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Southwestern College Visits Universidad Autónoma de Baja California to Certify Academic Partnership

A Southwestern College delegation met with representatives from UABC at the university's Tijuana campus.
Southwestern College sent a delegation to visit Universidad Autónoma de Baja California’s (UABC) Tijuana campus on Thursday afternoon to sign a historic memorandum of understanding. The signing certified the collaboration and academic partnership between the two institutions of higher education.  The partnership between both institutions...

Southwestern College Clears $3.5 Million in Student Debt

A student walks through the Chula Vista campus with a jacaranda in bloom.
Southwestern College is clearing $3.5 million in student debt for more than 7,719 students using special federal grant money.  Students who were enrolled from spring 2020 through spring 2022 will have all their outstanding tuition and related enrollment fees cleared. Holds for non-payment will be...

Southwestern College Mask Mandate Returns for Summer 2022

A student walks down the library stairs wearing a mask.
Southwestern College will reinstate its mask mandate for the 2022 summer session and the fall 2022 semester. Members of Southwestern College’s reopening committee looked at the rise in new local COVID-19 infection rates to reinstate the college's mask mandate that was set to lift...

Southwestern College Food Services to Accept SNAP/EBT Payments 

A student walks into the Tradewinds Cafe.
Southwestern College will soon accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and EBT payments at its on-campus food services, Time Out Cafe and Tradewinds. Southwestern College will be the only college in the region to accept SNAP/EBT payments, formerly known as food stamps, for its...

Southwestern College Designated ‘Gold’ Military Friendly School

Student veteran Student veteran Michelle Odvina, US Navy, stands in the Veterans' Resource Center flag garden.
Southwestern College has again been designated a Military Friendly School for its service to student veterans and military-affiliated students. This year, for the first time ever, Southwestern College has been designated a “gold” award among large community colleges for 2022-2023 for exceeding the standards...

Southwestern College Updates Health Guidelines for Summer Session

An aerial shot of the Chula Vista campus.
Due to the sharp decline of local COVID-19 infections in San Diego County, including Southwestern College’s service area, Southwestern College is updating health guidelines for the summer 2022 session. The updates were informed by the college’s reopening group after reviewing employee/student survey results, current...

Southwestern College Finalizes Election Districts

outline of the five nw voting districts
The Southwestern College Governing Board this week selected the final maps that will separate the college’s election areas into five distinct districts. The Board also selected the sequence in which the new district seats will be elected. In a unanimous vote, the board selected Map...

College Leaders Share Local and State Initiatives

SWC College President Dr. Mark Sanchez speaking with State Chancellor Eloy Oakley
Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Mark Sanchez and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley teamed up recently to provide the community with a local and state higher education update. In the first State of the District address made by Sanchez, the college president on Friday...

Southwestern College to Host “Addams Family” Musical in New Performing Arts Center

"Addams Family" event graphic.
  The Theatre Department of the School of Arts, Communication and Social Sciences proudly presents “The Addams Family,” the first musical in the brand new 500-seat state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College on March 21-26. “As the Omicron variant threatened to upend production plans of...

Southwestern College Student Housing Planning Grants Funded

Southwestern College will begin exploring the feasibility of affordable student housing for each of its four campuses: Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro, thanks to nearly $1 million in state-awarded planning grants. The college received an award letter Tuesday informing the funding...