Southwestern College Named 2021 Equity Champion of Higher Education

A Southwestern College graduate participates in the 2021 Commencement car parade.
Southwestern College has been named an Equity Champion of Higher Education by The Campaign for College Opportunity for “exemplary” work in awarding Associate Degrees for Transfer to Black and Latinx students. Southwestern College is one of only six community colleges in California to receive...

SWC Graduate Advocates for Undocumented Students

SWC graduate sits on a rock on the college campus
Mexline Garcia calls Southwestern College’s Dreamer Center a place that not only empowers undocumented students to step out of the shadows, but also helps them find their voices. As a recent graduate of Southwestern College, Garcia earned a paid fellowship through the Dreamer Center last...

Southwestern College Forgiving $1.5 Million in Student Debt

Students walking on Southwestern College's Chula Vista campus.
Southwestern College is forgiving $1.5 million in student debt for more than 4,200 students using special federal grant money. Students who were enrolled in spring 2021 and summer 2021 will have all their outstanding tuition and related enrollment fees forgiven. Holds for non-payment will be...

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Seeks to Fill Four Vacancies

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Southwestern College is seeking applications for four vacancies on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee—three community openings and a student opening. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 29. Members of the committee are responsible for informing the public and the college’s Governing Board about the expenditure...

Southwestern College Creating Governing Board Election Districts, Seeks Community Input

Graphic that says "Your College, Your Voice. Creating Southwestern College Election Districts" with a map of Southwestern College's service area.
Southwestern College is creating election districts throughout South San Diego County that will include the communities and cities of Chula Vista, Bonita, National City, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Coronado, Imperial Beach and other unincorporated areas.  The college’s service area is one of the most diverse...

Southwestern College Dedicates New Training Center and Remembers 9/11

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Sept. 11, 2001, will always be a day the nation remembers. Nearly 3,000 civilians, along with 412 emergency response workers, perished that day. The event not only sparked two unwinnable wars in both Afganistan and Iraq, but also spawned a domestic war on terrorism,...

Dual Dedications Celebrate Performing Arts Center Opening

Performing Arts Center Grand Opening
Southwestern College emerged from the pandemic with a grand opening dedication of a magnificent Performing Arts Center and the community welcome reception for new Superintendent/President Dr. Mark Sanchez. In a dual celebration Wednesday, community members and Southwestern College faculty and staff heralded the ultimate transformation...

Southwestern College Governing Board Trustee Elections Are Changing

Map of Southwestern College district showing each campus location.
The Southwestern College Governing Board will hold its first public meeting on changing governing board positions into specific districts at a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Southwestern College trustees are currently elected at-large, meaning they are elected by voters across the entire college’s service...

Your Guide to the Fall 2021 Semester

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It has been an extraordinary past 18 months at Southwestern College and this fall semester, we are excited to re-open our campuses and see student services and some classes return in person. We know this hybrid model of online and in-person instruction and services can...

The Southwestern College Sun Named Top 100 Publication in America

Brittany Cruz-Fejeran holding a copy of The Southwestern College Sun newspaper.
The Sun, Southwestern College’s student newspaper, has been named one of America's Top 100 college publications of the last century by the Associated Collegiate Press, home of the prestigious Pacemaker often considered the Pulitzer prize of college media. To celebrate its centennial, the Associated Collegiate...