Southwestern College Breaks Ground on $22.5M National City Expansion

SWC Leadership shovels dirt durign the HEC NC Groundbreaking Ceremony.
Two-story building will expand course sections and programs, use state-of-the-art construction technology NATIONAL CITY, California ­– Southwestern College, SUNDT Construction and Johnson Favaro Architects broke ground August 31 on a new two-story expansion at the Higher Education Center in National City. The event brought together...

Southwestern College Refinances Prop. R Bond

Taxpayers to save more than $17 million CHULA VISTA, California ­– Southwestern College taxpayers will save more than $17 million after the Governing Board voted to refinance a portion of Proposition R bonds. Originally, the savings were estimated at $13.4 million, but due to significant...

Classes Begin for Southwestern College’s Fall Semester

Students head to Jaguar Walk, where the Associated Student Organization held its Welcome Week activities.
More than 18,000 students will take classes this fall at Southwestern College campuses throughout South San Diego County CHULA VISTA, California ­– This week, Southwestern College is welcoming more than 18,000 students to its campuses throughout South San Diego County. They will fill nearly 2,000...

August 2016 – Governing Board News

The Governing Board was honored to help kickoff the food drive for the new Jag Kitchen food pantry created by the Child Development Center and the Associated Students Organization.
In less than one week, thousands of students will walk onto Southwestern College for the fall semester. Some will be returning students but for others, it’ll be their first semester of college. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding those momentous occasions, and it’s a...

Southwestern College to Place Bond on November Ballot

Rendering of the new Performing Arts & Cultural Center.
The $400M bond will help support job training, infrastructure needs and veterans’ resources CHULA VISTA, California ­– The Southwestern College Governing Board unanimously voted at its Aug. 9 meeting to place a $400 million general obligation bond on the Nov. 8 ballot. The bond will...

Governing Board Appoints Interim Superintendent/President

Robert Duncan has more than 30 years of community college experience, including 10 years as superintendent/president of Palomar College.
CHULA VISTA, California ­– The Southwestern College Governing Board voted at its Tuesday meeting to to appoint Robert Deegan as the district’s new interim superintendent/president. The former president of Palomar College will come out of retirement to serve in his new role effective Aug. 15...

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Seeks to Fill Five Vacancies

CHULA VISTA, California ­– Southwestern College has extended the deadline for those interested in applying for one of five vacancies on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the college’s Proposition R bond measure. The new deadline is Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Members of the committee are...

Superintendent/President Interim Process

Acting Superintendent/President Tim Flood
Dear Southwestern College Community: As you know, Dr. Nish’s last day with the District is today, June 30. Once again, the Board is thankful to Dr. Nish for her dedicated work for the District over the last several years, and we wish her the best...

Southwestern College Chosen for U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

From left to right: Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Warden Daniel Paramo; Director of Evaluations, Financial Aid, Veterans Services Patti Larkin; U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.; and Director of the Crown Cove Aquatic Center Patrice Milkovich. Larkin, Milkovich and Paramo traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the inaugural convening of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program on July 19.
Incarcerated students at Donovan Correctional Facility to Receive Federal Aid to Cover Textbook Costs CHULA VISTA, California ­– Southwestern College has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Education for its Second Chance Pell pilot program, a nationwide program that provides incarcerated Americans the opportunity...

Southwestern College Power Study Program Closing Achievement Gap

Power Study Program Coordinator Shawna Hutchins-Williams and Learning Assistance Services Coordinator Andrew Rempt.
Considered largest in the country Southwestern College is closing the achievement gap and rewriting the rules on student success through a rapidly expanding program that embeds trained tutors in the classroom to provide immediate help when needed and to offer follow-up sessions afterward in a...