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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

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds February 2015 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met electronically on Tues., February 10, 2015, at 8:30 a.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 2016 budget.  Randy Cook, SWCC chief financial officer, said the estimated taxation rate for the coming year will be $.079922 per $1,000 taxable valuation.  The public hearing was set for March 10, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

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Published February 11, 2015 5:08 pm

SWCC to Help Families Complete FAFSA

Free Help Available for College Financial Aid

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 3, 2015 12:00 pm

Board Holds January 2015 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 13, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center. 

The board voted to extend the college’s early retirement policy for employees through June 30, 2015.  Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, stated there are 26 staff members eligible for early retirement.  The college’s early retirement policy has an April 1, 2015, application deadline.

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Published January 14, 2015 4:36 pm

SWCC Hosting 3-State Beef Conference

Creston, IA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) agricultural department is hosting the Iowa State University Extension’s Three-State Beef Conference on Tues., January 13, 2015, from 5:30-8:45 p.m., at the SWCC ag site, north of the college’s Creston campus.

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Published December 22, 2014 9:56 am

ACT Prep Course Available in January 2015

CRESTON — The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is offering free ACT Test prep courses for all ETS high school participants the morning of Sat., January 10, 2015.    

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Published December 3, 2014 10:31 am

SWCC Parents as Teachers Earns Iowa Credential

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The Iowa Department of Management and Public Health is pleased to announce that the SWCC Parents as Teachers (PAT), Southwestern Community College of Adair and Union counties has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential.  The SWCC PAT program is the 54th Iowa program to earn this honored distinction.  The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards.

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Published November 20, 2014 8:33 am

SWCC Board Holds October 2014 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 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.  Dennis Davis of Greenfield was re-elected as the board’s vice president.  SWCC Assistant to the President Mary Jo Skarda was re-appointed as board secretary, SWCC Chief Financial Officer Randy Cook was appointed as board treasurer, and Jerry Smith, board member from Osceola, was re-appointed as SWCC’s Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative.

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Published October 16, 2014 10:59 am

SWCC Board Meets October 7 in Special Session

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met in special session on Tues., October 7, at 8:30 a.m. in the president’s office of the Administration Center. 

During the meeting, the board voted to terminate the college’s auditor contract with Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen & Co., P.C.  Prior to the vote, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, explained to the board that Randy Cook, who was recently named SWCC’s chief financial officer, has an ownership interest in Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen & Co., P.C.  Crittenden stated in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest, due to the hiring of Cook, the contract with Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen, & Co would need to be terminated.    

The SWCC board then reviewed bids from four firms for the college’s audit services.  The board approved the lowest bid, from Denman & Company, LLP, of West Des Moines.  Bids from Denman & Company were $36,900 for year ending June 30, 2014, $37,400 for year ending June 30, 2015, and $37,900 for year ending June 30, 2016.

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Published October 8, 2014 4:27 pm

Iowa Community Colleges Receive Federal Grant

An innovative plan developed by Iowa’s community colleges to train thousands of workers in high-demand fields is being recognized with a $15 million grant announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

A consortium, consisting of all 15 Iowa community colleges, jointly applied for funding to build training capacity in the areas of information technology, healthcare, utilities, and manufacturing – also known as the IHUM Network.  Grant funds will be used statewide to create more than 45 additional training certificates in the IHUM targeted areas.

Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) portion of the grant, $1 million, will be used to assist in the implementation of a high-tech simulation lab on-campus for the college’s esteemed nursing programs—licensed practical nursing and registered nursing—as well as SWCC’s health-related continuing education programs.

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Published October 1, 2014 3:37 pm

SWCC Marketing Receives Regional Awards

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The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) marketing department received two Medallion Awards at the District 5 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Conference, held in Des Moines, from September 21-23.

The SWCC team won a Gold Medallion Award in the "Viewbook" category and a Bronze Medallion Award in the “Radio Advertisement/PSA Single” category.  

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Published September 26, 2014 11:28 am

Wangberg Receives Children’s Champion Award

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Terry Wangberg, early childhood program director at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston, has been named the 2014 Iowa Children’s Champion.  The award is given by the Region VII Head Start Association.

