A Whole New World: Student Finds New Role in Life Through Theatre, Education

Inside the Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Cynthia Ochoa feels as much a part of the theatre as the seats, the sets and the stage. She walks through the halls with the stories of artists, actors and directors she's worked with. She mentions the technical challenges she's faced on the many productions she's worked on as an Old Globe house manager for the past year. The magic of the theatre, to her, is both on stage and behind the scenes, and Ochoa does everything she can to protect each performance.

Southwestern College’s EOPS Largest in California

Matthew Manrique, a biology major, is one of thousands of students supported by EOPS through book services, dedicated counseling, priority registration and more.
For students like Matthew Manrique, Southwestern College’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is critical to his success as a student. Manrique, his mom and brother left Colombia three years ago because of scarce job opportunities and almost no higher education opportunities for folks...

Southwestern College’s State-of-the-Art Recording Arts and Technology Program

On the outside, building 850 at Southwestern College’s Chula Vista campus seems like any other building filled with regular classrooms. But inside, students won’t find classrooms with rows of desks leading to a whiteboard. They’ll enter Southwestern College’s $6 million Center for Recording Arts & Technology.

Southwestern College Gives Donovan Inmates an Early Start on Second Chances

Donovan class.
Southwestern College's Second Chance Pell Program gives inmates inside Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility a pathway to a college degree with federal financial aid while serving their sentences.

5 Transfer Tips from the Transfer Center

5 Transfer Tips from the Southwestern College Transfer Center
The months of October and November are officially transfer application months. You might know a few things to get you started. You’ve done your research on some of your top schools. You know where to find the California State University and University of California...

MAMS‌ ‌Club‌ ‌Creates‌ ‌Community,‌ ‌Support‌ ‌for‌ ‌Student-Mothers

Photo of Anna Sanchez
One day, Anna Sanchez was walking through Southwestern College to drop something off to her fellow-student/husband when she was having a tough time with her youngest child. They had a public outburst and caused a scene on campus, and Sanchez was feeling a little...

Donor Spotlight: Gabriel Gutierrez

Gabriel Gutierrez outside Chula Vista City Hall.
Gabriel Gutierrez has had many educational accomplishments after graduating Hilltop High School. He graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration. He was a part of the University of Kansas’ National Urban Fellows program where he received an executive leadership certificate.

Accounting Students Accrue Competitive Experience, Exposure Through Alumni Guidance

Southwestern College alumnus and EY tax professional gives Brittany Tavai a tour of the San Diego EY offices. Tavai was one of four Southwestern College students chosen for EY's prestigious Elements of Success program.
It was 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday in September when Gustavo Perez, treasurer of the Southwestern College Foundation and proud alumnus, drove onto the Chula Vista campus to pick up three students to take to Los Angeles. Perez was taking these students to the prestigious...

5 Productive Ways to Spend Your Winter Break

5 productive ways to spend winter break
You’ve conquered those finals and those end-of-the-semester projects, so your winter break is well deserved. But scrolling through Instagram and browsing Netflix can get old, so you may want to start thinking about how you can make the most of your winter break. There’s...

CHEL Learning Community Gives LGBTQIA+ Students Specialized Education, Dedicated Support

A Zoom class of Southwestern College's CHEL learning community.
For decades, Southwestern College’s learning communities have created unique and equity-focused education and opportunities for Southwestern College students.  This fall semester, Southwestern College added one more student learning community to expand its mission to build community and advance equity inside and outside the classroom. CHEL...