General Interest

Online Registration Form

This entry level (80-hour) course is designed for those seeking a CDL (Class A or B), which is required to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). It includes online coursework, practice range and road time to prepare students on: performing vehicle inspection, basic control of the vehicle, backing up, defensive driving, and hazard awareness. Training and testing will include manual transmission trucks so you will have a NON-RESTRICTED CDL upon successful completion. The course also meets the requirements for “Entry Level Driver Training” as outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), (49 CFR § 380.503).

Mandatory Introduction Session
February 21, 2018
6:00-8:00 PM
Multipurpose Room
SWCC Performing Arts Center
Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline St., Creston

Cost: $525
GAP Tuition Assistance Approved for Eligible Applicants Click here to learn more and apply:
Approval can take 2-3 weeks so apply early.

Practice Range, Driving, and Testing
Week of March 12, 2018
Dates TBD at February 21 session

Course Requirements
Valid driver’s license
CDL Learner’s Permit
Email address (must be able to access it)
Access to high speed internet

NEW Federal Standards require participants obtain a CDL Permit that includes
successful completion of the General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination Vehicle written tests.
Must have all three completed and your CDL permit by Monday, February 19.

Online Registration Form

Cost:  $40 for Iowa Residents

Payment Methods:

  • Credit / debit card online
  • Credit / debit card via phone
  • Cash or money orders accepted at SWCC locations

No personal checks accepted.

SWCC Performing Arts Center Multipurpose Room

October 26, 2017
December 21, 2017
February 22, 2018
April 26, 2018

SWCC Osceola Center

January 25, 2018
May 24, 2018

Red Oak
SWCC Red Oak Center

November 16, 2017
March 15, 2018

 Information Regarding Coaching Authorization

Online Coaching Authorization - SWCC has partnered with 7SecondCoach to provide an online training option to meet the 55-hour required coursework to obtain your coaching authorization. Register online

Instruction is entirely online with participants working through the modules at their own pace. Participants will be required to upload videos and documents for assessment and grading during the course. Participants should be comfortable with technology or have someone who can assist them with uploading videos and documents.

If you have taken some of the required topics you have the option to register for specific topics offered as GAP courses to obtain the additional ones you need.

When you complete our registration form you will be redirected to the NEACA website where you will choose the course(s) based on your need (full course or select GAP courses) then set up your account and pay online through them. Here is a link to the course directory on their site as well:

SWCC continuing education (CE) will receive notice from EduCert upon successful completion at which time we will process paperwork and issue the official document to the student to upload on the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) site with their application for a coaching license. This may take 3-5 business days.

State of Iowa Licensure Information -

Links available on this page explain the differences between coaching authorization and coaching endorsement.

Coaching Authorization FAQs -

This page will answer questions about acceptable courses and related information.

Coaching Authorization Application -

The application process is now all online with the BOEE. This link will take you to the New Applicant Page where you can begin your account set-up. There are multiple requirements to obtaining your coaching license in Iowa so you are asked to begin your application process early as the background checks can take several weeks to complete. This can be taking place while you are doing your coaching training to help expedite your application upon completing the training. In addition to the 55-hours of coaching classes, applicants must also have a valid CPR card and complete the required free concussion training. It can be found on this website:

Background check -

This link includes information on the background check process.

Register Online

Classes will meet in the Multipurpose Room of the SWCC Performing Arts Center on the Creston campus. They are being taught by Barb Fuller, Nutrition & Wellness Program Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach for SW Iowa.

Food Service Management - 18 hours
The class will offer functions required to organize and maintain an efficient, effective quality dietary program.
Tuesdays: February 13, 20, & 27, 2018 (snow date: March 6, 2018)
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (half-hour lunch break, bring sack lunch)
Total Cost: $425 (tuition: $270; Food Service Management by Design [ANFP] book & materials: $155)

Food Preparation Principles - 12 hours
This course will include basic principles and development of preparation techniques as they apply to each food group and the criteria for evaluating product quality.
Procedures to improve or retain flavor and appearance to maximize nutrients and to increase digestibility of food will be discussed.
Tuesdays: March 13 & 20, 2018 (snow Date: March 27, 2018)
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (half-hour lunch break, bring sack lunch)
Total Cost: $290 (tuition: $180; Food Preparation Study Course 4th Ed book & materials: $110)

Food Preparation Lab - 24 hours
This laboratory class focuses on quantity food preparation as related to standardized recipes, methods of preparation and retention of nutrients, flavor, and appearance.
Tuesdays: April 3*, 10, 17, 24, May 1 & 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (half-hour lunch break, bring sack lunch)
Total Cost: $410 (tuition: $360; materials: $50) use book from Food Preparation Principles
*April 3 class will meet at Southwestern. Remaining class sessions will be held at facilities to do hands-on meal preparation. Students are asked to verify which date(s) would be available to visit their facility. Locations and times will be set on April 3.

