Dr. Mark Sanchez Selected as New Southwestern College President

Dr. Mark Sanchez profile photo
The Southwestern College Governing Board has selected Dr. Mark Sanchez as Southwestern College’s next superintendent/president. The board announced their decision early Wednesday morning after a six-hour closed session where they interviewed three finalists. Sanchez will replace current Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo, who is retiring in...

Southwestern College Students at Donovan Prison Have Bachelor’s Degree Pathway

Zoom photo of those signing the MOU for the UC Irvine LIFTED initiative.
A cohort of 30 Southwestern College students at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility now have a pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Irvine, thanks to a new memorandum of understanding signed today. At a special online signing...

Southwestern College’s Sustainable Designs Wins Two Awards from San Diego’s Green Building Council

SWC Landscape and Nursery building plans wins awards from the San Diego Green Building Council
The San Diego Green Building Council has granted Southwestern College the Sustainable Organization award for its vision, leadership and commitment to integrate and contribute to sustainability within the San Diego region. The council is also awarding the college with the Unbuilt Most Efficient EUI...

Three Southwestern College Superintendent/President Finalists Move Forward

photo of three superintendent/president finalists. Andrea Alexander, Mark Sanchez, Tina Vasconcellos
Three finalists for Southwestern College Superintendent/President will be forwarded to the Governing Board for interviews and action at a special Dec. 15 meeting. The three candidates recorded hour-long interviews that are available for public viewing and comment through Sunday, Dec. 13. The links to their...

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

Phot of the Cesar Chavez Student Services Building on the Chula VIsta campus.
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...

Superintendent/President Search Enters Community Input Phase

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With the application period for superintendent/president candidates closing this week, the Southwestern College Governing Board is moving into the next phase of the college president search. In closed session on Nov. 24, the Governing Board will review all applications submitted and  select candidates for first-level...

Southwestern College Programs Recognized for Serving Nursing Students and Hispanics

Nursing students discussing patient diagnosis
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...

Southwestern College Launches ‘Belong’ Equity Effort for Inclusive Excellence

Graphic that says "Belong: Southwestern College's Campus Climate Survey"
Southwestern College this week launched its “Belong” effort and a website to house its work to build and strengthen equity and inclusion actions while addressing issues of racism and discrimination. The Belong website—www.swccd.edu/belong—brings together data and research that will inform the college’s diversity, equity and...