Record Number of Graduates Walk at Southwestern College Commencement

Southwestern College celebrates its 56th Commencement Ceremony Friday at DeVore Stadium. On the field among the 800 graduates will be four sibling duos, two couples, a senior citizen, 18 veterans and two mother-daughter duos. Celebrating with the graduates will be three community members being granted Honorary Degrees—Ron and Reina Bolles for their contributions to the fine arts in South County and Christine Moore for her contributions to the economic development and civic and social services of South County.

Local Community Colleges Secure Funding for Immigrant Legal Assistance Centers

Alejandra Garcia standing in the Dreamer Center
Eight local community colleges have been selected to participate in a pilot program offering free immigration-related legal services through a statewide project involving the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the California Department of Social Services. The program, which...

Chef Latinos, SWC and Other Community Members Hosts a Drive Through Against Food Insecurity in National City

group of chefs known as Chef Latinos
Chef Latinos, multiple community partners and Southwestern College volunteers gathered to help National City residents Monday by providing warm meals, fresh produce and other supplies in a special drive-through distribution at the college’s National City campus. The distribution was an international affair as new partners--Chef...

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...

Southwestern College Hosts College for Kids

Southwestern College Hosts College for Kids          Southwestern College is proud to host, for the 39th year, their College for Kids program. In association with the six South Bay School Districts (Chula Vista Elementary School District, Coronado Unified School District, National School...

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...

New Two-Story Expansion at the Higher Education Center at National City Opens for Classes

Biology professor William Greenleaf teaches a microbiology class in the new "Plaza Building," the two-story expansion at the Higher Education Center at National City.
National City, California ­– The new two-story building at the Higher Education Center at National City opened its doors Monday, Jan. 29 to brand new classrooms, labs and anxious students. The building, dubbed the “Plaza Building,” includes four science labs, a medical assisting clinic,...

Southwestern College Institutes New Resolutions that Strengthen the Safe Learning Environment All Students Deserve

The Southwestern Community College Governing Board has passed three resolutions that broaden the foundation for creating a safer learning environment for all students, regardless of race, religion, immigration status and sexual orientation. Resolutions No. 1984, No. 1988 and No. 1992 outline efforts the district will...

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...

Student Blooms with Dreamer Center Opportunities

Photo of Casandra Morales
The well-known symbol for undocumented students, or Dreamers, in California higher education is the butterfly. And for Southwestern College student Casandra Morales, the emergence of a butterfly from its cocoon symbolizes the educational journey she has taken. The first in her family to graduate high...