Southwestern College has been awarded $325,000 to help fund student veteran success and establish a Dream Center for undocumented students.
“Southwestern College has already had tremendous success serving our student veterans and our undocumented students,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo. “These grants reinforce our commitment to them and their success and will help us pave the way for more deserving students.”
The California Campus Catalyst Fund awarded Southwestern College $125,000 to establish a Dream Center on campus, bring more resources to undocumented students and help give these students the resources and solutions they need to succeed. The grant will also help fund a project specialist who will work directly with undocumented students and develop workshops, outreach material and scholarship opportunities.
The Dream Center will help centralize services already provided by Southwestern College including its Adelante Estudiante Program, an AB540 student cohort and scholarship program; the IDEAS Student Organization, a club for undocumented students; undocumented student scholarships; specialized financial aid workshops; and more.
The Veterans’ Resource Center Grant Program, distributed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, awarded Southwestern College $200,000 to increase the number of veterans it serves and provide more support to its existing student veterans. The grant will help fund a part-time outreach position to engage with veterans in the community, a veteran peer-to-peer tutoring program and upgrade and enhance the college’s Veterans’ Resource Center.
Southwestern College has a strong history of being a military-friendly institution through its dedicated veterans’ staff, highly determined student veteran population and its successful veteran services.