Southwestern College Named 2021 Equity Champion of Higher Education

A Southwestern College graduate participates in the 2021 Commencement car parade.
Southwestern College has been named an Equity Champion of Higher Education by The Campaign for College Opportunity for “exemplary” work in awarding Associate Degrees for Transfer to Black and Latinx students. Southwestern College is one of only six community colleges in California to receive...

Spring Semester 2023 Student Vaccine and Mask Guidelines

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When Southwestern College spring semester 2023 begins on Jan. 3, students will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination for in-person classes and services and masks will be optional indoors and outdoors, with a few exceptions outlined below. Southwestern College leadership finalized the...

Southwestern College Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Campus Dreamer Center

After years of serving the undocumented student population, Southwestern College officially cut the ribbon and celebrated the opening of the brand new Dreamer Center on the Chula Vista campus. The center, located in room 426, was made possible through a $125,000 grant from The California...

Southwestern College Joins Business Leaders in Expanding Job Opportunities for Young Adults

Student Maria del Carmen Alonso at news conference
SAN DIEGO, CA ­– Education, business and political leaders joined forces today to demonstrate their commitment to the expansion of the “One San Diego Skills to Succeed” program that places young adults in internships and summer jobs. At a press conference held on the Illumina...

Investigations of Police Procedures in Placard Incident Concluded

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Investigations conducted by Southwestern College and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office into the Oct. 1 incident where college police arrested, cited and released a student for misuse of a disabled parking placard have concluded college officers acted within the district’s police procedures. Part of...

Southwestern College Superintendent/President Kindred Murillo to Retire in 2021

Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo.
Dr. Kindred Murillo is retiring this academic year after serving 24 years in the California Community College System. Beginning as an adjunct faculty at Desert Community College District, Murillo has served in various roles as an advocate for students and champion of equity. 

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...

South Bay Botanic Gardens Contributes Plants and Talent to New Student Garden

South Bay Botanic Gardens Contributes Plants and Talent to New Student Garden Tiffany Elementary students to benefit          Tiffany Elementary School’s thumb just got a little greener, thanks to donated plants and volunteers from the South Bay Botanic Garden. Tiffany...

Southwestern College In-Person Classes Return Feb. 28

Photo of the Chula Vista campus lawns with students walking among the trees.
Southwestern College’s spring 2022 in-person classes will return on Feb. 28, after a four-week transition to remote learning to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Student services will also begin a phased return for in-person services across the district at the Chula Vista, National...

Southwestern College Students Successfully Participated in Regional Theater Festival

Students lifting fellow student, in celebratory form.
Student performances in this semester’s production of “James and the Giant Peach” are getting a little help from lessons learned in a Las Vegas theater festival. Six students–five of whom are starring in the “James” production–attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 55 –...