Paramedic Program Celebrates 30 Years of Training First-Responders

Paramedic student Michelle Bostrom works with other students and her professor on cardiac patient assessment.
It’s a busy day for students of the Southwestern College Paramedic Program at the Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa. They’re on a strict schedule, and four Southwestern College paramedic professors and staff members are leading them through real-world scenarios and workshops they’ll encounter...

Chula Vista Veteran of the Year is Proud Southwestern College Graduate

Southwestern College alumnus Chris Lawerence is Chula Vista's Veteran of the Year. Lawrence is a Purple Heart recipient, a police officer with the Chula Vista Police Department and a graduate of Southwestern College's Police Academy.
In 2007, Chris Lawrence had been in about his fifth month of deployment in the Al Anabar province of Iraq when an enemy improvised explosive device went off and destroyed the bridge he and his squad of about 14 soldiers were walking over. “I was...

Accounting Students Accrue Competitive Experience, Exposure Through Alumni Guidance

Southwestern College alumnus and EY tax professional gives Brittany Tavai a tour of the San Diego EY offices. Tavai was one of four Southwestern College students chosen for EY's prestigious Elements of Success program.
It was 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday in September when Gustavo Perez, treasurer of the Southwestern College Foundation and proud alumnus, drove onto the Chula Vista campus to pick up three students to take to Los Angeles. Perez was taking these students to the prestigious...

Southwestern College Gives Donovan Inmates an Early Start on Second Chances

Donovan class.
Southwestern College's Second Chance Pell Program gives inmates inside Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility a pathway to a college degree with federal financial aid while serving their sentences.

A Whole New World: Student Finds New Role in Life Through Theatre, Education

Inside the Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Cynthia Ochoa feels as much a part of the theatre as the seats, the sets and the stage. She walks through the halls with the stories of artists, actors and directors she's worked with. She mentions the technical challenges she's faced on the many productions she's worked on as an Old Globe house manager for the past year. The magic of the theatre, to her, is both on stage and behind the scenes, and Ochoa does everything she can to protect each performance.

Men of Color Conference Inspires Southwestern College Students

Mexican-American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz signs copies of his artwork and takes pictures with students after his keynote speech at Southwestern College's second annual Men of Color Conference.
Dr. Andre Pinesett opened up Southwestern College’s second annual Men of Color Conference with a message simple enough to fit on his T-shirt, “No excuses just dominate.” He explained to a room full of students, both male and female, how you can succeed in the face of adversity. As an African-American doctor who overcame poverty and a learning disability, it’s something he knows first-hand.

Student Workers, Volunteers Integral to Food Pantry’s Success

In March, more than 620 individual students walked into the Jag Kitchen Food Pantry to get something to eat. That same month the pantry served more than 2,180 meals, with some students attending the pantry every single day.

Architecture Student Misaki Sano Has a Design on Life

Architecture Student Misaki Sano examines shelter model.
(Chula Vista) Twenty-one year old Misaki Sano’s life has been full of unexpected twists and turns. Yet, she says, “it has led me to the place I need to be.” Sano is one of the top students in Southwestern College’s Architecture Program, “Misaki is a...

Meet the 2018 Student of Distinction Award Recipients

2018 Student of Distinction Award Recipients
It's Southwestern College's highest student honor. The Student of Distinction Award is awarded each year to 20 Southwestern College students who have excelled academically, are leaders on campus and demonstrated they're working to become the best student they can be.

Counselor Prepares to Run Boston Marathon 5 Years After Witnessing Marathon Bombing

EOPS Counselor Tayler Nichols trains for the Boston Marathon.
It was five years ago that Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Counselor Tayler Nichols was just one mile away from the Boston Marathon finish line, cheering on people from around the world finishing their 26.2-mile run. She didn’t know then that day would turn into one of the most tragic days in Boston history.