Dual Dedications Celebrate Performing Arts Center Opening

Performing Arts Center Grand Opening
Southwestern College emerged from the pandemic with a grand opening dedication of a magnificent Performing Arts Center and the community welcome reception for new Superintendent/President Dr. Mark Sanchez. In a dual celebration Wednesday, community members and Southwestern College faculty and staff heralded the ultimate transformation...

Southwestern College Governing Board Trustee Elections Are Changing

Map of Southwestern College district showing each campus location.
The Southwestern College Governing Board will hold its first public meeting on changing governing board positions into specific districts at a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Southwestern College trustees are currently elected at-large, meaning they are elected by voters across the entire college’s service...

The Southwestern College Sun Named Top 100 Publication in America

Brittany Cruz-Fejeran holding a copy of The Southwestern College Sun newspaper.
The Sun, Southwestern College’s student newspaper, has been named one of America's Top 100 college publications of the last century by the Associated Collegiate Press, home of the prestigious Pacemaker often considered the Pulitzer prize of college media. To celebrate its centennial, the Associated Collegiate...

Southwestern College Vice President Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program

Portrait of Dr. Tina King
Dr. Tina King, Southwestern College’s assistant superintendent/vice president for student affairs, is one of 40 educators selected for the 2021-2022 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship. In a formal announcement Thursday, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named those participating in the 10-month program...

Southwestern College to Require Vaccines, Masks for Fall 2021 Semester

The Chavez Student Services Building on the Chula Vista campus.
Southwestern College will require all employees and students accessing in-person instruction and services to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester. Masks will be required in all indoor buildings and facilities. Southwestern College leadership surveyed the campus community, including students and employees, and...

Southwestern College’s Drone and Aerospace Program Take Flight This Fall

Professor Ken Yanow shows the various drones available for students in the drone program.
Interest in the drone industry is as high as some of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can fly, and now Southwestern College has a way for students to gain skills to enter the field for free. Beginning this fall, students can enroll through the college’s...

President’s Message: Updated Southwestern College Health Guidelines

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Dear Southwestern College Community, It has been more than 14 months since Southwestern College transitioned to online learning, services, and remote work for many of our employees. Southwestern College continues to be unwavering in its commitment to protect our students and employees against COVID-19 and continue to...

Southwestern College to Expand In-Person Classes Fall 2021, Require Vaccinations 

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Southwestern College will offer an expanded number of face-to-face classes this fall 2021 semester and will require all students, employees and visitors who are accessing a Southwestern College campus or facility to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, contingent on FDA approval of a vaccine. While...

Continuing Education is Helping Students Make Steps to a Brighter Future

Meet Mary Roach, a Southwestern College Continuing Education success story. Due to 5 brain surgeries, Mary was tied to a wheelchair. This is Mary, enjoying the San Diego weather walking around her home.
Not long after taking John Acosta’s exercise class at Southwestern College, Mary Roach was no longer sitting in a wheelchair. After five brain surgeries and some dedicated time to Acosta’s exercise class, she was stepping into class with a walker.  Acosta’s face was surprised and...

Southwestern College’s Moves Toward Educational Equity Recognized

Students studying in the Academic Success Center
Southwestern College’s multi-year effort to reform curriculum, create a sense of student and employee belonging with hiring and policy reforms and remove institutional barriers to enrollment have earned the college a nationally recognized Institutional Excellence Award. The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education...