Southwestern Community College (Iowa)

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Coordinates: 41°04′19″N 94°22′49″W / 41.071865°N 94.380383°W / 41.071865; -94.380383

Southwestern Community College
Motto "SmartDecision. SmartStart. SWCCsmart"
Type Public
Established 1966[1]
President Barbara Crittenden, Ph.D.[2]
Students Approximately 1,700[3]
Location Creston, Iowa, United States
Campus Rural
Colors Red and Navy[4]
Athletics Volleyball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Cross Country
Nickname Spartans

Southwestern Community College (SWCC, also pronounced "swick") is a public two-year community college with its main campus in Creston, Iowa, and centers in Red Oak, Iowa, and Osceola, Iowa. In addition to an arts and sciences program, SWCC offers a variety of career and technical education degrees and certificates.[5]


Southwestern Community College was originally started in 1966, on a 406-acre (1.64 km2) campus. In 1970 the campus was expanded with the addition a technical center, administrative office, and student center. In 1995 a Wellness Center was built, it included an Olympic sized pool, gymnasium, and performing arts auditorium. The Wellness Center also hosts the Southern Prairie YMCA and adult and continuing education department. In 2000 another addition to the campus was made, which added a health center, a second technical center, and the Spartan Suites apartment-style dormitories.[1]

On April 14, 2012, an EF2 tornado struck Creston and did considerable damage to the campus. The Spartan Suites had its roof torn off and the other dorms suffered roof and window damage as well as water damage. Lucikly, the tornado struck on a weekend and a majority of the students had gone home for the weekend. There were no serious injuries or deaths. The gymnasium was turned into a makeshift hospital due to the nearby hospital also suffering damage. Classes were canceled for the beginning of the week and students and instructors helped with clean-up around Creston. Due to the damage suffered by the dorms, the students were transferred to local hotels for the rest of the spring semester.

Board of Trustees[edit]

SWCC is made up of an eight member board of trustees, which is split up into eight districts. The board includes; Denny Davis (District 1), Fred Shearer (District 2), Jerry Smith (District 3), Susan Lane (District 4), Ken Rech (District 5), Vicki Sickels (District 6), Cindy Cox (District 7), Tony Cass (District 8).[6]


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