SWCC students in T-shirts from four year colleges

Southwestern’s annual Transfer Day will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180.  At Transfer Day, SWCC students and advisors have opportunities to talk with transfer representatives from many four year colleges and universities all in one place.  No matter where students are in the transfer planning process, Transfer Day allows them to do everything from begin searching for a transfer school to asking those last minute questions before transfer. 

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Published February 19, 2019 8:21 am

Two students welding during the 2018 Welding Skills Challenge

High school students are invited to compete in a welding competition and explore post-secondary and career opportunities in the welding field.

Thursday, March 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southwestern Community College, Technical Center, welding lab
1501 W. Townline St., Creston, IA  50801

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

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Published February 18, 2019 2:57 pm

SWCC Shoppe sale

SWCC Shoppe is holding an "Out with the old, in with the new" sale from Feb. 15 through Feb. 21. Buy one regularly priced clothing item, get one 50 percent off. The sale also includes 30 percent off all gifts.

Cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or offers. Some exclusions may apply. No adjustments to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. Offer is good while supplies last. Valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

Published February 15, 2019 1:50 pm

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

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Published February 13, 2019 1:48 pm

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

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Published February 11, 2019 8:58 am

Meals from the Heartland packaging

Southwestern Community College and the Union County Development Association’s Lead Union County programs have partnered again this year to bring Meals from the Heartland to Union County. Meals from the Heartland is a meal packaging event held in conjunction with Southwestern’s Pay it Forward Week in April. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the SWCC Student Center gymnasium.

Donations of all sizes are now being accepted for this very worthwhile event. A donation table will be set up at Saturday’s men's and women's basketball games vs. Little Priest Tribal College.

If there are clubs, groups or organizations interested in sponsoring teams for the event, they should contact Mindy Stalker, Union County Development Association, 641.782.2003, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Cait Maitlen, SWCC admissions director and Education Foundation executive director, 641.782.1453, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The cost per team is $475. Team payments are due by April 3, 2019.

Published February 7, 2019 10:19 am

SWCC Shoppe Valentine's Day Sale

SWCC Shoppe is holding a Valentine's Day Sale from Wednesday, Feb. 6, through Thursday, Feb. 14.

Customers can receive 25 percent off any item that has red, pink or purple.

This offer cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or offers. Some exclusions may apply. No adjustments to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. Offer is good while supplies last. Offer is valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

Published February 5, 2019 2:17 pm

Because of the dangerously cold temperatures Wednesday and Thursday, the day of the Outside In presentation has been changed to Friday, Feb. 1. The presentation will be held 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the Instructional Center, room 220.

This presentation is being co-sponsored by the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau and the SWCC student activities department. The public is invited to attend.

Outside In is an 18-minute audio-visual program which takes the audience on a journey through the highlights of Iowa’s African-American history from its territorial beginning in 1838 to the present via images and a synchronized recorded narrative. Dr. Hal Chase, one of the contributors to Outside In, will be the presenter. Following the presentation, there will be a question-answer period. The audience is encouraged to share their own stories and pieces of African-American heritage during this time.

The underlying theme of Outside In is that African-American history is a history of an inseparable, intertwined, and intimate relationship between so-called “black” and “white” Americans which has ranged from marriage to murder in the heart of our nation’s history. Most of the photographs in the presentation come from family collections revealing the truth that all of us make history, that all of our stories are one story, and that Outside In is a story for all Iowans.

Chase was born in Des Moines, but grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, from age eight to 18, when it was still a legally segregated state. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Washington & Lee University, a Master of Arts degree in history from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Chase taught courses in United States and African-American history for 43 years. He was one of 37 contributors to Outside In and its content is the basis of his presentation.

Published January 29, 2019 8:24 am

Fall 2019 Scholarship Graphic with two SWCC students

The online application is now available for SWCC Education Foundation scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year.  The deadline is March 15, 2019.  Many scholarships are awarded and the criteria varies, so take the time to apply. Scholarships are available for new and returning Southwestern Community College students.

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Published January 28, 2019 2:54 pm

Cast members perform during the 2018 SWCC spring play

UPDATED AGAIN! Due to dangerously cold wind chills, the tryouts on Tuesday, Jan. 29, have been canceled. Tryouts will be held on the following dates:
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
UPDATED AGAIN! Due to inclement weather, the tryouts on Thursday, Jan. 24, have been canceled. Tryouts will be held on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the tryouts on Tuesday, Jan. 22, have been canceled. Tryouts will be held on the following dates:
  • Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

The original article follows:

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Drama Club will hold auditions for Neil Simon's "Rumors," the 2019 spring play, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and Jan. 24 in the SWCC Performing Arts Center (PAC), located at Southern Prairie YMCA.

"Rumors" is a hilarious farce that is sure to keep everyone laughing. The play takes place at Sneden's Landing townhouse, where the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce as they attempt to figure out what happened to their friend. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into hilarity.

Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Students, faculty and drama club alumni are encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the PAC. Performances will be March 28-30.

Published January 17, 2019 4:43 pm