collison repair-refinish

MARCH 30, 2018--The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) auto collision repair/refinish program is one of 163 career and technical education programs nationwide recognized by The Collision Repair Education Foundation through its new designation program called the Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation launched the Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark in 2016. Through the program, the foundation classifies schools in three tiers: Tier 1, advanced; Tier 2, proficient; and Tier 3, developing. SWCC is one of 17 schools receiving Tier 1 designation.

Jeff Magneson, SWCC auto collision repair/refinish instructor, said this recognition is a huge testament for the quality of SWCC’s program.

“This benchmark validates the work SWCC and the program’s advisory committee have put into the collision repair program to make it one of the best for future technicians,” Magneson stated. “We are especially excited to extend this program to area high school students next fall.”

Starting fall 2018 semester, SWCC’s auto collision repair/refinish program will be offered as a Career Academy to high school students in SWCC’s region, meaning high school students will be able to enroll in collision repair/refinish college classes and receive credit at both their high school at SWCC. Upon high school graduation, students will then have the option to continue on to a full program in collision repair/refinish. SWCC offers a one-year diploma program and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program in auto collision repair/refinish.

Published March 30, 2018 3:52 pm

The Real Group

Creston, IOWA—One of the finest vocal groups in the world, The Real Group, is flying from Sweden directly to Creston to headline the inaugural SMV (School for Music Vocations) Real Group Festival on April 6 and 7, 2018, at Southwestern Community College (SWCC). This is the first festival of its kind in the United States, and The Real Group selected Creston as its home.

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Published March 29, 2018 10:22 am

Cassidy Becker

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Cassidy Becker (pictured above), freshman of Diagonal, was elected as a regional officer for 2018-19 during the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Iowa Regional Convention held March 22-23, 2018, in Urbandale.

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Published March 29, 2018 8:45 am

Spartan Hall exterior

Returning SWCC students, if you are planning to live in student housing during the 2018-19 academic year, please remember to fill out a housing application online before April 1, 2018, to secure a spot in the dorm style in which you wish to live.

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Published March 27, 2018 4:57 pm

And Then There Were None show poster with photos of actors

Limited tickets remain for this weekend's SWCC Drama Club performances of And Then There Were None!

Tickets to this weekend's Drama Club performances are pre-sale ONLY! Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m., as well as Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center on the Creston campus. As of Tuesday, March 27, the Saturday performance is sold out and there is limited seating available for the Thursday and Friday performances.

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Published March 27, 2018 9:49 am

Southwestern Spartans Destination Danville, IL 2018, Back-to-back NJCAA Region XI DII Men's Basketball Champions

The Southwestern Spartans are the back-to-back NJCAA Region XI DII Men's Basketball Champions! They are headed to the 2018 nationals in Danville, IL, from March 20-24, 2018. Updated tournament information will be posted here as it becomes available.


Round 1 - #5 SWCC 92, #12 DCTC 77 Recap

Quarterfinals - #5 SWCC 68, #13 ECC 66 Recap

Semifinals - #5 SWCC 67, #1 Triton Recap

Finals - #5 SWCC 98, #11 Delta 81 Recap

Other tournament results, brackets, and other information can be found on the NJACC website.

T-Shirt Information

Pre-ordered national qualifier T-shirts have arrived at the SWCC Shoppe! They may be picked up starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. If you did not pre-order but would like a shirt, they will be available in the SWCC Shoppe, starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, while supplies last.

Meet and greet and send-off

The send-off ceremony for the Southwestern men’s basketball team, as they head to the NJCAA National Championship in Danville, IL, will be held on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Student Center. The public is invited! Plan to wear your Spartan colors.

The agenda for the ceremony follows:

  • 1 p.m. – Autographs and well wishes to the team and the coaches
  • 1:30 p.m. – Head Coach Todd Lorensen speaks
  • 1:45 p.m. – Players and coaches walk through human tunnel to bus

Hotel information

The Danville Days Hotel & Conference Center (Days Inn) is offering a special rate of $79 to Southwestern Spartan fans. The hotel is located off Highways 1 and 136 at 77 North Gilbert St., Danville, IL. To book by phone, call 800.329.2613.

Hotels in Danville with room availability as of 3/15 include:

  • Best Western - Riverside - 800.528.1234
  • Days Hotel - 800.255.3297
  • Best Western - Regency - 217.446.2111
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites - 800.HOLIDAY (LIMITED)
  • Red Roof Inn & Suites - 800.733.7663
  • Super 8 - 800.800.8000 (LIMITED)

Published March 19, 2018 8:27 am

Phi Theta Kappa 2018-19 officers

On Tuesday, March 13, Southwestern Community College’s Beta Eta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa elected officers for the 2018-19 year. Officers elected include Cassidy Becker of Diagonal, Shelby Freestone of Adel, Kasydi Klommhaus of Mt. Ayr, Paul Lorenz of Creston, and Hunner Siefkas of Peru.

According to Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Beta Eta Nu chapter co-advisor, electing officers near mid-term of the semester allows current officers and new officers time to work together for continuity of programs for the chapter. The chapter will be looking for one more individual to complete the officer team.

The next Beta Eta Nu meeting will be on Monday, April 9, at 3:30 pm (room to be decided). The Spring Formal Induction is Sunday, April 15, at 3 pm in the Allied Health & Science Center. Any member who has not previously attended an induction is invited. Friends, family, faculty, staff, and administration are welcome.

Pictured above (L to R): Shelby Freestone, Hunner Siefkas, Cassidy Becker, Kasydi Klommhaus, Paul Lorenz

Published March 19, 2018 8:24 am

And Then There Were None

The SWCC Drama Club will be performing And Then There Were None on Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m., as well as Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center on the Creston campus.

And Then There Were None features 10 strangers, who are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate, for each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.

Tickets for this SWCC Drama Club performance are pre-sale only! Ticket prices are $5 for students and $7 for the general public. Contact Kelly Franklin, SWCC Drama Club sponsor, to purchase tickets, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641.782.1533.

Published March 19, 2018 8:00 am

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the Administration Center.

A public hearing was held for the college’s fiscal year 2019 budget. No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted. The board approved the budget as presented.

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Published March 16, 2018 11:40 am

CRESTON, Iowa—Applicants for scholarships at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) now have more time to complete their applications for fall 2018 scholarship opportunities.

Due to issues with the online scholarship application, the deadline for Southwestern Community College’s Education Foundation Scholarships for fall 2018 semester has been extended from March 15 to March 30, 2018. The admissions department encourages all students who will be attending SWCC this fall to apply for scholarship opportunities.

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Published March 13, 2018 3:26 pm