Representative Tom Moore of Griswold, Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction; and Henry Lemke, SWCC industrial technology instructor, at the Iowa capitol

Community colleges had their Day at the Capitol yesterday, March 5, in Des Moines. Each of Iowa’s 15 community colleges was in attendance to share information about the work of community colleges throughout the state.

During the event, each community college highlighted a career and technical education program in its display. The colleges coordinated their efforts so a variety of programs were represented. Southwestern Community College’s featured program was industrial technology. Instructor Henry Lemke, President Dr. Barb Crittenden, Vice President of Instruction Bill Taylor, and Board Member Jerry Smith were in attendance representing SWCC.

Pictured in photo (L to R) above: Representative Tom Moore of Griswold, Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction; and Henry Lemke, SWCC industrial technology instructor.

Published March 6, 2019 10:23 am

SWCC Art Club raffle

The SWCC Art Club is selling $5 tickets for its Spring Fling Raffle. Tickets will be sold through March 31, with the drawing being held 2 p.m. April 1.

Raffle prizes include a Char-Broil gas grill ($199 value), Summit Ridge wreath ($100 value), two patio chairs and fire pit set ($75 value), two deluxe hard arm sports chairs ($70 value), Hy-Vee meat bundle ($60 value), and a $20 Fareway gift card.

All proceeds go to the SWCC Art Club fundraiser. Winners will need to pick up items from SWCC's Creston campus.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from any SWCC Art Club member or by emailing Linda Dainty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published March 6, 2019 10:12 am

SWCC Art Club is holding a silent auction for a game table

The SWCC Art Club is auctioning off a game table in a silent auction that runs from now through noon March 15.

The table, which is 24 inches by 24 inches, is on display at the SWCC library. It also includes checker and chess pieces.

To submit bids, email the SWCC Art Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Bids should include the bidder's first and last name, cell phone number and bid total. High bids will be posted, with the bidder's initials only, as often as possible on the SWCC Art Club Facebook page.

The winner will be notified at the close of the auction. In the event of a tie, those bidders will be notified to ask for a final bid. Highest bid wins.

Published March 6, 2019 10:07 am

Returning students who are planning to live in the residence halls during the 2019-20 academic year must complete the online student housing application and submit it no later than April 1, 2019. Any application that is submitted after this date will be placed on the housing list of applicants according to the date submitted. This will reduce students' chances to secure the rooms/dorms they wish to live in for fall semester.

If questions, please contact the student housing office.

Published March 4, 2019 3:52 pm

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, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southwestern Community College, Technical Center, welding lab
1501 W. Townline St., Creston, IA  50801


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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