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Southwestern Community College

 

Southwestern Community College is a public junior college with campuses in Creston, Red Oak, and Osceola, Iowa. The school was merged with Creston Community College in 1966 as part of the new Iowa community college system. In 1985 the Red Oak facility was opened to serve Montgomery County, and in 1992 the Osceola facility was developed as a joint venture between SWCC and JTPA. The school is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. About 1,700 students attend classes at the college.

Educational Programs

Southwestern Community College offers career training and two-year degrees in a number of subjects. Students will also find technical training and continuing education courses at the school that can help them sharpen their job skills so they can stay on top of the employment game. The areas of study available at Southwestern are as follows:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Office Technology
  • Arts and Sciences College Transfer
  • Automotive Repair Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Systems Networking
  • Carpentry
  • Collision Repair and Refinish
  • Electrical Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Information Technology
  • Help Desk
  • Management Information Systems
  • Medical Transcription
  • Nursing
  • Office Skills
  • Professional Music
  • Web Development
  • Welding

Many of these programs terminate in an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science Degree, or an Associate of Applied Arts Degree.

Students have a couple of options available to them when it comes to taking the courses required for their degrees. They can take on-campus classes or they can take advantage of the school’s online class program. In addition to individual courses, a few two-year programs can be earned completely online. Taking classes over the Internet allows students to complete the coursework at their own pace.

High school students can get a jump on their post-secondary educations by taking college courses as juniors or seniors. SWCC has partnerships with local high schools and, oftentimes, there is no cost for the classes you take. Not only will you graduate high school with advanced standing in college, you’ll save money on your college tuition.

Admissions

SWCC has an open-door admissions policy. Any student that wishes to attend classes at the college simply need to submit an application, transcripts from their high school and any post-secondary school attended, and take the Compass exam. ACT scores can be submitted in lieu of the taking the Compass as long as the composite score is 19 or over.

International students must take the TOEFL and score at least a 500 (paper) or 173 (computer). Verification of finances must also be submitted.

Costs

Here is how much it will cost to take classes at Southwestern Community College:

  • In-state tuition/online classes: $129 per credit
  • Out-of-state/International: $142.50 per credit
  • Student fees: $12 per credit
  • Online course fee: $21 per credit
  • Room and board: $2,400 to $2,825 per semester

Some courses charge additional fees for materials and pre- and post-testing.

Students can pay for their educational expenses in full using cash, checks, credit cards, or financial aid. The school also has an automatic payment plan program that allows students to pay their tuition in monthly installments. Scholarships and grants are also available.

Campus Life

There are four residence halls on site that offer a mix of traditional dormitory, suites, and apartment-style housing. The rooms are furnished with beds, drawers, desk and chair, closets, cable, and Internet access. There is also a security system installed for safety.

There are many ways students can get involved on campus. There are a few sports programs at the college including baseball, basketball, golf, softball, and volleyball. Joining a student club is also a great way to connect with other students. Available clubs include Art Club, BPA, and Computer Club.

 
 
 
 

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