Southwestern College’s Drone and Aerospace Program Take Flight This Fall

Professor Ken Yanow shows the various drones available for students in the drone program.
Interest in the drone industry is as high as some of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can fly, and now Southwestern College has a way for students to gain skills to enter the field for free. Beginning this fall, students can enroll through the college’s...

President’s Message: Updated Southwestern College Health Guidelines

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Dear Southwestern College Community, It has been more than 14 months since Southwestern College transitioned to online learning, services, and remote work for many of our employees. Southwestern College continues to be unwavering in its commitment to protect our students and employees against COVID-19 and continue to...

Southwestern College to Expand In-Person Classes Fall 2021, Require Vaccinations 

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Southwestern College will offer an expanded number of face-to-face classes this fall 2021 semester and will require all students, employees and visitors who are accessing a Southwestern College campus or facility to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, contingent on FDA approval of a vaccine. While...

Continuing Education is Helping Students Make Steps to a Brighter Future

Meet Mary Roach, a Southwestern College Continuing Education success story. Due to 5 brain surgeries, Mary was tied to a wheelchair. This is Mary, enjoying the San Diego weather walking around her home.
Not long after taking John Acosta’s exercise class at Southwestern College, Mary Roach was no longer sitting in a wheelchair. After five brain surgeries and some dedicated time to Acosta’s exercise class, she was stepping into class with a walker.  Acosta’s face was surprised and...

Southwestern College’s Moves Toward Educational Equity Recognized

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Southwestern College’s multi-year effort to reform curriculum, create a sense of student and employee belonging with hiring and policy reforms and remove institutional barriers to enrollment have earned the college a nationally recognized Institutional Excellence Award. The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education...

Southwestern College Student Named National Phi Theta Kappa Gold Scholar 

Southwestern College student Jenai Funk.
Southwestern College political science and business administration student Jenai Funk has been named a national Phi Theta Kappa Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation. Funk, who was named a Southwestern College student of distinction in 2020, is one...

The New Cyber Security Program Will Make Its Debut at Southwestern College Fall 2021

Cyber Security will make its debut at Southwestern College Fall 2021
Cyber attacks on companies and government agencies have become an all-too frequent occurrence--crippling working systems and compromising personal data.  Southwestern College has now built a new cyber forensics program that will teach students the security analyst method of detecting a hacker or malware, be present...

Southwestern College Launches SWC Returns, Draft Phased Reopening Plan

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Southwestern College has launched SWC Returns, its comprehensive reopening plan that will lead Southwestern College’s phased, and eventual, full reopening. Southwestern College’s phases are based on statewide and county tiers, but use unique South County COVID-19 data to determine district operations. SWC Returns is broken...

Southwestern College Refinances Prop. R Bonds

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For the second time in less than a year, Southwestern College is refinancing Proposition R bond funds to save taxpayers money, this time realizing $25 million in saved interest over the next 17 years. In June, the district refinanced other Proposition R funds for a...

SWC Appoints Two New Trustees

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The Southwestern College Governing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint educators Don Dumas and Kirin Macapugay to the vacant Governing Board positions. Dumas, a U.S. History teacher at Bonita Vista High School, and Macapugay, a social work/human services professor at San Diego City College, had...