Beat the Rush. Black Friday Savings November 19-21. 25% OFF Clothing, Gifts, & Souvenirs available at the SWCC Shoppe. Cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or offers. No adjustments to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. Offer good while supplies last. Valid only at the SWCC Shoppe.

Beat the rush and come to the SWCC Shoppe Pre-Black Friday sale on November 19-21. Get 25% OFF clothing, gifts, and souvenirs available at the SWCC Shoppe on the main Creston Campus. The SWCC Shoppe will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

This sale cannot be combined with other discounts, coupons or offers. No adjustments to prior purchases. No cash value or rain checks issued. Offer good while supplies last. Valid only at the SWCC Shoppe.

Published November 19, 2018 9:50 am

CRESTON, Iowa--The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center board room.

Iowa community college legislative liaisons Dave Palmer, Jerry Fitzgerald, and Matt Fitzgerald briefed the board regarding the past and upcoming legislative sessions.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, spoke to the board about a proposal related to replacement of the bleachers in the Student Center gymnasium. Lesan said the bleachers currently in the gym are original, making them 44 years old, and have been updated to keep them up to current standards so many times that further repair is becoming difficult. Lesan showed the board plans for new bleachers through Iowa Direct Equipment at an estimated cost of $173,253.11. These new bleachers will seat 1,189 individuals, which is less capacity than the current bleachers, but the new design will allow for additional space behind the team benches on the north side of the facility during athletic events. Lesan said because the bid falls under the state bid, the project would not have to go out for bids. Following Lesan’s report, the board passed the proposal and authorized purchase of the new bleachers. Lesan said the plan is to install the bleachers in mid- to late-March in between athletic seasons and prior to May graduation.

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Published November 14, 2018 4:28 pm

Dr. Katie Davidson

CRESTON, Iowa—Creston native Dr. Katie Davidson has been named the dean of student services at Southwestern Community College (SWCC).

Davidson, a 2001 graduate of Creston High School, will be coming to SWCC from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, where she has served as the director of The International Center since July 2016. The International Center provides support to the University of North Dakota’s international student population, facilitates study abroad opportunities for students, and promotes cultural awareness throughout the university. Davidson oversees a staff of 14 full- and part-time individuals who welcome more than 750 international students from approximately 88 nations to campus each year.

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Published November 13, 2018 6:17 pm

The SWCC Drama Club will be performing a one act play next Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 and 15, at 7 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center theater.

This year the play is one singular comedy, written by SWCC's very own Kelly Franklin, English instructor and Drama Club sponsor. It's a hilarious romp, and a cautionary tale, of what can happen if an office holiday party goes awry.

Admission to the play will be a donation of a canned/non-perishable food item to be given to a local food pantry. 

Published November 12, 2018 4:50 pm

The Education Foundation scholarship deadline for spring 2019 semester is Dec. 1, 2018. The scholarship application may be completed online and is available on the Scholarships webpage.

Students who are eligible to apply for spring scholarships include students who are new to Southwestern, as well as returning students who were not awarded a scholarship for the fall 2018 semester.

Questions regarding scholarships may be directed to Cait Maitlen, executive director of the SWCC Education Foundation. Spring 2019 semester at SWCC starts on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Published November 8, 2018 9:43 am

Balloons at SWCC Donor/Scholar Dinner

The SWCC Education Foundation’s 2018 Donor-Scholar Dinner was held Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium. There were approximately 150 people in attendance.

The annual event provides opportunities for student scholarship recipients to express gratitude to the donors of their scholarships, as well as a time for celebration of the academic success of the college’s students.

The evening was kicked off by Education Foundation Executive Director Cait Maitlen. Following her opening remarks, Maitlen introduced Meredith Dohmen, director of scholarships for the Bright Foundation, an Iowa Foundation that has been a generous scholarship donor at SWCC for a number of years. Dohmen awarded medallions to the college’s 2018 Bright Scholar award recipients Katelyn Belding, freshman of Lenox, and Hannah Pollard, freshman of Woodburn.

Student speakers for the evening included Josie Jones, sophomore of Mount Ayr; Jesper Holke-Farnam, sophomore of Grundy Center; and Isaac Wignall, sophomore of Creston.

The event was catered by The Windrow in Creston.

Published November 8, 2018 9:34 am

2017-18 Chamber Choir

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Chamber Singers will be touring in the Des Moines area the week of November 26-30, 2018, presenting “Holiday Carols in Concert” with carols and masterworks by Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Mattson; as well as pieces written by director Ryan Howe. The public is invited to attend.

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Published November 2, 2018 10:52 am

SWCC Shoppe sale ad with same details as article and small pic of Frankenstein

The SWCC Shoppe is celebrating Halloween with an All Treats! No Tricks Sale! on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, from 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

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Published October 30, 2018 4:10 pm

2018 Holiday Open House; Thursday, November 8, 2018; 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; SWCC Shoppe

The SWCC Shoppe will be hosting its 2018 Holiday Open House on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

During the Holiday Open House, there will be holiday shopping with free gift wrap, scrumptious food samples, door prizes, and 20 percent off apparel items.

The 20 percent discount on apparel items is being offered that day in support of the women's and men's basketball teams, who will be playing their first home doubleheader of the 2018-2019 season. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the men's game following at 7:30 p.m.

The SWCC Shoppe is located in the upstairs of the Student Center, 1501 W Townline St., Creston.

Published October 29, 2018 12:40 pm

Fall 2018 PTK Inductees

The Beta Eta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at SWCC held their fall informal induction of new members on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in the Instructional Center, room 180.

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Published October 25, 2018 6:17 pm