Southwestern College Chosen for California Guided Pathways Project

Professor Ken Yannow explains to a prospective student the potential careers using an earth sciences degree.
Students attending Southwestern College will now have a clearer path to completing their degrees or workforce goals, thanks to Southwestern being named a California Guided Pathways Project college. Southwestern College is one of 20 colleges in the state chosen for the project, which helps colleges across California implement clear and structured student-focused pathways to ensure success in students’ educational goals and careers. “Being awarded this opportunity to explore Guided Pathways recognizes that Southwestern College’s faculty are invested in innovation,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo. “Our willingness to explore the possibilities presented by this project in the name of student success is proof that we are dedicated to finding new ways to serve our students and deliver an excellent educational experience.”

Utility Infrastructure Updates Will Impact Campus Traffic

Map of utility infrastructure construction that will impact campus traffic.
Utility line installation will affect portions of campus traffic from mid-March through April 21, as contractors close portions of parking lots and redirect traffic. Construction fencing has been installed in Parking Lots A, B and C. Utility line instillation in Parking Lot A began March 20, and several parking stalls will be closed through March 27. Beginning March 27—which is also the beginning of Spring Break—Gotham Road and the on-campus MTS bus stops will be closed as construction crews move from Lot A towards Lot C. The bus stops will be re-routed to the stops located on Otay Lakes Road until April 2, when they will resume to their regular stops on campus. Gotham Road will also reopen April 2. Campus access via Elmhurst Street will be unaffected during the construction.

Southwestern College Joins School Districts Fighting President’s Attack on ‘Sanctuary Jurisdictions’

Southwestern College Trustee Roberto Alcantar expresses his support of Santa Clara County vs Donald Trump at a news conference.
Southwestern College has joined a growing list of school districts signing on to support the County of Santa Clara vs Trump motion for injunction against Executive Order 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States. The injunction request, which has been joined with The City and County of San Francisco vs Trump injunction request, is challenging the president’s attempt to strip federal funding from local governments and school districts that are deemed “sanctuary jurisdictions” because they shield undocumented immigrants from deportation by federal authorities. At a news conference at the San Diego Unified School District headquarters Wednesday, trustees from several school districts spoke of their united efforts to protect students to ensure they receive their right to an education free of harassment and fear.

Students Learn the Dangers of Drunk Driving

Criminal Justice major Janelle Gerry wears “Drunk Buster” goggles while riding the golf cart obstacle course on the Mayan Hall patio.
Orange cones and yellow tape took over the Mayan Hall patio Tuesday afternoon as students prepared to zig zag through a simulated drunk driving golf cart obstacle course. Before students headed off for spring break, Southwestern College Health Services and Campus Police hosted their popular “Under the Influence” event to bring awareness about the dangers of driving drunk and to teach students of its consequences. Campus Police also administered mock DUI checkpoints and field sobriety tests, while Health Services provided information about the negative health effects and consequences of drinking. Students first drove through the obstacle course with no impairments before putting on the “Drunk Buster” goggles that simulated driving under the influence.

Southwestern College Holds Ribbon Cutting for Center for Business Advancement

Dean of the Higher Education Center at National City Chris Perri and Governing Board Member Norma Hernandez (center, with scissors) cut the ribbon to the new Center for Business Advancement. Joining them are Southwestern College employees, CBA directors and local officials.
Local businesses now only need to knock on one door to find the services, expertise and resources they need to grow and thrive. The new Center for Business Advancement officially opened its doors with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, Feb. 24 at the...

Students Offer Free Tax-Preparation Services

Southwestern College business major Ivette Larios, right, prepares taxes for free as part of Southwestern College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program benefiting low-income community members.
Sessions in English and Spanish are scheduled throughout February, March, April Southwestern College students are gaining hands-on experience by providing free tax-preparation services in English and Spanish to low-income community members and fellow Southwestern College students. For the third year in a row, low-income community members...

Spring Semester Begins at Southwestern College

More than 17,000 students walked onto Southwestern College on Monday and Tuesday to officially kick off the spring 2017 semester. They were welcomed by college employees throughout campus and by the Associated Student Organization, who hosted activites all week long for new and returning...

New Southwestern College President Welcomes New Spring Semester

Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo introduces herself to the campus community and gives her first college address during Southwestern College’s Opening Day on Friday, Jan. 27.
CHULA VISTA, CA. ­– Southwestern College’s new Superintendent/President, Dr. Kindred Murillo, officially kicked off the start of the new semester today at the college’s Opening Day session for faculty and staff. Dr. Murillo, finishing up her first week on the job, took this chance to...

Contractors Build Up Support for Jag Kitchen Food Pantry

Southwestern College administrators accept a check for $6,000 donated to the Jag Kitchen Food Pantry from Rudolph and Sletten at the construction company’s offices in La Jolla on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
An employee giving campaign at the Rudolph and Sletten construction company is helping fill the coffers of the newly formed Jag Kitchen Food Pantry. In a ceremony Jan. 24, Rudolph and Sletten employees presented a check for $6,000 to the Jag Kitchen to provide relief...

Southwestern College Named 2017 Military Friendly School

CHULA VISTA, California ­– Southwestern College has been designated a 2017 Military Friendly School, in part because of the array of personalized veteran services offered, including a designated Student Veterans’ Resource Center. Southwestern College received the designation from Victory Media, which publishes an annual veterans’...