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 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...

Counselor Prepares to Run Boston Marathon 5 Years After Witnessing Marathon Bombing

EOPS Counselor Tayler Nichols trains for the Boston Marathon.
It was five years ago that Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Counselor Tayler Nichols was just one mile away from the Boston Marathon finish line, cheering on people from around the world finishing their 26.2-mile run. She didn’t know then that day would turn into one of the most tragic days in Boston history.

Southwestern College Hosts New SDSU President

Thankful for the extension of friendship and partnership from South County’s business and education community, new San Diego State University President Dr. Adela de la Torre said the key to economic success for the region will be to work together.

Meet the 2019 Student of Distinction Award Recipients

Student of Distinction Award (SODA) recipient collage
Each year, Southwestern College honors the best of the best by awarding 20 Student of Distinction Awards. Commonly known as the SODA, this recognition goes to students who have made tremendous contributions and impact to Southwestern College and our communities and have proven themselves...

Chula Vista Campus Building and Room Numbers Have Changed

A photo of a building with the new building number that reads "38."
When the spring semester begins on Jan. 29, returning students, employees and visitors will see big changes to Southwestern College’s Chula Vista campus. Every building and room number has been renumbered to create a more consistent numbering system and improve old, convoluted numbering. “The building...

Chef Latinos, SWC and Other Community Members Hosts a Drive Through Against Food Insecurity in National City

group of chefs known as Chef Latinos
Chef Latinos, multiple community partners and Southwestern College volunteers gathered to help National City residents Monday by providing warm meals, fresh produce and other supplies in a special drive-through distribution at the college’s National City campus. The distribution was an international affair as new partners--Chef...

Seven Finalists Selected to Move Forward in Southwestern College Governing Board Vacancies

Graphic for Governing Board Appointment Process
The Southwestern College Governing Board has selected seven finalists for consideration to fill two vacant positions on the board. In a special meeting Monday, the board narrowed the field from 25 applicants based upon personal speeches given by each applicant in open session. The Governing...

Southwestern College to Pay Cash for Spring Expenses

SWC students with spring 2022 federal grants graphic overlay
New, returning and continuing students can be awarded up to $2,500 if they have enrolled in spring 2022 classes at Southwestern College.

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.