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...

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...

Southwestern College, SDSU Awarded $2.2M Math Equity and Research Grant by National Science Foundation

Math students inside the Southwestern College Math Center.
Southwestern College and San Diego State University have been awarded a joint $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to close equity gaps in math classes, train math faculty to foster student success and develop research on how to better prepare students to...

SWC Faculty Won’t Leave Donovan Students Behind

Will Dalrymple and Raquel Funches assembling packets
When Southwestern College Restorative Justice Program Director Patrice Milkovich popped the trunk of her Subaru in the parking lot of the Pilot Truck Stop near the Mexican border, the cargo inside was more precious than any illicit cargo that passes through. Milkovich was there to...

Southwestern College Plans Commencement Ceremony for December

Students at the 58th Annual Commencement in 2019.
Southwestern College leadership agreed to postpone the 2020 Commencement until December this year to allow for an in-person ceremony. In making the decision, the college surveyed and listened to eligible graduates who overwhelmingly voted to postpone the ceremony in response to the COVID-19 public...