Southwestern College Designated ‘Gold’ Military Friendly School

Student veteran Student veteran Michelle Odvina, US Navy, stands in the Veterans' Resource Center flag garden.
Southwestern College has again been designated a Military Friendly School for its service to student veterans and military-affiliated students. This year, for the first time ever, Southwestern College has been designated a “gold” award among large community colleges for 2022-2023 for exceeding the standards...

Southwestern College Updates Health Guidelines for Summer Session

An aerial shot of the Chula Vista campus.
Due to the sharp decline of local COVID-19 infections in San Diego County, including Southwestern College’s service area, Southwestern College is updating health guidelines for the summer 2022 session. The updates were informed by the college’s reopening group after reviewing employee/student survey results, current...

Southwestern College Finalizes Election Districts

outline of the five nw voting districts
The Southwestern College Governing Board this week selected the final maps that will separate the college’s election areas into five distinct districts. The Board also selected the sequence in which the new district seats will be elected. In a unanimous vote, the board selected Map...

College Leaders Share Local and State Initiatives

SWC College President Dr. Mark Sanchez speaking with State Chancellor Eloy Oakley
Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Mark Sanchez and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley teamed up recently to provide the community with a local and state higher education update. In the first State of the District address made by Sanchez, the college president on Friday...

Southwestern College to Host “Addams Family” Musical in New Performing Arts Center

"Addams Family" event graphic.
  The Theatre Department of the School of Arts, Communication and Social Sciences proudly presents “The Addams Family,” the first musical in the brand new 500-seat state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College on March 21-26. “As the Omicron variant threatened to upend production plans of...

Southwestern College Student Housing Planning Grants Funded

Southwestern College will begin exploring the feasibility of affordable student housing for each of its four campuses: Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro, thanks to nearly $1 million in state-awarded planning grants. The college received an award letter Tuesday informing the funding...

Southwestern College In-Person Classes Return Feb. 28

Photo of the Chula Vista campus lawns with students walking among the trees.
Southwestern College’s spring 2022 in-person classes will return on Feb. 28, after a four-week transition to remote learning to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Student services will also begin a phased return for in-person services across the district at the Chula Vista, National...

Future Is Bright for Southwestern’s Optical Technician Program

Student lookingthrough glasses as part of optician program
Residents eyeing a new career that has experienced 13 percent employment growth need look no further than Southwestern College’s optical technician program. Begun in 2018 with grant funding from the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation in partnership with the South County Economic Development Council, the program...

Spring 2022 Semester to Begin with Four Weeks of Virtual Instruction, Student Services

Southwestern College's Higher Education Center at San Ysidro.
Southwestern College will begin its spring 2022 semester with four weeks of virtual instruction and student services to combat the rising infection rates of COVID-19 throughout the San Diego region. About 60 percent of spring semester classes were scheduled to start in-person on Jan. 31...

Draft Trustee Election Maps Available for Review

graphic of draft map a for Governing Board district elections
As the Southwestern Community College District Governing Board moves toward its first-ever creation of trustee election districts, three preliminary maps are available for community review and comment. The maps were created based upon feedback from three public hearings and 249 public comments. Map feedback and...