Student in front of her heart disease poster at Fall 2018 Poster Day

The work of numerous Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students will be on display during Spring 2019 Poster Day on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180.

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Published April 1, 2019 8:59 am

ICCOC award nominees including SWCC's Kindra Coleman

Southwestern Community College had 20 employees in attendance at the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) Spring Conference in Ankeny, from March 24-26, at DMACC’s FFA Enrichment Center. The conference, entitled “Be an Agent of Change,” had sessions for faculty, student services personnel, and administrators.

Southwestern instructors presenting breakout sessions during the conference included Tom Borland, Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Tom Rathmann, Kindra Coleman, Holly Booth, Adam Thiner, and Doug Greene.

Coleman (shown at left, in photo above) was honored as one of four finalists for the e11 Award for excellence in online instruction.

Published March 29, 2019 2:55 pm

Congratulations to all SWCC students being inducted into the Beta Eta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa this Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 3 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180. 

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Published March 29, 2019 1:59 pm

The SWCC Drama Club performs its 2018 spring play

Southwestern's Drama Club will be performing Neil Simon's "Rumors" at 7 p.m. March 28-30 in the SWCC Performing Arts Center.

The production marks the fifth anniversary of the Drama Club presenting "Rumors" as its first production. Jennie Stamper, one of the original cast members, will be reprising the role of Claire in this year's performance.

This year's performances will be black boxed seating, with only 50 seats available each night, creating a more intimate atmosphere for attendees. To reserve a seat for "Rumors," please email Kelly Franklin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will return your email with confirmation of your seats and date. Tickets will be paid for at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for the general public and $5 for students.

"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.

Published March 20, 2019 11:25 am

The application deadline for Southwestern's Education Foundation scholarships has been extended through Saturday, March 16, because of technical difficulties with the third-party site hosting the application.

Listed below are the steps to complete the application process:

- Visit the scholarship page on the SWCC website or click here to continue an application that has already been started.

If you are unable to resume your application or cannot start a new application, please copy the contents of this file into an email, add ALL the requested information and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to include your essay question answer and attach your letter of recommendation.

Published March 15, 2019 5:06 pm

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

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

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Published March 13, 2019 3:57 pm

The Spartan Cafe will be closed during Spring Break, March 18-22. This Friday, March 15, the Cafe will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., with a limited menu and will then close after that for break. The Spartan Cafe will re-open on March 24 at 4 p.m. 

Published March 12, 2019 10:36 am

SWCC Shoppe Spring Break Sale
SWCC Shoppe is holding a Spring Break Sale from Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15.
The sale includes 30 percent off Spartan gear and 25 percent off gifts.
This sale cannot be combined with other staff discounts or offers. Some exclusions apply. No adjustment to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. The offer is good while supplies last. The offer is valid only at the SWCC Shoppe Creston location.

Published March 11, 2019 8:37 am

Steve Warnstadt, Dr. Barb Crittenden, Deb Pantini, Dr. Rachel Boon, and Bill Taylor

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

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

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Published March 8, 2019 4:47 pm

SWCC PTK members named to the 2019 All-Iowa Academic Team

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Cassidy Becker of Diagonal and Ashley Myshock of Creston were honored as members of the 2019 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and held Monday, March 4, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

Pictured above, from left to right, are Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president; Cassidy Becker, SWCC student; Ashley Myshock, SWCC student; and Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC Phi Theta Kappa advisor.

Becker, a May 2017 graduate of Diagonal High School, is an elementary education major. During her time at SWCC she has received the following assignments and honors: 2018-19 Phi Theta Kappa Iowa region vice president, Beta Eta Nu president, 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, and Five Star Competitive Edge completer. Becker plans to earn her Associate of Arts degree from SWCC in May 2019 and transfer to Northwest Missouri State University in the fall.

Ashley Myshock is in the nursing program at SWCC. Myshock earned her diploma in licensed practical nursing from SWCC in June 2018. She is currently a student in the registered nursing program and plans to earn her Associate of Applied Science in June 2019. She has been a Phi Theta Kappa member and has made the Dean’s List multiple semesters. Following graduation from SWCC, she plans to transfer to the University of Iowa to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Phi Theta Kappa International serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students worldwide. Beta Eta Nu is SWCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Published March 6, 2019 1:09 pm