Meet Momo: Student, graphic artist, and ‘unapologetically Filipina’

Monique “Momo” Arao Garcia against a wall of the graphic work and art she's created for Southwestern College. Momo is the college's first official graphic design intern and she's been the Associated Student Organization graphic designer for almost two years.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Monique “Momo” Arao Garcia at Southwestern College, chances are that you have at least seen her work as a campus artist and designer. Take a walk through the Chula Vista campus, pick up a flyer or...

Southwestern College Ranked in 2019 ‘Best for Vets’ College

Southwestern College’s dedication to student veterans and military dependents has been recognized by Military Times with a “Best for Vets” college distinction. Southwestern College is one of only 208 schools and only one of 33 community colleges to receive the honor. The designation was given...

Superintendent/President Nullifies ASO Election

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On Thursday, Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo declared this year’s Associated Student Organization election null and void because the process has been compromised. The issues include multiple alleged violations of college policies and procedures; additionally, there are allegations of potential violations of Governing...

Dental Hygiene Has a Streak of an Overall 100% Passing Rate

A dental hygiene student, Damian Trujillo is working on his patient at the Southwestern College National City campus clinic.
Since the inception of the Southwestern College Dental Hygiene Program, graduates have had stellar outcomes on the written and clinical licensing exams, and this year the streak continued with 100 percent passing. Southwestern College students perform well above the national average and that success can...

Southwestern College Stands With International Students

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A ruling last week by the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency (ICE) may require all international students studying at colleges in the U.S. to suspend their studies and return to their home countries. This action has created fear and uncertainty among these students. The...

Southwestern Brings Work-Based Learning to the Classroom

Even before the pandemic crippled many industries, Southwestern College faculty understood they needed ways to apply classroom content in professional settings to help students gain real-world experience, Known as Classroom to Career, a team of Work-Based Learning faculty reached out to employers to hear directly...

Omicron Variant Alters Intersession Schedule

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As Southwestern College begins its one-month intersession classes Jan. 4, Superintendent/President Dr. Mark Sanchez, in consultation with leadership, the Governing Board and constituency leaders, has decided to move all classes and services to remote operations from Jan. 4 - Jan. 28. The college’s COVID guiding...

Record Number of Graduates Walk at Southwestern College Commencement

Southwestern College celebrates its 56th Commencement Ceremony Friday at DeVore Stadium. On the field among the 800 graduates will be four sibling duos, two couples, a senior citizen, 18 veterans and two mother-daughter duos. Celebrating with the graduates will be three community members being granted Honorary Degrees—Ron and Reina Bolles for their contributions to the fine arts in South County and Christine Moore for her contributions to the economic development and civic and social services of South County.

From Hieroglyphs to Emojis, Dr. Mark Van Stone Teaches the Meaning Behind Pictures

Dr. Mark Van Stone, a Southwestern College art history professor, sits in his office with a sculpture of the Mayan lord Pakal.
From ancient hieroglyphic writing, to the modern emojis that highlight our smartphones today, human beings have always tried to communicate through pictures. Dr. Mark Van Stone, a Southwestern College professor of art history, has studied them all. He has dedicated much of his life to understanding the patterns and similarities of writing throughout history.

San Ysidro Community Turns Tragedy to Triumph

Guillermo Flores stands in front of San Ysidro Memorial
Thirty-five years ago, friends and family of Gloria Salas thought she was crazy when she vowed to never allow the McDonald’s on West San Ysidro Boulevard to open again after 21 community members were killed by a gunman there on July 18, 1984. “Most of...