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Published September 26, 2014 10:25 am

High School Students Invited to 2014 SmartStart Kickoff

CRESTON—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will sponsor the 2014 SmartStart Kickoff for high school students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, on the SWCC Creston campus.  

The event—an open house for students—will be a great chance for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to check out SWCC and its campus!  Students will be able to sit in on college classes, visit program areas, talk with instructors and students, and tour the residence halls.  High school students in attendance will receive lunch, a SWCC T-shirt, and have the opportunity to win door prizes.  The college will be awarding two-$250 SWCC scholarships for senior attendees.

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Published September 19, 2014 11:51 am

Creston’s Cook Announced as SWCC’s New CFO

Cook Randy WebCreston, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced Creston’s Randy Cook will be the college’s next chief financial officer (CFO), replacing Teresa Krejci, who recently relocated to Des Moines after serving as the college’s CFO since 1997.

Cook, a certified public accountant, received his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1987 from Northwest Missouri State University.  He has been employed as an audit manager by Draper, Snodgrass, Mikkelsen & Co., P.C. since June 1994.  Prior to that, he was the senior accountant for Harold Voggesser, CPA.  Cook is a 1982 graduate of Creston High School and a 1984 graduate of SWCC.

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Published September 19, 2014 8:39 am

Gibson Memorial Library Receives Statewide Grant

 

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Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a statewide outreach campaign to promote careers and training in advanced manufacturing, announced Gibson Memorial Library in Creston, is the recipient of a $500 grant to implement programming to educate young people and their parents about the varied career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.

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Published September 10, 2014 3:58 pm

Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees Holds August 2014 Meeting

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tues., August 12, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

 

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Published August 14, 2014 3:57 pm

Students Place at National Auto Competition

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive collision repair/refinish students Zach Mullen of New Market and Garrett Hogue of Lenox took home second and fifth place finishes respectively at the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships held June 25-26, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.

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Published July 18, 2014 10:06 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July 2014 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in the president’s office of the Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

The board approved the annual dues of $3,288 to the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, IL.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president for economic development, reported to the board regarding progress being made at Spartan Court, the new residence hall being constructed on campus.  Lesan said the concrete work is near completion and progress continues to take place on finishing the inside of the building.

Beth Kulow, SWCC dean of student services, reported the college’s summer 2014 enrollment is 517 students.  Kulow stated this was an increase of 35 students from summer 2013.

Lesan said an insurance adjustor was expected to be on campus later in the day July 8 to inspect the water damage in the Administration Center.  The damage happened on Sun., June 22, following a break in a water line leading into the Administration Center.

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Published July 9, 2014 2:51 pm

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds June Meeting

 

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, talked to the board regarding a proposal to partner with Union County Habitat for Humanity for the third year on construction of a house during the 2014-15 school year by SWCC’s high school carpentry program in Creston.  Students from area high schools are eligible to enroll in the high school carpentry program.  The Habitat for Humanity house will be built at 622 North Birch Street in Creston.  The board authorized the college to enter into the building partnership agreement. 

 

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Published June 13, 2014 10:12 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds May 2014 Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tues., May 13, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

During the meeting, the board approved a resolution directing the sale and delivery of $5.34 million in Dormitory Revenue Bonds to D.A. Davidson & Co. in Des Moines.  Larry Burger, vice president of Speer Financial, Inc., spoke with the board, stating that following Speer Financial’s examination, it was their recommendation for approval of the bid.  It was noted that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a rating of A3 to the bonds, which have a true interest rate of 3.8748 percent.

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Published May 19, 2014 2:46 pm

Auto Collision Repair Students Headed to National Contest

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish students Garrett Hogue of Lenox and Zach Mullen of New Market took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2014 competition in Ankeny on Fri., May 2, 2014.

Hogue was named gold medalist in collision repair technology and Mullen was named gold medalist in automotive refinishing technology.  They will now head to represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 23-27, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.  The two SWCC students were honored at the state contest for outstanding academic achievement as well, due to maintaining 3.5 or higher cumulative college grade point averages.

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Published May 14, 2014 5:09 pm

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