Meal Service - 12 hours
The class will include fundamentals of good food service, planning meals and nourishment, factors that affect appetite, work simplification, improving work methods, table setting, clearing the dining area, assembling and dismantling trays, and working together for good food service.
Tuesdays: June 5 & 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (half-hour lunch break, bring sack lunch)
Total Cost: $280 (tuition: $180; Meal Service Study Guide 4th Ed book & materials: $100)

Registration link:

Online Registration Form

This is an approved moped safety class for the state. According to state law, all 14 and 15-year-olds must complete this one day class in order to obtain a moped license. Each student will receive an Iowa DOT certificate upon completion that they will take to the drivers’ license offices to get their permit.

Class time is 8 am – 2 pm. Students need to bring a sack lunch.
Classes meet in the multipurpose room of the SWCC performing arts center (co-located with YMCA)
Cost is $40

Registration and payment deadline four days prior to class date.

Classes are held on Saturdays.

April 28, 2018
June 23, 2018
August 25, 2018

Note:  You must take the prerequisite eCourse before you will be allowed to enroll in the Basic Rider Course!  

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course
Watch for Spring 2018 Dates
Courses held at SWCC Technical Center, Creston campus

Answers to frequently asked questions for those interested in taking the Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider Course:

  • Students must take the MSF online eCourse before registering for the Basic Rider Course BRC.
  • You must attend all 15 hours of the same class you registered in.
  • Class is held rain or shine.
  • Proper riding attire required:  pants, long-sleeves, sturdy over the ankle footwear and rain gear should it look like rain.
  • SWCC provides the motorcycle and all classroom materials.
  • Student must provide DOT approved helmet and full fingered gloves.
  • You will need a valid driver’s license.
  • You do not need a motorcycle permit to take the Basic Rider Course.
  • Upon successful completion of the Basic Rider class the DOT motorcycle endorsement skills test may be waived.
  • The BRC is mandatory for students under the age of 18 with the signature of a parent/guardian on the waiver form.
  • BRC Classes are limited to 6 students.

Courses meet 6-10pm Fridays and 8am-5pm Saturdays.  Courses are two consecutive dates, participants must attend all 12 hours.

Cost is $115 for remaining 2017 classes.

Effective January 1, 2018 the statewide cost will increase to $180.  Payment is required at time of registration in the form of credit/debit card (online or over the phone) or cash or money order at any SWCC location.  Personal checks are not accepted.

Creston - Registration Form
SWCC Performing Arts Center Multipurpose Room
1501 W Townline St

November 17 & 18, 2017
December 15 & 16, 2017

Osceola - Registration Form
SWCC Osceola Center Room 107
2520 College Drive

January 26 & 27, 2018 (price increasing in January 2018)

Red Oak - Registration Form
SWCC Red Oak Center Room 107
2300 N 4th St

November 3 & 4, 2017

NOTE:  Times and day of week may vary on classes.

New Driver Training
Online Registration Form

Saturday, December 9; 8:30—11:30 am; Creston
Saturday, February 3; 8:30-11:30 am; Creston
Wednesday, June 20; 8:30-11:30 am; Creston
Cost per driver: $100 - Iowa Resident

Annual Training
Online Registration Form

Fall 2017 Classes
Wednesday, October 25; 6 - 9 PM; Creston
Saturday, October 28; 8:30—11:30 am; Creston

Spring 2018 Classes
Wednesday, April 4; 6 - 9 PM; Leon
Wednesday, April 11; 6 - 9 PM; Greenfield
Wednesday, April 18; 6 - 9 PM; Mt. Ayr
Wednesday, June 20; 1:00—4:00 pm; Creston
Cost per driver: $30 - Iowa Resident