Small Business Development Center Helps Businesses Thrive, Survive During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The The San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center Network is a part of Southwestern College's Center for Business Advancement, housed at the Higher Education Center at National City.
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached San Diego, thousands of businesses found themselves facing new challenges and complete uncertainty. They also found help and support from the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, who was ready to meet the moment and...

Southwestern College Students Eligible for $4.62M in Federal Emergency Aid Grant

Graphic that says "Federal Emergency Relief Grant."
Currently enrolled Southwestern College students can apply for $4.62 million in federal relief funds awarded to the college—making Southwestern the first community college in the region to disburse the federal funds. The Federal Emergency Relief Grant, commonly known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic...

Southwestern College, SDSU Awarded $2.2M Math Equity and Research Grant by National Science Foundation

Math students inside the Southwestern College Math Center.
Southwestern College and San Diego State University have been awarded a joint $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to close equity gaps in math classes, train math faculty to foster student success and develop research on how to better prepare students to...

SWC Faculty Won’t Leave Donovan Students Behind

Will Dalrymple and Raquel Funches assembling packets
When Southwestern College Restorative Justice Program Director Patrice Milkovich popped the trunk of her Subaru in the parking lot of the Pilot Truck Stop near the Mexican border, the cargo inside was more precious than any illicit cargo that passes through. Milkovich was there to...

Southwestern College Plans Commencement Ceremony for December

Students at the 58th Annual Commencement in 2019.
Southwestern College leadership agreed to postpone the 2020 Commencement until December this year to allow for an in-person ceremony. In making the decision, the college surveyed and listened to eligible graduates who overwhelmingly voted to postpone the ceremony in response to the COVID-19 public...

Professor Honored as 40th Senate District Woman of the Year

Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete (right) receives a call from California State Senator Ben Hueso honoring her as the Woman of the Year for the 40th Senate District on Feb. 19 alongside Dr. Max Branscomb, her fellow professor who nominated her for the distinction.
English and Reading Professor Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete has been recognized as the Woman of the Year for the 40th Senate District by California State Senator Ben Hueso for her dedication to teaching diverse populations and overcoming a lifetime of adversities to become an inspiration...

College Police Cut Ribbon on New Safety Building

ribbon cutting ceremony at police building
Southwestern College’s police department celebrated the opening of its new facility with a ribbon-cutting Thursday on the Chula Vista campus. The new College Police Building, situated in parking lot C, gives police and their staff a new lobby that can serve more students, a modernized...

Southwestern College Earns Spot on 2020-2021 Military Friendly Schools List

Grace Chavez, Student Veteran Organization president, speaks at Southwestern College's Veterans Day Ceremony.
Southwestern College has again made the list of the top Military Friendly schools in the country. The Veterans’ Services department earned this designation with top marks on admissions, veterans services and financial aid, including accepting the GI Bill and providing veteran-specific scholarships.  “Our Veterans’ Services...

Dental Hygiene Has a Streak of an Overall 100% Passing Rate

A dental hygiene student, Damian Trujillo is working on his patient at the Southwestern College National City campus clinic.
Since the inception of the Southwestern College Dental Hygiene Program, graduates have had stellar outcomes on the written and clinical licensing exams, and this year the streak continued with 100 percent passing. Southwestern College students perform well above the national average and that success can...

Chula Vista Campus Building and Room Numbers Have Changed

A photo of a building with the new building number that reads "38."
When the spring semester begins on Jan. 29, returning students, employees and visitors will see big changes to Southwestern College’s Chula Vista campus. Every building and room number has been renumbered to create a more consistent numbering system and improve old, convoluted numbering. “The building...