Ivonne Meza’s EOPS End-of-the-Year Recognition Ceremony Speech

I would like to start off by saying how proud I am of each and every one of you here today. I am proud of all your individual achievements that are being celebrated this evening. Despite the fact that it was our own blood, sweat, and tears on those homework assignments, essays, and tests, and it will be our name on the certificates we will be receiving at the end of this semester, we have to admit that we couldn’t have done it on our own.

Original Chicano Park Muralist Salvador Barajas Awarded 2021 Honorary Degree

Almost 50 years ago, in 1974, Salvador Barajas and a group of muralists changed the fabric of Chicano Park forever. Before Chicano Park was a tourist attraction for people all over the world, it was an underfunded community park with gray pillars ready to...

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 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...

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.

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...

Meet the 2018 Student of Distinction Award Recipients

2018 Student of Distinction Award Recipients
It's Southwestern College's highest student honor. The Student of Distinction Award is awarded each year to 20 Southwestern College students who have excelled academically, are leaders on campus and demonstrated they're working to become the best student they can be.

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...

5 Things to Do Before Fall Semester

5 Things to Do Before the Fall Semester
If you’re enjoying a summer off, we know that school might not be at the top of your list of things to think about right now. But between your Netflix binges and your days at the beach, make a little time to get prepared and ready for the fall semester at Southwestern College. There’s a lot to do, but we broke down five things we think will help you get on the right track.

Architecture Student Misaki Sano Has a Design on Life

Architecture Student Misaki Sano examines shelter model.
(Chula Vista) Twenty-one year old Misaki Sano’s life has been full of unexpected twists and turns. Yet, she says, “it has led me to the place I need to be.” Sano is one of the top students in Southwestern College’s Architecture Program, “Misaki is a...