Southwestern College Again Named a ‘Best for Vets’ College

Gracie Camacho, president of Southwestern College’s Student Veteran Organization, speaks at the rededication of the Veterans Resource Center on Sept. 26.
For the second consecutive year, Southwestern College has been ranked on the list of “Best for Vets” colleges by Military Times. Southwestern College is only one of 28 community colleges in the country to receive the designation. The ranking methodology looked at school-by-school assessments of...

“Pack the Pantry” Food Drive Aims to Fill Local College Food Pantries

Andrea Muñoz, a former Hunger Free Project Liaison at Southwestern College, often serves meals at the college’s Jag Kitchen Food Pantry.
Research shows that around 50% of college students in San Diego face food insecurity, which means they don’t have reliable, consistent access to food. In response to the growing concern, virtually every local college has established a food pantry. “It’s a constant struggle to keep the...

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Seeks to Fill Four Vacancies

aerial photo of math and science building
Southwestern College is seeking applications for four vacancies on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee—three community openings and a student opening. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Members of the committee are responsible for informing the public and the college’s Governing Board about the...

New $3.5M Grant Helps Southwestern College Build Bilingual Educators, Pathway to SDSU

Julia King, a Southwestern College liberal studies major and Peer Ambassador, is studying to become a teacher with hopes of teaching in the South Bay.
A new $3.5 million Hispanic-Serving Institution grant from the Department of Education will help Southwestern College create more bilingual and culturally competent K-12 educators. Through a new partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU), and other local community colleges, Southwestern College will create a cohort...

Industry Meets Education During Southwestern’s “Teaming Today to Impact Tomorrow” Summit

Darryl Anunciado from Action Drone Inc. (far right) along with his colleagues from L-R Scripps Health, The Living Coast Discovery Center, and NASSCO set the tone to build a better relationship between industry and education.
More than 100 educators, businessowners and community members gathered recently to bridge the gap between industry needs and education at the “Teaming Today to Impact Tomorrow” Summit held at Southwestern College. “We have many talented students,”“ said Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo. “We want...

Southwestern College Governing Board President Roberto Alcantar Selected as a 40 Under 40 Winner

Roberto Alcantar (center) joined by his colleagues at award celebration.
Southwestern College Governing Board President Roberto Alcantar has been named one of San Diego’s 40 Under 40 by the San Diego Business Journal. In an awards ceremony Wednesday, Alcantar accepted the award as one of San Diego’s “young leaders, change makers and innovators who are...

Southwestern College Awarded $3.2M S-STEM Grant by National Science Foundation for Chemistry, Biochemistry Students

The National Science Foundation has awarded Southwestern College and San Diego State University a $5,000,000 S-STEM grant, $3,230,840 of which is awarded to Southwestern College. This program will provide an integrated mentoring and research experience bridging the chemistry and biochemistry programs at Southwestern College...

New VPs Join Southwestern College Leadership Team

With the unanimous approval of the Southwestern College Governing Board Tuesday, Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo filled two key positions on her executive leadership team. Dr. Kelly Hall will serve as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs and Dr. Tina King will serve...

San Ysidro Community Turns Tragedy to Triumph

Guillermo Flores stands in front of San Ysidro Memorial
Thirty-five years ago, friends and family of Gloria Salas thought she was crazy when she vowed to never allow the McDonald’s on West San Ysidro Boulevard to open again after 21 community members were killed by a gunman there on July 18, 1984. “Most of...

Puente Student Wins Competitive California Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarship

Christian Sanchez, Southwestern College Puente Project student and English major.
Christian Sanchez, Southwestern College Puente Project student and English major, has won a competitive and prestigious $5,000 scholarship from the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation. Sanchez is one of only 50 students from across California and one of only a handful of community college...