Southwestern College Honors its Ancestors

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Southwestern College’s Governing Board moved from words to action Tuesday when they adopted a resolution that permanently waives all facility rental fees for members of the 13 federally recognized Kumeyaay tribes within San Diego County. For the last year, the Governing Board has begun each...

Commencement 2017: “I’d like to thank . . .”

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More than 2,000 students will graduate this year from Southwestern College and head off to continue their educational or workforce goals and dreams. We stopped a few of them one afternoon on Jaguar Walk and asked them, "Who would you like to thank?" for helping them along the way.

Professor Shares Cinco de Mayo History

What comes to mind when you hear “Cinco de Mayo?” If you’re not acquainted with the celebration, you might know that it’s some kind of Mexican holiday and it means May Fifth in Spanish. But for Latinos at Southwestern College and Mexican Americans throughout the...

Paramedic Program Celebrates 30 Years of Training First-Responders

Paramedic student Michelle Bostrom works with other students and her professor on cardiac patient assessment.
It’s a busy day for students of the Southwestern College Paramedic Program at the Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa. They’re on a strict schedule, and four Southwestern College paramedic professors and staff members are leading them through real-world scenarios and workshops they’ll encounter...

Harry Potter Science Class Teaches 4th-10th Graders the Magic of Science

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For the first time ever, the Sally Ride Science Academy has come to Southwestern College. Thanks to our friends at U.C. San Diego, 4th-10th graders are taken through courses like oceanography, kitchen chemistry and messy science. One very magical class, “Exploring the Science of Harry Potter,” teaches students about the real-world magic around us.

COVID-19: Critical Spring Semester Updates

The Wellness & Aquatics Complex.
Dear Southwestern College, It has been a truly unprecedented time for our college, our students, our employees and our world. We believe this is only going to get worse before it gets better. It is so inspiring to witness Southwestern College’s resilience, creativity, and patience...

COVID-19 Update: Data Dashboard, Decision Tree, Town Hall

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Dear Southwestern College, Before we get into some important operations updates and answer many questions you might have, I want to start by saying how proud I am of Southwestern College. I want to say thank you for your hard work and passion in everything...

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...

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...

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

The Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Center.
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.