Southwestern College Holding First Trustee Area Elections

Southwestern College will hold its first trustee-area elections this November for three newly established trustee election districts. On Nov. 8, voters in areas one, four and five will be able to vote for a board member to represent their respective districts. Southwestern College’s Governing Board...

The Southwestern College Sun Wins Top National Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded the Southwestern College Sun two of its most prestigious awards, the first-ever Corbin Gwaltney Award—named in honor of the founder of The Chronicle of Higher Education—and the National Collegiate Newspaper of the Year. The Gwaltney Award includes...

County’s First Microenterprise Home Kitchen is Southwestern SBDC Client

The title of San Diego County’s first official microenterprise home kitchen operation (MEHKO) went to Diana Tapiz, owner of Tres Fuegos Cocina and client of the Small Business Development Center hosted at Southwestern College. Southwestern College is home to the San Diego & Imperial Small...

Southwestern College Visits Universidad Autónoma de Baja California to Certify Academic Partnership

A Southwestern College delegation met with representatives from UABC at the university's Tijuana campus.
Southwestern College sent a delegation to visit Universidad Autónoma de Baja California’s (UABC) Tijuana campus on Thursday afternoon to sign a historic memorandum of understanding. The signing certified the collaboration and academic partnership between the two institutions of higher education.  The partnership between both institutions...

Southwestern College Clears $3.5 Million in Student Debt

A student walks through the Chula Vista campus with a jacaranda in bloom.
Southwestern College is clearing $3.5 million in student debt for more than 7,719 students using special federal grant money.  Students who were enrolled from spring 2020 through spring 2022 will have all their outstanding tuition and related enrollment fees cleared. Holds for non-payment will be...

Southwestern College Mask Mandate Returns for Summer 2022

A student walks down the library stairs wearing a mask.
Southwestern College will reinstate its mask mandate for the 2022 summer session and the fall 2022 semester. Members of Southwestern College’s reopening committee looked at the rise in new local COVID-19 infection rates to reinstate the college's mask mandate that was set to lift...

Southwestern College Food Services to Accept SNAP/EBT Payments 

A student walks into the Tradewinds Cafe.
Southwestern College will soon accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and EBT payments at its on-campus food services, Time Out Cafe and Tradewinds. Southwestern College will be the only college in the region to accept SNAP/EBT payments, formerly known as food stamps, for its...

In-Person Commencement Returns to Southwestern College for Largest Ceremony Yet

A student participates in Commencement at DeVore Stadium.
On May 27, Southwestern College will celebrate its graduates at its largest commencement ceremony yet. With in-person ceremonies on pause since the start of the pandemic, Southwestern College will hold two separate commencement ceremonies to make room for guests and celebrate the perseverance and hard work...

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...