Southwestern Michigan College

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Southwestern Michigan College
Southwestern Michigan College Fall.jpg
Southwestern Michigan College's Dowagiac campus
Motto Smart. Close. Affordable.
Established 1964
Type Community college
Chairman Dr. Fred L. Mathews
President Dr. David Mathews
Vice-president Dr. Diane Chaddock
Students 3,262 in Fall 2010
Location Dowagiac, Michigan, USA
41°57′57″N 86°04′57″W / 41.9658°N 86.0826°W / 41.9658; -86.0826Coordinates: 41°57′57″N 86°04′57″W / 41.9658°N 86.0826°W / 41.9658; -86.0826
Campus Dowagiac with one satellite campus (Niles)
Athletics Intramural Sports
Sports None
Nickname SMC
Mascot Roadrunner

Southwestern Michigan College is a public community college. The Main campus is near Dowagiac, Michigan and The Niles Area Campus (NAC) is located outside the city limits of Niles, Michigan


Southwestern Michigan College offers certificate programs in Automotive Technology, Construction Trades Green Technology, Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Science, General Education, Home Health Aide, Hotel Management, Information Technology Help Desk, Mechatronics Technology, Medical Assisting-Clinical, Medical Assisting-Office, Medical First Responder, Nursing Assistant (CNA), Practical Nursing LPN, Occupational Technology, Office Assistant/Specialist, Paramedic, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Precision Production Technology, Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship, Special Event Planning and Welding Technology.

Southwestern Michigan College offers Associates degrees in Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business, Business-Concertration in Hotel Management, Business-Concentration in Office Management, Busienss-Concentration in Special Events, Construction Trades Green Technology, Early Childhood Education, Educational Paraprofessional, Engineering Technology, Fire Science, Graphic Design Technology, Health Information Technology, Industrial Technology, Information Technology (Application Development, Networking and Support), Mechatronics Technology, Medical Assisting, Music, Nursing (LPN to RN), Nursing (Paramedic to RN), Nursing (RN), Occupational Technology, Paramedic, Precision Production Technology, Professional Communication (Communication, Creative Writing and Professional Writing tracks), and Social Work.

Visit the (Southwestern Michigan College website) for complete program guides.


Southwestern Michigan College was founded on November 19, 1964 after the voters of Cass County, Michigan approved a 1.5 million dollar tax levy to fund a Cass County Community College. On September 12, 1965 ground was broken for the main campus in Dowagiac, Michigan. Classes began at Southwestern Michigan College in September 1966. The college is located three miles (5 km) outside of Dowagiac, Michigan city limits. Their sports teams were nicknamed the "Roadrunners" before SMC dropped sports in 1998.

Main campus[edit]

Currently the Main Campus houses 10 buildings:

Satellite campus[edit]

In July 1992 the Niles Area Campus (NAC) opened with a new 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) facility, located just outside the city limits of Niles, Michigan. In 1999 a 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) addition was completed which came close to doubling the size of the Niles Area Campus. In 2001 a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) Michigan Technology Center was add to the Niles Area Campus. This building is known as the Harry T. Gast Building, named for the former Michigan state senator.


Southwestern Michigan College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Southwestern Michigan College is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

On-Campus Student Housing[edit]

East Hall
Full sized kitchen in every apartment
Private, lockable bedroom

SMC Housing offers apartment style living with full kitchens and private, lockable bedrooms. These fully furnished four bedroom apartments have two bathrooms. SMC housing covers all utilities including wired and wireless internet, air conditioning, electricity, and water.

In fall 2009, Southwestern Michigan College their first residential housing facility on campus with a 130-bed student housing unit. On August 16, 2009 the student housing was dedicated and named in Honor of Keith H. McKenzie. Southwestern Michigan College's second housing unit on the College's Dowagiac campus opened for the fall 2010 semester.

Due to continuing high demand, SMC has set to open their third housing facility. South Hall will open this fall and house an additional 130 students. This will bring the total on-campus population to 390 students. More information on SMC housing can be found at [1]

Board of Trustees[edit]

Southwestern Michigan College is governed by a 7 member locally-elected Board of Trustees.[2]

Name Position
Dr. Fred L. Mathews Chairman
Keith McKenzie Vice-Chairman
William White Secretary
Thomas Jerdon Treasurer
Eric Coles Trustee
Beth J. Cripe Trustee
Paul D. File Trustee


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  2. ^ "Board of Trustees". Southwestern Michigan College. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 

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