Southwestern College’s Personal Wellness Adapts to Continue to Provide High-Quality Mental Health Services

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Southwestern College’s Personal Wellness Services is adapting its services and creating unique access for students facing new educational, mental and personal challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While Southwestern College’s physical campuses remain closed, Personal Wellness Services has continued to provide high-quality behavioral health care and...

Southwestern College Closes Equity Gaps for Latinx Students

Graduation cap that says "First Generation"
Southwestern College has closed equity gaps and increased success rates for Latinx students taking English and math courses by broadening access to transfer-level and gateway courses, according to a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California.  Southwestern College is one of 13 community...

Kicking Off a Season of Thanks

Employee Andrea Cletus holds a cooked turkey breast to give away as part of Thanksgiving meal distribution
Southwestern College volunteers capped off a week’s worth of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week activities Friday with a drive-through distribution of Thanksgiving-themed meal boxes for students. Up to 1,000 boxes were expected to be distributed and delivered from Friday until Wednesday to the students who...

Southwestern College Programs Recognized for Serving Nursing Students and Hispanics

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Southwestern College’s nursing program has ranked in the top 10 of nursing programs in San Diego County, and the college recently ranked within the top 100 schools nationally for the number of Hispanic/Latinx earning two-year degrees. Ranked number 10 in the county by TopRNtoBSN.com, Southwestern...

SWC Foundation Member Believes in Investing in Students

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Halé Richardson serves on several non-profit boards, but few bring her as much personal satisfaction as serving on the Southwestern College Foundation board. For the last five years, Richardson has seen that Southwestern College is a positive vortex that brings together students, employees and community...

Southwestern College Students Win Prestigious Women in California Leadership Scholarship

Photo of Southwestern College student Jenai Funk.
Two Southwestern College students have been selected for the prestigious 2020 Minerva Scholarship from the Women in California Leadership. Jenai Funk and Anna Sanchez will each be awarded a $2,500 scholarship for their educational accomplishments and roles as student leaders at Southwestern College. Funk and...

Southwestern College is Home to Two New Ambulances

Jasmine Sierra, a SWC Paramedic student and Martin Gonzalez, the Instructional Lab Coordinator for EMT and Paramedic programs, break in the ambulance with some scenario exercises.
Southwestern College’s paramedics, EMTs and firefighters have a new tool to gain hands-on experience, thanks to a recent donation of two ambulances, one by Priority Ambulance and another from Falck Ambulance. In a celebration Sept. 4, district and Priority officials explained the impact of the...

Southwestern College Superintendent/President Kindred Murillo to Retire in 2021

Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo.
Dr. Kindred Murillo is retiring this academic year after serving 24 years in the California Community College System. Beginning as an adjunct faculty at Desert Community College District, Murillo has served in various roles as an advocate for students and champion of equity. 

Essential Workers In Training Get The 3 Essentials; Food, Water and Education.

Step Up Nursing Student, Abraham Robles picks up his lunch from JAG Kitchen and SWC Cares at Higher Education Center Otay Mesa.
Returning to campus for in-person classes after 10 weeks in quarantine was stressful enough for Southwestern College first responders and nursing students, let alone thinking about traveling off campus to get lunch. So through a partnership with Southwestern College’s Jag Kitchen Food Pantry and college...

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...