Donor Spotlight: Gabriel Gutierrez

Gabriel Gutierrez outside Chula Vista City Hall.
Gabriel Gutierrez has had many educational accomplishments after graduating Hilltop High School. He graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration. He was a part of the University of Kansas’ National Urban Fellows program where he received an executive leadership certificate.

Southwestern College’s State-of-the-Art Recording Arts and Technology Program

On the outside, building 850 at Southwestern College’s Chula Vista campus seems like any other building filled with regular classrooms. But inside, students won’t find classrooms with rows of desks leading to a whiteboard. They’ll enter Southwestern College’s $6 million Center for Recording Arts & Technology.

Architecture Professor Diana De La Torre Arredondo Builds Student Success

Architecture Professor Diana De La Torre Arredondo.
When Architecture Professor Diana de la Torre Arredondo was in the fourth grade, the recession hit her family so hard they had to move from San Diego to Tijuana where it was more affordable to live. Her father, who worked as a draftsman and in construction for most of her life, bought a small empty lot and designed and built their home across the border.

Southwestern College Hosts Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

All week long, the Jag Kitchen Food Pantry hosted events to bring awareness for students facing hunger and housing insecurities by hosting special breakfast bars, a clothing and toiletry drive, a community discussion and panel and much more.

Counselor Spotlight: Abdimalik Buul

If you’re looking for Abdimalik Buul at Southwestern College, you might find him in his counselor’s office helping a student figure out their major or a certificate program. You may find him inside a classroom teaching a Personal Development class for the Umoja (formerly The Exponential Learning Academy) African-American learning community.

Alumni Spotlight: Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas inside Chula Vista City Hall.
Before Mary Casillas Salas ever walked through the halls of the California State Capitol as an assembly member, before she became the first Latina to serve on the Chula Vista city council and before she was ever elected to her current position as the first Latina mayor of the City of the Chula Vista in 2014, Salas was a student at Southwestern College.

3D Printing Provides ‘Endless Possibilities’

Engineering major Giselle Romo with a MakerBot 3D printer and a few of the objects she created.
Inside the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program at Southwestern College, Giselle Romo is spending a summer afternoon browsing files and renderings on her laptop of all the different things she can make with one of the program’s 3D printers. There’s a Stormtrooper figure,...

5 Things to Do Before Fall Semester

5 Things to Do Before the Fall Semester
If you’re enjoying a summer off, we know that school might not be at the top of your list of things to think about right now. But between your Netflix binges and your days at the beach, make a little time to get prepared and ready for the fall semester at Southwestern College. There’s a lot to do, but we broke down five things we think will help you get on the right track.

Former gang member graduates Southwestern College with full-ride scholarship to UC San Diego

Steve Whiting has left a life of gang activity and jail behind and will graduate Southwestern College on Friday, May 26. He transfer to U.C. San Diego with a full-ride scholarship.
From age 15 to 20, Whiting spent many years in and out of prison and jail. He did half a year in juvenile hall, half a year in county, a year in the penitentiary, and so on and so forth. He served time for a slew of different charges from assault, to robbery, to gang activity.