New state budget allocates more funds for Southwestern College, California College Promise

The Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Center.
The Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Center.

CHULA VISTA, California ­– California Governor Jerry Brown released his 2018-2019 proposed $190.3 billion budget on Jan. 10, which includes ongoing and one-time funding to California Community Colleges. If passed, Southwestern College may receive more than $9 million in additional funding to student support services, career education programs and facility improvements. The budget also includes specific funding for programs like Extended Opportunity Programs and Services and Disability Support Programs and Services and support services for low-income students.

“Over the last two years, we have worked together to tackle and correct a $5.5 million deficit, and strengthen budgeting processes throughout the district,” Vice President of Business & Finance Tim Flood said. “This budget provides additional ongoing and one-time funding that will allow us to continue to improve student outcomes and to plan for the budgetary needs and challenges we have moving forward.”

Governor Brown also allocated $46 million for the implementation of the California College Promise (AB 19), which will fund student’s first year at a California community college that has implemented its Guided Pathways initiative. Southwestern College was one of 20 schools chosen for the California Guided Pathways Project in 2017 and has already revamping curriculum to create student-focused pathways for students to achieve their educational and career goals.

This preliminary draft of the budget is expected to change during budget negotiations and allocations may differ come June.