Jonathan “J.D.” White Continues to Serve Through Southwestern College Veterans’ Resource Center

Jonathan "J.D." White, coordinator of the Veterans’ Resource Center, during Southwestern College's annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 8, 2018.
While he may be officially retired from the military, Jonathan “J.D.” White continues to serve. Throughout his 20 years in the United State Marine Corps, serving others became second nature to him because of the strong sense of honor, courage and commitment the Marine...

3D Printing Provides ‘Endless Possibilities’

Engineering major Giselle Romo with a MakerBot 3D printer and a few of the objects she created.
Inside the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program at Southwestern College, Giselle Romo is spending a summer afternoon browsing files and renderings on her laptop of all the different things she can make with one of the program’s 3D printers. There’s a Stormtrooper figure,...

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.

Southwestern College’s Puente Project Celebrates 30 Years of Student Success

The 2019 Puente Project cohort of students with Puente counselor David Ramirez.
The Southwestern College Puente Project is celebrating 30 years with a special event Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. on the Chula Vista campus. The Treintañera celebration and fundraiser will feature Puente alumni, special guests, current Southwestern College Puentistas, the Southwestern College mariachi, dinner...

Southwestern College Hosts Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

All week long, the Jag Kitchen Food Pantry hosted events to bring awareness for students facing hunger and housing insecurities by hosting special breakfast bars, a clothing and toiletry drive, a community discussion and panel and much more.

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.

ASO President Christian Sanchez Prioritizes Student Success, Mentorship

When Christian Sanchez started as a student for the third time at Southwestern College in the summer of 2018, he was unsure of his academic future and had no interest in being involved on campus. Sanchez had enrolled in Southwestern College twice before, but both...

Architecture Professor Diana De La Torre Arredondo Builds Student Success

Architecture Professor Diana De La Torre Arredondo.
When Architecture Professor Diana de la Torre Arredondo was in the fourth grade, the recession hit her family so hard they had to move from San Diego to Tijuana where it was more affordable to live. Her father, who worked as a draftsman and in construction for most of her life, bought a small empty lot and designed and built their home across the border.