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  • Strohl to Speak to MBA Students

    Winfield, Kan., Sept. 20, 2016 — Dallas consultant and author Rod Strohl will be the first distinguished guest speaker of a series being organized by MBA students at Southwestern College. Strohl’s talk will be at noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Mossman Hall, room 101, and the public is invited to the free presentation.

    Retired after 47 years in customer service with AT&T, Strohl will speak on the importance of relationships in today’s business world. He is currently writing a book, “Life Is All About Relationships.”

    Strohl is a graduate of Southwestern College and earned a graduate degree in human resources from Ottawa University. During his career with AT&T he held various leadership roles throughout the Midwest and the Southwest. His honors include selection to Outstanding Young Men of America and Who’s Who in the Midwest. He was inducted into Southwestern College’s Business Hall of Fame in 2006.

    Strohl is a member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

    For more information, contact Debbie McAlister, MBA program director, at 620-229-6074.

    Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  More than 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world. 

  • Southwestern College Ranked in Top 25 Kansas Colleges

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College ranks in the top 25 Kansas colleges, according to is a resource for students looking for dependable information regarding online schools around the country. Its Top Colleges tool allows prospective learners to search nearly 3,000 schools nationwide to find information on the tuition, location and military benefits offered.

    The Web site ranked more than 2,500 universities and colleges around the country, rating them on a range of factors including cost of tuition. On its list of top 50 schools Southwestern came in at number 24.

    Southwestern College offers traditional on-ground learning at its main campus in Winfield, KS. Its Professional Studies division offers six-week online classes in a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Generous tuition discounts are available to its active military learners and their spouses.

    Southwestern College has also been named a Top School by Military Advanced Education, Best for Vets College and Military Friendly School® for 2016.

  • Southwestern College Offers Credit Transfer Options for ITT Students

    As ITT Technical Institute students all over the country are left with few places to turn to complete their degrees, Southwestern College is committing to assist them in completing their education by accepting credits into one of its certificate, undergraduate or graduate programs. Southwestern College is a non-profit, regionally accredited college offering a wide range of degree and certificate programs. The college offers a wide variety of majors online as well as on ground at its main campus in Winfield, KS.

    Online Undergraduate Degrees

    Business and Leadership


    Healthcare and Social Sciences


    Security and Safety


    Degree Programs offered at the Southwestern College Main Campus


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  • Southwestern College Named One of Country’s Top 15 Military Friendly Colleges

    Wichita, KS – Southwestern College is among the nation’s most military friendly, according to

    With a mission of featuring the best colleges for active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families, awards the distinction for academic institutions that provide specialized counseling services, financial aid and veteran-oriented career consultation. The website placed Southwestern College at number 14 on its list of best colleges for military learners.

    Southwestern College was recognized for its assistance to veterans and military service members in financing as well as adjustment to college life. Its special grant, the Alan Bradford Veteran Award, is made available to active service members or veterans who enroll at the college’s main campus in Winfield. Southwestern was also sighted for its dedicated admissions counselors who provide individual academic planning and tuition assistance focused on military learners. The college’s Professional Studies campus offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs with six-week online classes that fit the lives of military learners both in the country and overseas.

    Additionally, Southwestern College has also been named a Top School by Military Advanced Education, Best for Vets College and Military Friendly School® for 2016.

  • Top Reasons to Receive Contract Management Training

    Are you considering a career in contract management? Those applying for contract work must be able to demonstrate their propensity for negotiating and managing those contracts. “Having the proper certification is paramount,” says Stephen Ferguson, Director of Business Development for the Southwestern College Center for Corporate Learning. “The best way to prepare for those certifications is through contract management training.”

    Here are some of the top reasons to obtain contract management training:

    Required by the U.S. Government

    Whether you’re a service member or government employee (federal, state or local), contracting personnel must acquire proper certifications in order to manage specific levels of contracts. The certifications are required under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Program. DAWIA certifications are granted through the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and are specific to the Defense industry. FAC-C certifications are granted through the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) and are more specific to government (all level) employees who are non DoD. The purpose of DAWIA and FAC-C is to establish education, training and experience requirements for contracting professionals looking to manage contracts and conduct business with the federal government and DOD. There are three levels in both DAWIA and FAC-C certification guidelines.

    For civilians working in organizations that do or would like to do business with the government, the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) offers training and certifications to the non-government sector.

    Simply put: In this industry, you need to get training and the appropriate certification.

    Earn credit toward certification and college degree simultaneously

    The Excelerate program, through the DAU, is an exciting program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in less time. Through the program, partnering colleges award credit toward an undergraduate or graduate degrees for completion of specific DAU courses and achievement of DAWIA certifications. It’s a great way to double down on your training efforts and get more for your money.

    Elevated professional status

    There’s no question having your certification in contract management gives you a competitive edge. Training focuses on current and relevant topics including planning and administering performance-based acquisitions, professional development activities, contract negotiations, policies and procedures directly influencing the improvement of defense acquisition outcomes. Increasing your knowledge raises your personal status in a growing global profession.

