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Student-constructed house sold in Creston

Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:02 p.m. CDT
This house at 1303 N. Mulberry St., constructed by Southwestern Community College carpentry and building trades students, has been sold for $205,000.

One of three houses for sale in the 1300 block of North Mulberry Street, built by Southwestern Community College students, has been purchased.

The SWCC Board of Directors last week approved the offer of $205,000 from Dr. Milicent E. Young of Conroe, Texas, for the house at 1303 N. Mulberry. It is the oldest of three homes built by students in Southwestern’s carpentry class in the College Park Subdivision that had not been sold.

The board unanimously approved the sale price and warranty deed for the lot.

The house was completed in 2009. The purchase agreement includes a $10,000 flooring allowance for completion of flooring in the home according to the buyer’s preference.

The other SWCC houses for sale are on either side of the sold house, at 1301 and 1305 N. Mulberry St.

As the fall semester quickly approaches, contracts for several new instructors were also approved by the board. These include:

• Blair Croan, English instructor, at a salary of $33,200.

Bill Taylor, vice president of instruction, said Croan is an experienced writer who blends traditional teaching methods with innovative and creative techniques.

Most recently, Croan has been a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois in composition and expository writing. She has also worked as an editorial assistant for the literary magazine, “Ninth Letter,” and was a teaching assistant at Pittsburg State University. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kan.

She was the winner of the University of Illinois Josephine M. Breese Memorial Award in short fiction for best graduate short story.

• Megan Weis, instructor for the new health information technology program, at a salary of $37,800.

Taylor said Weis has practical experience in many health care and business facilities. She is a trained registered health information technology professional, with an associate’s degree in health information technology at Northeast Iowa Community College.

Taylor said Weis will work on completion of her bachelor’s degree over the next two years. Career and technical instructors are not required to have master’s degrees like instructors in arts and sciences degree programs, Taylor noted.

The SWCC program will provide instruction in medical coding and electronic medical record documentation according to Medicare guidelines.

Weis is a member of American Health Information Management Association.

• Larry Clinton Williams, biology instructor, at a salary of $32,500.

Williams will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Marsha Jones. He has been an adjunct instructor of biology and physical science at Northwest Iowa Community College since 2009.

Williams received a bachelor’s degree in biology and wildlife ecology at Peru State College and master’s degree in biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Taylor said Williams is a trained biologist who creates a variety of hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. He has expeirence working for Nebraska Game and Parks Comission Fisheries Division and Cabela’s Retail Inc. in maintaining its freshwater fish aquarium.

• Timothy Leonard, psychology, at a salary of $32,500.

Taylor said Leonard has 22 years of clinical work experience in psychology and wrote the curriculum for the “Children in the Middle” program for divorced parents.

Since 2009 he has been an adjunct instructor at Southwestern Community College and Des Moines Area Community College. He was employed at Employee and Family Resources in Des Moines from 1998 to 2006. Prior to that he was a mental health and biofeedback therapist at Iowa Health in Des Moines.

Leonard has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Simpson College and master’s degree from Connecticut College.

• Dennis Downing, carpentry and building trades instructor, at a salary of $39,008.

Selected among eight candidates, Dennis is the son of former SWCC carpentry instructor Dick Downing, who died in an auto accident on Highway 34 in May.

Dennis Downing has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from Central College. The past three years he has been project supervisor at Wolf Construction in Des Moines, where he trained and directed crews in all phases of construction.

Downing was project supervisor for construction of two retirement centers measuring 60,000 square feet and 200,000 square feet.

He has also worked as a carpenter and estimator at Dick’s Custom Woodworking, and assisted in home construction, roofing and concrete flatwork.

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