Original Chicano Park Muralist Salvador Barajas Awarded 2021 Honorary Degree

Almost 50 years ago, in 1974, Salvador Barajas and a group of muralists changed the fabric of Chicano Park forever. Before Chicano Park was a tourist attraction for people all over the world, it was an underfunded community park with gray pillars ready to...

Meet the 2021 Student of Distinction Award Recipients

It’s been an extraordinary year at Southwestern College, filled with rapidly evolving changes and unique challenges for Southwestern College students. What hasn’t changed is the ability of Southwestern College students to meet those challenges and excel in their academic and personal goals.  This year, we...

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...

Southwestern College Debate Students Make History, Participate in Prestigious Tournament

Joaquin Arreola and Khamani Griffin on the Southwestern College Chula Vista campus.
It was literally history in the making when Southwestern College students Joaquin Arreola and Khamani Griffin sent the Southwestern College debate team to this year’s 75th National Debate Tournament. The team of Arreola and Griffin received a second-round bid to the invitation-only tournament and...

Southwestern College’s Moves Toward Educational Equity Recognized

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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...

Southwestern College Student Named National Phi Theta Kappa Gold Scholar 

Southwestern College student Jenai Funk.
Southwestern College political science and business administration student Jenai Funk has been named a national Phi Theta Kappa Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation. Funk, who was named a Southwestern College student of distinction in 2020, is one...

The New Cyber Security Program Will Make Its Debut at Southwestern College Fall 2021

Cyber Security will make its debut at Southwestern College Fall 2021
Cyber attacks on companies and government agencies have become an all-too frequent occurrence--crippling working systems and compromising personal data.  Southwestern College has now built a new cyber forensics program that will teach students the security analyst method of detecting a hacker or malware, be present...

Southwestern College Launches SWC Returns, Draft Phased Reopening Plan

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Southwestern College has launched SWC Returns, its comprehensive reopening plan that will lead Southwestern College’s phased, and eventual, full reopening. Southwestern College’s phases are based on statewide and county tiers, but use unique South County COVID-19 data to determine district operations. SWC Returns is broken...

Southwestern College Refinances Prop. R Bonds

Artist rendering of the new Landscape and Nursery Technology multipurpose classrooms
For the second time in less than a year, Southwestern College is refinancing Proposition R bond funds to save taxpayers money, this time realizing $25 million in saved interest over the next 17 years. In June, the district refinanced other Proposition R funds for a...

A Welcome Message from the New Superintendent/President

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Hello, Jaguars, I'm Dr. Mark Sanchez and I have just completed my first week as the new superintendent/president of Southwestern College. As a Southwestern College graduate, I know very well the multiple priorities students manage in working to complete their higher education. I also realize this is...