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Southwestern College Suspends All Operations for Black Out Tuesday

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Today, in observance of #BlackOutTuesday, Southwestern College stands in solidarity with our African American and Black brothers and sisters to lift our collective voices to bring change to the systems and processes of institutional racism. We as humans need to pause and acknowledge we...

Southwestern College Architect Professors Produce Face Shields

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After the abrupt end to face-to-face learning this spring, Southwestern College Architecture Professor Eric Johnson and several other faculty felt the need to help combat the pandemic that affects all of their students and peers. The faculty have helped by making reusable face masks and...

Southwestern College Plans Virtual, Parade Commencement Activities; In-Person Ceremony Canceled

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        After consulting with local public health officials and student leaders, Southwestern College is canceling a planned in-person commencement ceremony for December and instead is planning summer celebrations. The college had surveyed students earlier this spring. Overwhelmingly students responded that an in-person ceremony was extremely important...

Small Business Development Center Helps Businesses Thrive, Survive During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The The San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center Network is a part of Southwestern College's Center for Business Advancement, housed at the Higher Education Center at National City.
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached San Diego, thousands of businesses found themselves facing new challenges and complete uncertainty. They also found help and support from the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, who was ready to meet the moment and...

Southwestern College Students Eligible for $4.62M in Federal Emergency Aid Grant

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Currently enrolled Southwestern College students can apply for $4.62 million in federal relief funds awarded to the college—making Southwestern the first community college in the region to disburse the federal funds. The Federal Emergency Relief Grant, commonly known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic...

COVID-19: Fall Semester Operations Update

  Dear Southwestern College Community, We are ending our academic year during one of the most challenging periods Southwestern College and our community has ever faced. Even so, I am feeling incredibly inspired. I am inspired by the resilience and tenacity of our students who continue...

Southwestern College Creates WiFi Parking Lot Zone for Students

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Southwestern College is launching a pilot Drive-Up WiFi Zone on the Chula Vista campus to provide free WiFi to district students who may not have internet connectivity or access.  Southwestern College’s Institutional Technology department converted the first few rows of parking Lot D (next to...

5 Tips for Finishing the Semester Strong From Home

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You’ve heard it countless times by now, but I’ll say it again: these trying times are unprecedented. The COVID-19 virus and the public health crisis has dominated the news and semester for months now, and this spring semester has been unlike any before. For some...

Meet the 2020 Student of Distinction Award Recipients

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The Student of Distinction Award (commonly referred to as the SODA) is the highest honor a student can receive at Southwestern College. It is given each year to students who have displayed exemplary academic achievement and contributions to our campus and our communities. This year's...

Southwestern College Awarded $135,000 to Meet Student Needs

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CHULA VISTA -- The San Diego Foundation has awarded Southwestern College two grants totaling $135,000 to help students affected by the fallout of the COVID-19 public health crisis. In awards announced last week, The San Diego Foundation awarded $75,000 for Southwestern College to purchase and...