IN PHOTO:  Dr. Marjorie McGuire-Welch (at left), SWCC president, poses with Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, following the college’s January all-staff in-service.

Creston, IA—Tom Lesan, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) vice president of economic development, was honored at the college’s all-staff in-service, held on Friday, Jan. 7, 2021, in the college’s Instructional Center, for achieving a milestone 40 years of service to the college.

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Published January 11, 2022 4:40 pm

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has signed and returned to the Department Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) program which provides Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

SWCC received $1,187,005 under the ARPA program.

As of December 20, 2021, SWCC has awarded and disbursed a total of $1,187,005 of emergency financial aid grants to students under ARPA.

SWCC has awarded emergency financial aid grants to 612 students under the ARPA grant.

SWCC awarded the first round of ARPA funds to students who were enrolled anytime between the date of the national emergency (March 13, 2020) through the end of the Summer 2021 term. These students received an email directing them to an online application where they could choose an amount ranging from $1,000-$5,000 to cover costs incurred due to the coronavirus. SWCC awarded all eligible students half of the amount they requested ranging from $500-$2,500. An additional award of up to $2,500 was disbursed to Pell-eligible students. The additional amount was calculated with the basis of federal Pell grant eligibility as one of the factors in an effort to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need.

SWCC awarded a second and final round of ARPA to first time freshmen students enrolled during the Fall 2021 semester. Each student was awarded $450 of ARPA funds. An additional award of up to $410 was disbursed to Pell-eligible students. The additional amount was calculated with the basis of federal Pell grant eligibility as one of the factors in an effort to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need.

Instructions, directions, and guidance was provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants. An email was provided to students informing them of their eligibility for the ARP emergency financial aid grant for expenses incurred anytime during the national emergency. They were informed of the option to pay off an outstanding balance, sign up for direct deposit, or receive a paper check in the mail.

This is SWCC’s final quarterly posting and it covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for the ARPA program Student Portion of funds. There will be no more quarterly public reporting of Student Portion funds expenditures.


Published December 22, 2021 10:24 am

Jeff Sorensen, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor; Wyatt Vasey of Winterset; Marshall Eddleman of Winterset; and Kole Vogel, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor.

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Marshall Eddleman and Wyatt Vasey, both of Winterset, placed fourth in the hands-on portion of the 2021 DMACC/IADA High School Automotive Skills Contest on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

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Published December 17, 2021 3:23 pm

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., in the Administration Center board room.

Dr. Tony Cass of Creston, board president, told the board Carmalee Woods, board secretary, had noted recently re-elected board members Kevin Britten of Red Oak, Jane Ernst of Greenfield, Jerry Smith of Osceola, and Zach Gunsolley of Diagonal have all completed their Oath of Office affidavits as prescribed by law.

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Published December 15, 2021 2:22 pm

An indoor disc golf tournament is being held on campus Tuesday, Dec. 21, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Student Center. The event is free to enter.

Participants should meet in the upstairs of the Student Center.

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Published December 9, 2021 11:59 am

Southwestern Community College is offering two additional Vaccination Clinics on campus during the month of December. Dates, times, and locations of the clinics follow:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 1, Thursday, Dec. 2 (NOTE: The date has changed for this clinic.), Instructional Center, room 180, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9, Instructional Center, room 180, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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    Published November 29, 2021 4:50 pm

2021-22 Chamber Singers performing the their Sneak Preview

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Chamber Singers will be touring in the Des Moines area the week of November 29-December 3, presenting “Sure On This Shining Night” with carols and masterworks by Lauridsen, Mattson, Poulenc, Take 6, Weir, and Whitacre. The public is invited to attend.

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Published November 23, 2021 3:38 pm

PTK volunteers at Creston Area Food Pantry

Four members of Southwestern Community College's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Beta Eta Nu, volunteered at the Creston Area Food Pantry, located at 417 Wyoming Avenue in Creston, on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

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Published November 23, 2021 11:03 am

SWCC carpentry and building trades class with finished doghouses

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) carpentry and building trades program is donating six finished doghouses to Creston’s animal rescue organizations Dog Gone Rescue, Inc. and Creston Animal Rescue.

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Published November 19, 2021 8:30 am

Concert flyer with time and date info and stars in background

Southwestern Community College's School for Music Vocations chamber choir will be performing a holiday concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, at Salem Lutheran Church in Creston. This will be the only "home" performance for the choir on its tour.

Published November 18, 2021 9:32 am