Southwestern College Expands Basic Needs Support for Students

A person handing out free meals during a drive-up event.
Southwestern College is expanding its basic needs support for students at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many inequities and insecurities affecting students and their success. Under the umbrella of SWC Cares and a new basic needs coordinator, Southwestern College is strengthening...

CHEL Learning Community Gives LGBTQIA+ Students Specialized Education, Dedicated Support

A Zoom class of Southwestern College's CHEL learning community.
For decades, Southwestern College’s learning communities have created unique and equity-focused education and opportunities for Southwestern College students.  This fall semester, Southwestern College added one more student learning community to expand its mission to build community and advance equity inside and outside the classroom. CHEL...

MAMS‌ ‌Club‌ ‌Creates‌ ‌Community,‌ ‌Support‌ ‌for‌ ‌Student-Mothers

Photo of Anna Sanchez
One day, Anna Sanchez was walking through Southwestern College to drop something off to her fellow-student/husband when she was having a tough time with her youngest child. They had a public outburst and caused a scene on campus, and Sanchez was feeling a little...

Southwestern College’s EOPS Largest in California

Matthew Manrique, a biology major, is one of thousands of students supported by EOPS through book services, dedicated counseling, priority registration and more.
For students like Matthew Manrique, Southwestern College’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is critical to his success as a student. Manrique, his mom and brother left Colombia three years ago because of scarce job opportunities and almost no higher education opportunities for folks...

ASO President Christian Sanchez Prioritizes Student Success, Mentorship

When Christian Sanchez started as a student for the third time at Southwestern College in the summer of 2018, he was unsure of his academic future and had no interest in being involved on campus. Sanchez had enrolled in Southwestern College twice before, but both...

Southwestern College’s Puente Project Celebrates 30 Years of Student Success

The 2019 Puente Project cohort of students with Puente counselor David Ramirez.
The Southwestern College Puente Project is celebrating 30 years with a special event Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. on the Chula Vista campus. The Treintañera celebration and fundraiser will feature Puente alumni, special guests, current Southwestern College Puentistas, the Southwestern College mariachi, dinner...

Jonathan “J.D.” White Continues to Serve Through Southwestern College Veterans’ Resource Center

Jonathan "J.D." White, coordinator of the Veterans’ Resource Center, during Southwestern College's annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 8, 2018.
While he may be officially retired from the military, Jonathan “J.D.” White continues to serve. Throughout his 20 years in the United State Marine Corps, serving others became second nature to him because of the strong sense of honor, courage and commitment the Marine...

Graduate Ivonne Raya Dedicates her Education, Success to her Departed Mother

When Ivonne Raya walks across the DeVore Stadium stage on May 24 during the 58th annual Commencement Ceremony, there will be one person missing from the audience: her mother. Just less than one month ago, when students are trying to complete final projects, prepare for...

Southwestern College Plays Vital Role in Math Professor’s Equation to Success

Math Professor Youssef Francis teaches his differential equations class at Southwestern College.
It was late January 2004 when then 18-year-old Youssef Francis received news that his green card was ready, and he and his family could immigrate from Beirut, Lebanon to America. Described as one of the happiest moments in his life, Francis knew that better...

SWC Cares Closet Helps Students Dress to Impress

Emily Lynch Morissette inside the SWC Cares Closet, a mini-boutique for students who need free professional business clothing.
The SWC Cares Closet is a mini-boutique serving all Southwestern College students who need professional clothing assistance. The Cares Closet is located in room 104B on the Chula Vista campus.