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Declining college enrollment is impacting nation’s skilled worker shortage

JACKSON, Miss. (7/25/22) — CCsmart is tackling head-on the issue of declining enrollments at two- and four-year colleges by introducing a new web resource for students and parents--CCsmart.org.

As a nation, we are facing an increased need for a skilled, trained workforce while simultaneously facing decreased student participation in college. Good jobs—the ones with better pay, health insurance, and other benefits—require post-secondary education degrees and credentials.

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Published August 8, 2022 8:25 am

Congratulations, award winners!
 
DES MOINES, IA, July 18, 2022--Today, Community Colleges for Iowa announced the 2022 winners of the annual Community Colleges for Iowa Awards. These awards recognize faculty, staff, leaders, and Trustees from across Iowa’s 15 Community Colleges for their dedication to excellence and accessible education for all.
 
The awards will be presented Thursday night (July 21) at an event hosted by Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City as a part of the Community Colleges for Iowa Trustee Conference. This year, for the first time, the awardees include one outstanding staff member and one outstanding faculty member from each college. These awardees were selected by their college for their service and leadership to their college and community.

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Published July 19, 2022 9:09 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., in the college’s Administration Center, for their regular board meeting.

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Published July 13, 2022 4:17 pm

Lukas Moore of Emerson, a May 2022 Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish graduate, placed second nationally, receiving the silver medal in collision repair technology (post-secondary division), during the 2022 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held June 21-23, in Atlanta.

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Published June 29, 2022 2:54 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., for their regular board meeting.

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Published June 16, 2022 11:01 am

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met electronically in special session on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

The meeting was held following the electronic bidding process that had taken place from 10-10:30 a.m., the morning of June 2, related to the new jobs training agreement with WDC Acquisition LLC (dba Wellman Dynamics) of Creston.

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Published June 3, 2022 1:47 pm

Montgomery County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) in Red Oak recently donated a Stryker hospital bed and smart mattress to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) nurse assisting Career Academy.

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Published May 26, 2022 8:53 am

May 12, 2022, CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish student Grant Van Nostrand of Clarinda was honored as the 2022 SWCC Gordon Bills Auto Body Scholarship recipient during an informal presentation held on Thursday, May 12, at 9 a.m., in the college’s automotive department, located in the SWCC Instructional Center.

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Published May 12, 2022 2:52 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center, board room.

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Published May 11, 2022 4:06 pm

May 10, 2022, CRESTON, IOWA--The W.D. and Shirley Schaffer-Ray Educational Trust awarded more than $95,000 to 19 local scholarship recipients. Nine of these students will be enrolled at SWCC this fall.

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Published May 10, 2022 3:58 pm

May 9, 2022, CRESTON, Iowa—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish student Lukas Moore of Emerson was honored as the 2022 SWCC Tech Achiever during a ceremony held on Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m., in the college’s automotive department, located in the SWCC Instructional Center.

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Published May 9, 2022 11:40 am

DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards were announced in the June issue, which was released earlier today, and the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) School for Music Vocations (SMV) had three current students and one future student honored in the issue.
 

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Published May 5, 2022 4:44 pm

 
Creston, IOWA—Beta Eta Nu, SWCC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter, inducted new members during the 2022 Spring Induction Ceremony held on Thursday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180.
 
The guest speaker for the event was Jody Nedley-Newcomb, past advisor for the SWCC PTK chapter.

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Published April 29, 2022 3:34 pm

The Creston Rotary announced and honored students selected as 2022-23 Southwestern Community College (SWCC) scholarship recipients on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 12 p.m., during a luncheon at A&G Steakhouse in Creston.

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Published April 29, 2022 2:21 pm

Autumn Morrison, SWCC TRIO-Student Support Services member from Osceola, was awarded an Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) Foundation scholarship at the Iowa TRIO Conference banquet, held at the Honey Creek Resort, on April 20, 2022.

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Published April 28, 2022 8:19 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met by phone for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was held electronically due to the potential for extreme weather in SWCC’s region.

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Published April 14, 2022 2:41 pm

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) career and technical education students had a great run at the Iowa SkillsUSA Championships in Ankeny on Friday, April 8, 2022, with nine students placing first and therefore qualifying for the National SkillsUSA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 20-24.

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Published April 13, 2022 4:51 pm

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) and the University of Iowa (UI) will be finalizing a new partnership agreement allowing SWCC nursing graduates to seamlessly transfer to the UI College of Nursing to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees, during a formal signing ceremony on Thursday, April 21, 2022, 2 p.m., at the Allied Health and Science Center, on SWCC’s Creston campus.

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Published April 7, 2022 10:05 am

Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes every community’s role in growing a better tomorrow for all children, together.
 
CRESTON, IA, March 29, 2022--Southwestern Community College's Parents as Teachers, Union County Family Support Council and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa recognizes the importance of community-based support for all children and families during National Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month in April. The theme of this year’s awareness and impact campaign is “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.”

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Published March 30, 2022 5:25 pm

Iowa’s community colleges were awarded $2 million in federal funding for the College and Career Transition Counselor (CCTC) Initiative as a part of the omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and signed by President Biden last week. The Community Project Funding was supported by Iowa Representative Marianette Miller-Meeks and will support shared positions between high schools and community colleges statewide.

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Published March 24, 2022 11:03 am