Graduate Ivonne Raya Dedicates her Education, Success to her Departed Mother

When Ivonne Raya walks across the DeVore Stadium stage on May 24 during the 58th annual Commencement Ceremony, there will be one person missing from the audience: her mother. Just less than one month ago, when students are trying to complete final projects, prepare for...

Southwestern College Plays Vital Role in Math Professor’s Equation to Success

Math Professor Youssef Francis teaches his differential equations class at Southwestern College.
It was late January 2004 when then 18-year-old Youssef Francis received news that his green card was ready, and he and his family could immigrate from Beirut, Lebanon to America. Described as one of the happiest moments in his life, Francis knew that better...

SWC Cares Closet Helps Students Dress to Impress

Emily Lynch Morissette inside the SWC Cares Closet, a mini-boutique for students who need free professional business clothing.
The SWC Cares Closet is a mini-boutique serving all Southwestern College students who need professional clothing assistance. The Cares Closet is located in room 104B on the Chula Vista campus.

Paramedic Program Celebrates 30 Years of Training First-Responders

Paramedic student Michelle Bostrom works with other students and her professor on cardiac patient assessment.
It’s a busy day for students of the Southwestern College Paramedic Program at the Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa. They’re on a strict schedule, and four Southwestern College paramedic professors and staff members are leading them through real-world scenarios and workshops they’ll encounter...

Chula Vista Veteran of the Year is Proud Southwestern College Graduate

Southwestern College alumnus Chris Lawerence is Chula Vista's Veteran of the Year. Lawrence is a Purple Heart recipient, a police officer with the Chula Vista Police Department and a graduate of Southwestern College's Police Academy.
In 2007, Chris Lawrence had been in about his fifth month of deployment in the Al Anabar province of Iraq when an enemy improvised explosive device went off and destroyed the bridge he and his squad of about 14 soldiers were walking over. “I was...

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...

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.

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.

Men of Color Conference Inspires Southwestern College Students

Mexican-American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz signs copies of his artwork and takes pictures with students after his keynote speech at Southwestern College's second annual Men of Color Conference.
Dr. Andre Pinesett opened up Southwestern College’s second annual Men of Color Conference with a message simple enough to fit on his T-shirt, “No excuses just dominate.” He explained to a room full of students, both male and female, how you can succeed in the face of adversity. As an African-American doctor who overcame poverty and a learning disability, it’s something he knows first-hand.

Student Workers, Volunteers Integral to Food Pantry’s Success

In March, more than 620 individual students walked into the Jag Kitchen Food Pantry to get something to eat. That same month the pantry served more than 2,180 meals, with some students attending the pantry every single day.