Alumni Spotlight: Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas inside Chula Vista City Hall.
Before Mary Casillas Salas ever walked through the halls of the California State Capitol as an assembly member, before she became the first Latina to serve on the Chula Vista city council and before she was ever elected to her current position as the first Latina mayor of the City of the Chula Vista in 2014, Salas was a student at Southwestern College.

Southwestern College Statement on Charlottesville

By Governing Board President Tim Nader and Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo CHULA VISTA -- We are deeply saddened by the hate speech and violence in Charlottesville this weekend. It has only strengthened our resolve to actively engage in Southwestern College’s year-long “Inclusion Matters” dialog and...

Southwestern College Bond Reporting Is Perfect

Glass surrounds the expansive second and third stories of the Wellness Center and Aquatic Complex on the Chula Vista campus.
CHULA VISTA, California – Southwestern College’s reporting for its Proposition R bond measure earned a perfect score for transparency from the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation. Only six of the 23 school districts with active bond programs earned perfect scores. The taxpayers educational foundation evaluated 25...

3D Printing Provides ‘Endless Possibilities’

Engineering major Giselle Romo with a MakerBot 3D printer and a few of the objects she created.
Inside the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program at Southwestern College, Giselle Romo is spending a summer afternoon browsing files and renderings on her laptop of all the different things she can make with one of the program’s 3D printers. There’s a Stormtrooper figure,...

Governing Board News – July 2017

Southwestern College capped Spring 2017 by celebrating the achievements of our students, including the Student of Distinction awards, a variety of program graduation ceremonies (including nursing, dental hygiene and the police academy among others) and our annual commencement ceremony at DeVore Stadium, in which...

Southwestern College’s Accreditation Reaffirmed by ACCJC

Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Center
Southwestern College received full reaffirmation of its accreditation status Friday by the commission that accredits all California community colleges. The college received word of its updated status Friday, following the submission to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of reports and evidence showing continuous improvement in several key areas at Southwestern.

Southwestern College Lifts Lockdown; Chula Vista Police Have Suspect in Custody

Southwestern College’s Chula Vista campus was in lockdown for approximately one hour this afternoon as a safety precaution because of an armed suspect in the area.

Storify: Commencement 2017

Recap Southwestern College's 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony with tweets, photos and videos.

Former gang member graduates Southwestern College with full-ride scholarship to UC San Diego

Steve Whiting has left a life of gang activity and jail behind and will graduate Southwestern College on Friday, May 26. He transfer to U.C. San Diego with a full-ride scholarship.
From age 15 to 20, Whiting spent many years in and out of prison and jail. He did half a year in juvenile hall, half a year in county, a year in the penitentiary, and so on and so forth. He served time for a slew of different charges from assault, to robbery, to gang activity.