    Increased income

    One of the most obvious benefits of contract management training is increasing your earning potential. According the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Annual Salary Survey, certified professionals earn a median annual salary of $97,000. Half of those surveyed reported having one or more certifications. The most popular were two of the NCMA certifications and all three levels of DAWIA. The more training you acquire the more you are worth in government contract management work.  

    Southwestern College, a DAU equivalent provider, is teaching the DAU: CON 290 – Contract Administration and Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment course through its Center for Corporate Learning beginning in August. The 10-day course is being held at the Southwestern College Professional Studies Campus in Wichita and costs just $1,600 per person.

  • Southwestern College Announces Search for New Director of Nursing

    WICHITA, KS - Southwestern College Professional Studies is searching for the next Director for our online RN to BSN program. Please see for position details and application instructions.

  • Upcoming PHR®/SPHR® Certification Prep Course Set to Begin

    WICHITA, Kansas – The new Center for Corporate Learning will offer a third Professional in Human Resource (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR®) certification preparatory course in July.

    The PHR®/SPHR® preparatory course will focus on the Bodies of Knowledge, the foundation of the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI™) exam. They include business and management strategy, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations and risk management. The preparatory course benefits small business owners, managers with HR responsibilities and those wishing to increase their HR knowledge base.

    “HRCI certification helps companies identify individuals who have expert knowledge of HR best practices as well as the strategic mindset, situational awareness and sound judgement required to adapt those best practices to their companies unique needs,” said HR Certification Institute CEO Amy Dufrane, Ed.D., SPHR, CAE.

    Taught by local, experienced HR professionals, the course will consist of eight facilitated sessions, including orientation, where human resource professionals can prepare for their PHR®/SPHR® certification exams. Classes will be held from July 30th through November 5th on Saturdays at the Southwestern College Professional Studies campus in Wichita. The cost is just $950 per person and includes printed and online materials. Those interested in registering can visit the website.

    The Center for Corporate Learning (CCL) was established to enhance business and industry partnerships. Along with the PHR®/SPHR® examination prep course, CCL offers quality customized training programs for organizations.

  • Top 5 Reasons to Earn Your CompTia Network+ Certification

    Those hiring in the information technology profession trust the CompTia name and the person who holds a CompTia Network+ certification. They consider those with the certification to passionate and knowledgeable in the field of IT. A Network + certification validates one’s knowledge of hardware and networking skills. The CompTia Network+ certification is your ticket to global recognition in IT and higher earning power. Here are some of the top reasons to earn your Network+ certification.

    Network+ is globally recognized and vendor-neutral

    CompTIA Network+ certified professionals are trained and prepared to work with an array of software, hardware and networks. And because it is recognized worldwide, you can carry your credentials to any job anywhere!

    Network+ makes you stand out in a flourishing industry

    There is an expected 12% job growth in the field of IT over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Professionals possessing their CompTIA Network+ certification are known to stand out and excel at their job. In fact, some 53% of IT and business executives agree that certified staff performs at a higher level than non-certified staff, according to the CompTia International Technology Adoption and Workforce Trends report.

    Network+ meets the highest standards

    CompTIA Network+ meets the ISO 17024 standard and is approved by U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements. It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

    Network+ is industry supported

    Leading IT experts develop and maintain Network+ so those getting certified can be sure they are being trained at the highest level.

    Network+ increases earning potential

    Since having a Network+ certification validates one’s knowledge of hardware and networking skills, having it increases their earning potential. Global Knowledge’s IT Skills and Salary Report estimates the average salary of a Network+ certified IT professional at about $74,000.

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  • Commencement 2016 Video

    Take a look at some of our 2016 Commencement footage and hear from a few of our inspiring graduates!

  • Southwestern College’s Online Doctor of Educational Leadership Degree Ranked among Top in U.S.

    Wichita, Kansas – The Doctor of Educational Leadership degree at Southwestern College is one of the best in the country, according to Affordable Colleges Online.

    After months of collecting data from hundreds of colleges and government sources around the United States, Affordable Colleges Online found that the Doctor of Educational Leadership program at Southwestern College should have a place on its list of top online programs. Affordable Colleges Online has distinguished its ranking scale by the use of Peer-Based Value, or PBV. The PBV score compares the cost of each program to the cost of similar programs with the same qualitative score. Some of the variables measured from both for profit and non-profit institutions included online tuition rate, academic and career counseling services and job placement for graduates.

    "Our successful graduates hold positions as teachers, building and district administrators and higher ed administration,” said Dr. Cameron Carlson, Southwestern College Dean of Education. “Students receive personal instruction from highly qualified instructors who continue to practice within the PK-12 and higher education boundaries. Therefore, they leave our program knowing how to communicate across boundaries that often separate higher education and PK12 schools. Graduates from our program know how to critically analyze problems facing schools and gather support from the field to address needed changes to help more students find success.”

    The Doctor of Educational Leadership at Southwestern College prepares students to become building, district, and teacher leaders in public, independent and parochial schools, state agencies and higher education. The program includes a summer residency enabling the development of deep, meaningful relationships which are extended through online synchronous and asynchronous learning.

    In addition to the Doctor of Educational Leadership program, Southwestern College offers four online master’s degrees in education including Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education (Functional), Special Education (Adaptive) and Teaching.