack the financial means to earn college degrees.

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Published February 23, 2015 10:00 am

Ag Students Place at 2015 State Contest

Creston, IA—Two teams of students from Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) agricultural department represented the college at statewide competitions, during the Post-Secondary Ag Student Organization (PAS) Spring Conference, held February 4-5, 2015, at Honey Creek Resort in Moravia.  

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Published February 18, 2015 1:17 pm

Free Help Filling out Financial Aid Forms

Volunteers at SWCC to Help Families Fill Out FAFSA

Iowa students and their families can get free assistance with forms required to file federal financial aid during an Iowa College Goal Sunday event, at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston on Wed., February 25, from 3-7 p.m. in room 119 of the Technical Center.  Students planning to attend any college are welcome to participate in this event.  

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Published February 16, 2015 11:26 am

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